Minute Review: Epic Fail (Claire LaZebnik)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 295
Publisher: August 2nd 2011 by HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780061921261
Genre: retelling
Source: my own copy


Epic FailAt Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:

- As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school--not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.
- As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn't exactly on everyone's must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.

When Elise's beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince's best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.






























I love a good retelling. Especially when the retelling is of one of my favorite books. Epic Fail is Pride and Prejudice in a new, more modern setting.


What you will find in Epic Fail is a fun twist on the setting and character roles. The story is straight forward-- obviously. There really isn't much that would be considered a surprise if you're already familiar with the classic. The one twist I thought was clever as making Ms. Bennet the principal of the sisters' high school. That really allowed for her to play up the annoying, busy-body role.

One thing worth noting is that the classic Elizabeth Bennet didn't come across as strong in the retelling. We all know Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice. She was a cut above the rest. But in Epic Fail she seems to blend in with the cliche of girls caught gawking at a pretty face. Oh well. It was still a fun read.







Release Day Book Blitz: Louder Than Words (Iris St. Clair)



Louder Than Words
Release Date: 09/16/14
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson's life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her. 

Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.

Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can't let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm's length.

But by the time Rex's charm wears down her resistance, it's too late. He's put Ellen on the "just friends" shelf and has shifted his romantic attentions to the impossibly annoying and perky anti-Ellen. Even worse, the teacher who tried to get her to sleep with him is still at it, preying on other girls while Ellen struggles to come to terms with what happened.

With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about the well-liked teacher and risk retribution, tell Rex how she really feels about him and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside. After all, it's the only safe place she knows when the only thing louder than words is the fear of being rejected.


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Excerpt from Louder Than Words: "Milkboarding in the Cafeteria"



I finish chewing and begin to sputter something about how she’s imagining it when a white curtain of liquid cascades down the front of my face. Shocked, I jump up from my seat. “What the … ”

Two of the girls from the Easy Chair club stand next to me, one with an upended milk carton in her hand. They’re laughing and everyone at the nearby tables is watching and snickering as I snatch up a handful of napkins to wipe my face.

“No use crying over spilt milk,” the one who poured the milk says.

Her friend says, “That’s for Mr. Hamer, you lying bitch.”

“What’d you do that for? Are you crazy?” Leanne bolts around to my side of the table. “You have no idea what’s going on!”

“I know a liar when I see one,” Milk-Pourer’s friend says.

“And a drug addict,” Milk Girl tacks on. “Maybe she thought she’d blackmail Mr. Hamer into letting her use his lab to cook up some meth.”

Milk Girl never sees the hands that shove her to the ground. In the background, someone is screaming. I’m too busy waterboarding Milk Girl with my own dairy beverage to care.

Milk Girl wails beneath the stream of liquid, thrashing her legs but seeing as how I’m sitting on her body with her arms pinned between my thighs and her sides she’s not going anywhere until I let her up.

Or someone pulls me off.

Milk Girl’s rescuer sets me on my feet but retains an iron lock on my arms.

Mr. Delvecchio lowers his face to mine. “Ellen!”

I peer around him, my pulse pounding through my veins, and watch as another teacher helps Milk Girl to her feet.

“These two started it,” Leanne says to Delvecchio in my defense.

“The four of you, to the office! Now! The rest of you, return to your tables!” Delvecchio’s bark sends the crowd scurrying, all but one that is. Rex has arrived and stands nearby watching me, his brows puckered, his mouth open.

“What’s going on?” he asks.

I’m too mortified and agitated to answer him. Delvecchio nudges me forward. I need no further encouragement to walk on, away from Rex, out of the cafeteria, away from all the dog-piling students who smell blood.





About the Author
Iris St. Clair is the pen name for a long-suffering cubicle worker by day, a Walter Mitty-like dreamer by night. (Her alter ego Tatiana Ivanadance also choreographs gravity-defying routines in those fantasies, but that's another bio.)
No matter what genre she writes, she prefers witty, insecure heroines and kind, persistent heroes able to break through to the gooey heart inside.
In high school she was voted most likely to win at Monopoly and Clue, but least likely to throw a ball anywhere near a target. Thank goodness writing requires less hand-eye coordination, punctuation errors notwithstanding.

Iris believes in the two-year "fish or cut bait" dating rule and has a 20+ year marriage and two teenaged sons as proof of concept. She lives, writes, dreams and dances in the rainy Portland, OR area.

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Blog Tour: Rose and the Magician's Mask

The Deets:
Audience: Middle Grades
Pages: 224
Publisher: September 2nd 2014 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
ISBN: 9781492604303
Genre: fantasy, magic, mystery, historical fiction
Source: eARC from Netgalley


Rose and the Magician's Mask  
Rose is now a fully fledged magician's apprentice-will her new magic be enough to find the dangerous magician's mask?

When a precious mask of unimaginable power is stolen from the royal palace, Rose suspects that dark magicians are at work and that danger looms. The race to stop the evil thieves will take Rose to the mysterious city of Venice, where nothing is quite what it seems. Can Rose use her magic to find the terrible mask before its true powers are revealed?








Our dear Rose is changing. She is growing and learning more about herself, including accepting who she is regardless of her unknown past. I liked how Rose struggled with the idea of not having a family, and yet she still stayed true to herself. That is one of the qualities I think I like most about her, and other readers will appreciate it to. In a culture so set on blending in, Rose shows it's okay to stand out.

The quick wit and fun humor in the characters is back. Freddy still does silly things that gets him admonished by Gus, and made me chuckle. There were also some new characters in Rose and the Magician's Mask. I am very curious to see how Ms. F plays out in the future books, because she is going to be huge.

My absolute favorite part of this book in the series has to be the fantastic setting-- Venice! The detail that was given to make it both realistic and magical was great. I loved every page!


My only gripe, though, would be the that the climax ended suddenly. It didn't seem enough to have Gossamer disappear so quickly and without much of a struggle. Maybe that's to help set up the next book? Is he really gone? Who knows... until next time.

Overall, Rose and the Magician's Mask is another success! It's perfect for middle grade readers looking for a strong female lead and a magical adventure.


Fantasy League by Mike Lupica blog tour

I am thankful to have the opportunity to participate in the blog tour for Mike Lupica's Fantasy League. While I did not have time to read the book prior to the tour, I can say I am a fan of his previous books. Mike Lupica has a gift for writing books for teenage boys. I cannot tell you how many copies of his books I have bought for my classroom library over the years. They were always the most coveted books for the male readers. I am happy to say that he has a new book coming out this fall: Fantasy League. It's sure to be as well received as his many other novels.


Author Bio

Mike Lupica is the 31 bestselling author of many popular books for young readers, including QB 1, Heat, Travel Team, Million-Dollar Throw, and The Underdogs. He has carved out a niche as the sporting world's finest storyteller. 
Mike Lupica has been called "the greatest sports writer for middle school readers." He is the author of multiple bestselling books, including Heat, Travel Team, Million-Dollar Throw, and The Underdogs. As a sports columnist for New York's Daily News, a host of his own show on ESPN Radio, and a weekly member of ESPN's The Sports Reporters, which is televised nationally, he has proven that he can write for and speak to sports fans of all ages and stripes. Mr. Lupica lives in Connecticut with his wife and four children.

Book Summary
Twelve-year-old Charlie is a fantasy football guru. He may be just a bench warmer for his school's football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he's first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports radio host who plays Charlie's fantasy picks for all of Los Angeles to hear. Soon Charlie befriends the elderly owner of the L.A. Bulldogs -- a fictional NFL team -- and convinces him to take a chance on an aging quarterback. After that, watch out . . . it's press conferences and national fame as Charlie becomes a media curiosity and source of conflict for the Bulldogs general manager, whose job Charlie seems to have taken. It's all a big much for a kid just trying to stay on top of his grades and maintain his friendship with his verbal sparring partner, Anna.

Book Blitz: Visions by Lisa Amowitz



Vision
Release Date: 09/09/14
Spencer Hill Press

Summary from Goodreads:
The light is darker than you think… 

High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full—he works almost every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss’s daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than keeping his job.

When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, violent hallucinations, his livelihood is on the line. Soon, he must face the stunning possibility that the visions of murder are actually real. With his world going dark, Bobby is set on the trail of the serial killer terrorizing his small town. With everyone else convinced he’s the prime suspect, Bobby realizes that he, or the girl he loves, might be killer's next victim.
About the Author
Lisa has been a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly seventeen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.

BREAKING GLASS which will be released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014, along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future, along with graphic novel style art. 


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Suddenly, the café had become suffocating and Bobby felt the urge to run. Anywhere. But he wasn’t ready to go hanging around the laundromat and increase his odds of running into Gabe. Instead, he took a huge bite of sandwich to keep himself from blurting something rude.

Dana pulled the newspaper toward her, a cascade of stringy hair hanging in her face. Between the strands, Bobby could see her pouty lips move as she read. “My cousin Rosemarie knows this girl,” she said finally, her gaze still trained on the article. “And now the State Police have pulled Daddy into the case...whoops!” Dana clamped a hand to her mouth. “I shouldn’t have said that. Daddy told me never to talk about official police business.”

Bobby leaned forward, angling the paper so he could look at it again. “Why? Is it a murder investigation now?”

“Let it go, Sherlock.” Coco said. “She said she can’t talk about it.”

Bobby rolled his eyes. “Figures. The one time Dana Barclay has something to say, she’s under a gag order.”

Dana’s eyes flashed to his, something cold and sharp behind the softness, like a needle tucked inside a cotton ball. “Why are you so interested, Bobby?”

“Why not? Nothing ever happens in Graxton.”

“You think a girl disappearing is cool?” Dana stared at him, the corners of her mouth tugged downward. It was a known fact that her father, Sheriff Barclay, hated Bobby’s dad. Chuck Barclay and Sam Pendell had been bitter rivals in high school, a feud that continued into their adult years. Somehow, Dad had always managed to keep a step ahead—until he landed in a wheelchair. Hate like that, Bobby thought, doesn’t just go away. It goes underground and festers, eventually seeping into everything.

Dana stood abruptly. “I have to go. Daddy’s picking me up in five. Movie night in Kingston.”

“Have fun,” Bobby said under his breath. Dana glared at him, face flushed, nostrils flared.

After Dana had left, Coco drummed his fingers on the tabletop. “What the hell was that? I know you two aren’t best friends, but can you at least try to be civil?”

“Sorry. I don’t know what’s got into me today.”

Coco frowned. “You sure you’re feeling okay? You look pale, like the skin on your ugly mug is pulled too tight around your skull.”

Bobby cleared his throat and wondered if the day’s strains showed that clearly on his face.

“I’m fine. I was just curious, is all. It’s weird, isn’t it, that they’re keeping it all hush-hush? I wonder what’s really going on.”

Coco slanted his head, still gazing at Bobby with his piercing stare. Bobby knew the prospect of a riddle would be too tempting for his friend to pass up. But just why he was so curious, Bobby couldn’t begin to explain.

“I can ask him for you, if you like,” Coco said. “Barclay’s always tripping over himself to be nice to me. I’ll just kind of mention that Dana is upset by the whole thing. See if he bites and throws me some inside info.”

“No! I mean, never mind. I just thought, if you’d heard chatter...”

“So now I’m Homeland Security.” The glint in Coco’s eye was back and Bobby knew he was forgiven. Coco never stayed mad long.

Bobby threw a piece of lettuce at Coco’s head. A crust of bread sailed back at him. Pete started barking and then Aaron rushed over, picked up a napkin and put it over Coco’s eyes, yelling, “Pirate attack!”

Bobby laughed hard as the memory of their years of zaniness washed over him in a warm wave. He joined Aaron in the attack, and helped pull Coco from the chair to the floor. Pete got busy licking everyone, the three of them wrestling and laughing on the floor like puppies.

Jerry’s voice cut through the mayhem. “Excuse me, boys. We seem to have another customer.”

From the tangle of bodies, Bobby looked up. Arms folded, Gabe stood smirking from the doorway. In the confusion, he hadn’t heard the jangle of the door opening. “Looks like fun. Mind if I join in?”

Coco was on his feet in an instant and, smoothing his rumpled clothes, lunged toward her in a few long-legged strides.

“Welcome! Can I get you anything, madam?” He pulled out a chair at the nearest table and gestured toward it. “Please, have a seat! I’m Coco, otherwise known as James Woods, no relation to the actor of the same name.”

Gabe giggled. “Nice to meet you. I’m Gabriella. But call me Gabe.” Bobby sighed. It was no contest. He could never outshine Coco when it came to charm. In this case, maybe that was a good thing.

Minute review: The Dare (Hannah Jane)

The Deets:
Audience: YAish
Pages: 304
Publisher: July 1st 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire
(first published January 1st 2014)
ISBN: 9781402294570
Genre: mystery, contemporary
Source: eARC from Netgalley and publisher


The DareTwo jumped off the pier that night...but only one came back alive

Bryn did everything with her best friend Erica. So when someone dared Erica to jump off the pier one night at Harding Beach, Bryn was right by her side. But when Bryn made it back to the surface, Erica was nowhere to be found. Bryn tries to make a fresh start by burying her memories of that awful night. But when a Twitter post from "EricaNShaw" pops up on her feed and a chilling voice mail appears on her phone, she realizes that someone isn't ready to let go of the past...






I think I need a shelf for "barely finished" because this one belongs there. It took a lot of effort!


Thank goodness for twists, otherwise I would have been really annoyed with this book. It just kept going on and on. Too much time spent on Bryn feeling sorry for herself. Her constant paranoia and whining drove me nuts. I really started scanning through things just to see if things would get better. At some point I even considered making this a DNFer. I just didn't know if I wanted to put the effort into something that I felt was mediocre. But I did finish and this is what I found:

Best character was Evan. He was funny and conflicted. I liked his pushy, call it like it is nature. He brought humor and insight into an otherwise drab group of characters. The rest of the characters were annoying. Bryn felt flat. She never developed into anything more than a whining mess. There was also not enough Teddy for me to believe any hint of a romance between the two. He had potential, but it was never developed. Same for the supporting characters. There was a great deal of effort spent making the reader feel suspicious, but it was not executed well. I felt like I was left hanging on many things.



Book Blitz: Perfect for You by Ashelyn Drake



Perfect for You
Release Date: September 2014
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Meg Flannigan isn’t very self-confident, but what girl would be after her sophomore-year boyfriend dumped her by making out with another girl in front of her locker? 

Now a senior, Meg catches the eye of not one, but two gorgeous guys at school. Sounds good, right? What girl wouldn't want to be in Meg's shoes? One cute boy happens to be her boyfriend, and the other? Well, he wants to be. And Meg? She't torn between Ash, the boy she's been with for nearly five months, and Noah who is pretty irresistible. 

But Meg is playing with fire. Pitting two boys against one another, even if she doesn't intend to, could end badly if she isn't careful. PERFECT FOR YOU is a teen romance from bestselling author Ashelyn Drake, where one girl will risk everything to find her perfect match.


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Excerpt from Perfect for You:

As the sun lowers in the sky, I lie back on the tennis court and think about Ash. After five months, my stomach still gets butterflies every time I see him. His touch makes me want to smother his lips with mine, and he has a way of making me feel like I’m the only girl in the world—at least to him. He’s perfect in just about every way.

“You’re tense, Flannigan. I can tell,” Noah says, his head mere inches from mine. He turns to give me one of his killer one-dimple smiles and I melt, the way I have since I first laid eyes on him two years ago.

Why did he have to wait until now to show an interest in me? I’m falling in love with Ash. I know I am. But Noah...

“Am I making you nervous?” Noah invades my personal space, something he’s made a habit of doing over the past week. He’s the best player on the guy’s tennis team, and he’s helping me improve my game. We get along really well because we have a lot in common, but we’re just friends. That’s all, because that’s all we can be. He leans forward, and I forget to breathe as our faces get closer and closer. Is he going to kiss me? He reaches one hand behind my back and lifts me closer to him. He is going to kiss me! Holy crap! I can’t do this.

“Noah, I—”

Before I can finish, he’s pushing me back down again, and I feel a tennis ball under my shoulder  blade.

“Now lie still for a few minutes, relaxing the muscles around the ball. It should get rid of that tension. You’ve probably got a knot from all the extra practice you’ve been putting in.”

Yeah, but it’s not the knot in my shoulder I’m worried about. It’s the one in my stomach. The one that formed when I thought Noah was going to kiss me, and I didn’t really want to stop him. This is bad. I shouldn’t be here. I shouldn’t be in a situation where I think a guy might kiss me. Where I think I might let him. Ash doesn’t deserve this.




About the Author
Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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Blog Tour: The Watchers by Deidre Eden

I am happy to announce Deidre Eden's The Watchers. Check out the trailer for book 1, Knight of Light below.





 In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, demons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.


The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural. The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Traditional Apocrypha, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Kabbalah.

“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad. Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s The Watcher’s Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.




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"My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles! Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures."
-Deirdra Eden

Find Deirdra Eden and The Watchers Series online on AmazonDeirdra's websiteFacebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad, and Pinterest.


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Blog Tour + Review of Destined for Doon (Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon)

The Deets: 
Intended Audience: YA
Pages: 368
Publisher: September 2nd 2014 by Blink
ISBN: 9780310742333
Genre: fantasy, romance
Source: ARC from Publisher



Destined for Doon (Doon, #2)The second book in the popular new Doon YA series that takes on a classic story, Brigadoon, and spins it in a new way to give readers a fresh, modern experience.

In this sequel to Doon, Kenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake-choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. Worse, she's received proof she and Duncan are meant to be, along with torturous visions of the prince she left behind. So when Duncan shows up and informs Kenna that Doon needs her, she doesn't need to think twice. But even if Kenna can save the enchanted kingdom, her happily ever after may still be in peril.




Oh this series, how I love it. When I read Doon, I had tingles. Every time Duncan and Jaime crossed the page I could not read fast enough. (You can see what I thought about Doon HERE.) I eagerly waited a whole year for Destined for Doon, so when I had the chance to read it early I snapped it up like a hungry alligator. I really didn't know what to expect with the sequel, because we all know what often happens with sequels.

Fear not, though; this sequel sizzles. I'm talking snap, crackle, and pop kind of sizzle! Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon can send shivers down your spine. Their uber hot Scottish lads will give you goosebumps that linger and have you booking a flight to Scotland. I do not often get mushy over book characters, but these boys gave me hot flashes.

But aside from the smoky romance, all of the characters really took this story up a notch. Jaime is still brooding, but in a less jerkish sort of way. He has to figure out his place in Doon's leadership with Vee. Vee, while the acting queen of the land, has to establish her authority and basically prove she isn't a Doon-destroying outsider. Neither of these tasks is easy for Jaime and Vee. There is a lot of opposition and learning to accept and make compromises that they must learn. Duncan and Kenna have a completely different struggle to overcome.

I really liked how Destined for Doon seemed to focus more on their story this time. If you read Doon, you know how their relationship ended; they have a lot of obstacles in their way. Just like any well-intending, head strong character, Kenna realizes what she wanted was in her face the whole time but now it's out of reach. Duncan is clouded with emotions toward Kenna. They have some moments that make you cheer and you think "this is it!" but then it's not. Oh, those moments! How my heart strings pulled and tugged for both characters.

Now, add in a new conflict and a few new characters and we have a pretty interesting sequel. Addie, the witch bent on destroying Doon, is gone-- or is she? It's hard to say because there is a curse sweeping through the land and destroying everything in its path. Vee and Kenna are chosen to stop the curse, but they have to figure out how to do it first. Will they succeed, or will Vee fall victim to the plight of the first Queen of Doon's mistakes?

I have my feelings about that and how certain characters play a role in the future because there will be two more books in this series! I almost jumped up from my chair when I read that. I'm not ready for this series to end. (Don't believe me? See for yourself HERE.) In fact, I want to cross the Brig O'Doon myself and join these characters on their next grand adventure.



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Review: Of Neptune (Anna Banks)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 330
Publisher: May 13th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends (first published May 1st 2014)
ISBN: 9781250039606
Genre: mermaids!
Source: Library copy



Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy, #3)Emma, who is half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together. Alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean-living Syrena and the land-dwelling, freshwater counterparts. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love, but their ocean kingdoms.

In this stunning conclusion to her bestselling Syrena Legacy, Anna Banks thrills fans with more action and romance than ever!




Oh, how I love this series. I love it with a love that is more than a love, I and my Syrena under the sea. I am happy to report, that although this is the end to a beloved series and set of characters, I am actually HAPPY with how it wraps up.

Yes, you read that correctly. There is an ending that is satisfying and leaves you with a sense of completeness. Thank goodness for epilogues! The story was a bit different this time around. Normally the alternating views are closely related, but this time it's like you're reading two different stories. While the events are related, what Emma experiences is totally different from what Galen is facing until near the end of the book. I thought Anna Banks did a great job with it, and Galen is still my favorite.

There are new characters in Of Neptune. I'm not a big fan of them, but they served their purpose. I felt like Reed was way too pushy and I would have liked to punch him if I lived with these characters. I also missed Galen's motley crew. They were not present throughout the majority of the book, and I so wanted them to be. The silly antics that I came to expect from the odd couple were not present in Of Neptune, which gave it a much more serious feel than the previous books.

Overall, the pacing was pretty good. There were a few times where I felt things were getting sticky and taking too long, but it usually resolved itself by the end of the chapter. You will definitely find more of Ms. Banks' great characterization and witty dialogue. There are even a few surprises in store that might make you flip your fins!

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