Review: Of Triton (Anna Banks)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
pages: 246
Publisher:  May 28th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 9781250003331
Genre: mermaids, fantasy
Source: ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Of Triton (Of Poseidon, #2)In this sequel to OF POSEIDON, Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half- Breeds should be put to death.

As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?

In a genre that has seen so many new additions lately, it's hard to set yourself apart from all the rest. I mean, really-- how many times can you read about a mermaid and be surprised? Well, in Of Triton, apparently every single time I turn a page!

It is no surprise that I love this series. I love just about everything about it. First off, the writing is great. The plot moves along smoothly without lagging. It is constant action that keeps you turning the page. Also, the characters have great voice. I read so many YA books that have teenage characters that sound like adults. Emma sounds like a teenage girl. She's snarky and humorous at the right times, but serious when she needs to be. How could you not laugh (or in my case, snort) when you read things like: "faint smell of microwave death" and "Sleeping Beast"? (Of course, Sleeping Beast was a perfect description for the super cranky character.) And don't even get me started on the chemistry between Emma and Galen. Hubba hubba.

As in Of Poseidon, the alternating points of view were executed perfectly. Each character told his/her part of the story without seeming repetitive. I really love that, and I have to commend the authors that can pull it off successfully.

There were also new characters added in Of Triton that really stood out (for me). I loved Antonis. He just reminded me of this quirky old man that everyone thinks is crazy, but really he just doesn't give a rat's patooty about what people think. He was frank and a bit rough around the edges. Loved. Him. I cannot wait to see what role he will play in Of Neptune.

My final thoughts as I ended Of Triton was, how on earth will this series continue in Of Neptune? My heart absolutely broke and I felt the loss deeply. Read on, and you'll see what I mean. It was monumental!


Aimee Brown said... .

I haven't started this series but I've seen them around the blog world. I guess I better add it to the need to read list. I love books that keep up the pace and don't get lagging. Thanks for the review!

June 24, 2013 at 9:33 AM
Daphne said... .

Hmmm. I started this one a little while ago but never decided to finish. After reading your review, I'll definitely pick it up again sometime soon. :)

Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

June 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Rookie Runner said... .

I'm stoked to start this series soon. Finishing up a few free kindle reads that have been wasting away first though. :)

June 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

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