Thursday, October 24, 2013

Of Triton (The Syrena Legacy #2) by Ann Banks: review

Goodreads rating: 4.05
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
Series: The Syrena Legacy #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?
Spoilers from book 1
There wasn't the typical sequel disappointment with this one, mostly because I wasn't in love with the first book. So this book was pretty on par with Of Poseidon. There was a lot more family drama. At the beginning of the book, Emma's mother has kidnapped her. Now, I don't remember much about what happened at the end of Of Poseidon, but I really don't remember her being kidnapped. Needless to say, you don't have the best picture of her mom. Then you learn a lot more about her dad and her parents entire relationship. I definitely lost a lot of respect for Emma's mom in so many ways, but it was nice hearing her story. The only really typical thing about this book (something I'm trying to fight in my own writing) is that Emma and Galen were separated for a lot of the novel. There are some very bad things going on with the Syrenas, especially since we now know that Emma's mom is a lost princess. So much politics! We also get to see different sides of the old characters that make them a little more endearing, and then a lot of new characters that are definitely going to be a problem in the next book.

Like I said, this book had the typical affliction of the guy having to go off somewhere, which really made me mad. I'm finding a way to fight this in my own book because of how much it's frustrated me through nearly every YA series I've read. I think it hurts a lot more to be close to the person you can't have, though maybe I just like torturing my characters. But I digress. I still enjoyed the dynamic between these two, and it really helped that it was from both their POVs so that it felt like the weren't too far apart. This book was about Emma learning a lot more about Galen's world, while the first one was more about Galen learning more about Emma's world. I'm glad there was more mythology and I felt like this book got a lot deeper and more complicated, and I can't wait to see what happens in the final book. I'm hoping for more Syrena mythology, because mermaids have definitely become my thing (I'm going to be Ariel for Halloween!).

Readers of the first book, obviously, and lovers of mermaidness.

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