Series: Of Poseidon, #2
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Australia
Release Date: July 1, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Emma is half-mermaid: a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. But she's in love with Galen - a gorgeous Syrena from the House of Triton, god of the sea. If Emma's secret is discovered by the Syrena, she risks being put to death as a Half-Breed.
Emma's heritage comes from her mother - a princess from the House of Poseidon who escaped the sea to live as a human. Aware of the danger her daughter faces, she is determined to keep Emma away from the Syrena. But her reappearance after so many years turns the underwater kingdoms, Poseidon and Triton, against one another.
How can Emma and Galen stay together when their two rival kingdoms, and two different worlds, just want to tear them apart?
Picking up right where Of Poseidon left off, this utterly irresistible story is full of humour, intrigue, and waves of romance.
“I wonder how many tears the ocean has swallowed, how much of the ocean is actually made of tears.”
In a sense, this book is ideal for me to read at this point of the year. The reason behind this random proclamation unpretentiously is because I wanted to see how I have changed as a reader ever since I began to review books. And coincidentally, Of Poseidon, the first instalment was probably the last book I read before officially starting to review novels. It’s been 50 weeks since I read Of Poseidon and begun my reviewing journey, and Of Triton really showed the diameter of change and bias in my view on books. Whereas Of Poseidon received 4 stars, (which I strongly deem would be different by now) Of Triton got a much lower rating.
What killed my enjoyment for this book was the main character, Emma. She’s a pain that cannot be taken away and pisses me off constantly. Her unkickassness is quite an issue for a supposedly action-packed story. Additionally, I could not quite compromise with Emma’s illogical mind and stupidity. At times in this book, there were glaringly obvious situations where I just wanted to tear my head out in annoyance. Even though some people pass Emma’s strong-headedness as independent and smart, I felt more inclined on calling her some defiant, stubborn bitch.
On the other hand, the world Anna Banks built was one with great mermaid concepts. Of Poseidon was a little off putting with its purple eyes and other random features as such; but in Of Triton, there’s less of that and more politics and hierarchies drawn out with a greater measure. The world building could have been better on so many degrees but the overall idea was entertaining to learn about, and the two sides, House of Poseidon and Triton.
Another downside was the romance. Cheesy and overpowering, I’ll tell you now that starcrossed love never will go under my category of ‘amazing’. Despite it not having as many make out scenes as I would have predicted, this was by no mean non gag worthy. Galen being a horrifying stereotypical love interest (a.k.a at times possessive and jerk-like) was not a helping factor.
All in all, Of Triton was an underwhelming read that felt a little juvenile and difficult with the sudden changes of perspective and grammatical usage. The dialogue was a strong highlight but I felt that the romance and characters let down Of Poseidon to a great extent. I may be reading Of Neptune, but the chances are extremely low.
~Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for sending me this copy!~
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