By: Melanie | August 15, 2013 | (15) Comments

Review: Of Triton by Anna BanksOf Triton by Anna Banks
Series: Of Poseidon, #2
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Australia
Release Date: July 1, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Pages: 246
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.

My Review

“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!~

2 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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15 Responses to Review: Of Triton by Anna Banks

  1. Eek I’m sorry you didn’t like this one but you raise a lot of amazing points! I remember loving Of Poseidon, and I read it about a year ago as well, and I was still in that phase where I pretty much loved everything I read >.< but ahh I can see why you would be frustrated by the world building and Emma, she was getting a lot of complaints in other reviews I read.

    Fantastic review, Melanie! <33
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  2. Oh, that’s such a shame, Melanie! I really loved Of Poseidon, and I’ve heard some great things about this one. Books won’t work for everyone though! Thanks for your honesty, doll 🙂

  3. Ariella says:

    I remember liking Of Poseidon but I haven’t had the urge to pick this one up yet. I think this one would pale in comparison and I didn’t love Of Poseidon THAT much. I don’t think I would ever continue this series. So sorry that you didn’t like it much :/
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  4. Nara says:

    “defiant, stubborn bitch” hahaha harsh words, Mel, harsh words. Don’t blame you though, personally I didn’t really enjoy Of Poseidon that much (it was just an okay read) and I think that was probably because of the protagonist as well. She just seems a bit annoying…I haven’t read Of Triton yet, but I probably won’t end up reading it as poor world building is one of my pet peeves. And ugh I can just see Galen being all overprotective…
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  5. Stephanie B says:

    Aw, sorry you didn’t like it. But I have to say, Mel, the way you express your disappointment with the MC made me chuckle. Entertaining but informative review. Great job!
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  6. I’ve never read any of these books, but it’s interesting to see how reviewing may have affected your taste in books. It seems like the more you review things, the more you notice about books and you find what works best for you!
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  7. I can relate to this situation! I actually think I’ve become a lot harsher and pickier since I’ve started reviewing books. I frequently look back at some of my older ratings and wonder how on earth I even enjoyed half the books that I did. It’s a shame that this one was such a disappointing read for you, though. If you do continue with the series, I hope Of Neptune is far more satisfying. Thanks for the honest review, as always!
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  8. Diamond Dee says:

    Eeek. Not good. Interesting though how you say your view of books has changed since you started reviewing..mine has too. It’s a lot harder for a book to get 4-5 stars than it used to be before I book blogged.
    Of Poseidon has been sitting on my shelf, I need to read it. I feel like there’s a lot of hot and cold reactions to this series, people either love of hate it. I’m gonna give it a shot, but I’m not sure what to expect, honestly!

    Great review <3
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  9. I’m conflicted now. I just recently added “Of Poseidon” to my TBR because it sounded like a good read. Some people seem to like it and others just don’t think it’s really that worth reading. I guess I need to know where I stand with this series!
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  10. Celine says:

    My interests and tolerance for clichés have changed so much, too! I’m sorry you didn’t like this one. I’ve been hearing quite bad things about this series…
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  11. Rachel says:

    I started the audio book of On Poseidon and had to stop because Emma and her “illogical mind” was driving me nuts. I couldn’t stand her, her voice, her thoughts, just everything grated on my last nerve. Great honest review, Melanie. 🙂
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  12. I see this change in myself a lot too, but I actually rather enjoyed Of Poseidon, despite the god awful audio narrator. I was looking forward to this one, and now I’m not. Ah, well, one less problem for me, one less book on my endless list.
    I’m sad that Galen ended up being just another one of those boys. He had so much potential.
    Great review, darling.
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  13. Oh no, I was wondering why you weren’t a fan of the novel, now I know why! Thanks for sharing your review, it’s interesting to see how opinions change as we start critically reviewing. I have to review this book too and the first one, so I think my opinions might be the same.
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  14. Yikes. I DNF’ed the first book…if you liked that and rated this one so low, I know I would hate it O_O
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