19 July 2014

Of Neptune

Author: Anna Banks
Series: The Syrena Legacy #3
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

Of Poseidon focused on Emma learning about her roots and her heritage as a member of the Syrena (sort of, since she is a Half Breed).  Then Of Triton focused on restoring Emma's mother, the long lost princess and love of Grom, to her rightful heritage as a princess of the Syrena.  With everyone pretty much restored and the two groups somewhat at peace now, Of Neptune decides to take the focus to a third group of Syrena, located in land in Tennessee as descends of Neptune.

After the death of his beloved friend, Galen decides perhaps he needs a bit of a vacation to get other recent events, and Emma goes along for the ride, although not before her grandfather suggests they take their trip to Neptune, where Emma realizes she is not the only Half-Breed left.  The introduction of a handful of new characters gives Banks the opportunity to throw in the obligatory young adult love triangle, which was a bit annoying as it seems as if Emma and Galen were already well on their way to a happily ever after.

While I felt we didn't have enough face time to truly connect to the new characters Banks introduces, especially since Of Neptune wraps up the series, it was still an interesting enough plot, and it didn't feel as if it was a retelling of the same old story like a lot of novels in young adult series these days.  I don't feel as if Of Neptune was a necessary addition to the series; Banks could have easily wrapped the series up after Of Triton just as well as she did with this novel (I wasn't 100% sure it was the end of the series until I dug a little deeper online) but I guess trilogies are the name of the game these days.

There was enough intrigue and excitement in the story to keep me interested, even though it wasn't anything super impactful.  It was interesting to see same ties link back into the first and second novels through the new set of characters, and the story involved Emma and the original crew enough to keep the story moving, though the side characters from the first two stories weren't as important in this novel, so it lost a bit of its interest there.

Overall, still not a series that will keep you up late at night getting through the pages with the need to read all three back to back, but a quick enough leisure read to hold my interest.  If my puppy hadn't chewed through the library binding of this novel, I wouldn't have bought it, and it's not a series that I would purchase for my personal library to read several times more, but an interesting enough story for fans of mermaid type novels for a read through of the entire series.

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