17 July 2014

Of Triton

Author: Anna Banks
Series: The Syrena Legacy #2
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

Based on the cover for the second installment in the series, I honestly didn't think I would enjoy the second installment.  From the cover, it looks like Banks is going to play heavily on the young adult romance in the series, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that Of Triton focused on the romance less than Of Poseidon did.

Of Triton picks up where Of Poseidon left off, with the stunning realization that Emma's mother is the long lost love of Galen's brother.  Galen is determined to reunite Grom and Nalia to prevent the imposter from the other clan from marrying Grom.  Nalia, however, refuses to believe that Grom is still alive, so she takes off with Emma on the run.

Emma and Galen actually spend a good majority of this novel apart, and it doesn't bother me too much.  It allows for some more character development and exposes some of the other relationships in the series, while making Emma call into question her relationship with Galen once more on where his true intentions lie.

It doesn't feel like much happens in Of Triton; the bulk of the novel focuses on returning Nalia to her true birth right.  The end conflict between the Tritons and the Poseidons brings some action to the story.  At only 246 pages, Of Triton is pretty quick and precise, though the pace can seem a little slow at points since we are just watching one gang chase after another.

I will throw a little bit of a spoiler alert when I saw that one of the characters I really liked dies in this novel, and it actually impacted me some, which doesn't usually happen when I'm reading young adult romance novels.  I like how the characters feel the impact as well; a lot of times (I especially notice in first person narratives) the characters seem to just pass right on by the death of a friend or a loved one.  Banks takes these deaths to heart.  Emma still feels the loss of her friend Chloe, and brings it up every so often in the narrative.

Still not an impactful novel with brilliant quotes or lasting impressions, but Of Triton is an entertaining read for a summer beach novel.

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