Reivew: Of Triton

Of Triton
(Of Poseidon #2)
by Anna Banks
YA Paranormal
May 28th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends

Goodreads summary:
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?

What I thought:
I really liked Of Poseidon. I have liked most of the mermaid books I've read, but I especially liked the author's take on mermaids in this series. There were some people who didn't like it because they felt Galen was too overbearing and controlling, but I didn't feel that way. I just took into consideration who Galen was, the way he was raised, and his culture. I also didn't feel it was the focal point of the story. If this was an issue for you with the first book though, I would say that it is a non-issue in this one. Sure, Galen wants Emma to stay on land so that she'll be safe, but that's about the extent of his lording over her in this one.

I liked Emma. She has a really tough time with her mom being who she is and that she was lied to her whole life. She has even a harder time with the fact that her dad has only been dead for a few years and it's really not a big deal to her mom and that there is no love-loss there. Emma doesn't handle it very well, but either does her mom. I also think that if I was in the same situation, and had loved my dad and had this belief in my family like Emma did that I would probably have a tough time too. I think it would take a few weeks or months to deal with it, especially with everything else that she had dealt with and was dealing with, and she was basically expected to be fine with everything in a day or two. Galen is really a huge support to her.

Ah, yes, Galen. I still loved him. He is quite stressed out in this one, but he is also brave, loving, and patient, well, sometimes. Toraf is under quite a bit of stress as well and we see a much more serious side of him. I also really liked Grom. He is steady, confident, and we see a lot more of him than in the first book. Galen also sees a very different side of his brother than he has before.

I do have to say that Rayna really bothered me sometimes. She's just so dramatic and hates others so easily. Not just dislike or not getting along, but really not-even-trying-to get along, and can be very loud and violent about it. She just rubbed me the wrong way most of the time. I also thought with her background that she'd be a little more poised, but she's not.

I thought the plot moved at a good pace. I really enjoyed the story and seeing how the characters got involved and changed as they were challenged. I also really liked that this is basically a clean read. The characters don't swear and there is some making out, but nothing too lengthy or descriptive.

I did feel at the end that this would be the final book in the series, but then it kind of kept going. Goodreads says there is a third book, so I guess there is. I'm not quite sure what is going to drive the story, but I will find out when I read it.

If you liked Of Poseidon or you like tales about mermaids, then I would definitely recommend picking this up.

Content: Some mild violence and innuendo, but I would consider this clean.
Source: Library

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