Of Triton by Anna Banks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love the mermaid-like Syrena mythology this author has created, and I think the cast of characters is great. I’ll admit I didn’t enjoy Of Triton as much as Of Poseidon though. The firework chemistry between Emma and Galen seemed to cool off significantly from the previous book, and the plot focused on politics, which wasn’t as appealing to me. There were several instances where I felt pulled out of the story because the characters’ actions didn’t make sense. At one point Galen makes Emma promise to stay out of the ocean, but she goes jet-skiing and big surprise, falls into the water. Another time, they hire a helicopter and bribe the pilot to take them way out over the ocean and they jump out; there’s no way the pilot would just abandon them. For people trying not to draw attention or expose the Syrena, that scenario didn’t ring true for me. Also, I couldn’t help noticing numerous spelling errors and typos.
Overall, I do think the author is very talented and definitely does well at writing an entertaining story, but book 2 didn’t blow me away like the first one.
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Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I forget how I came across this book, but I was intrigued by more than just the synopsis. Many reviewers seemed unhappy with the point of view switching between two characters, particularly with one being in first person, the other in third. I personally love that narrative style, to the point where I used that style in writing my own books. I wondered if maybe the book just wasn’t well written. What I didn’t expect to happen was to completely fall in love with Of Poseidon!
I had no problem at all with the alternating points of view – I actually really liked that aspect of this book. I also loved everything else: the varied characters, the plot, the mermaid-like Syrena mythology, and the spine-tingling conclusion.
There’s something majestic and fascinating about the ocean – it makes the perfect setting for this vast and beautiful world, yet it’s also a place fraught with danger. I devoured this book in two days, and rushed out immediately to pick up the next book in the series, Of Triton.
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