Tuesday, May 28, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: OF TRITON (Of Poseidon, #2) by Anna Banks




OF TRITON (Of Poseidon, #2)
by Anna Banks

Published: May 28, 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: YA • Mermaids/Mermen • Mythology • Paranormal • Romance • Supernatural • Action • Political Intrigue 
Source: Early copy purchased at Barnes & Noble


 Technically 4.6 rounded to 5

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?
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I have waited for this next installment for so long. The pain of it was excruciating. You can imagine my excitement when I obtained an early copy. My eyes danced, my heart sang and my fingers itched to grab hold and read every delicious syllable. 


The book started off with a bang and only expanded from there. I held my jaw off the floor the whole way through. Anna Banks delivered a whale of a novel, packed to the gills with romance, intrigue, action and tactile characters. What I loved most about her writing are the snap-crackle-pop, snarky personalities that jump out of the book. 


The intensity left my nails in tatters. I fell in love with the characters all over again. Bravo to Banks for writing such a well crafted novel. She made everything so organic and believable. The storyline was rock solid, the plot was convincing, the writing style was consistent and well developed and the character development was outstanding. She is a master of detail. (Wait.. I can hear angels singing...) Combine those with her boiling hot romance, perfect pace and quick-witted humor and the result is the best catch of the summer reading lot! 

Anna Banks didn't pull punches in this second installment. I found the story made even more intense by the various points of view. Emma's and Galen's viewpoints created an enriched, flavorful depth to the story that wouldn't have existed otherwise. 

                                              

One of the aspects to Banks' writing style that I loved is her ability to drop the reader into the middle of a character's head. I felt what they felt and experienced everything they did. Sigh.... brilliant. (Having a FAN GIRL moment for the author.)

Emma got her game on and showed everyone just what she was made of in this installment. I felt so proud of her for stepping up to the plate and trying to make a difference. (Sorry, can't spoil it for you!) Let's just say I was thinking of Mulan's similar transformation while I read the book.



Banks unloaded a dump truck of surprise information in this second book that left me with a whole new appreciation for several characters.  She threw so many twists and turns at me that I was holding onto my sofa for dear life. All I have to say about her characters is that if you think you have them pegged, think again. They morphed into completely different persona. One transformation was eye raising. Another had me trying to yell into the book, thinking they could all hear me. (OF COURSE that got a look from my hubby. Sigh.) Along with the humor and intense scenes, Banks included some resolutions that had me up doing my victory dance (but I assure you it was not in an orange track suit.)



Banks had me in complete shock and awe for several scenes. One in particular left me talking to the book asking, "Are you joking?" My husband has continued to threaten counseling for me as I talk to inanimate objects.... aka books... way to much. Seriously though... it was mind blowing, heart stopping and I just didn't want to believe what happened.



I have unanswered questions. One of which occurred in the very last paragraph. (No cheating people, don't skip to the last page!) If you've had questions regarding the mythology specifically, you should be pleased with the explanations added in this book.  We get introduced to characters only hinted at before and got a much closer look at some of the other merfolk. I applaud Banks on an outstanding second installment that was meaty, juicy, flavorful and super filling.

I anxiously await what delicious goodness Banks has in store for book three. If you have not read OF POSEIDON, I HIGHLY recommend it. This is excellent reading, especially for summer. ENJOY!

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