Monday, 17 November 2014

Review: Of Neptune by Anna Banks

Of Neptune (Syrena #3)
Released: 1 May 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: HardieGrant Egmont Australia
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At the Other End:
Emma and her gorgeous boyfriend Galen are desperate for some time alone, away from their underwater sea kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. They visit the small town of Neptune - home to land-dwelling, fresh-water Syrena - but there's an undercurrent of tension between the Syrena of Neptune and those from the sea. 

Neptune holds another threat too: in particular, a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. 

New York Times Bestselling author of The Syrena Legacy series. 

Grew up in a town called Niceville. No, seriously. I graduated from Niceville High School. So did J Lo's second husband. And the guy that plays Aqua Man on Smallville dated my best friend. 

Now I indulge my tendency to lie by writing the lies down and selling them to publishers. Well actually my agent sells it, so she's an accomplice to lies. One of my lies is called OF POSEIDON. The sequel is called OF TRITON. The last and final installment is OF NEPTUNE, and it released May 13, 2014. Be on the lookout for JOYRIDE, my YA Contemporary out June 2, 2015--Bonnie & Clyde meets Latina Pretty in Pink!

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A brilliant conclusion to the Syrena trilogy, capturing us until the very end.

Wow, didn’t this book take a random turn! I loved this book, don’t take me wrong, but I’m trying to come up with reasons as to why this third book exists. I get that it’s great for Emma to have found people like her, and be welcomed with open arms with all three species, Syrena, Half Breed and Human in the one swoop. But then, there is the relevance of it? The relevance of a whole heap of things in this book that were practically pointless to add. By this, I mean one person. REED. I hate this guy so much it’s unbelievable. There is no point to his character except just piss me off!! And boyyyyy, did he piss me off. He is two of the things that I hate most, it was insta-love for him and his feelings towards Emma, AND, it was a love triangle. Emma, are you fucking kidding me? I just….. I can’t. I KNEW it would happen, and it did, and I hate it. HATE. IT. Did you get that? I HATE IT. I absolutely love Galen & Emma’s ship, why did that have to be ruined for? Sure, she still picked Galen, but she LET Reed kiss her, he even asked if he could and she nodded!! Like WTFFFFFFFFFF.

While Galen is too busy getting tortured, beaten, starved and dehydrated, she is off gallivanting with Reed, and can’t seem to put together that if he hasn’t called her, and no one has seen him, not even his brother who he was going to see, then he is OBVOIOUSLY IN TROUBLE. Derrrrrrr I just wanted to slap her. Maybe I’m feeling all this hate for her now because of the whole love triangle bullshit. Especially, because she kept telling herself in her head that she loves Galen, yet she kept on hanging out with Reed, and holding his hand and blushing and leading him on!!! Not that he needed leading on, he was already in fucking love with her!
Sorry, I’m going to try and stop my ranting and get on to the rest of it.

Despite all that, I did love this book. Like the previous two in the series, I finished it in a day, it was addictive. I don’t know how or why, but I can’t help but love this book, but I did, and the ending was bittersweet and everything I hoped for. 

Still as predictable as ever, but surprisingly not as much as the other two, I guess because I was hooked a bit more than the others, I finished this one in less time than the other two and it was a lot longer. But, I was really surprised at how much action is going on in this book at the end, I could not stop reading even after trying, and failing, to force myself to stop. I was on the edge of my seat (aka. My bed) throughout those final chapters towards the end, and I couldn’t stop for the life of me. I loved it. 

However, this isn’t a downside or anything, but I think that this book and Of Triton should have been combined together and remove some of the middle bits and not drag it on as much. It would have been a perfect duology that was, especially the epilogue.

Of Poseidon (Syrena #1)
Released: 1 June 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: HardieGrant Egmont Australia
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At the Other End:
Galen is strong, protective and gorgeous, with striking violet eyes and a body to make you shiver - and that's just when he's in human form. 

He's from the House of Triton, god of the sea, and he's searching for a girl with the gift of Poseidon to save his brother from marrying a fraud. Emma is a human. Or so she thinks. 

When Emma meets Galen on the beach, they both sense a sizzling chemistry. But can Galen convince her that she holds the key to his kingdom - without letting on that he's falling for her?
Read my review of Of Poseidon here.

Of Triton (Of Poseidon #2)
Released: 1 July 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: HardieGrant Egmont Australia
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At the Other End:
Emma is half-mermaid: a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. But she's in love with Galen - a gorgeous Syrena from the House of Triton, god of the sea. If Emma's secret is discovered by the Syrena, she risks being put to death as a half-breed. 

Emma's mother has spent years in hiding. Once a princess in the House of Poseidon, she escaped the sea to live as a human. Aware of the danger her daughter faces, she is determined to keep Emma away from the Syrena. But her reappearance after so many years turns the two underwater kingdoms - Poseidon and Triton - against one another. 

How can Emma and Galen stay together when their two rival kingdoms - and two different worlds - just want to tear them apart?

This novel was received for review via Hardie Grant Egmont Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.


  1. I haven't started this series yet because it doesn't seem like it would be for me, but I am glad to hear you liked this despite its flaws! :D The love triangle is a shame though, because everything else sounded rather good. :/ Thanks for sharing, and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    1. It was an ok series, but I've definitely read better, and I can see where this series was lacking for me, especially the need for this last book. It was so irritating that this book even exists! Yep, the love triangle completely ruined it for me, and it was literally pointless having it in there, especially after everything that Emma and Galen have gone through already. Thanks lovely <3


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