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Monday, March 11, 2013

Review: Of Triton

Synopsis: 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?

My Review:  I have to say that I wasn't a huge fan of the first book, Of Poseidon, but I was like what the heck, might as well give the second one a shot.  I ended up having the same opinion of the sequel as the first book.  

Of Triton really just picks right up where Of Poseidon left off, albeit with some overblown dramatics.  Emma's mother, the newly discovered lost Princess, panics and not only goes ninja warrior ass on all of them, but ferrets Emma out of there as quickly as she can.  She's convinced that the Sirena will send a capture team and kill Emma once they discover she's a half breed.  Emma's mother is convinced that she's the one that killed Grom, and thinks that the Sirena will punish her for her imagined transgression.  All the while she's implanting doubts into Emma's head about Galen's true intentions towards her.  Meanwhile Galen has fetched his brother and they're desperately trying to catch up to Emma and her mother.  

Despite their own little personal drama, the rest of the Sirena world is being thrown into a state of chaos.  With Emma's mother's reappearance, power hungry Sirena try and upset the applecart and gain power for themselves.  Emma has to decide what will be best not only for herself, but the Sirena.  Will she expose herself or stay hidden?   

I have to say my biggest problem with this book was the beginning.  It was just such overblown dramatics and how easily Emma doubts Galen just made me want to bash my head against a wall.  The beginning was just rushed and everything happened at a fast and furious pace.  It just kind of threw me off since the ending to Of Poseidon was such a big reveal.   I still don't really know how I feel about Emma's mom and Grom.  It's kind of just an awkward situation.   

As far as the rest of the plot went, it was fine.  Not really any huge surprises or plot twists, but I like the direction where the story led.  In the end, everything ended up working for the better.  I just wish the story had been fleshed out more.  These books would be ten times better if they were just LONGER.  The story is just so squished that it barely feels like there's any development going on.  Everything happens in such a tight sequential order that it doesn't leave you any room to breath and truly enjoy the story.  Maybe I'm being picky, but I like gradual build.  

There was a character death.  Obviously I'm not saying who, but I just felt like it was unneeded.  I didn't feel any emotional attachment to the character, which is probably why they got killed off because reader's wouldn't get too upset, but there was just no reason why they needed to die.  

Overall I just kind of feel meh towards these books.  Apparently there is going to be a third installment, though I can't see particularly why since the ending to this was pretty well wrapped up.  

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