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Of Triton (Of Poseidon #2) – Anna Banks

Of Triton (Of Poseidon #2) – Anna BanksTitle: Of Triton (Syrena Trilogy #2) by Anna Banks
Publishing Info: May 28, 2013 by Macmillan
Source: Won
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: May 26, 2013
Related Posts: Degrees of Wrong, Of Poseidon (Syrena Trilogy #1)

    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?
Once again, Anna Banks infuses Emma and Galen's points of view with humor, intrigue, and waves of romance.

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Anna Banks has done it again! I fell in love with this mermaid — sorry, Syrena — world and the characters in it. OF POSEIDON was such an enjoyable read for me and I admit that I was a bit afraid to jump back in with OF TRITON for fear that it wasn’t going to be as good. Nowadays, I live in fear of sequels and series for fear that the next book just won’t live up to the first. In many ways, I think OF TRITON was actually better with more established characters, more complicated story lines, and a few shocking moments of its own!

I think the thing that really set OF TRITON apart from its predecessor was that now that we have the Syrena world all established, we can really dive into the politics and laws that govern our characters. Now I’m not one for politics, but the way the Syrena laws drove these story lines was fascinating! It seems all of the characters are tangled and caught in the webs of the laws and they all have to find a way to regain power, establish control, duck around the laws, or create new ones.

And of course, the driving force behind THIS, of course, is love. We’ve got a ton of pairs in this book. First, there’s the Galen and Emma story. Their romance is the steamiest of course and there were quite a few moments when Galen got my blood boiling as well as Emma’s (in a good way)! We have the old yet new romance of Grom and Nalia and the new struggle that they must face of how they can possible get back together when Nalia has supposedly been dead all of these years. Then lastly — which involves two of my favorite characters — is Toraf and Rayna. I love Toraf’s humor and sarcasm but at the same time how attentive he is to Rayna. He’s able to show sensitivity yet handle her fiery nature all at once. They’re definitely my favorite of the bunch! Although yes, yes, of course I love Galen and Emma too!

I also loved getting to see more of some of the secondary characters. Toraf and Rayna were prominent in book one but I feel like they had much more of a story line in OF TRITON and their own personal plot that also intermingled with Emma and Galen’s. We get to see so much more of Emma’s mother, hear more about her past, and get to see her in a totally different light. We always knew Emma took after her mother, but now we get to see some of that ferocity from her as well as Emma! And lastly, we spend a lot of time in the water with various other Syrena. I really enjoyed seeing different aspects of Syrena life, their laws, and new characters that surprised me on so many levels!

OF TRITON leaves us with several high points, but also one shocking moment that took my breath away. Anna Banks left us with one whopper in OF POSEIDON but OF TRITON closes with a whole different type of shocker and that was honestly one place I did not think the book would go. In a way, I was upset but in a way, it gave the book a little extra dash of serious and drama. I thoroughly enjoyed it and devoured the book in a single afternoon! Lots of action, adventure, and romance in this one and I think fans of OF POSEIDON will not be disappointed!
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Emma: Emma is back with all the spunk of book one! She’s got a lot more on her plate with this book (not like finding out you’re half mermaid isn’t a whopper, but still) and with her budding romance with full-blood Syrena Galen, Emma now has to deal with her mother’s shocking history as well as finding a way to keep her boyfriend without his own people keeping them apart. I do have to say that I still lover her spunk and fiery determination above all else! I’m glad that she stayed so true to her character — very strong and determined with just a dash of teenage naiveté.
Galen: Still serious. Still swoony! What more can I say?
Nalia: LOVED finding out so much more about Nalia in this book. After the bomb was dropped in book one, it was so great to get into that history and how everything will changed based on this brand new information!

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Read it!

I think I enjoyed this book even more than the first. It was a lot of fun, great twists, and love the romances!

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     Lies Beneath              Sweet Evil

Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1) – Anne Greenwood Brown

Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1) – Anne Greenwood BrownTitle: Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1) by Anne Greenwood Brown
Publishing Info: June 12, 2012 by Random House Publishing Group
Source: Library
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: April 18, 2013

    Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans and absorb their positive energy. Usually, they select their victims at random, but this time around, the underwater clan chooses its target for a reason: revenge. They want to kill Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother's death.
It's going to take a concerted effort to lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the water. Calder's job is to gain Hancock's trust by getting close to his family. Relying on his irresistible good looks and charm, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter Lily. Easy enough, but Calder screws everything up by falling in love - just as Lily starts to suspect there's more to the monster-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined, and just as the mermaids threaten to take matters into their own hands, forcing Calder to choose between them and the girl he loves.
One thing's for sure: whatever Calder decides, the outcome won't be pretty.

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I’ve only read one other YA mermaid series despite the growing trend for mermaid novels so I don’t have much to compare it to, but I was actually pleasantly surprised by LIES BENEATH. I don’t know if I thought it was going to be cheesy or if mermaids just weren’t my cup of tea, but the story was actually really interesting. I really liked that it was based in myths and despite the fact that we’re reading about mermaids, none of the story really seemed that far-fetched.

One thing that I felt was actually kind of special about the book was that Anne Greenwood Brown chose to start off her series with a male voice. Our main character Calder brings us his story of his sisters’ quest for revenge and how that throws him in the path of Lily Hancock. I really loved that the series starts with the male voice when most YA series start with the female MC or choose to alternate between the male & female characters. Calder’s voice throughout the book was humorous, sarcastic, and yet subtly sweet. He surely has his own demons and secrets which bring on the darker tone of the book (this is surely no Little Mermaid — although Ursula WAS pretty scary) but he also started to develop some genuine feelings for Lily and watching their relationship grow was really sweet.

One thing I did notice (and I want to say I’m complaning but I’m totally not) is that it felt really “Twilight-y” on quite a few occasions. Normally, I think I’d feel bothered by that but somehow the Twilight feel in this book actually made it better for me. I think it added that tiny layer of nostalgia, if that makes sense. It was just little things though — no major plot points ripped from the books — like how Calder is a “monster” and should be wanting to attack Lily, not be attracted to her. Things like that reminded me of the Twilight series, but I’m not gonna lie. I did like it.

The plot was rather enjoyable as a whole as were the characters. It was a little weird seeing Lily through a male POV but interesting all at the same time. I liked that we were in the guy’s head for once. I think I was more okay with Lily because we WEREN’T in her head. I think watching her get to know Calder from her POV may have ruined it a little for me.
I really enjoyed that there were TWISTS. I was not expecting that! Thank goodness for extra layers! I just wasn’t expecting the book to be that deep (no pun intended) but it definitely had a lot more going for it than I originally gave it credit for!

While LIES BENEATH wasn’t quite earth-shattering, I really enjoyed it quite a bit. Personally, I would recommend it if you’re looking for a mermaid story, particularly one that has a darker twist. If you’re looking for something different, it has the male POV going for it which I found really enjoyable!

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Calder: Calder was a really fun character for me to read/listen to. I loved his tone and although he’s pretty sarcastic, he’s got that “bad boy” swagger that totally makes you like (love) him anyway.  Things definitely get interesting when he starts getting to know Lily and we see a little bit of a softer side to him. I just really liked his character and I think the fact that I was surprised by it really helped too!
Lily: Lily was actually just okay for me. I think I felt weird seeing her through Calder’s POV because there was so much beneath the surface (GOSH what is with these puns? I’m not trying, I swear) and we didn’t get to see a lot of that. Then again, the book would have been totally different from her POV and I almost think I may not have liked it as much reading from Lily’s perspective.

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This book was really, really good. I’m really glad that I enjoyed it so much — plus it helped that I loved the audiobook narrator! I’m not normally one for mermaid novels but this book was very well put together and just a lot of fun to read.

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     Of Poseidon      Sweet Evil

Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon #1) – Anna Banks

Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon #1) – Anna BanksTitle: Of Poseidon (Syrena Trilogy #1) by Anna Banks
Publishing Info: May 22, 2012 by Macmillan
Source: Anderson's Bookshop
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: August 5, 2012
Related Posts: Degrees of Wrong, Of Triton (Syrena Trilogy #2)

    Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom...
Told from both Emma and Galen's points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.
  

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OF POSEIDON was so much more than I expected. Of course I’d heard great reviews and I’ve had the chance to meet Anna Banks and see her humor in person, so I was pretty confident I’d enjoy the book! Definitely has that Anna Banks humor, wit, and snarkiness all throughout the book. The only thing I wasn’t sure about what the whole “mermaid” plot since I haven’t read any mermaid books before, but you know what? Totally doesn’t matter, because the story is really great. I think Anna Banks does a fantastic job building the Syrena world, along with the laws and gifts of the Syrena. A lot of times when different worlds are introduced, I feel like we see some really gaping holes, but everything is greatly covered in OF POSEIDON.

At first I was a little confused with the story being told from both Emma and Galen’s perspectives simply because Emma is telling it in the first person, and Galen’s side is being told in third person. I’m not really sure why Anna Banks chose to write it this way, but in the end, I think it really works. I’m not sure about the whole first vs third person thing, but I’m really glad that it was told from both their perspectives because without either side, we’d really be missing a lot of information or so many things would have to get told back to the audience instead of us experiencing it with the characters first hand.

I loved the romance aspect of the book! Emma and Galen actually spend a lot of time hating each other at first. No, hating is wrong — Galen likes to tease Emma, and Emma loooves to give Galen a hard time. I love all of the sarcasm, teasing, even the fighting because it was made to be fun. And how adorable was it hearing Galen talking about all the “land terms” and “human dialect”? So funny! It’s like he’s a foreigner getting to know brand new customers in a different country, which I guess technically in a way, he really was.

Holy cow, talk about a surprise ending! I won’t give you the smallest hint if you haven’t read it (and if you have, let’s discuss!), but I was really knocked off my feet with that. And also a little surprised as to how I didn’t see this coming… But really great way to end the book!

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This book was a ton of fun. It was the first book I’ve ever really read about mermaids and I really liked the way it was handled!

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