Aug 15, 2014

Review--Of Neptune by Anna Banks

Emma, who is half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together. Alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean-living Syrena and the land-dwelling, freshwater counterparts. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love, but their ocean kingdoms.

In this stunning conclusion to her bestselling Syrena Legacy, Anna Banks thrills fans with more action and romance than ever.

Of Neptune concludes Anna Banks' Syrena Legacy trilogy and it was quite the read! Granted, it feels like it's been forever since I've read Of Triton, so my memory was pretty much shot in that area, but luckily there were enough reminders of what has already happened, the important details at least.

Emma and Galen are going on a trip to get away from it all...everything, they deserve the break. But when Emma's grandfather suggests a town to visit, Emma is shocked to discover the little town of Neptune is filled with Half-Breeds, just like her. Emma is fascinated with everything and everyone around her. Galen, not so much. Mostly because their tour guide is Reed, another Half-Breed who seems to like Emma a lot!

When Emma and Galen get into an argument, Galen leaves Neptune but it waylaid by an enemy who decides to hold him hostage, while Emma is left in Reed's capable hands. I got to tell you, that was one of the most extreme points of the story with Emma and Galen separated and each one thinking the worst! Emma thinks Galen is mad at her and doesn't want anything more to do with her and all other sorts of insecurities enter her mind. Galen is concerned because she's still in Neptune where enemies are in hiding. So yeah, definitely intense!

I felt very suspicious of Reed and basically the whole Neptune town. It was like Stepford or something. It wasn't overly perfect, but the community was very tight-knit, to the point you think they're hiding something. Think of the Skins in Roswell, Season 2. When Liz and the gang go to see the senator's family to pay their "respects" for her death and all. They were an obvious shady bunch and that is exactly the feeling in had with the residents of Neptune.

I was sad to see that Toraf and Rayna weren't there but for the last few chapters because they were always an enjoyable pair! Especially Toraf and his antics, I loved that guy! It's so weird to read this book that's considered YA for our characters are now 19 and 21, but yet, saying it's a New Adult seems off. Especially with what other New Adult books contain, but regardless, this definitely fits the YA bill in terms of content. The romance between Emma and Galen--for the beginning at least--is sweet, since they're trying to wait until their mating ceremony. But these two are going to have a lot of obstacles to tackle in this book. And it's entirely possible they might not even make it to the mating ceremony.

Of Neptune was the perfect kind of series ender! There's questions thrown about regarding everyone's fate; there's action, romance, humor, suspense! What more could you ask for in your read? And I must say I was quite happy with how it ended. It does definitely ring of a final tone, but yet, there's a kind of peacefulness to it all that makes it a most enjoyable read!

Overall Rating 4/5 stars


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