Friday, June 19, 2015

Review: Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy #3) by Anna Banks

Warning: May contain spoilers for books one and two
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Title: Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy #3)
Author: Anna Banks
Publish Date: May 13th 2014

"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."

StoryLine: I hate to say it, but this was the worse book of the trilogy. If I'm being completely honest, there were several times last night I considered DNFing this book. The first two books were frustrating or unbelievable, but I couldn't make myself put them down. They were quick reads because even though they could make me groan out loud at times, the story and mythology and characters were still interesting, and the writing was really fast pace and easy to read. This book, however, dragged.

Emma and Galen go to a town full of Syrena, humans and Half-Breeds. Galen turns into a jealous jerk, and Emma turns into a flirty, indecisive, immature little girl who acts like she's never seen another male before. Yes, there is a love triangle. Final book in the trilogy, and Banks decides that a love triangle sounds like just thing to fill the pages. Emma and Galen get in a fight the first night there, and Galen ends up leaving. He pulls over as he's leaving town to change his mind, and is kidnapped. The majority of the book alternates between Galen being tortured and Emma giggling with Reed and not even thinking to be concerned about her boyfriend leaving and not answering any of her calls. The boy is super overprotective, and she never once thinks it suspicious that he abandoned her in a strange town for days without once even checking up on her.

Characters: Emma annoyed me so much in this book. Galen is grieving, so I forgive his actions at the beginning, but Emma does stupid thing after stupid thing. From purposefully saying cruel things to Galen in their fight, to everything she does in his absence. If a guy who wasn't my boyfriend was constantly trying to make moves on me, fight or not, I would spend less time with him not more. And the way she reacted to the advances made them seem like they were ok. And then she starts feeling all these things for Reed. That's when you cut yourself off.

And Reed was a slimey eel. He is supposedly all sweet and such, but he had less than zero respect for Emma's and Galen's relationship and for the word no. Even if she was acting like she would give him a chance, she told him she wouldn't and that she was with Galen and he wouldn't respect that. Even if they had broken up, it had been about 10 hours and he was already trying to swoop in, and that's slimey too. If he can't respect other's relationships, how can he be trusted to respect his own? Even if Galen was out of the equation, Reed shouldn't even be an option.

Parting Thoughts: The love triangle, the whole book really, was pointless and unnecessary. The ending was cute, but an extended epilogue in Of Triton would have sufficed. This is one that you can skip and still feel like there was a satisfying ending to the story. Unless you loved the first two and like love triangles, then I wouldn't recommend this one.

2.5/5 Stars


  1. Mmm, no. Love triangle? WHAT. One of my other bloggy friends, Nereyda, didn't like this one much at all. Soooo... I doubt I'll ever read this one. I hate to leave a series hanging, because I did read books one and two, but I've had a bad feeling about this one since Nereyda read it last year. No, thank you!

    Excellent review, Mandy!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. I'm still on the first book of the trilogy, Of Poseidon - it's sad to know that the series ends in such a bad way! Hate to stop in the middle of a series, but oh well :)
    I'd love for you to stop by my book blog if you have anytime at all and say hi!


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