First off, I know this review is quite late relative to when the book was released.
I know. I’m a slow reader these days and also I have the flu. And by flu, I mean “death-by-sniffles”. Trust me. Nothing means death like sniffles.
Thanks Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for the review-copy! Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy #3) by Anna Banks hit shelves in May, 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.
Probably the biggest thing I have to say about Of Neptune is that it surprised me.
When I finished the second book in the trilogy, Of Triton, I could not see WHERE a third book could go. I didn’t feel it left anything open enough. But to her credit, the author certainly made an excellent go of a full-fledge plot.
One of the great things about Of Neptune?
The Syrena world just got so much bigger! Instead of just having mermaid-things in the ocean, WELCOME HALF-BREEDS!! That’s pretty cool. I like it when things get bigger and deeper.
But I just need to put it simply, why I didn’t like the book. It didn’t feel like it needed to exist.
Okay! I know that’s harsh! But as I said before, Of Triton didn’t need a follow-up and this book wasn’t a stunning conclusion. Why? It followed a rule book. Like this:
1) We need an epic conclusion to a thrilling trilogy. Okay… epic conclusion….
2) Got it. We need a love triangle! Yes! Let’s get a new guy in to flirt with the beautiful (and already engaged) main character.
3) Wait a second. She likes the guy she’s engaged to…. Okay. We need a kidnapping, complete with G-rated torture. (Don’t get me wrong. I hate torture in books, but I can also tell when it’s lame.)
4) A few more ingredients, like family secrets, family miscommunication, a town with a little civil-mayor-war, 15 or so awkward chats about the benefits of abstinence, that stinking love triangle skunk who WOULDN’T LEAVE EMMA ALONE WHEN SHE TOLD HIM TO TAKE A LONG WALK OFF A SHORT PIER AND SOMEHOW THAT WASN’T A BLEMISH AGAINST HIS CHARACTER, and not enough of my favourite character from the other two books, Rayna.
I’m sorry. I really wanted to like this book. But I think the only way to GIF verdict it would be like this:
Unfortunately, it was a disappointing conclusion to a trilogy I enjoyed. Book #1 was undoubtedly my favourite.