Saturday, May 24, 2014

Of Neptune by Anna Banks

Emma and Galen’s kingdom and their love is threatened by long-lost Syrena in the brilliant conclusion to Anna Banks bestselling trilogy.

Emma, 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 and the land-dwelling, freshwater Syrena. 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. 
(From Goodreads)

Of Neptune is the third book in the Syrena Legacy series. I have read Of Poseidon and Of Triton and I really loved both books!

When I started Of Neptune, I really did not know what to expect. Usually when I read a series, the sequels are never as good as the first book and most of the time I end up disappointed. But that did not happen with the Syrena Legacy series by Anna Banks, I loved every single book of the series.
In this last book Emma was sent to a town, Neptune, by her grandfather, Antonis. Neptune is a town only for descendants of the General Poseidon that have decided to live on land. Not only for Syrenas, but also for half-breeds (half human, half Syrena) and some humans. Since Emma always felt out of place in the Syrena world feeling like the only one half-breed in the world, her grandfather sent her to Neptune so she could know that she wasn't alone and there was a place for her. He wanted her to know that she also had another option for life.

He didn't tell them that it was a town of Syrenas and half-breeds, though, so they didn't know what to expect when they go there.They meet a new character, Reed, another half breed. He was very cool, nice, and funny and of course he was hot. Reed had a total crush on Emma since the first time they meet.  And as one could expect, this did not make Galen happy at all. And I wasn't very happy about it either, but we'll get there soon enough.

Reed took them to meet his dad. Being a half-breed is punishable by death in the ocean world, so the half-breed descendants living on land can never go into the ocean for the fear of being found by the Syrenas. Reder asked Emma and Galen to be like a mediator or negotiator between the ocean world and the town of Neptune. But Galen was not happy with this whole entire situation. He wasn't happy with the town and he really wasn't happy with what Reder was asking them to do. To him, this whole town was breaking the Syrena law for living on land and having half-breed children. Anyway, Emma and Galen got into a fight because of this and Galen left, leaving Emma by herself at the town. This fight was mostly the cause of miscommunication, because neither of them wanted to say what they really needed to say, they did not want to hurt the other person's feelings. Every time that they said something it came out wrong, and their words were misunderstood, so they both got really mad and Galen left.

While driving away  Galen had to stop the car on the side of the roads to cool down his temper, of course he wasn't going to leave her. Once he was calm  he was about to head to the car when he was ambushed by Tyrden( yeah, our new villain)   and other two Syrenas. They took him they kidnapped him and torture him.

With Galen gone, Emma thought she was about to lose him forever. She left him tons of messages, but he never answered. Reed saw the absence of Galen as his golden opportunity to get Emma. What I did not like about this was that he was asking her all the time to chose between him and Galen. Since Galen apparently abandoned her, he was the only one there for her. But to me the way he asked to 'chose one of them' did not make sense, it wasn't like they were dating for a long time before Galen. No, he just met her and he was asking her to chose one of them? It did not feel right.

Another thing, I thought Kennedy was pointless to the book. I think that the author made that small side story with him just to fill up pages, to make the book bigger because what happened with him had nothing to do with the main problem with the story.

I wish I could have read more of Toraf, Rayna, Grom and Naila. They are all so funny and great characters. Overall, it was a very good book and had its HEA!

Great series! If you like mermaid books, then you should definitely read these!

5 Stars! 
Similar books: Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs, Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs,
Ingo by Helen Dunmore.

Note: review also in my Goodreads and Amazon.

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