Review: Of Neptune by Anna Banks

Posted 11 October, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Of Neptune by Anna BanksOf Neptune by Anna Banks
Series: The Syrena Legacy #3
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends on May 13, 2014
Source: Library
Pages: 336
Reading Challenges: 2014 Prequel and Sequel Challenge
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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.

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

Here Are My Thoughts

Check out my review of Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy #1)
Check out my review of Of Triton (The Syrena Legacy #2)

Favorite Quotes

“‘Emma, I will love you with every breath in my body and beyond my own death. I swear to be your shield, your protector, your worshipper. There is nothing I will deny you. I am yours.'”

Why I Picked It Up

I loved the first two novels in this trilogy so I had to see the conclusion to Galen and Emma’s story.

Plot

This novel picks up a little bit after the last one. Emma and Galen travel to the town of Neptune where they discover a town where Syrena and Half-Bloods live in harmony with humans and swim in freshwater. While Emma feels a part of the little town, Galen hates it. After an argument, Galen leaves to tell Grom about the city and is kidnapped. Meanwhile, Emma stays and begins getting closer to a Half-Blood, Reed, until they get themselves into trouble as well.

I enjoyed this novel even better than the others. The characters really got themselves into some real predicaments. There was never a lack of anything happening. The point of view alternated between Emma’s first person and Galen’s third person so we got to see both events progressing at the same time. The thing I liked best about this novel was that there wasn’t just one evil villain—there were two! This kept me on my toes trying to figure out exactly what was going on.

Leading Lady

Emma was definitely more relaxed at points in this novel. She finally found somewhere where she fit in and you could see the wonders it did for her. She was just as strong and brave in this novel even though she wasn’t much the hero in this novel like the previous one. She did get herself out of some sticky situations though. Classic to the personality we saw in the previous novels, Emma was snarky and funny and sarcastic. I really love her character.

Leading Male

Galen was constantly in sticky situations—once with each other the evil villains and once with Emma. He just couldn’t catch a break! His chapters were my favorite to read because I was guaranteed action with a snarky Galen. He was protective in this novel and we also saw some jealousy. It was endearing to see because we didn’t see much of it in the other novels because there was never competition for Emma’s affections. But that competition just made Galen because even more swoon-worthy.

Reed was the third point to the love triangle. View Spoiler » I did enjoy Reed’s character though. He was what Galen wasn’t—funny, happy, and social. It was a nice contrast. And I have to admit—he was pretty swoony too.

Romance

The romance in this novel was on the rocks. The big problem of land vs. water came to a head in this novel. By that, I mean Emma wanted to live on land and Galen wanted to live in the water. That was the main source of their tension. View Spoiler » The chemistry was there like in the other novels and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of these two together. They just complemented each other very well.

World Building

We see more of the Syrena history in this novel and I liked that we got one more in-depth look at this world that Banks created before having to say goodbye to it.

Conclusion

Of Neptune was a better conclusion to Emma and Galen’s story than I was expecting. It pains me to say goodbye to the characters, the romance, and the story.

5 Stars
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About Anna Banks

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NYT Bestselling YA author of The Syrena Legacy series: OF POSEIDON (2012) OF TRITON (2013) OF NEPTUNE (2014). Repped by rockstar Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency. I live with my husband and daughter in the Florida Panhandle. I have a southern accent compared to New Yorkers, and I enjoy food cooked with real fat. I can’t walk in high heels, but I’m very good at holding still in them. If you put chocolate in front of me, you must not have wanted it in the first place.

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