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Book Review: Of Triton by Anna Banks

Bad news my wonderful readers: Of Triton by Anna Banks wasn’t the best. In fact, it is another sequel that fell into the tricky and traitorous sophomore slump. *Cries*

Book Review: Of Triton by Anna Banks

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Title & Author: Of Triton by Anna Banks

Genre: YA Fantasy – Mermaids

Release Date: May 28, 2013

Series: Of Triton #2

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

How I Got the Book: ARC via Publisher


“In this sequel to OF POSEIDON, Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half- Breeds should be put to death.

As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?”

Sophomore Slump Strikes Again

I won’t sugar coat this: I wasn’t a huge fan of Of Triton. Last summer, I was all about Of Poseidon. It’s mermaid-filled, aquatic story hooked me.

There were a few things that threw me off:

1The romantic tension is gone– Emma and Galen are pretty much set. There is a slight hint that something could come between them, but it’s not really a threat. I know it’s childish, but if there’s not enough romantic to keep me guessing, I get bored. And quickly.

2There wasn’t enough meat to the story– Very little happens in Of Triton. I think this book series could have easily been a two-parter. Now that Emma’s mom is back in the picture there’s some drama that is short lived and dragged out. It wasn’t enough to entertain me.

3My expectations were higher– I went into Of Poseidon with almost no expectations because I didn’t know what the book was about. After reading and enjoying a first book, keeping expectations at a reasonable level is much, much harder. I think mine were a tad unrealistic, and I’m ok with admitting that.

Ultimately, Of Triton disappointed me. I wanted more from the characters. For Emma, Galen and the gang, there’s no real progression. They have the same foes to fight, only reinvented for the sequel.

That is what disappointed me the most, I think – the lack of newness and freshness. Of Poseidon impressed me with its exciting take on mermaids and half-breeds. Of Triton didn’t add anything new to the series or to mermaid-dom.


From the reviews I’ve seen on Goodreads, I’m in the minority. Most readers gave this book a four or five. I don’t give star ratings for a reason, but to give you an idea to compare my thoughts with everyone else’s, I would give this book a three. Of Triton didn’t tantalize or excite me; I was bored and had to push through to the finish.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.