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Of Triton by Anna Banks

Thursday, August 27, 2015 Geraldine 0 Comments

The Breakdown

Excellent:
  • The cover 
Meh:
  • Over-extension of the ending
Rating: 3 stars

The Review

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?

There's only one thing to be said about this book; it wasn't as good as Of Poseidon, its predecessor. This is due to many factors, like over-extension of the ending. However, there were some excellent additions to Of Triton, that do make it an enjoyable read.

The ending wrapped up okay; it doesn't really seem that there is a premise for a sequel. In addition to this, I felt like the ending was extended a bit. The drama had pretty much all ended, but then, it was unexplicably extended to incorporate Emma, Galen and Rayna essentially being the heroes of the day. This, for me, was a weak ploy to get me to like these characters even more. I felt like she should have ended it right there and then, and tried to solve the remaining problems in the next book, so that there would be lead-up and anticipation for Of Neptune.

The characters were virtually the same as the previous book, in that they were realistic, but not very sympathetic with their actions. This is especially so with Nalia, whose actions in many scenes would be expected, but were not painted in a good light.

The romance seen in Of Poseidon increased so much more in Of Triton.It was essential, like in Of Poseidon, but at times, I felt like Banks was going overboard and placing too much emphasis on it. Sure, the circumstances have changed, but there was more of Twilight-ness in the story, with the addition of Mark, a guy at Emma's school who fancies her.

Of Triton, like Of Poseidon was rather easy to read, the words flowing smoothly. Banks uses her way with words to describe a lot of the underwater scenes in Of Triton.

So much more is revealed in Of Triton, that the mythology is still kept strong. The mysterious Syrena are also examined more closely, with more underwater scenes happening. This showcased Banks excellent world-building, where she created an interesting world. The plans of Jagen, the villain were also introduced, and

Despite my dislike for some of this book, it still was pretty good overall, deserving of 3 stars. It was solid though I expected more from Banks. I'll be keeping Of Neptune circled on my calendar however; I can't wait to see how it will all end!

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

Star-Crossed by Frances Kelly

Friday, August 14, 2015 Geraldine 0 Comments

Bittersweet love through the ages.Before Bella & Edward, before Katniss & Peeta, before Luce & Daniel, there was Romeo & Juliet, Orpheus & Eurydice, Heathcliff & Cathy.Discover the timeless love stories that inspired your favourite authors. Discover the legendary romances that will take your breath away and melt your heart. Discover the couples who fought for their love and sacrificed everything to be together.Star - crossed is a romantic collection of fascinating tales of love, devotion, longing and triumph from myth, history and fiction

I'm ashamed to admit this... I picked this book up from the library, mainly because I saw mention of Katniss and Peeta in the blurb. 

I've wanted to read the original story of Heathcliff and Cathy for a while, and I even attempted, but the whole writing of it was so offputting! I gave up on it on Chapter 2. This shortened, condensed version made me understand the context, and I really feel like it's an interesting book now. I even feel motivated to try and read Wuthering Heights again!

I think this book also incorporated a few tales that are not original stories written by other authors. Instead, I think there were tales published in this book that have never been written before. For example, there is a story in this book about Virginia Woolf. I doubt that there has ever been a story written before on Virginia Woolf in the context of this book. However, if there is, then feel free to inform me!

Each story in this book was relatively short and snappy, getting straight to the point. There was no flowery language, and this made it easy to understand in a short time. This book is like the Sparknotes of romance stories, essentially. The story is written in language easy to read.

In the end, I guess I'd rate this book a 2 stars out of 5. It was OK  really, and I wouldn't read it again. It's a good book for introducing and giving the context of romance stories, but don't read it, if you want the original stories. 

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 Geraldine 0 Comments

The Breakdown


Excellent:
  • Character development
  • Cover
  • History
Things that could be improved:
  • Multiple characters
  • Pacing
Rating: 4 stars

The Review



Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf? Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others. Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Grave Mercy is the first book of the series called "His Fair Assassin" by Robin LaFevers. 


I picked up this book, mainly because it was about assassins and the cover was gorgeous. Just look at it. A flowy dress and a girl, standing tall and strong. It signaled to me that this book would be interesting, with a potential strong heroine. Any book to do with assassins, I will almost immediately read, because it tells me that there will be some character growth, or something or another, where the assassin cannot bring his/herself to kill one target. 

Grave Mercy had some superb character development. Ismae starts off as a vengeful girl, hellbent on bringing death towards men everywhere. By the end of the book, circumstances have molded her into a woman who knows how to choose her battles, one who is wise.

LaFevers characterises these characters fairly well. She paints Anne as a girl that is kind and desperate, but full of heart, on the throne of Brittany, helpless to do anything. From the very start, readers understand why Ismae is so vengeful, and LaFevers makes it clear that Ismae has a background, and makes her sympathetic to the reader.

The plot of Grave Mercy was quite intriguing. The politics, the history behind the novel all piqued my attention. I used to love historical novels, though recently my interest has dropped off. However, LaFevers has revived my interest in history once more, with this novel. She mixes history with fantasy, and does it extraordinarily well, with just enough of both.

Despite this, the pacing of the novel was irregular, and there were some sections of the novel that needed to be examined more carefully. There were also others scenes that were too in-depth and they bored me as well. This was the main dealbreaker for me.

In a nutshell, Grave Mercy revived historical novels for me, through incorporating some fantasy elements in the tale. The character development of Ismae is admirable and realistic. The cover... well, the cover speaks for itself! With all this in mind, Grave Mercy is a 4 star book; likeable and interesting! I'll be reading the next book in the series, Dark Triumph! I'd encourage anyone  who would be interested in history, romance or fantasy to read Grave Mercy, in addition to Dark Triumph.

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine