Reading Roundup // 03

I have a couple of books that I’m almost finished with and I’m excited to talk about soon, but for today I wanted to talk about these three.

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks. This is the first book in the Syrena trilogy. I read this a few years ago and since I’d like to finish the series this year I decided to “reread” this through an audiobook. What I remember most about this novel is how shocking one of the opening events was and it shocked me again now. I enjoyed the novel, though. This novel is about eighteen-year-old Emma who is surprised when she runs into Galen–the boy she met on a beach shortly before a tragedy strikes–in her class, and learns that she has a special gift that will help Galen. Even though I knew what was going to happen, I really enjoyed reading this again because I was able to see all of the signs leading up to the end. I was fascinated by the world of the Syrena, although I wouldn’t want to live in that society. I’m also excited to see how things will change throughout the series. The ending was perfect; it was enough of a cliffhanger that I immediately opened the next book as soon as the audiobook ended, but not enough of a cliffhanger that I would have wanted to throw the book across the room if I had to wait a year to read book two.

Smitten Book Club by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter and Diann Hunt. This is a series of novellas that take place a town called Smitten and follow the lives of four of the members of a book club. I don’t know exactly how I feel about this book. I didn’t realize it was Christian fiction when I picked it up and while I’m Christian, I don’t like to read Christian fiction. I’d rather read a Bible study or the Bible. My favorite novella was the first (written by Colleen Coble). I felt it was the most realistic. My second favorite was the last one by Diann Hunt. I thought that each of these stories could have been better if they had been a full-length novel instead of a novella, because things moved fast and sometimes I wondered how we moved from point A to point B so quickly. If you like quick reads that you can get through in an afternoon, romances and Christian fiction, this is a book that you should look at. Apparently this is the third “Smitten” book. I don’t think you need to read the other two before you read this one. I didn’t and I don’t feel like I missed anything.

Of Triton by Anna Banks is book two in the Syrena trilogy. I won’t say too much about this one, since it’s a follow-up, but it continues right where book one left off and I must say that I actually enjoyed this one more than Of Poseidon. Usually the second book of a trilogy is my least favorite, so that surprised me. This one had a lot of action, but also some sadness that I wasn’t expecting and was really… well, sad… about. I loved all of the scenes that took place in the water and really felt like we got to learn more about the Syrena society. This one didn’t end on a cliffhanger, but I’m looking forward to finishing the trilogy soon.

What have you been reading lately?

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