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Sixteen-year-old Jet can talk to animals with her mind, but she gets tongue-tied with someone her own age. She can use her ancient powers to hydroshift, but she's still figuring out how to be smooth out of the water. Sheltered behind the palace walls, Jet trains to become queen of a secret island. All that changes when she's forced to accept a mission she isn't prepared for Sixteen-year-old Jet can talk to animals with her mind, but she gets tongue-tied with someone her own age. She can use her ancient powers to hydroshift, but she's still figuring out how to be smooth out of the water. Sheltered behind the palace walls, Jet trains to become queen of a secret island. All that changes when she's forced to accept a mission she isn't prepared for — fitting in at high school. Jet's powers, never before tested, are pushed to their limits. Jet learns that handling high school life is just as complicated and dangerous as the mystery that brought her there. Jet's journey leads her to friendship, romance, and her first taste of freedom. But betrayal threatens to take all that away. Jet faces an enemy that could cost her everything she loves. She must succeed…or die trying.


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Sixteen-year-old Jet can talk to animals with her mind, but she gets tongue-tied with someone her own age. She can use her ancient powers to hydroshift, but she's still figuring out how to be smooth out of the water. Sheltered behind the palace walls, Jet trains to become queen of a secret island. All that changes when she's forced to accept a mission she isn't prepared for Sixteen-year-old Jet can talk to animals with her mind, but she gets tongue-tied with someone her own age. She can use her ancient powers to hydroshift, but she's still figuring out how to be smooth out of the water. Sheltered behind the palace walls, Jet trains to become queen of a secret island. All that changes when she's forced to accept a mission she isn't prepared for — fitting in at high school. Jet's powers, never before tested, are pushed to their limits. Jet learns that handling high school life is just as complicated and dangerous as the mystery that brought her there. Jet's journey leads her to friendship, romance, and her first taste of freedom. But betrayal threatens to take all that away. Jet faces an enemy that could cost her everything she loves. She must succeed…or die trying.

30 review for Children of Neptune (Volume 1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    ambsreads

    I received an eARC from the publishers via NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. * just not the book for me * a bit too childish * incredibly confusing * i couldn't get the plot * i was confused by the world building * my brain turned off every time i started to read * i thought i'd like it because i adore middle grade, but this was too young for me * will be recommending and giving to my cousins * no full review to come because i have no idea what happened I received an eARC from the publishers via NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. * just not the book for me * a bit too childish * incredibly confusing * i couldn't get the plot * i was confused by the world building * my brain turned off every time i started to read * i thought i'd like it because i adore middle grade, but this was too young for me * will be recommending and giving to my cousins * no full review to come because i have no idea what happened

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mike Siedschlag

    I was provided a print copy of Children of Neptune by Makenne Snow. When I took this book off my to read shelf I only looked at the title. I didn't really look that closely at the cover art. When I started reading, I thought "wait a minute, where's the spaceship?" Then I looked more closely at the cover; oops! Wrong Neptune, my bad. So, what we have here is part coming of age for a teenage princess (not unexplored territory for sure), a society set up by a god (ditto), and a mystery to solve (do I I was provided a print copy of Children of Neptune by Makenne Snow. When I took this book off my to read shelf I only looked at the title. I didn't really look that closely at the cover art. When I started reading, I thought "wait a minute, where's the spaceship?" Then I looked more closely at the cover; oops! Wrong Neptune, my bad. So, what we have here is part coming of age for a teenage princess (not unexplored territory for sure), a society set up by a god (ditto), and a mystery to solve (do I need to say it?). But in Children of Neptune these familiar story lines are presented in fun and entertaining fashion (bet you thought I was going to bag on it). This is a YA book to be sure, but I happen to enjoy well done YA. And yes, Children of Neptune is very well done. The authors (yes it's a team) do a good job of portraying teenage angst, insecurity and even budding romance. Perhaps a bit of an ecological/animal rights vibe, but not at all preachy. As in all YA tales, our heroine and her friends are the only ones who can solve the mystery and save the day. But, what impressed me was that they did so without disrespecting their parents or other adults (except one who really deserved it). The adults did not condescend to the kids as well. It is not an adults versus kids kind of story. I like that. There are enough twists and turns for mystery lovers, but there is also action and adventure. Children of Neptune by Makenna Snow was just an all around fun read. Enjoy!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    Never heard of this author before, but I took one look at the cover and it intrigued me! Wow to this story! It's a clean and wonderful YA story that had my attention from the start. I really cared about Jet instantly and wanted to see what would happen to her once she enrolled in Quad. Least favorite character was Morwenna (what a clever name!): never really liked her but wasn't surprised about her part in the story either. My one thought the whole time was, what is her motivation? Is she for he Never heard of this author before, but I took one look at the cover and it intrigued me! Wow to this story! It's a clean and wonderful YA story that had my attention from the start. I really cared about Jet instantly and wanted to see what would happen to her once she enrolled in Quad. Least favorite character was Morwenna (what a clever name!): never really liked her but wasn't surprised about her part in the story either. My one thought the whole time was, what is her motivation? Is she for her dad, the professor, Will or herself? I think all the above is that answer based on the ending. I got concerned because I was 90% into the story and nothing had been resolved! I really didn't want a cliffhanger with this one. Thankfully there wasn't one and even though I didn't anticipate the ending the way it was, it didn't shock me either. I couldn't figure out who could possibly enter Jet into EVERY sport at the games, how was that possible without her knowledge? Also didn't fully trust Charlie, but at the same time everyone deserves a second chance, right? Even though the people in this kingdom worship Neptune, the story is really written about Jet's journey and finding herself while surrounded by conspiracies. She wants to do the right thing and it was such a treat every time she communicates with the animals. Snow is comprised of two sisters who wrote this book and I enjoyed their style and creativity. Thanks to the publisher via Netgalley for the review copy, all opinions and comments are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    GrnEyed

    Children of Neptune by Makenna Snow was a great book on multiple levels. It touches on the struggles that teenagers face growing up. Snow delves into what it’s like to be a teenager at a new school as well as the family dynamic. The twist is that in this case, the main character, Jet, is the future queen. She has to deal with living up to her royal obligations and expectations as well as dealing with other teenagers. She’s also trying to uncover the mystery behind the missing animals. Everyone s Children of Neptune by Makenna Snow was a great book on multiple levels. It touches on the struggles that teenagers face growing up. Snow delves into what it’s like to be a teenager at a new school as well as the family dynamic. The twist is that in this case, the main character, Jet, is the future queen. She has to deal with living up to her royal obligations and expectations as well as dealing with other teenagers. She’s also trying to uncover the mystery behind the missing animals. Everyone seems to have a secret or something to hide. This book has a lot of twists, turns, action and adventure. Jet, royalty or not, is someone people should be able to relate to on some level. I sure did. I highly recommend this book not only to young adults but anyone looking for a different, yet empowering, book. I look forward to reading more by this author, rather authors, as Makenna Snow is actually two sisters.

  5. 4 out of 5

    iamnotabookworm

    I have always been fascinated with mermaids. There's just some haunting yet adorable quality about them. I can't count how many times I have watched Disney's "Little Mermaid". And lately, books about mermaids seem to end up in my arms. This is the second book of three about mermaids that I read this year. I got this one from Netgalley. So, this is a story of a 16-year old princess. An heir to the throne and is next in line to take over the rule of the kingdom of mermaids. They're in an invisible I have always been fascinated with mermaids. There's just some haunting yet adorable quality about them. I can't count how many times I have watched Disney's "Little Mermaid". And lately, books about mermaids seem to end up in my arms. This is the second book of three about mermaids that I read this year. I got this one from Netgalley. So, this is a story of a 16-year old princess. An heir to the throne and is next in line to take over the rule of the kingdom of mermaids. They're in an invisible island protected by Neptunes's power from humans. This princess is Jet. She's homeschooled and is very much protected from the life of ordinary teenagers in their kingdom. Then, out of a suggestion from one of the members of the council, Jet is to join the high school and mingle with the people. This is also a way for the royal family to reach out and appease the people's increasing unease and distrust of the ruling family. To Jet, it's really a challenge because she doesn't know how ordinary teenagers act or what they do for fun. Add to that an assignment his father, the king had entrusted to her. She had to succeed in it or a lot because a lot is at stake. This is like mythology meets the modern world. It's a fusion of those two things. The story obviously talks about the descendants of Neptune, God of the sea. They're sheltered from humans and yet they also have their own technology which to humans could be compared to the internet and mobile phones. Just because they're from the old world, doesn't mean they have to remain in old era. It's amusing to watch Jet blunder through high school and learn things all on her own. She has a lot of things to learn and it doesn't help that there's a teacher that's out to make sure that she doesn't succeed. It's more than she bargained for. Like a normal high school, she gets to meet the most popular girl and of course, crushing on the cutest and kindest guy in the campus. Jet has to prove that she's not just a fragile princess and that she too can hold her own even out of her comfort zone or more appropriately a fish out of water. What I really like about the story is the fact that Jet can talk to animals and she has this really cute pet sable named Peppercorn. The name is even too cute. I can just imagine Peppercorn being cute and cuddly. Jet has the ability to talk to animals and her conversations with Sable are just so hilarious. Listening to their conversations, it would sound like Sable is the older of the two. It seemed like sarcasm is Peppercorn's forte and Jet is not exempted from that. Often Jet is the target and recipient but it's also evident that these two have a very close and special bond that cannot be questioned. Peppercorn is first and foremost loyal to Jet and she knows how Jet thinks and often, she's like Jet's conscience and her number one motivator. I really like the the relationship of these two. With regard to the background story and how Jet's people came to be, the author did provide enough background and history for the readers to understand how the kingdom sprang out and how humans didn't even know they exist. And as the story progresses, more information about families, other characters, rivalries and hidden agendas were unveiled. Apparently, envy and the thirst for power is not only a weakness for humans but for Neptune's children as well. The Quidrivium. A lot of the things and events in this book happened or is centered in this place. This is their high school The council has a meetings chamber within the campus. A lot of whispered conversations and plans are plotted and conspired within its walls. It's halls and rooms are privy to a lot of secrets. This story also reminds me of Nancy Drew. Jet being given a special assignment by no less than the king and also because she has a personal stake in the success of the mission. So, like Nancy Drew, Jet has a tendency to stick her nose in places and things bigger than her. Like the young spy, Jet has a very strong instinct and often her gut feel would lead to interesting places and stumble into very unexpected discoveries. All in all, this is an interesting story with a lot things thrown into the mix. There's mystery and conspiracy. There's myth and then some elements of modern technology also thrown in. It also talks about relationship between parents and children. How some parents wanted to carve a path for their children and these kids have no choice but to strictly follow that path. To stray from it would be tantamount to disloyalty and a disgrace to the name and family. There are also children who try to protect their parents instead of the other way around. So, different parent-child relationships are explored here which is what makes this story relevant to the modern YA readers. I appreciate that even if there are a lot of things happening in this story, the significance of the message about that vital yet fragile relationship between father-daugther or father-son or mother-daughter is not lost in the colorful mythical background and the host of varied and complicated characters. It actually stands out without really giving obvious emphasis to it. I give the book 4/5 cute sables. I think there are two things that I love the most about this story. One is Jet's character having to be a princess, a Nancy Drew wanna be and a female version of Dr. Doolittle. So, the clueless princess actually turned out to be something very incredible and not because it's inherent in her. She had to work through most of the things and even had the scratches and bruises to prove them. She's not afraid to earn her place and get her hands dirty, which is actually admirable in a princess. The second thing that shines out of this story is as I have said, the subtle exploration of a parent and a child's relationship. Again, it's not the focus of the story but somehow it finds it's way in the center of things and in the thick of things. It floats out to the surface. It's the common element among the characters. How that relationship plays into the formation of that certain character in this story and how it also contributes to how those characters end up in the last pages of this first book. Our futures may be mapped out for us, but there's always more than one route to a destination. - Makenna Snow, Children of Neptune - Thank you again, Netgalley and Makenna Snow for the copy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    I received a copy from netgalley , and I have to say I loved it. I understand that alot of people would say it is targeted towards younger readers, and I can see that but I loved it. Plus who doesn't love a girl who can talk to animals?! If you like more mature content, this isn't the book for you, but if you want a fun whimsical read, get this book NOW I received a copy from netgalley , and I have to say I loved it. I understand that alot of people would say it is targeted towards younger readers, and I can see that but I loved it. Plus who doesn't love a girl who can talk to animals?! If you like more mature content, this isn't the book for you, but if you want a fun whimsical read, get this book NOW

  7. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. This is a really good teen fantasy. Great characters and world building.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Berry

    Wonderful coming of age book, great imagination What teenage girl doesn't feel like she needs to prove herself?  It's no different with Jet, the Princess of a magical world created long ago by Neptune.   In this wonderfully written adventure, Jet is sent from her underwater home to the mainland to attend school after some of the senior advisors to her father, the king, question if she is truly capable of being the next ruler. Jet knows she has to prove herself not only in her studies, but also in Wonderful coming of age book, great imagination What teenage girl doesn't feel like she needs to prove herself?  It's no different with Jet, the Princess of a magical world created long ago by Neptune.   In this wonderfully written adventure, Jet is sent from her underwater home to the mainland to attend school after some of the senior advisors to her father, the king, question if she is truly capable of being the next ruler. Jet knows she has to prove herself not only in her studies, but also in the secret task her father has set before her if she wants to win over the people. Along the way, Jet battles with trusting others, making friends, acing her classes, and spying on the Sagese council. Despite hitting several roadblocks, including a teacher who is determined to ruin her, and a fake friend turned enemy, Jet pushes herself to keep going.  With the help of some true friends, she eventually makes her mark and proves herself more than worthy.   A coming of age story set in a mythical setting, Children of Neptune is a wonderful book for tweens and teens, as well as older readers who enjoy adventure, mystery and some talking animals. An easy read with incredible descriptions that bring the pages to life, it is a fun story that will keep the reader engaged. I really enjoyed this book and I know my oldest daughter (9) would too. I look forward to what is next in store for Jet, if there is a continuation of the story.  I highly recommend Children of Neptune and hope you enjoy it. Happy Reading. 

  9. 5 out of 5

    Moa (The Reading Faery)

    Actual rating: 3.5 I have mixed feelings about this book, to be honest. The world, and the idea behind it, is amazing. The world is unique and really interesting, and I loved getting to know their history. But the execution wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. There was more focus on drama than the actual plot, and I would’ve liked a bit more action. But I still really enjoyed it. It was light and fun and sweet, and definitely worth reading. I liked Jet. Jet was interesting enough to read about. Her strugg Actual rating: 3.5 I have mixed feelings about this book, to be honest. The world, and the idea behind it, is amazing. The world is unique and really interesting, and I loved getting to know their history. But the execution wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. There was more focus on drama than the actual plot, and I would’ve liked a bit more action. But I still really enjoyed it. It was light and fun and sweet, and definitely worth reading. I liked Jet. Jet was interesting enough to read about. Her struggles to make her parents proud, while at the same time trying to find her own place in the world is something I think most people can relate to, so she was really relatable. I also loved her stubbornness and slight awkwardness among others her own age, because it made her even more relatable to me. I’m not really sure about the romance. I really liked Will, he’s nice and really sweet, but the romance didn’t have me entirely convinced. While I really liked the building romance between Will and Jet, and the fact that it wasn’t rushed, but took a long time, there was just something I felt was missing. The tension that has the reader holding their breath, waiting for more, needing more, the tension that makes your heart beat faster. This, I felt, was lacking in the whole story, not just the romance. The plot was a bit slow. After half the book, I was still waiting for some action. It started out really well, but soon, the focus turned more to drama, and Jet succeeding in school, and while I wouldn’t want any of that gone, I would’ve liked just a bit more focus on the plot. It wasn’t until about 80% into the story that I finally got it, and I finished that part really fast because I couldn’t put it down. It was also there a whole bunch of plot twists appeared, some expected, some completely shocking. The last part of the book was absolutely amazing! I love the world! The world is really interesting and unique. I love mermaids, I don’t even know why, but I always have, so when I read the synopsis for this one, I was immediately intrigued. And the twist Snow has in her story, about people not quite human but not quite mermaid, either, makes for a really unique and original story. Plus, I love animals, and I thought their close connection to the animals, and their ability to talk to them, was really cool (God knows I’ve dreamed of being able to do that many, many times). All in all, an original story that is definitely enjoyable. Children of Neptune was an original story, with a relatable main character and a sweet romance. It’s a light and fun read, so I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a bit lighter fantasy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    “Children of Neptune” which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is an intriguing and imaginative fantasy set in Indigo Lake in the center of the Island of Pelagiana where sixteen-year-old Princess Jaiette (Jet) Lennox has been enrolled as a second year Beta student in the Quadrivium. Heir to a throne whose duty is to protect and partner with the animal life, Jet has been tasked by her father to spy on the Civis Sagesse (the governing body of the island) who not only have shown signs of discontent “Children of Neptune” which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is an intriguing and imaginative fantasy set in Indigo Lake in the center of the Island of Pelagiana where sixteen-year-old Princess Jaiette (Jet) Lennox has been enrolled as a second year Beta student in the Quadrivium. Heir to a throne whose duty is to protect and partner with the animal life, Jet has been tasked by her father to spy on the Civis Sagesse (the governing body of the island) who not only have shown signs of discontent with the royal house but refuse to investigate the animal disappearances. Sheltered for years by the palace walls that lie within the bubble of air beneath the waters of the lake, Jet is insecure and wary knowing she’s being tested as a future ruler and wondering how she will fit into high school life. Naively making friends, finding romance and tasting freedom for the first time, she quickly discovers that high school life is not what she expected especially when she’s betrayed and faces danger in her search to solve the mystery of the missing animals. Well-written and engaging, the groundwork for the story is laid out with the history of the Pelagians and Jet’s acclimation to life in high school that’s filled with complicated relationships. Yet intensity and suspense build as the story heats up not only after Jet listens in on a meeting of the Sagesse, but as she discovers clues to the disappearance of the animals. Lonely and overwhelmed when she takes up residence at the Quadrivium, there are twists and turns not only with the betrayal of friends and in her romance with Will Newcastle but also when she discovers the motive behind the disappearances. Well-paced, the tension escalates as the plot progresses to a confrontation and a cliff-hanger that begs for a sequel. Bringing the adventure to life are colourful, complex, and unforgettable characters like Jet the teen Princess who resents her father King Magnus for sending her to the Quadrivium, but who yearns to fit in. Shy, reserved, and stubborn she’s very accepting until deceived. Loyal, able to communicate telepathically and with a nose for uncovering hidden secrets, Peppercorn is Jet’s sable who stays with her at school while amiable, straightforward and protective Will Newcastle is her love interest in the story. All the characters including jealous, self-centered, bold and aggressive Morwenna Saberton infuse the plot with passion, high-energy and drama. I thoroughly enjoyed “Children of Neptune” and couldn’t put it down until finished. I can’t wait to see where the writing team of Makeena Snow will take this adventure next.

  11. 5 out of 5

    L

    An exciting, action-packed young adult novel that will have you sat on the edge of your seat in suspense throughout. This young adult novel was an impressive tale of love, loyalty and friendship set in an alternate world of wonders. In this highly imaginative creation I was swept away, into a world where animals can talk and have a unique way of communicating to their owners, where secret societies happen at school and where friends can be found even in the unlikeliest of places. Main protagonis An exciting, action-packed young adult novel that will have you sat on the edge of your seat in suspense throughout. This young adult novel was an impressive tale of love, loyalty and friendship set in an alternate world of wonders. In this highly imaginative creation I was swept away, into a world where animals can talk and have a unique way of communicating to their owners, where secret societies happen at school and where friends can be found even in the unlikeliest of places. Main protagonist Jet was a feisty, clever character who was loyal and true and a just individual. She was someone whom I could warm towards and, so I found myself easily swept along by the compelling storyline that had me hooked from the first page. I loved the authors world-building that was modern, contemporary and highly innovative and I found the concept of mixing in myths and legends utterly fascinating. I now certainly want to be a student at Quadrivium! The only thing I would say is that this young adult fantasy novel is more ‘middle grade’ and that it would be suitable as well for the younger reader. The great mystery that the princess had to solve was utterly fascinating and kept me glued to the page throughout, and I enjoyed the friendships, rivalries and romance too. Anyone who enjoys an action-packed mystery with some good drama, spine-chilling moments that will keep you sat in suspense throughout will love this fantastic novel. As eye-catching as the cover, the uniquely original storyline is like nothing I have encountered before, and I was fascinated about how Neptune and the old myths and legends correlated with this intriguing tale. The tournament was exciting, and I was routing for the fantastic main character throughout as she prepared to go head-to-head with her friends and enemies in this dramatic tale. It certainly felt like I was back at school or college with a set of new friends and animals, going on a fantastic tale of discovery and adventure. I would like to thank the authors ‘Makenna Snow’ for the advanced reader copy that I won through a giveaway on Goodreads. It was a pleasure and a real treat to read, and something that I would urge teens and young readers everywhere to put on their Christmas reading lists! I also hope that there will be a sequel and I look forward to reading more about princess Jet and her adventures.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Regina Cattus

    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. The front cover image is a bit odd, almost too cartoonish or something. Anyhow, one mustn't judge a book by its cover alone! The book follows the nerdy queen-to-be-turned-teen-sleuth of this mostly underwater greenpeace-esque civilisation. Naturally, the out-of-touch princess who's always running off and hates her duties gets sent into the main population to mostly live like her people. So she's sent to some weird high school thing where she soon makes enemies I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. The front cover image is a bit odd, almost too cartoonish or something. Anyhow, one mustn't judge a book by its cover alone! The book follows the nerdy queen-to-be-turned-teen-sleuth of this mostly underwater greenpeace-esque civilisation. Naturally, the out-of-touch princess who's always running off and hates her duties gets sent into the main population to mostly live like her people. So she's sent to some weird high school thing where she soon makes enemies of the fame-hunters who try to make friends with her, makes better friends through pretty much just pity, learns she can't trust everyone and falls in love with someone she shouldn't. Meanwhile, the kingdom's in danger from politics and radicals, but it's okay because the princess and her beau can save them all. Oh, and ace their classes too. Obviously, the vast majority of stories are just rehashings of the ones that came before them, but usually the ones I read manage to disguise it well enough. While the concept of an Atlantis that still exists today and is half teched up, with dedicated Poseidon followers who fight for animal protection and can mind-meld with their pets and have special water powers ought to feel fairly original as a whole, the whole way through it felt way too much like a cheap knock-off homebrew mix of Harry Potter, Mean Girls, Northern Lights... Towards the end, it did feel a little more original, but it still felt like it was aimed at a younger age group, and it kept jumping ahead past points that may have been interesting and seemed as though they were being led to. It's hard to get the pacing right in a book, and I'm certainly not suggesting that all young adult books have to be full of sex and heavy violence, but it made for a book that was not unreadable, but nor was it hugely enjoyable. Snow has potential, but it may be worth the duo studying a little more carefully the pacing and style of other young adult books, and more careful of steering clear of tropes, so they can really bring out the originality of their concept. I'm afraid I don't think I can recommend this book, but I do hope that the authors enjoyed reading it and that my comments don't put them off from writing, but rather are taken as constructive criticism.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book because the idea of a girl being able to talk to animals and transform in water sounded really great to me. And of course, there are many of these plot points in the story, but there's also a lot of other stuff going on. Jet is a princess and until now she has only lived in her underwater kingdom only meeting a few people and barely anyone her own age. All that changes when her father Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book because the idea of a girl being able to talk to animals and transform in water sounded really great to me. And of course, there are many of these plot points in the story, but there's also a lot of other stuff going on. Jet is a princess and until now she has only lived in her underwater kingdom only meeting a few people and barely anyone her own age. All that changes when her father sends her off to school, so she can learn with the common people and grow as a person. Next to the hardship of having to live up to all the royal expectations that are placed on her, plus figuring out how to deal with other teenagers, Jet also wants to figure out what happens to all the animals that have gone missing recently. There is friendship and romance and drama and a really interesting mythology, but sadly this book didn't fully work for me. The writing style is often quite juvenile and many characters act quite childish at times, which was quite annoying. It was also pretty predictable at times, so I wasn't at all shocked at the big reveal in the end. There are also some really annoying rivalries between a couple of girls going on that I couldn't understand at all? (Jet refused to go dinner with two girls on her first evening there because she was tired and after that they? just? hated her?) On the other hand, I absolutely loved the idea of enComm and how they talked with animals, as well as the animals. I think Peppercorn was one of my favorite characters and it was certainly good that Jet has someone she knew at that school All in all, this book sadly didn't fully work for me, but there were still some really interesting parts in it as well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ☘Tara Sheehan☘

    This is the story of what happens hundreds of year after Percy Jackson’s generation as documented by Rick Riordan. Just kidding but it does seem like ever since Riordan splashed over the scene with his Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology based books we’ve seen a marked increase in novels using those themes. Sometimes “eyerollingly” bad other times you finish the last page feeling like there needs to be more. Thankfully this one falls in the latter category. Teens will appreciate having a story that This is the story of what happens hundreds of year after Percy Jackson’s generation as documented by Rick Riordan. Just kidding but it does seem like ever since Riordan splashed over the scene with his Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology based books we’ve seen a marked increase in novels using those themes. Sometimes “eyerollingly” bad other times you finish the last page feeling like there needs to be more. Thankfully this one falls in the latter category. Teens will appreciate having a story that showcases the struggles of growing up, the pressure they face, the adults who don’t seem to remember being that age, family drama and trying to find your place in a complicated world. Of course in this case the complication is that this teen is doing her teen rebellion/angst years knowing it’s directing her towards being the Queen someday. You get the minor level of suspense as Jet as to figure out what’s going on with the animal population all the while dealing with people who question her ability to have the job she’s being groomed for – like any teenager needs the reminder that adults think they suck right now. You get plenty of twists, adventures and great characters particularly in Jet. Snow really makes it easy for you to dig into this highly detailed and unique world by opening her book with a thorough construct outlining her world building. You are treated to a breakdown of characters and their roles, places and their importance to the story, animals and their descriptions along with a variety of other events and categories that essentially translates her language.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ariel Laws

    While I found the synopsis of the book intriguing and the world created within the book to be imaginative, I found the book in general to be somewhat lacking. The characters didn't have a lot of depth and dynamic to them in my opinion. Oddly the character that felt most realistic to me was Morwenna but even her character fell a little flat in the end. The relationship between characters felt really off as I didn't really buy into any of them; friendship, family, romantic or otherwise. It could j While I found the synopsis of the book intriguing and the world created within the book to be imaginative, I found the book in general to be somewhat lacking. The characters didn't have a lot of depth and dynamic to them in my opinion. Oddly the character that felt most realistic to me was Morwenna but even her character fell a little flat in the end. The relationship between characters felt really off as I didn't really buy into any of them; friendship, family, romantic or otherwise. It could just be the dialogue was kind of bland. I felt it could have used a little more emotion. That's not to say I disliked the book. The set up of the world presented a lot of interesting ideas, especially that of enComm. The whole idea of telepathic communication with animals and ways in which the animals are useful to them along with the idea of protecting and not eating the animals they communicate can be seen as a political theme supporting animal rights. Especially an anti-hunting stance with the whole trophy room scene. The ending was a bit odd so I'm not exactly sure what to expect with the next volume. I just hope that since the first one focused so much on explaining the world that in her next book she will focus more on giving her characters a little more oomph.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beaches&Books

    Sixteen-year-old Jet can talk to animals with her mind, but she gets tongue-tied with someone her own age. She can use her ancient powers to hydroshift, but she's still figuring out how to be smooth out of the water.  Sheltered behind the palace walls, Jet trains to become queen of a secret island. All that changes when she's forced to accept a mission she isn't prepared for—fitting in at high school. Her powers, never before tested, are pushed to their limits.   She learns that handling high scho Sixteen-year-old Jet can talk to animals with her mind, but she gets tongue-tied with someone her own age. She can use her ancient powers to hydroshift, but she's still figuring out how to be smooth out of the water.  Sheltered behind the palace walls, Jet trains to become queen of a secret island. All that changes when she's forced to accept a mission she isn't prepared for—fitting in at high school. Her powers, never before tested, are pushed to their limits.   She learns that handling high school life is just as complicated and dangerous as the mystery that brought her there. Her journey leads her to friendship, romance, and her first taste of freedom. But betrayal threatens to take all that away.   Jet faces an enemy that could cost her everything she loves. She must succeed…or die trying At first I really wasn't into this book, but I am really glad that I stuck with it. Its a great read about a teenage girl trying to make her way in life, trying to prove not only to herself but the world that she is capable. It is really detailed and has plenty of twists to keep you guessing. I will definitely be looking for more books by this author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emily Beaver

    NetGalley Review I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Interesting concept, strange plot. I’m not one to pass on a book revolving around mythology. However, I a very particular when it comes to executing the myths. My biggest issue with this book is that one of the many challenges a mythical princess must face is high school. Just the idea of someone unordinary experiencing ordinary things was lost on me. I understand the desire and irony of the chara NetGalley Review I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Interesting concept, strange plot. I’m not one to pass on a book revolving around mythology. However, I a very particular when it comes to executing the myths. My biggest issue with this book is that one of the many challenges a mythical princess must face is high school. Just the idea of someone unordinary experiencing ordinary things was lost on me. I understand the desire and irony of the character being out of her element. However, I just wish it wasn’t as basic or predictable as it had been. Yes, I was completely aware of this when I requested the book. But the concept of a powerful princess with the ability to communicate with animals clouded my judgment. One thing that I was not aware of before I began reading was the reading level. In all honesty, this did not feel like a young adult book, let alone one for teenagers. The writing was too juvenile for my taste. I finished the book feeling indifferent.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Sewell

    I received this as a Good Reads Giveaway recently. I really enjoy my wins! This debut YA fantasy will appeal to followers of the Percy Jackson series. Centuries after Neptune, god of the sea, created an underwater world and island to protect his descendants from human persecution, unrest is brewing. The governing body is divided, some wanting to re establish contact with humans and the outer world and opposed to the continuation of rule by a royal family. Jet, the only child of the ruling family I received this as a Good Reads Giveaway recently. I really enjoy my wins! This debut YA fantasy will appeal to followers of the Percy Jackson series. Centuries after Neptune, god of the sea, created an underwater world and island to protect his descendants from human persecution, unrest is brewing. The governing body is divided, some wanting to re establish contact with humans and the outer world and opposed to the continuation of rule by a royal family. Jet, the only child of the ruling family of Pelugia leaves her underwater palace to enter the high school on the island above. Her purpose is to establish a link to the Pelugian people and to prove her ability and worth. She is also her father's secret eyes and ears to report first hand on the trouble makers and conspiracies. A coming of age story with peer pressure and betrayals and first love blues as well, this has something to appeal to most readers. The world was interesting and magical. I especially enjoyed the telepathic pets.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn

    Won a copy in a GoodReads giveaway. Reasonably good middle grade novel. A good first effort for young authors, but still needed more attention from a good editor. The plot is predictable and convoluted and seems forced at times. Certain passages are unnecessarily repetitive, the characters are woefully underdeveloped. While there was a valiant effort for rich world building the execution soured some decent ideas- I found myself constantly checking the little cheat sheet at the beginning because no Won a copy in a GoodReads giveaway. Reasonably good middle grade novel. A good first effort for young authors, but still needed more attention from a good editor. The plot is predictable and convoluted and seems forced at times. Certain passages are unnecessarily repetitive, the characters are woefully underdeveloped. While there was a valiant effort for rich world building the execution soured some decent ideas- I found myself constantly checking the little cheat sheet at the beginning because nothing is explained properly in the first half of the book. Either the reader is expected to muddle through with very little explanation or there is too much information dumped at once. That being said, it is a decent debut from two young authors and I would have enjoyed it more if I read it as a tween rather than a 20-something.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Yara

    This story was pretty disappointing because 1) it had a really slow start, 2) the protagonist and friends were 16 year olds who for the most part acted like 12 year olds (this read more like a middle grade than a young adult book), 3) being named Children of Neptune, I expected something mimicking the Percy Jackson series, but this book lacked in the mythology, humor and action, and 4) it was pretty obvious for the majority of the book who the "bad guy" was. I'm giving it 3 stars because I like This story was pretty disappointing because 1) it had a really slow start, 2) the protagonist and friends were 16 year olds who for the most part acted like 12 year olds (this read more like a middle grade than a young adult book), 3) being named Children of Neptune, I expected something mimicking the Percy Jackson series, but this book lacked in the mythology, humor and action, and 4) it was pretty obvious for the majority of the book who the "bad guy" was. I'm giving it 3 stars because I like animals and enjoyed the telepathy between the human-mer hybrids and animals. Once that plot threat picked up, I was a bit more immersed into the story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lesley Ellis

    This is a different genre to what I would normally read, but I loved it! The descriptions were amazing, giving me clear pictures in my mind while reading that I felt I was standing next to the characters, and I knew exactly what they were thinking. Good storyline with strong female characters, and twists that keep you turning the pages. My daughter wants to read this now after me telling her about it - I would highly recommend it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Francais Parker

    What a fantastic read! Makenna Snow (or rather, the sisters behind the penname) created a remarkable world in which to tell this story! The basic formula for a YA novel is definitely in use, but the details, characters, and twists are astounding! I seriously hope there is a sequel in the works! World-building: A+ Mythology: A+ Suspense: A+ Plot-Twists: A+ Girl Power: A+ Guy Hero: A+ Love Interests:A Feels: A++ For you clean-readers: this one does NOT have mature content.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I won this book in a giveaway. Was excited to read it as the concept seemed really cool. It was! The school kind of reminded me of Hogwarts but without magic and wizards and aquatic themed. I liked the story but not enough to read the next books. Most parts my brain shut off and I was just trying to get through it. The characters were good as was the world building. The story didn't hook me enough to read the next books. I won this book in a giveaway. Was excited to read it as the concept seemed really cool. It was! The school kind of reminded me of Hogwarts but without magic and wizards and aquatic themed. I liked the story but not enough to read the next books. Most parts my brain shut off and I was just trying to get through it. The characters were good as was the world building. The story didn't hook me enough to read the next books.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Keith Willis

    Great world building and a fascinating spin. An action packed coming or age tale in a truly unique world. Enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, and a budding romance all add up to a worthy first putting from Makenna Snow. I look forward to more adventures with Jet and her friends.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Coudeville

    I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. At first, things were a bit confusing but that worked itself out quickly. I really liked the twists the story took (though some at the end were a bit out of the blue, might have been better if the writer had taken a bit more time there). I'm glad the ending was satisfying enough, but still left enough room for a sequel. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. At first, things were a bit confusing but that worked itself out quickly. I really liked the twists the story took (though some at the end were a bit out of the blue, might have been better if the writer had taken a bit more time there). I'm glad the ending was satisfying enough, but still left enough room for a sequel.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Valdez

    I received a copy of this from Netgalley for an honest review! I didn’t make it past 30%. Maybe I gave up to easily but it just wasn’t grabbing me. Very slow start. Chapter ten and nothing is happening... very descriptive about little things but good writing over all!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    It took me a little bit to get into this book, but once I did I enjoyed it. By the end I was left wanting to know what would happen next. I really enjoyed the talking animals, and some of the characters were pretty cool.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bussola Vespucci

    The glossary in the front of the book bugs me. That is so very nit-picky, but it made worry that the writing didn't explain things. The writing did just fine explaining things, so glossary in the back please. The glossary in the front of the book bugs me. That is so very nit-picky, but it made worry that the writing didn't explain things. The writing did just fine explaining things, so glossary in the back please.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Loved the cover! A good YA book, which I think my eldest granddaughter will enjoy more than me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cleary

    This book is well written and keeps you wanting to read more. Hope there is a sequel to it.

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