Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Hardcover, 324 pgs.
Expected Publication: May 22nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: Amazon Vine for review
Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . .
Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.
I read a few rave reviews about this book that convinced me I should give it a try so when I had the opportunity to review it I jumped all over the chance. I hadn't yet found a mermaid book that I was sold on and I've mostly definitely been unsure about reading this because it has mermaids in it. But I have officially found a mermaid story I like! This is the first one that gave me enough background and world building regarding the mermaids (called Syrena in this book) that I fully felt a connection to it all. Now most of the book takes place on land, but we got enough background and 'saw' enough in the water for me to 'feel' it. And I really loved what the author came up with.
Emma was a character that kind of had me all over the place. She had this temper which was at times hilarious, other times annoying and sometimes downright frustrating. I liked her though... I don't think she stands out too much because that kind of character has become quite popular in YA, but yet she stood out enough that I think I'll definitely remember her. And Galen was definitely a memorable character. Since he's Syrena he's spent his life in the water and is only just learning about human ways. So he doesn't understand all sayings or things that humans do and it's pretty funny. I thought he had a great quirky personality and was definitely charming. I do have to say that the romance threw me a bit in the beginning. I didn't like how things went. How they started, I mean. It didn't make sense to me. I know that's vague, but I can't say more without spoilers. But as it went on and things started coming together I liked it.
I ended up enjoying this book quite a bit. It wasn't perfect and it had a few things I didn't love, but my overall feel was that the author built a really cool world with the Syrena and I love the 'gift' that Emma has. Galen and his personality were great as well. It was definitely a read worth my time and I'm quite eager for the next one as that ending was killer!
Disclosure: This book was provided for review purposes. I was not paid or influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own.