Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

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! 
4/5 stars

Disclosure:  This book was provided for review purposes.  I was not paid or influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own.
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  1. OoOO Glad you liked it!!!! I mean I’m such a big fangirl that I’m happy andytime I see a good review!! I know what you mean about the romance, but I didn’t care, Emma and Galen just won me over so quickly that I fell in love right with them!

  2. “She had this temper which was at times hilarious, other times annoying and sometimes downright frustrating.”

    That’s exactly how I felt about her Candace! She was cracking me up most of the book, but every once on in a while her antics would get a bit old and I was ready for her to move past them a bit. Overall though, I loved this book and it’s definitely the most successful mermaid book I’ve read:)

  3. I can’t wait to read this myself and experience Syrena myself. It sounds like a pretty cool place because of its pretty name :3

  4. I honestly haven’t read any mermaid books – if I have, then I don’t remember. I’ve heard some good things about this one, though. Maybe I should read this as my intro to mermaids. lol

  5. I am also on the lookout for a mermaid book that will wow me. Now you and Danny are both recommending this one and I have a review copy. Excited to dig in and see for myself!

  6. Oh nice! I’ve been reading several good reviews on this one the past few days! Starting to think I need to add it to the TBR mountain! It looks pretty good as I love mermaid books as well. I have read a few and enjoyed them immensely so I am willing to try this one now too! Great review!

  7. Lol I remember reading Danny’s review on this one and how much she loved it so that alone got my interest up about this book.

    I have yet to read any mermaid stories even though I think I own a few of them. I loved mermaids when I was little so I guess I’m afraid to ruin my image of that extreme love with reading a mermaid story.

    This one does sound really good although you have me worried what happens with the romance in the very beginning!

    Thanks for another awesome review!

  8. Oh my gosh, I absolutely adored Galen in all his Syrena royalness and human obliviousness too! x) I don’t know what it is about slightly innocent-but-not boys, but they have a special place reserved in my heart and Galen fit right in there :’) I think that the start of the romance was the reason I docked half a star too, but even with that, we had such similar thoughts on this book!

    Amazing review as always, Candace! I’m so happy that you’re on the “I Love Of Poseidon” bandwagon now too! :) <3

  9. I’m a little wary of mermaid stories as well. So I’m happy to hear that you liked this one! I’ve been hearing lots of people rave about Galen. He sounds great.

  10. I’m with you and Lori, mermaid stories aren’t usually my thing, but I want to read this because the author will be making a stop in my hometown next month. Glad to hear it sat well with you in the end, that’s encouraging!

  11. Ooh, I got this one in the mail and wasn’t sure about it–mermaids are not my favorite thing but this sounds good. I like an oblivious boy…and a hot-tempered girl!

  12. I’ve read rave reviews about this one too, and even though you were vague about what you didn’t like in the romance, I want to read it more than ever. >_<

    Haha, talk about reverse psychology. xD

    Anyway, nice review!

  13. This was just okay for me, but I am glad to hear the you liked it. There were some great concepts, but the problems leveled this out to a 3 star for me. Great review.

  14. I’ve seen this before and absolutely love the cover. Not sure about wanting to read it personally, maybe not my cup of tea. But definitely a good choice for a gift for someone else. Thanks for the review :)

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