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Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
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Series: Of Poseidon #1
PublisherFeiwel and Friends
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Format: eARC
Challenge: 2012 Debut Author
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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.

Of Poseidon was perfect for my search for a mermaid/man story. It was hard to put down because it's FILLED with fun, sarcastic characters.

The story starts right off with Emma smacking into Galen. I instantly liked Emma for her response and actions after bumping into him. Emma doesn't fail to amuse through out the whole book. Galen took a bit longer to warm up to, but it may have been his inexperience with communicating with humans so he came off as stalker-ish when he tried to get to know Emma. As cute as it was awkward to read about Galen trying to fit it, it was more fun reading the hilarious moments Emma and him have together.

Galen didn't live by himself on his Emma stalking adventure. There's the sister, the best friend/sister's mate, and an assistent who has some kind of background with the mafia. There were no dull moments in this story, especially when his best friend is Toraf, who has the BEST personality.

The plot was well paced with the constant question of what is Emma. It was nice to see a different side of mermaids with Syrenas and how their society works.

THE ENDING. "ohmysweetgoodness", that ending. When the story starts to wind down with answers another question is tossed right back in.

If what I've been hearing is correct, then there will be a sequel following Of Poseidon.

Overall: 4 out of 5


  1. Ah, I loved this book, too! It's actually going to be our June Book of the Month over at Novel Novice. So glad you liked it, too, Vy!

  2. I can't wait to get started on this book! I've heard many good things, and now your review has me even more excited. :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh yes there will be a sequel and we desperatley need a sequel here. I loved this book so so so much and I'm always excited seeing reviews like yours!

  4. I'm totally on a mermaid story kick so I def have to pick this one up. I love quirky and interesting characters and Emma sounds like just the one. Great review Vy!

  5. 4 out of 5 is pretty good! I look forward to reading this book. I just hope it lives up to my own expectations!

  6. Great review!!! I totally agree with you. The ending is crazy... I kept trying to flip to the next page on my Nook!! :-D

  7. Love the "ohmysweetgoodness" quote! I am pretty sure you are correct and there will be additional books. This was a fun read and I loved your review!

  8. This totally sounds like my type of books. I love funny main characters (and mermaids!).

    The "ohmysweetgoodness" cracked me up :)

  9. YAY for fun characters and lots of them! :) I've been hearing great things about this one and can't wait to read it! Thanks for a great review!

  10. The cover is gorgeous in it's simplicity from the flow of the gossamer white gown to the tense trail of bubbles and the dramatic flick of the hair. The font and its metallic pink colour was also a great contrast to the deep blue ocean background.

    The book begins with a carefree Emma on summer vacation where she literally runs into the gorgeous Galen. Their story hooked me within the first 2 pages when I hit my first taste of Bank's unique blend of sarcastic comedy that I found myself giggling at throughout the entire book. As their first brief meeting passes by in awkward small talk, Emma reluctantly wades into the water, only to be apart of a ferocious struggle that reveals what she really is - and changes her life forever.

    The story is told in alternating points of view from Emma to Galen. Banks does an amazing job creating unique voices and sentence structures for each character. Especially with Galen, I could definitely hear the regality in his voice interspersed with moments where he's obviously having issues adjusting to the social conventions on land.

  11. Thanks for the positive review. I wasn't wild about this one, but then I am overly weary of the entire paranormal romance genre. Have you read Ripple? I liked that one better.

    Cath Brookes (Seattle Limo)


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