Saturday, July 7, 2012

Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon
Of Poseidon #1

Author: Anna Banks

Publication Date: May 22, 2012

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Genre: Paranormal



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.

My Thoughts: I wasn't sure what I was going to get when I opened this book, but the summary and title were enough to at least spark my interest. I haven't really read about Mermaids (or Syrena, rather) before so this was a first for me.

At the beginning of the book Emma and her friend Chloe are attacked by a shark. It is quite the start-off to a novel and I was immediately hooked.

I am impressed with Emma. She doesn't start off as a strong, powerful character. She is shy and floundering in the shadow of her friend Chloe's personality and charisma. After tragedy strikes, Emma seems to come into her own and shows the most growth as a character I have seen in one novel. When I think about where she started to where she ends up, I am amazed.

The thing I like the most about Of Poseidon is its ability to make me laugh out loud numerous times. Because of the difference in cultures between the Syrena and humans, the Syrena that Emma gets to know can say the most hilarious things - Galen included, despite being more knowledgeable about humans. Oh boy, did I get a kick out of this book.

I did fall in love with Galen, after all who wouldn't? He is torn between duty and love and it shows how much it tears him apart throughout the book and right up to the very end.

The only downside about this book wasn't even a downside at all. I will say, picking it up, I expected it to have to do with Poseidon - as in the Greek God. Although it didn't quite feature him in the method I was thinking, it didn't really bother me since the story was just so good. This one is definitely a keeper and I am going to be looking out for the next one (it ends on a cliffhanger!).


  1. so many great reviews all around i seriously need to get this book like right now..

    great review

    Le' Grande Codex

    1. I loved it! You should definitely check it out. Thanks!

  2. This one sounds interesting! I would expect it to have something to do with Poseidon as well ... though, he is a water god and sharks are in the water. I don't know ... maybe I should pick it up and find out for myself! :)

    Great review!

    1. Poseidon is definitely mentioned in it, just not in the same way we normally see him. They have some great one-liners, I swear.


  3. I've seen this one around a lot, I'm still on the fence though. But humor is definitely a big plus for me, so maybe I should try it.

    1. I loved it because I really did laugh out loud - my husband thought I was being crazy. It is just some of the things these Syrena come out with is priceless lol.

  4. I had no idea this book was part of a series! I've been wanting to read this for months now, and your review has just made me want to read it even more.

    Thanks for the review!

    1. I didn't know either until I read it. The next one is called "Of Triton" and should be interesting, considering where the last one left off! :D

  5. So glad you liked this one! I loved it and not only does Anna write hilarious scenes, she is also super funny in person. Since I love Greek Myth so much, I am hoping that she puts more mythology in "Of Triton."


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