Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

June 18, 2012 4 stars, Book Review, Young Adult 12 ★★★★

Of Poseidon

Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen’s not fully convinced that Emma’s the one he’s been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help–no matter what the risk

What a fast read! I don’t know what it was about Of Poseidon exactly but once I sat down and started reading it I was caught up.  Which says a lot since it was third “mermaid” book  I’ve read in the past month.  It was great that the POV would jump back and forth between Emma and Galen.  There aren’t a ton of those out there and I think I tend to enjoy those because you really get to hear two distinct voices and become acquainted on a more personal level with both main characters. The mythology Banks weaves into the story was so much fun.  The treasures you get sneak peeks at while underwater really piqued my interest.  Also, the insight that we are given into how the Syrena society works makes the species become more real and possible to the reader.  I thought Banks did a great job of creating the Syrena’s culture and bringing that information to you in a way that wasn’t an”information dump.”

Touching on the relationships in the book. 

Rayna is a spitfire character that I couldn’t help being fond of.  Her relationship with Toraf just kept me giggling.  Even though this was a “sidebar” romance to the main one between Galen and Emma it was very well done.  Now the relationship that develops between Galen and Emma is great.  It wasn’t insta love and that was SOO refreshing.  There was some honest struggling going on there which makes it so much more worth it and enjoyable for me while reading.  I’m not a huge ran of outright romance books and this one, though I consider it YA paranormal romance, and believe me the romance was very prevalent (agonizing over one another etc) – it wasn’t drowned in it.  Hehe. Of the three mermaid books I’ve read this past month this one definitely is the front runner and I absolutely plan to read the next one!

*Review Copy provided by Publisher for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. Find Of Poseidon by Find the Book: GOODREADS

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12 Responses to “Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks”

  1. [email protected] GREAT read

    Excellent review! I bought this awhile back as well! Digging the mermaids lately! And part of the reason why I bought this besides the mermaid theme was that there was no insta love romance! Like you said, gotta love that!

    Nice review! So cannot wait to read this one day! Who knows when really! Too many awesome books to choose from and not enough time!

    • Pabkins

      Yeah I remember when I first looked at the summer line up of books early this year and saw 3 mermaid books due to come out during the summer I ended up requesting all three not really thinking I’d actually GET all 3. But I really liked comparing them. Though I didn’t enjoy reading Wrecked at all…steer clear of that one!

      That is happening to me more and more lately – that I don’t have time to read books that aren’t “review” books.
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  2. DannyBookworm

    Wasn’t this a cute and awesome read??? Once finished I was so sad it was over! I loved Emma and Galen and loved their love-hate relationship that became truly hot and sexy! Happy you mentioned the side characters, because I think they are often as important for a good story and Toraf was so awesome:))
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