Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Title: Of Poseidon
Author: Anna Banks
Published: May 22nd 2012 by Fiewel and Friends
Book Description:
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’ve been eyeing on this book ages. I was really salivating to read it. So when it came out in Amazon, I hurriedly bought an ebook copy. This is my second time to read a book about mermaids. My first one was from Cole Gibsen, called Breathless. I really enjoyed that book. So I was a little afraid to read “Of Poseidon” since I have high hopes for it. Oh boy, this book didn’t put me down. It was that good!

The story is about Syrenas. They are mermaids who are under two kingdoms, Triton’s and Poseidon’s. There is feud between them. And Galen is convinced that Emma holds the key in uniting the two kingdoms.  But things are not that easy, there are loads of unanswered questions. Who is Emma? Where did her abilities came from? You have to read this book to find out.

The world building is incredible. The way the author described the underwater world was astonishing. I was absorbed inside instantly.  Anna Banks has the talent to shock readers too. There were loads of twists and revelations that will put you on the edge of your seat. This book is also full of action. The shark scenes made my heart stopped. I feel like I was watching “JAWS” in some part of the story. The shark scenes were very cinematic.  I was scared the whole time, while reading it. Good job, Anna!

As for the characters, I was impressed by the character building. Each of them is unique, lovable and relatable. It only took me a minute to fell in love with them. I love Kayla! I like her temper and everything about her. She is witty, funny and courageous. Galen is drool worthy, dark hair with violet eyes? I was literally drooling over him the whole time. I felt his emotions towards Emma. The secrets he kept and the responsibilities that he carries make him vulnerable yet strong at the same time. His determination to unite the two kingdoms is outstanding. Toraf and Rayna’s relationship gave spice to story. The scene where Toraf used Emma to make Rayna jealous was priceless.  There were times when I can’t help but laugh on the dialogues. The way Emma talks in her mind made me giggle too, silent treatment 101, and the Mississippi counting thing that she does every time she get tensed. Gosh, I love  the humor in this story.

The love angle between Emma and Galen was good. It was not fast, there was time for their relationship to blossom. In short, it was believable.

Overall, this book is a fun read! I recommend this to folklore lovers. There was a huge cliff-hanger in the end. I now have to patiently wait for book two.

I give this book 4.5 whales.


  1. Oh my goodness, mermaids, good world building, AND good characters? Sounds so exciting! I haven't read a mermaid book in a long time! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Reading Penguin,

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, this book is an absolute favorite of mine :D


  2. Mermaids are my favorite mythical creature. And while I haven't loved every mermaid novel I've read, I can say I certainly loved Of Poseidon. The story started with the type of humor I usually avoid, being one of those too serious type of people. Before I knew it, the story switched to another, more serious point-of-view - Galen's. And within pages, I was hooked.

    Of Poseidon alternates between Emma's point of view and Galen's. And while Emma's point of view is first-person, Galen's is actually third-person. At first, I didn't understand why, but I realize the third-person point of view gave us a glimpse of the world of the Syrena we wouldn't have seen had it been through Galen's eyes. The cast of characters is dynamic, each one lending a different air to the story. From Galen's sister, best friend, and assistant, to Emma and her mother, the story is witty, snarky, and at times, mildly suspenseful.


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