By: Anna Banks
Review by: Kylie Comfoltey
From Goodreads: 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.
Loved this one! I got wrapped up in this story early on and flew through the last half.
I like a feisty female protagonist, and Emma is great. She is both a smart girl and a smart-aleck without being annoyingly so. I'm not really a stubborn person, but Emma is. Her stubbornness made me laugh. Of course, there's always a point when enough is enough, let's just get over it and move on, and luckily Emma does. I really liked her. She is a loyal friend and an independent girl and quick to blush, but Emma is not a pushover. As she would say, she's not "that girl." Except she thinks she kind of is.
She's also super pale, so I can relate. We bonded over the paleness. And over the clumsiness and disdain for all seafood. Unfortunately, I have maybe a 32-second breath-holding capacity and fish ignore me, so I don't think we'd be besties. Let's not even get into my irrational fear of the ocean.
Galen is great. He is kind, smart, noble and hott (yes, with a double T; there was a lot of talk describing how hott he is. The double T seems like a requirement at this point). Also, broad-shouldered and sometimes finned. Awesome. Tall, dark and handsome, too, in case you were wondering. It was funny to follow his attempt at acting like a normal human (learning teenage slang, how to text, etc). He is a great brother and a jealous boyfriend. He has rage issues, but apparently that's normal among Syrena.
I wish Anna Banks had spent more pages building the undersea world of the Syrena because I want to know more. I have a feeling that is to come.
Of Poseidon is a fun, light read with a good mix of humor, mystery, drama, and romance. Now I can feel you wondering: yes, there is a cliffhanger. A big one, if you're invested in the story. Don't shoot the messenger!
I have a soft spot for Greek Mythology and wanted to read this from the name alone. And honestly, I just like mermaids. Ever since I first saw Arial's trove, all those treasures untold. There. I said it! I love mermaids. And I loved this book.
Sexuality: Mild. Mostly kissing, and even that doesn't come up until later in the book.
Drugs/Alcohol: Mild. I'm trying to think of any actual references to either and I'm coming up blank.
Violence: Mild to moderate. There is more reference to considered violence ("I want to punch his face") than actual violence, but there are at least two fights where someone does in fact get punched in the face.