Of Poseidon by Anna Banks: Review

Posted May 25, 2012 by Kylie in book review, Uncategorized / 5 Comments

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks: ReviewOf Poseidon by Anna Banks
Series: The Syrena Legacy #1
Published by Macmillan on May 22, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic, Science Fiction, Mermaids
Pages: 326
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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.

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.

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5 responses to “Of Poseidon by Anna Banks: Review

  1. I have to admit that I totally cracked up at your Violence commentary at the bottom, Kylie! I'm not sure if I'm just in a giggly mood or what! Lol.

    I'm reading this one right now, so this is a very timely review for me! I haven't quite connected with Galen yet, but I like Emma!

    • It reminds me of the time that I put mild romance because the characters held hands. Everyone made fun of me for that. But you NEVER KNOW! Someone might be offended that they weren't warned of potential face-punching.

  2. I really want to read this, especially since I am not a huge mermaid fan, but this one sounds so good. Great review, I am glad you liked it 🙂

    • Thanks! I did like it. It made me laugh out loud–I love that. This is the first mermaid book I've read and I thought it was great!

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