Title: Of Poseidon
Author: Anna Banks
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Of Poseidon (Book 1)
Publication Date: May 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 336 Pages
ISBN-10: 1250003326 (Macmillan)
ISBN-13: 978-1250003324 (Macmillan)
Reviewed by: Kayla
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.
Quick and Dirty: A very clumsy girl finds out she is Syrenian and can speak to fish. A boy tries to help her form her fins while trying to keep it professional and keeps a very important secret from her.
Opening Sentence: I smack into him as if shoved from behind.
Ohmysweetgoodness. I absolutely ADORE this book! But first…
Emma thinks she’s just on a vacation with her friend Chloe. But the day she runs smack-dab into Galen, her life is about to flip upside down. I think the synopsis is tad misleading, but it gets the point across. Emma and Galen run into each other, Galen saves her from a shark and Galen decides she’s the one. Although it sounds like Galen is sent specifically for Emma, he’s supposed to anyway because it’s his job and he has nothing better to do as an ambassador for humans. And it doesn’t take multiple scenes to convince him. It probably takes about a chapter or two. In the same day. Scratch that — same hour. So when Galen turns up at Emma’s high school in New Jersey, she’s more than a little shocked. Of course it doesn’t help that Galen is almost obsessed with her. In fact, she runs straight into a cafeteria door and knocks herself unconscious just to get away from him. But eventually Galen convinces her to come with him to the beach to tell her. And it all swirls into one big whirlpool of action, hilarious-ness and intrigue after that.
So, back to how much I ADORE this book. Banks truly has a talent for keeping the audience’s attention with the best type of writing — humor. From the very first page I was hooked. The absolute embarrassment Emma felt when she “assaulted his pecks” had me giggling continuously. And it gets better. This book is filled head-to-flipping-fin with witty comments and comic relief scenes (see scene below — one of my favorites). Somehow even important scenes had me laughing out loud. The game Emma and Galen played on their “date” is genius! Girls – if you don’t like a guy you’re on a date with, play Upchuck. Ohmysweetgoodness it’s so funny! Also, Emma’s favorite phrase “Ohmysweetgoodness” is great.
The mythology behind the story is intriguing, with the multiple layers and history Galen learns as the story progresses. There are two tribes of Syrena — the Tritons and Poseidons. Galen is of Triton. Emma is of Poseidon. But there’s more to the tribe than just names. When the tribe split, each general (Triton and Poseidon) granted a gift to someone so the Syrena could live in times of hardship. Emma happens to have the Gift of Poseidon. She can speak to fish (which Galen says is used to feed the tribes in case humans go overboard).
Galen…he deserves several ohmysweetgoodnesses. A prince. A merman (don’t tell him I called him that). A loyal Syrenian that puts the kingdom before love. Well, at least for a while. Galen tries so hard to resist “the pull” — a mythical superstition that is supposed to indicate his perfect mate. But Emma is Of Poseidon — the other clan of merpeople that currently are at odds with the Tritons. But not even that — every three generations the firstborn of the Tritons and Poseidons are supposed to mate to “keep the peace.” And Galen’s oldest brother Grom just happens to be the third generation, and the King of Poseidon refuses to bear again. Stuck between duty and love, Galen has to choose which one he is willing to risk: the end of Syrena’s existence, or true love with the only girl he’s ever fell for.
All of the characters in the story have a special role and I love all of them. Toraf (Galen’s best friend and mate of Rayna) and Rayna’s (Galen’s twin sister and refuses to be Toraf’s mate) relationship is full of ups and downs, but it’s so cute how it plays out. Emma is a strong heroine and as long as she isn’t wearing flip-flops, has the potential to do/be great. And I love Rachel.
The ending…OHMYSWEETGOODNESS IT’S BRUTAL. MAJOR CLIFFHANGER ALERT!! As soon as I read the last sentence, I ran to the internet to see when the sequel comes out. Unfortunately, Of Triton doesn’t have a release date yet. As much as I love the book and want y’all to read it ASAP, if you hate waiting and suspense, wait until Of Triton comes out. It’ll save you a lot of grief. And thoughts of throwing the book out the window. Just saying!
“I think that’s right after you hurt it. I’m pretty sure I’m okay to sleep now. I mean, I slept last night, right? Actually, I’m not sure I can even stay awake right now.”
“But… you’re not passing out, you’re just sleeping? There’s a difference.”
I yawned again. “Just sleep. Maybe I just need a nap.”
He nods into my hair. “You did look tired today after school.”
“You can put me on the couch now.”
He doesn’t move, just keeps rocking me. Staying alert is a slippery slope right now.
“You can put me down now.”
“I’m not ready yet.” He tightens his hold.
“You don’t have to hold–“
“Emma? Can you hear me?”
“Uh, yes. I can hear fine. I just can’t see–“
“That’s a relief. Because for a minute there, I thought maybe you didn’t hear me when I said I’m not ready yet.”
He chuckles into my hair. “Go to sleep.”
It’s the last thing I remember.
The Of Poseidon Series:
0.5. Legacy Lost
1. Of Poseidon
2. Of Triton
FTC Advisory: Feiwell & Friends/Macmillan graciously provided me with a copy of Of Poseidon. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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