Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Posted 1 August, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 2 Comments

Review: Of Poseidon by Anna BanksOf Poseidon by Anna Banks
Series: The Syrena Legacy #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends on May 22, 2012
Source: Library
Pages: 336
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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.

Favorite Quote(s): 

“I lace my fingers together to keep from wringing my hands raw. Even more than terror, I feel the insanity of the situation. I’m about to ask a fish the size of my house to make a U-turn. Because Galen, the man-fish behind me, doesn’t speak humpback. ‘Uh, can you please back away from me?’ I say. I sound polite, like I’m asking him to buy some Girl Scout cookies.”

Favorite Character: Emma.
First Line: 

“I smack into him as if shoved from behind.”

My Musings: This is the second time that I’ve read this novel. I decided to re-read it when I got Of Triton from my library—it had been about a year since I had read it the first time, and I wanted to recap before diving into the next one. It was just as amazing as I remembered from the first time I read it—and I’m definitely glad that I decided to reread!
Of Poseidon follows Emma and Galen as they struggle to find out what Emma is. Galen is a Syrena prince, which is the fancy name for a merman. That’s right. Galen sprouts a fin in the water. So Galen meets Emma on the beach in and can’t help but be drawn to her. So he follows her up to New Jersey and enrolls in her school. See the thing is, Galen thinks that she may be the last to have the Gift of Poseidon, and he wants to take her to mate with his brother, the King of the House of Triton. That is, of course, until he falls in love with her.

“I hear people passing on the boardwalk and imagine them staring. Best-case scenario, they think I know this guy, that we’re hugging. Worst-case scenario, they saw me totter like an intoxicated walrus into this complete stranger because I was looking down for a place to park our beach stuff.”

I really enjoyed reading about Galen and Emma again. Emma was the same, bad tempered girl whose sarcasm could crack anyone up. She fought for what she believed in, and she didn’t take crap from anyone, not even Royalty. Her commentary was funny beyond belief, leaving me laughing at various times during the novel. She was a relatable character, and I loved watching her grow into herself and her abilities over the course of the novel.

“Spending all of yesterday with him slaughtered my intention of keeping him at a distance. Even if he weren’t worthy of his own billboard underwear ad, he’s just too likeable. Except for his habit of almost-kissing me. But his obsession with trying to order me around is too cute. Especially the way his mouth gets all pouty when I don’t listen.”

Galen was a cute character. He wasn’t accustomed to life on land, so watching him adapt was adorable. He had to learn to act like a human, and it was funny to watch him flounder with Emma until he learned how to deal with her spunky attitude. Galen was a selfless character, willing to give up the one thing he wanted for the better of his people. His selflessness was very admirable.

“‘Emma! Emma, can you hear me?’ The slap to my cheek startles me awake. ‘Huh?’ Not my most attractive moments. I rub my eyes. I’m cradled in his arms, princess-style. The stars come into focus. When did we surface? Billions of beautiful stars on a clear night. Fish Prince Charming holding me. It’s probably the most romantic moment of my life.”

Emma and Galen, in my opinion, complemented each other perfectly. While Galen was more polite and formal, Emma was spunky and even rude sometimes. They fit together very well, and their romance was the sweetest one I’ve read.

“I keep my back turned while he maneuvers his shorts into place. ‘Are you decent?’ I call after a few seconds. No matter how many times I tell him I can’t see into the water yet, he insists I’m just trying to look at his ‘eel.’ For crying out loud.”

I also loved Toraf. Toraf is Galen’s best friend, and the mate of Galen’s sister, Rayna. Although she was a very rude character for the entire novel, as a reader, I started to understand and start to ignore her rudeness. Toraf was a good influence on her as well. Toraf was a loyal, friendly character, and I cannot wait to see more of him in the next novel.

This novel was written in an alternating point of view. One of them was from Emma’s first person point of view. I liked reading from Emma’s point of view mainly because it was hilarious and modern. It was her thoughts as a teenaged girl finding out that she wasn’t human, and it made her chapters very relatable to the reader. The other chapters were written in an omniscient third point of view that followed Galen. Although I didn’t enjoy this point of view as much as Emma’s, I enjoyed it nonetheless. It was just less personal that it was reading from Emma’s first person point of view.

I absolutely adore Anna Banks’ writing. Filled with hilarity and description, it was a joy to read the novel as she told it. The writing was complex and had a great flow to it. In addition to the enticing plot, the novel was one that I would definitely read again.

Of Poseidon was an enthralling novel about the mythical Syrena creatures that inhabit the seas; filled with humor, surprises, and the sweetest romance you’ll ever read, it’s a definite ‘must’ to pick up.

4.5 Stars
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About Anna Banks

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NYT Bestselling YA author of The Syrena Legacy series: OF POSEIDON (2012) OF TRITON (2013) OF NEPTUNE (2014). Repped by rockstar Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency. I live with my husband and daughter in the Florida Panhandle. I have a southern accent compared to New Yorkers, and I enjoy food cooked with real fat. I can’t walk in high heels, but I’m very good at holding still in them. If you put chocolate in front of me, you must not have wanted it in the first place.


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

  1. I have to say, I def liked this one better than the sequel, but I still love the series as a whole. Emma is great and Galen, too. Can’t wait to see how it all ends. Great review!

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