Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Of Poseidon by Ann Banks

Title: Of Poseidon
Author: Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends 
Publication Date: May 22, 2012
Source: Thanks Netgalley and Feiwel & Friends
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Summary: 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. 

Review: I hadn't read the best reviews on Of Poseidon but I knew that I was definitely willing to give it a try. And I'm so glad I did. Of Poseidon may lack in some aspects but it always made me smile while I was reading it! 

This may sound a little silly but I found Of Poseidon to be a book that I could totally emerse myself in and forget everything else. Of Poseidon was super addicting for me. I wanted to keep reading and reading. I think this is mainly because of Emma's narration. It was just SO dang funny. She wasn't always the smartest but she kept be smirking and laughing throughout the entire book. I'm not quite sure what I feel about Emma as a character, I really didn't connect with her but I still liked her.

Emma's love interest is Galen has his own chapters in 3rd person narration. I hate to say this but I disliked Galen's chapters so much. I like Galen as a character and as a love interest but his chapters? They were the only thing that could make this book not addictive. Luckily for Galen he's a sweetheart and, well, he seems pretty hot. Of course, Galen and Emma have a little case of insta-love but these days I find myself overlooking this and not really caring. Slow romances will always be my favorite but for some books it just works well to have a little case of insta-love. 

In Of Poseidon the mermaids and mermen are all called Syrena. I loved learning all the little facts about them. I really hope we get to know more about their history once the second book comes out. Of Poseidon does end in a cliffhanger but I think most readers will be able to see it coming. It makes the blow of having a cliffhanger a bit less.

Of Poseidon definitely has its iffy moments but it still manged to wow me with the Syrena mythology and Emma's silly but lovable narration.

Rating: 3.5 stars


Italia said...

This book made me laugh out loud so many times! Emma and Galen had some great dialogue, Emma's temper took her to crazy places, and her overbearing mother was absolutely hilarious! Also, I absolutely loved Rachel and Toraf. These were two of the side characters. Rachel is Galen's human assistant and is absolutely awesome. She's sort of a "do everything" kind of girl and she's super nice. Toraf is one of Galen's best friends and he's a hilarious character. He seems like a really friendly, funny, and secretly sensitive "big brother" kind of guy.

gulemakcay said...

seriously one of the best books Ive read ın maybe 2 years. ı love the language and the characters tone of voice. Even thou ıt started out really depressinig the love between Emma and Galen ıs so real n here. I also agree ı laughed so many times. it was just a great book. the endıng!!! didnt reallt see that coming. ı cant wait for the next book. ı HOPE there ll b one

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