Monday, August 20, 2012

Review: Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon, #1) by Anna Banks

Published date: May 22, 2012

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Pages: 336 (hardcover)

Summary: (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.


Of Poseidon is probably one of the most heart-felt yet grief-stricken books and is easily the best out of all the books I've had the honor to read this summer. I proudly admit that I cried in more than one place which is a feat considering my emotions only wrap themselves around the best books. I feel like when I become attached to a book my body absentmindedly becomes addicted and it's really hard to not have said book always in my thoughts. Of Poseidon did this and more. I don't think once in the few short days it took me to read this did I once quit thinking about what was going to happen. I became addicted very fast.

I was hesitant about starting Of Poseidon because of its mixed reviews and so it sat there on my shelf for many weeks. Until a few days ago. There was no way I could go back once I opened the novel for the first time. I fell hard for each of the characters and their pain quickly became mine. So believable they were that I found myself having a personal relationship with each one.

Of Poseidon goes back and forth between the two protagonists Emma and Galen. First let me say, I love Galen's name. It's masculine, but beautiful at the same time. Anyways, I quickly fell in love with the way they interact with each other and the love that surfaces every time they are near each other. It was truly beautiful. They were drawn together and fit perfectly with each other even though they constantly fought. I will say, the fighting began to be a bit much the twelfth time.

The idea of mermaids—excuse me, Syrena—that are either of the house of Triton or of Poseidon really amazed me. Bank's ability to show us the underwater worlds of Galen's Royal family absolutely stunned me in its beauty. The Syrena's powers as residents of the sea never ceased to completely strike me with awe. Of Poseidon was my first attempt at loving a mermaid novel. It isn't the first mermaid novel I've read however, just the only one worth of the mermaid ideology and the only one that actually had some sort of substance. This book has a sense of put-togetherness that just made me love it even more. It was full of everything that should be in a teen romance novel. Though, I fear without the romance it wouldn't be much of a novel. In all honesty, that is not a bad thing at all.

Dripping with romance and the goings-on of creatures from deep places, Of Poseidon will have your heart beating faster as the great blue opens around you.


  1. I've been dying to read this one, and this review really was a super strong sort of appetizer, haha! Glad to hear that you liked it, yeah I've seen mixed reviews for it as well. Really like the concept of the mermaids and the emotional strength of this book. Awesome review, Abby!

    1. Thank you so much Vivian! :) It was an amazing read. You won't regret buying it!