Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Page Length: 324 Pages
Rating: 3 Stars
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...
I was a bit hesitant to read this book because whenever I think of mermaids, wait, I don't think of mermaids! That's just it. It seems like such a childish idea/fantasy, it's something I haven't though about since the days of watching The Little Mermaid. I didn't think I'd like this book because it focuses on mermaids, but I did end up liking it! The mer-people in this book are called Syrena. There's forbidden romance, mystery, snark, and more! And that's all I'm saying. Go read ;)
I was a bit confused and put-off by the dual POV because Emma's side is told in first person while Galen's is told in third person. Either have them both in first person or both in third person. It made Galen seem so impersonal, and it was harder to connect with him than Emma. It was easier to deduce more of the story from Galen's POV though. The writing was simple and plain and good. There were some really hilarious and witty moments so I commend Banks for that. I love the fishy details Banks incorporated into the book. For example, the insults like "minnow" and "stonefish," just these little details that strengthen the setting and character background was great. I wish that Banks explored more of the Syrena world, but I guess this book was more about Emma discovering her gift. Next book perhaps?
To me it seemed that the plot was dragging in parts. Sometimes I felt that this book focused too much on the romance and less on developing characters and an actual plot/storyline. What small plot I could deduce was a bit predictable but still enjoyable. Overall though a plot did eventually form. It was fascinating learning about the Syrena race and their story.
Emma - This girl had a 180 personality change within the first 20 pages. She went from sweet and innocent to feisty and stubborn. I find that HIGHLY unrealistic. But besides that, I do like Emma. She gets a bit on my nerves sometimes, but overall I like the girl. She's not weak like some other protagonists. *cough* NORA GREY *cough* She's strong and although she gets all weak in the knees near Galen, she knows how to snap out of it and call him out when he's being too controlling. One thing that bothered me though** WHY DOES SHE SAY "Ohmysweetgoodness?" No. Just no.
Galen - Whoa this guy is hot. That was my first thought. I really like Galen. He's protective and thoughtful and smart. He's clear-headed and sweet. He's not afraid to say what he feels. I HATE how sometimes his overprotectiveness turns him into a domineering person. Chill out, dude.
Toraf - This guy is awesome! Galen's best friend made me laugh so much.
Rayna - She's so feisty. I love Galen's sister!
Ms. McIntosh - Geez she has got to be the most peculiar mother ever.
The romance in this book was really cute, but I felt that it happened way too quickly. Emma and Galen are an adorable couple, and I think they complement each other well. It's a bit hypocritical of me, but gosh it took forever for them to kiss!! All that sexual tension. I was like "Just kiss already!!"
Things got crazy near the end!! It all happened so fast. The ending isn't exactly a cliffhanger, but it's really good.
This book is light and fun, so if you're looking for a book to get you out of a reading slump, this is the book for you.