Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: Of Poseidon - Anna Banks

Where I got it: ARC from publisher for review
Rating: 3.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 4 stars (Really like the colors.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Page Count: 324 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Emma fell for Galen right away...well, fell into him. Emma tripped over her own feet and found herself plastered against his muscled torso. Galen felt something when this happened, a spark, a tingle. That day wasn't a great day in Florida for Emma though, she lost her best friend that day. Emma went back to school and found herself in class with Galen. Thoughts of him brought back thoughts of that beach in Florida, something Emma wants to forget. Unfortunately for her though, Galen is here to stay. There's something about Emma that she doesn't know yet. Galen suspects she is Syrena, and he intends to bring her home.

This concept was really interesting, a bit different take on the mermaid legend. I loved Emma and Galen's banter in this novel...so much! I loved the conversations between all of the characters, it just flowed really nicely and had me laughing out loud at times. Galen was a bit crazy possessive of Emma, but that is a lovely trait of the Syrena, anger. Parts of this book were a bit confusing. There was a bit of the characters being left out of a conversation they were in the room for, which is mildly annoying. There was also some confusion about Emma acknowledging that she is not all human. At one point Galen's sister declares "I knew it!" and Emma starts sputtering about how she tried, but couldn't help her friend. Then a few seconds later it's like she's forgotten that she just said those things. It was a bit frustrating, Emma somehow not believing the completely obvious. Regardless, the banter really kept me going, and the mystery of where Emma came from. That ending though! I was not expecting it to go that way. I had close suspicions, but...wow. I can't wait to see what happens at the beginning of the next book.

First Line:
"I smack into him as if shoved from behind."

Favorite Line:
"The final bell rings and students leak from every crevice of the redbrick building."


  1. Great review! I didn't realize this was a mermaid book! I've been deciding if I want to buy it or not because I'm going to an Anna Banks signing (and other authors) because I've heard that a lot of bloggers didn't like it! I might try it out though! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

  2. I have to admit I am a bit intrigued by this book even though I don't seem to enjoy mermaid books, even though I wish I did!

    I've read about the possessiveness and I'm sure that'll bug me but I think I'll still give this a go!

  3. I have been interested in this one, but been a bit hesitant. I don't usually enjoy mermaid books, so your review is kind of a relief. My expectations aren't as high (I've seen a lot of 5 star reviews for this one) and I might check it out and not be disappointed. Thanks for the honest review :)

  4. Ohh, I'm a little obsessed with Mermaid books lately, and this sounds fantastic!


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