[New in Review] Of Poseidon

Author: Anna Banks

Publisher: Macmillian

  • Imprint: Feiwel & Friends

Date Published: May 22nd 2012

Format: Hardcover

Source: Borrowed from a friend.


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.

Number of Days It Took to Read: 2.5


Really like the cover, it conveys the mystical element of the story well. Also isn’t the typology of the title just lovely?

The Writing Score: 3 out of 5

Recommendation: Casual Perusal

Memorable or Forgettable: Memorable

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


Emma is just an ordinary but extremely clumsy girl, whose life changes when she literally bumps into Galen. What starts off as a typical meet cute between a guy and girl quickly turns into something more as the reader discovers Galen’s true identity and how Emma and him are connected. This is your typical paranormal romance except this time instead of vampires, werewolves, or angels we have mermaids. Also Emma isn’t just your ordinary human; as she later finds out she has a special ability to communicate with all creatures under the sea.

I really loved the world and the characters that Banks has created. As a bit of a history and mythology buff myself I enjoyed reading Banks’ take on mermaids or Syrena as they are called in this book. I especially enjoyed how Banks incorporated actual significant historical events and artifacts into her story’s mythology. The plot itself was quite interesting and the introduction of the back stories of some of the characters along with the cliff hanger ending left me wanting more.

The characters in Of Poseidon were for the most part likeable, and extremely fun. In particular I found the awkward interactions between Emma and Galen to be adorable. My favourite thing about this book though would have to be the fact that the story is told from both Emma’s and Galen’s perspectives. It was really nice to see what they each felt and thought of each other as well it allows the readers to get more of a back story which is especially important in Galen’s case as we get to understand his motivations and reasoning better. The only thing that kind of annoyed me about the characters were how Emma kept on saying ohmysweetgoodness, as well how whenever Galen called Emma “Angelfish” I could not help but immediately think of a character from one of my favourite TV shows who is also from the sea as this character also called his girlfriend by the nickname, “Angelfish”.

Still I found that if you did not take the book too seriously it can be a very entertaining read. This made it the perfect book for me to pick up after having read a lot of books that had more realistic and grim stories.

– Linh

The opinions expressed in this review are my own; I did not receive any compensation in exchange for this review. I am currently accepting young adult fiction and adult fiction books that have a crossover appeal to young adults for review. If you have any questions or would like for me to review your book feel free to email me at lxlnguyen21@yahoo.ca.

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