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

Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon, #1)

Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: May 22, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Series: #1 (Of Poseidon)
Length: 326 pages
Source: FierceReads

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 an enjoyable and light read. It is not a heavy fantasy book and it only took me 2 days to read it. This book isn’t a retelling of Greek mythology as I first thought it would be; it is about Syrenas a.k.a mermaids. I have never read a mermaid book before (except The Little Mermaid) so it was a really fresh read for me. I love how the Syrenas could change from a mermaid to a human, but as a result they would age faster. I also like how they could sense other mermaids, which plays a big factor in the story. The first chapter got me hooked on right away. The writing style was kind of hard to get used to at first because it switches perspectives, but at the same time it also switches from 1st person point of view (Emma’s) to 3rd person point of view (Galen’s).

The characters in this book are funny, but at times there are some inconsistencies in how they act. Emma is the main character and when she and Galen (literally) collides which each other at the beach, they both sense something special between them which is unusual because only mermaids could sense one another. Does that mean Emma is really a human, or might she be a mermaid?   Galen is the prince of the Syrena and he could be bossy at times. He has a twin sister who is Rayna, and she has a sassy, fierce and bold personality but towards the middle of the book and onwards, we see that she has a soft side. Toraf, Rayna’s partner, is the funniest of all. I love his personality and his and Rayna’s relationship. This is where I thought “why can’t all guys be like him!?”

I still found Of Poseidon entertaining despite the slow pacing. There weren’t a lot of “WOW” moments in the book (maybe just one or two) but the ending was definitely a WOW. I wish there were more under the water scenes though. I can’t wait to read the sequel and I recommend it especially if you’re a fan of mermaid books. I think it’s a really great book to read during the time of Spring or Summer.

4 of 5

6 Responses to “Review: Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon #1) by Anna Banks”

  1. 1 Nick @ Nick's Book Blog April 21, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    I’m glad to hear you that you enjoyed this one!
    I had such a hard time with this one especially because I thought all the characters were annoying. I also thought the world-building was lacking.
    Great review!

  2. 3 Krista R April 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    This is one of those books that I’m DYING to read, and it’s been on my TBR for eons. Your review just reminds me I need to get to it. I’m glad the ending was good despite the slow pacing. I need me a light-read 😉 Great review!

  3. 5 Eileen Li April 21, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Ooh I’m glad you enjoyed this one! It’s been a year since I last read Of Poseidon but I remember that the cliffhanger of it was killer! But Of Triton’s almost coming out :)) I don’t remember the pacing of it but I hate when a plot moves too slowly. The POVs were really fun though. Thanks for sharing, Leigh!

  4. 6 Montana @ The Book Belles April 21, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    I really liked Of Poseidon. I just though the mermaid aspect of the book and the humor in it was amazing! Great review 🙂

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