May 30th, 2012

Review | Of Poseidon (#1) by Anna Banks

Of Posideon (#1) by Anna Banks

Feiwel & Friends (May 22, 2012) | 336 pages

$12.23 (Amazon, Hardcover) | $9.99 (Kindle)

Procurement

eARC from Feiwel & Friends via NetGalley.

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! Hilariously perfect!

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

A mermaid mythology love story at it’s best with very loveable characters, a plot that keeps you guessing and an ending that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the next book!

Summary (Goodreads)

Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen’s not fully convinced that Emma’s the one he’s been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help–no matter what the risk.

Trailer

First Line

I smack into him as if shoved from behind.

Most Memorable Scene

I just loved the opening scene of when Emma runs into Galen. And the ending! I’ll get to that later!

Plot

Galen is a Prince mermaid looking for a few things to save his kingdom. He finds Emma and has to figure out if she’s the one he’s been looking for. It’s very much a mystery with a huge chunk of teenaged  hormones and a ton of humor thrown in. The plot doesn’t get boring and something new is always popping up. I enjoyed the plot line immensely.

Setting

The story starts in Florida while Emma is on vacation. She returns home to New Jersey (if I remember correctly). Lots of time in the ocean. Both Emma and Galen’s houses are presented beautifully.

Writing

Gah! I couldn’t get enough! Anna writes with unnatural ease to combine informative information with emotion as well as humor. I loved the tone of voice she gave Emma. And Galen was presented very nicely too. I enjoyed the alternating points of views. Emma’s is first person and Galen’s is third person, which was a tad odd but it worked.

Originality

Mermaids! And not just any mermaids, there is a ton of mythology to them too. I really enjoyed Anna’s spin on the mermaids. I haven’t read very many mermaid books and I found this one to be excellent.

Characters

Emma is hilarious. I couldn’t get enough of her! Mix in Galen and his sister and then later his best friend and you get an odd ball mix of teenage hormones and rivalry at it’s best.

I adored Galen. He was super sweet and endearing at first sight. The amount of concern and attention he gives Emma warmed my heart. I loved the scene where Emma is getting a physical by Galen’s doctor. His reaction to some of the news was hilarious yet oh so sweet!

Romance

Deep down inside this story is one sweet love story. Galen and Emma have an instant connection and attraction. It was fun and romantic to see them carry their friendship to the next level.

Title/Cover Bonus

I love the title and the cover! The cover actually seems kind of dark and gloomy. The story is such a funny read that some might be expecting something darker.

Ending

Oh what an ending! Talk about cliffhanger! I was totally floored by this ending. I didn’t see it coming! I am super excited to read the next book to find out what the heck is going to happen! I didn’t know this was going to be a series but I’m super happy it is one. I just loved these characters and this world so much I am happy to read more!

Series

Book two will probably be out this time next year. No details of it yet though.

I found a prequel, LEGACY LOST, on TOR.com! :) You should read it.

Legacy Lost (Of Posideon, #0.5) Prequel available at TOR.com

Summary (Goodreads)

Grom is a mer-prince, pledged to marry the mermaid princess of an opposing kingdom in an effort to unite the lands under the waters. He dreads this arrangement until meets the princess Nalia – both beautiful and smart, she’s everything he ever wanted. But just when their connection grows deeper, tragedy strikes.


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