Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

This is the 30th book I've read this year. (Hopefully, I will spell everything right.)

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.

Christian beliefs: Nope.

Other belief systems: There are mermaids, or Syerna. And what they believe in and such. Poseidon in this book wasn't a god, but a mermaid, or Syerna.

Language: There wasn't very much swearing in this book, which I was glad. And they only swore when they were mad, and it was funny how the Syerna didn't know swear words, so they had no idea when Emma would call them one. xD 

Romance: Kissing, and the Syerna have to get mated to each other, it's like getting married. And when they get mated, they have to go find a island and finish the mating. But it's just the Syerna's way of getting married. :) But they mention that a lot.

Any other bad things: I'm pretty sure this doesn't count as a spoiler, but in the beginning, someone dies, and it's super sad. :( And it has to do with a shark FYI.


Good points:

I love mermaids. And my little sister loves Ariel, and the Little Mermaid. And of course, I watched those movies with her. (all three acutally.) and it was fun to read about mermaids YA style.
I read this book in 2 days. Which means I really liked this book. Like a lot. And since I'd never read a mermaid YA book before, I was glad that I liked it.
I loved how the book was from Emma's point of view, than it skipped to Galen's point of view, but in second/third person. I think it was a good idea to do that. :)

I love Emma. She's strong, but she can be weak at times. And it was cool to see her try and get along with the Syerna. She took to being different quite well I thought.

Galen is hilarous. He has no idea how highschool is like. And it was fun for him to understand girls in the highschool. ;) My favorite line from him was: "All the females were sending him mating calls." xD Too funny. And though he was 20, he acted like a teenager still. Which I thought was cool.

I loved seeing Toraf's and Ryane's love story fold out. It was good to have two love stories going at once.

Rachel was awesome. She was good at playing Galen's "mom". And her past was very interesting. I hope Anna writes more about Rachel's past.

Negative points:

Again, this book had one of those mom's I'm glad I don't have. Emma's mom didn't trust her at all, and it drove me nuts. I told my mom I was glad that she's not like that. XD

Also, the writing was a bit confusing sometimes, like I didn't know who was talking. But I got through it pretty well.

All in all, I LOVED this book, and where it ended, you will be very angry with Anna Banks. 

2013 has to come quicker!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.


1 comment:

  1. The plot of Of Poseidon really captivated me when I started reading. At first, I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book because sometimes some mermaid books really end up being very similar, but Anna Banks does a fabulous job of keeping the mythology really different! I liked learning about the Syrena mythology and also learning about what is "Of Poseidon." I will say that moments of this book are depressing, and there were definitely a few scenes that I didn't see coming. I guess the best type of story is one that you never expect!

    Overall, I really enjoyed Of Poseidon..and I especially liked how Anna Banks creates a whole new type of mermaid mythology for us readers! I can't wait to read the second book in the series (of course the novel ends with a cliffhanger). I recommend checking this book out this really is the perfect beach read.


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