Guest Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Why I chose this book:
Of Poseidon seemed really interesting to me when I came across it through my Goodreads profile. Without specifically saying so, it felt like a story about mermaids which I think are sadly lacking in a lot of today's stories. Plus, I'm kind of a sucker for the books where one or the other of the main characters shouldn't be falling for the other one.

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Publisher: Square Fish
Publish Date: April 30th, 2013
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
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It had never occurred to him to kiss anyone--before he met Emma. These days, it's all he can think about her lips on his.

The day Emma meets Galen on the beach is the day her life changes forever. Galen is the prince of the Syrena set 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... (Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts:
I loved this book! Well, most of this book anyway. For the most part, I have a generally favorable (bordering on ohmysweetgoodness this is amazing!) view of this book. The issues I had are what brought my view down. Let me start with what I liked:

Overall, things were great. The cast was fun and intriguing, the mythology was interesting without dragging out or bogging down the story, and the romance was spot on! Now to the specifics:

1. Galen
He was good looking and clearly cared about his people. He was going to do what needed to be done to find Grom, his mate. At that point, I wasn't very happy with him. He was very bossy and "you have to obey me because i'm a Royal". However, my opinion changed as he started spending more time with Emma, and it was quite clear where his feelings were, even though he wasn't willing to admit it to himself.

2. The Alternating POVs
You've got Emma's POV written in first-person and Galen's written in third. That was a little different. Usually when you've got a POV switch like that, it's because the third-person POV is the villain and the author is trying to keep you guessing. However, this way just... worked. It gave us a different view of various characters. No two people see the same situation in exactly the same way. You got to see things with more than one set of glasses which is always cool.

3. Overall feel of the book
It was fun and didn't try to take itself too seriously, while still being able to add some darker/more intense moments.

4. Toraf
He was an entertaining character. I loved his humor and the way he seemed to see things that others couldn't see. I loved the way he seemed to catch on to what Emma was saying about playing hard to get. He also seemed to see Galen's feelings long before Galen did. I liked the way he handled that one. Nothing like getting beat up to help your life mate realize her true feelings to realize this.

Unfortunately, there were some aspects of the book I didn't like as well

1. Emma's Mom
She just rubbed me the wrong way. After everything happened with Chloe, she was all but shoving Emma out the door, and then she gets injured and all of a sudden Emma's not adult enough to be on her own? Many other spoiler-ish material bothered me with her character, especially in relation to Emma and sometimes Galen. It just frustrated me so thoroughly, that it became unrealistic at points.

2. Emma's Attitude
At the beginning of her reactions with Galen, Emma struck me as really juvenile. She basically did the exact opposite of everything he told her to do, just because she didn't like the fact that he was ordering her around. She's new to this whole Syrena thing, and he was worried about her and trying to keep her safe. You'd think she's get the hint after the second time he'd come in and rescued her. I did warm up to her over the course of the book, but it still frustrated me at the beginning.

3. Chloe
I didn't really like the fact that once things got going in the book, Chloe basically disappeared. She was there for the very beginning, but then she basically just ceases to exist. *This is not much of a spoiler because it happens in the beginning* Emma spent some time mourning her and everything, but then Galen shows up and Emma find out about Syrena and Chloe essentially vanishes.

Now, I don't think that Emma needed to mourn her for the entire book or anything, but it would have been nice if she could have been maybe mentioned in a "Chloe would have said this..." kind of way. I don't know, the fact that she disappeared that way felt kind of um... unfinished? Because everything was so unfinished it gave me a feeling that the readers weren't realizing that she had a bigger part to play maybe.

I gave this book 4 stars on my Goodreads.

About the Reviewer:

Chelsea is a helpdesk engineer for an IT company in Bellevue, WA, but at the end of the day, she usually comes home and curls up with a good book on her bed. She's a huge bookworm and will read pretty much anything you put in front of her. She also loves music, particularly instrumental/score kinds of music, and she's always interested in trying something new! Connect with her on Goodreads

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