Monday, January 23, 2012

Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks


Title: Of Poseidon 
Series: N/A 
Book #: One
Author: Anna Banks
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Format: Advanced Reader's Copy 
Buy The Book: Amazon
My Rating:  
Emma and her friend Chloe are spending vacation in Florida. When Emma (literally) runs into a hot guy named Galen on the beach, little does she know he’s a prince of the Syrena. Galen and Emma both feel something strange – is it attraction? – and Galen suspects that Emma might well be the girl he’s heard of – a human who can communicate with fish.

What follows is a deadly scene with a shark in which Galen witnesses Emma’s gifts. He must know more about her, and follows her back to New Jersey, and high school, to find out for sure if she’s the key to saving his kingdom. Soon, Emma can’t deny her feelings for him, but can’t explain them, either – and both she and Galen must learn more about where she comes from and what her powers are before they can trust one another and their feelings. (taken from goodreads.com)
Ohmysweetgoodness, where do I begin talking about this fabulous debut? I've been in love with the idea of mermaids since I was a toddler. Thanks to my blow-up swimming pool, I imagined becoming one of the mythical creatures more than a few times. For some unfortunate reason, I've had a hard time finding mermaid novels that don't come across as completely ridiculous or weird. FINALLY, I have found a novel that made me fall in love with merfolk all over again.

Emma was a hilarious, lovable heroine. Her snarky commentary and fiery temper had me giggling constantly. While falling head-over-heels for the gorgeous Syrena prince, Galen, she can't help but make a fool of herself, and I loved her for it. Galen, on the other hand, is utterly swoon-worthy. Trapped by the complicated politics of the Syrena, the star-crossed lovers make quite the couple. Their spicy relationship was both addictive and adorable.

Banks really made this genre of paranormal romance her own. Creatures like Galen are referred to as Syrena instead of "mermaids," and Banks creates an entire history for the two Syrena kingdoms. The writing is humorous yet lyrical. The entire story felt like something I would have dreamed up. Hot merman? Check. A seemingly normal girl with mysterious powers? Check. Heart-wrenching story of forbidden love? Check. What's not to love?

The story alternates between Galen and Emma's points of view, and I enjoyed both sides immensely. Emma's vivid personality gives her chapters spunk. I loved seeing Galen through her eyes and experiencing her discoveries. Galen's tale allows us to glimpse the world of Syrena, which I loved. I couldn't learn enough about the fascinating creatures and their culture. Plus, reading about his feelings for Emma was downright heart-melting.

Way to end the story with a killer cliff-hanger, Banks. Now I'm desperate for a sequel! Overall, I'd definitely recommend Of Poseidon to anyone in search of a wonderful mermaid tale. Packed with hilarity, wit, and mystery, this novel will surely receive tons of praise once it hits the shelves in May.