Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

March 19, 2014 Book 11

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Science Fiction
Series: The Syrena Legacy, #1
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont
Publication Date: June 1st 2012
Source: Provided by Publisher

Goodreads Summary: Galen is strong, protective and gorgeous, with striking violet eyes and a body to make you shiver – and that’s just when he’s in human form. He’s from the House of Triton, god of the sea, and he’s searching for a girl with the gift of Poseidon to save his brother from marrying a fraud. Emma is a human. Or so she thinks. When Emma meets Galen on the beach, they both sense a sizzling chemistry. But can Galen convince her that she holds the key to his kingdom – without letting on that he’s falling for her?

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Of Poseidon is such a fun book. Ever since I started it I knew this would be a great hit for me.

This book is saturated with humor and sass from the very first chapters, and I’ve got to say that it’s one of the reasons why I totally fell in love with it.

This book is lighthearted and fun, and yet still manages to capture the seriousness and importance of the “Syrena” theme. Galen is a Syrena Prince, intent on finding out if Emma is truly a Poseidon heir, the key to uniting the two Syrena kingdoms. Along the way, he must fight the feelings that he’s developing for Emma, because if she is a descendant of Poseidon, then she will have to marry Grom, Galen’s brother. Emma is feeling an attraction to Galen too, but is she willing to fight it to find out who she really is?

I loved how through the whole book we get to learn more and more of the Syrena, either through Galen’s POV’s or through clever dialogue. I enjoyed reading every single thing I could learn about their universe! I loved the clever and original spin Anna Banks added to it.

I also loved Galen and Emma’s interactions. Those interactions made me laugh out loud at times, and made me want to dissolve into puddles of goo over how cute they were. Anna + Galen? I ship it.

“You can put me down now.”
“I’m not ready yet.” He tightens his hold.
“You don’t have to hold—“
“Emma? Can you hear me?”
“Uh, yes. I can hear fine. I just can’t see—“
“That’s a relief. Because for a minute there, I thought maybe you didn’t hear me when I said I’m not ready yet.”

Okay, other than that, I also enjoyed the nice little twist at the end that I cannot wait to see how it will unravel.

If there’s one thing I have to complain about though, is the fact that Galen’s POV seemed a little bit weird to me. I couldn’t connect as well to Galen as I could to Emma. Also, why was Emma so clumsy? Being clumsy isn’t cute, it’s annoying!

I know there are people who didn’t enjoy this book so much, but I choose to look at this book in a fun, quirky way. It definitely helped me enjoy more the story. And giggle like crazy along the way!

If you want to find a mermaid read that won’t disappoint, pick this book up!

Rating: 4 stars

it was really good
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I'm Marianne. Professional Fangirl, part-time Blogger. Full-time college student. GIFs are a natural part of my posts, so be warned. I LOVE reading, so definitely feel free to discuss books with me. Opinions are welcome.
  • Hahaha! I agree about being clumsy. That’s so 2005! We like our heroines well coordinated, yo. I’ve seen so many negative reviews about this one that it made me not want to read it. But After reading this I might give it try. I’ll just go in with low expectations. Great review, Marianne!

    • Thanks, I really did enjoy it. Just try not to take it so seriously, lol. 🙂

  • I am not usually big on mermaid books but I know that these books have a lot of fans!
    Great review!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    • It’s so difficult to find good mermaid books! This one didn’t disappoint me 🙂 Thanks!

  • Wow, at least you enjoyed the book. Good way to look at it if you know what other people think and their criticisms were. I myself, was not one who enjoyed the book but I can kind of see from the point of view of quirkiness lol.

    • I remember reading your review and expecting the worse… but I guess reading horrible reviews lowered my expectations, which made me enjoy more the book. Ha.

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    You always find the best gifs 🙂 I also liked this one despite a lot of negative reviews just because, like you said, it’s a fun book! The humor in it is really great, and I definitely agree with your mermaid rec because this was the only mermaid book I really liked.

    • Thank you, thank you. I go through a really long GIF choosing process, lol.

  • Cait

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. I actually don’t understand why it’s not popular…it was the FIRST sort of paranormal/mermaid-ish book that I actually enjoyed and didn’t spend the whole time rolling my eyes. OMG, Toraf and Rayna are sooo funny. They were nearly my favourite couple. I agree that Galen’s POV wasn’t the strongest. Aaaand, stop falling over things Emma. Seriously. Buuut, it was adorable and I laughed so hard. Great review!!

    • I loved the fight between Galen and Toraf, it was so funny! And yes, Emma was too clumsy. I mean, I’m clumsy and people don’t think I’m cute. XD

  • This one has been on my To-read list for a while. I’m glad you liked it.