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.
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Four stars: A fun little book featuring the mythical Syrena...
Emma is rushing down the dock to get to the beach. Emma is not known for being graceful. She is so busy juggling her stuff and trying to keep her pesky flip flops securely on her feet, that she fails to see the handsome boy directly in her path. She collides into his chest and almost dies of embarrassment. It is bad enough to walk into a complete stranger in a throng of people, but add in that this boy is gorgeous and her humiliation increases ten fold. Her pale cheeks flame and she wishes lightning would strike her at that moment. To add insult to injury, her best friend Chloe points out that this boy's eyes match Emma's unique eye color: violet. Emma slinks away before she dies of embarrassment, wishing that Chloe would just disappear. The two friends traipse to the ocean unaware that the violet eyed boy is watching them. The pair float on the surfboard, finally making up and then out of the blue, a shark attacks. Terrified Emma fights to save her friend, not knowing that the boy is in the water watching her battling the shark. He is shocked to see Emma's strange ability. Weakened, Emma sinks, but the boy darts down and retrieves her. Galen, is convinced that Emma is from the sea, one of his people, a Syrena. He enrolls in her school determined to find out more about this light haired, violet eyed girl. Is Emma more than just a mere human? Is she indeed a Syrena?
What I Liked:
- I have been searching for a long time for a mermaid type book that I really enjoyed. I was happy to finally find a good book in Of Poseidon. I liked that the author spins an interesting tale featuring two divided kingdoms inhabited by the Syrena. I appreciated that the author created her own unique vision instead of following the traditional mermaid theme.
- I liked the developing romance between Galen and Emma. It is one where there is an intense physical attraction, we are talking sizzling lava like sparks, but the two never seem to be on the same page. It is one of those romances where the pair dances around their true feelings and it starts out shaky and hesitant and takes its sweet time blooming. You never know from one page to the next where things stand between them. The tension between them is electric.
- I enjoyed the secondary characters, Rachel, Toraf and even the super sassy Rayna. Rachel is Galen's human go to girl. She is sweet, bubbly and funny. I really liked her character. Toraf is Galen's best friend and hopefully soon to be brother in law. He is the charming and often hilarious sidekick. Finally, Rayna, Galen's headstrong sister. She takes awhile to warm up to because at first she seems like a real pain in the butt, but as the book progresses I found myself appreciating her antics. I like that Ms. Banks writes secondary characters that are just as exciting as the protagonists.
- Emma's funny, slightly sarcastic voice is what immediately drew me into this book. She made me giggle in the opening pages as she describes in great detail her humiliating run in with Galen. She is a bit of a klutz and is constantly blushing. I liked that she was a bit awkward but headstrong and independent as well.
- I appreciated the author took time to create a history for the Syrena and how she explained the lineages of Poseidon and Triton. Not only does Ms. Banks weave history and mythology into the story, she also adds some scientific details. I really enjoyed reading about the biological and physical attributes associated with the Syrena. Ms. Banks crafts a believable tale.
- This book is told from the alternating view points of Emma and Galen. The author does a great job with the switching voices and it works well in this book. I appreciated that I was able to see things through both character's eyes, it really enriched the read for me.
And The Not So Much:
- Sigh, a cliffhanger....why do you have to ruin a great book with the dreaded cliffhanger? I was excited as I neared the end and had the pieces snapped in place and I knew what the big reveal was going to be, but the book stops right at that moment. A dig disappointment! Yet, she caught my attention!
- I can't say that I totally believed the situation with Emma's mother. I can't go into too much detail here, but I didn't buy that her mother seemed completely clueless when it came to Galen.
- I wished that the book had provided a bit more detail on what life was like for the Syrena under the sea in their realms. I wanted to know more about what Galen, Rayna and Toraf's lives were like when they were at home. You never get a full picture of life beneath the waves.
Of Poseidon ended up being one of the first mermaid type books that I enjoyed. This book has mystery, a tension filled electric romance, and the Syrena. If you are looking for a good book featuring mermaids, I would recommend this one. Ms. Banks offers up a unique tale with a funny female protagonist who inevitably will make you smile. Add in a hot male lead and you have the beginnings of great story. Watch out for the cliffhanger, it certainly caught my attention and I can say I will be reading the sequel!
"Options skim through my head like a flip book."
"Option One: Run away as fast as my dollar-store flip-flops can take me. Thing is, tripping over them is partly responsible for my current dilemma."
"Option Two: Pretend I've fainted. Go limp and everything. Drool even."
"Morning tide makes a great companion when you don't want to be around people. It soothes and comforts and doesn't ask for anything."
"I am... embarrassed? No. Embarrassed is when you spill ketchup on your crotch and it leaves a red stain in a suspicious area."
"The heat simmers between me and wraps around me like a winter coat."
"No matter now many times I tell him I can't see into the water yet, he insists I'm just trying to get a look at his eel."
"Humans are creepier than I thought. Why pretend to be something you're not?"
"Out of the corner of his eyes, he sees the eruption of pink spreading like spilled paint over her face."
"Shoving it in my purse---the pockets of my skinny jeans must just be for show 'cause nothing else is fitting in there---"
"The wind laces through the dune grass, like it's whispering a secret he's not meant to hear."
Thank you to Feiwel & Friends for providing me with a review copy in exchange for am honest review.