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Of Poseidon (Syrena Legacy Series #1)

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43 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

If you think the cover of Of Poseidon is beautiful, just wait ti

If you think the cover of Of Poseidon is beautiful, just wait till you start reading this amazingly beautiful novel. Anna Banks has written a captivating story. The romance between Galen and Emma will capture your heart. I could not put this novel down. Anna Banks&rsquo...
If you think the cover of Of Poseidon is beautiful, just wait till you start reading this amazingly beautiful novel. Anna Banks has written a captivating story. The romance between Galen and Emma will capture your heart. I could not put this novel down. Anna Banks’ writing is beautiful. This is the best word to describe this novel perfectly…"Beautiful". Of Poseidon is told from Emma’s and Galen's point of view, and this made the story so much deeper for me. I love to see both characters’ thoughts in a novel. And to see what Galen was going through with his feeling for Emma, and the same for Emma, to see her feelings for Galen, just made my heart break for these two. I wasn't ready for this book to end, and with the cliffhanger ripping my heart out for Galen, I will be waiting for the next book to mend it. *Sigh*

Emma’s summer vacation to Florida with her best friend Chloe turns into the nightmare she never wanted to live, especially after her father’s death two years before. When she meets Galen, the most gorgeous guy she’s ever seen, on this vacation, then he shows up at her school, she soon realizes the nightmare is only just beginning. Galen has to find out if Emma is the gift of Poseidon that will reunite the house of Poseidon and the house of Triton. But Prince Galen isn't ready for this twenty first century thinking girl, and Emma’s not about to take orders from this prince of the sea.

Galen is an awesome guy, even if he is behind the times with Emma and her world above the sea. But one thing stays the same no matter which world or time you live in, and that's love. Galen is going to have to sacrifice what he loves the most to save his people and his brother, but Galen’s sacrifice might be more than he can live with. Galen’s and Emma’s romance took my breath away. Galen is the kind of guy that all us girls wish we could be romanced by. His love for Emma is one of protection: no one will take what is his. I love Galen's old-fashion chivalry and the way he loves Emma. Anna Banks had my heart swooning for Galen, and wishing for my own Prince Galen.

There’s also another romance going on with Rayna, who is Galen's sister, and Toraf. This couple is the hilarious side romance to Galen’s and Emma's heart-melting one. I love Anna Banks for giving me two romances to swoon over: one for tears and one for laughs. Rayna and Toraf will have you laughing, but I did feel so sorry for Toraf at times. Although there's no way you can not help but to fall in love with Toraf, Toraf takes a lickin’ and keeps on going, determined to win Rayna's heart

Of Poseidon is a beautiful romance of Galen’s sacrifice for his love for Emma with a fantastic adventure with merfolk of the sea. I have to give a teaser to show a little of who Galen’s and Emma's characters are:

"He can't even find his class in a school with only three halls. That he found me clear across the country seems more miraculous than a push-up bra."

I highly recommend Of Poseidon as a must read. .

posted by iheartyabooks on May 23, 2012

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30 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

Of Poseidon is your typical YA paranormal romance story, except

Of Poseidon is your typical YA paranormal romance story, except now you have to change the vampire/fallen angel/whatever love interest by a siren. A male siren. They’re the current new hype, and okay, I could live with that, if this book was a half-decent story with awe...
Of Poseidon is your typical YA paranormal romance story, except now you have to change the vampire/fallen angel/whatever love interest by a siren. A male siren. They’re the current new hype, and okay, I could live with that, if this book was a half-decent story with awesome characters, exciting and original lore and heaps of romantic tension. It’s not, unfortunately. We meet Emma, a girl who possesses a series of Syrena traits, but not all of them. One day on the beach, she accidently bumps into Galen, who turns out to be a prince of the Syrena. The book is told from the alternating POVs of Galen (which is in third person) and Emma (which is in first person). An odd choice from the start, but one that could easily be forgiveable if it wasn’t for…

Chloe. Chloe is Emma’s best friend since the dawn of time. She’s also black, which was an immediate yay for me, since diversity in YA doesn’t happen all too often. So I was glad we’d finally get to have a black best friend. Chloe also seemed like a very fun person, and she genuinely cared about Emma. Then Chloe dies. And it’s not even a huge spoiler, because it happens five minutes or so after we meet her. While swimming, Chloe and Emma are attacked by a shark and Chloe died. It’s actually very sad, but in the book it almost feels comical, especially by how Emma reacts afterward. How about developing an irrational fear for the water after you saw your best friend getting murdered by a shark? Or how about not immediately falling head over heels with the first guy you meet right after your BFF has passed away? Alas, we’re out of luck. Emma is a stereotypical, almost emotionless character. Think Bella. Think worse than Bella. Then you might come close.

Galen is probably even worse. He’s so stereotypical that I could predict his every freaking move. He’s also very controlling, in a bad, unrealistic way. The Syrena are apparently married off to random other Syrena when they reach a certain age. Love in Syrena world? I guess it’s non-existent. When Galen talks about his person life-partner, it sounds like he’s describing a rag doll. Seriously. He made me so angry by his statements about how he’d like a woman who’d never argue with him and agree with everything he said. If you want that, go buy a dog. Dogs don’t argue and they love you even if you’re a two-faced doofus with more than one mental problem. But no. Galen does what he does best: tell Emma what to do, and get all controlling and angry when she doesn’t obey. Not that Emma doesn’t obey all that much. He even tells her they’re going to Florida at a certain point, and he’s taken care of everything. I’d understand this if it was a surprise by him and he was her boyfriend or something (like ‘Look, I booked us a flight to Florida for your birthday because you’ve always wanted to go, and I already talked to your Mom and she thought it was great’). Here, Galen is neither her boyfriend (or at least not for very long) and it’s not a birthday surprise. He basically kidnaps her. Seriously, this is kidnapping in my book.

On top of that, Emma is special. She’s such a special snowflake that I want to rip her heart out and feed it to a shark. Literally. She apparently has the Gift of Poseidon, something rare, bla bla, bla bla, I couldn’t care less. After making her the most annoying protagonist in the history of YA literature, why go and make her even worse? Why freaking make her special? Mary Sue syndrome, anyone?

Special snowflake syndrome, boring, stereotypical protagonists, and oh, did I mention that in general women’s rights are non-existent in Syrena world? I already mentioned the pre-arranged marriages, but hey, a women’s worth is also decided by whether or not they can get pregnant. Oh God. Middle ages, anyone? Even back then women had more rights than female Syrena. No wonder Galen’s sister Rayna runs around being angry at the entire world for more than half of the book. That is, until she sees the guy she was bethrothed to without her consent, kissing another girl, and then she falls head over heels for him. Yes. That kind of crazy, non-realistic behavior happens everywhere in this book.

I’m not sure about Of Poseidon. I want to say I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, but I’m sure some people will like it. I mean, everyone in their pet chihuahua seemed to hate Hush, Hush (for those who don’t know, that’s a YA Paranormal Romance with a fallen angel as male love interest), but I liked it all right. I’m just going to say this wasn’t for me. I’m sure someone out there will like it. If you’re a fan of mermaids, you may want to give it a try. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.

posted by eternalised on September 6, 2012

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  • Posted June 16, 2014

    While I really enjoyed the concept behind this book, the differe

    While I really enjoyed the concept behind this book, the differences in the POV of the two main characters was enough to throw me off right from the second chapter. The girl MC is told in first person present, the boy MC is told in third person present - and it definitely gives his chapters a distance of emotion that I just couldn't get into. It was a quick read, and I enjoyed the idea of the two kingdoms of Syrena and their interplay, but I'm not sure I'll read the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    TOUGHCOOKIE

    This book was just amazing. Drama,Love, fantasy. Best by far underwater adventure book. Could have not been writen any better!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    When i first looked at this book i thought the cover was really

    When i first looked at this book i thought the cover was really captivating its what hooked me to get it. Then i saw the title of poseidon i thought it would be the basic poseidon ruler of the ocean you know the whole god thing but it was the total oppisite its like a teen romance novel and in the world of these captivating creatures the syrena . The book is basically that emma and chloe are bestfreinds and they go to the beach, then emma bumps into galen this gorgoues boy who is in search of a girl that cant talk to fish . So the girls end up going in the water and out of nowhere a shark comes and grabs chloe and drags her under the water it becomes a horrible nightmare for emma as she loses her bestfriend. Later on emma is trying to cope with the fact that she lost her bestfriend but then she runs into galen the boy she met at the beach is at her school. He trying to find out if emma has the gift of poseidon that can reunite the houses poseidon and triton. But then galen starts falling for emmma will he have to give up the one he loves to save his people and family.This book is so good it kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time and the ending is shocking i recommend it to everyone.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2014

    Meh

    While I really enjoyed the concept behind this book, the differences in the POV of the two main characters was enough to throw me off right from the second chapter. The girl MC is told in first person present, the boy MC is told in third person present - and it definitely gives his chapters a distance of emotion that I just couldn't get into. It was a quick read, and I enjoyed the idea of the two kingdoms of Syrena and their interplay, but I'm not sure I'll read the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Oi

    Yeah i know ur in luv i dont care just tell me what the heck the book is about. I knpw that was rude but its fun to be rude. Know u think im messed up i say everyone is a bit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Fantasy combos keep adding one more to the pot

    That finally adds up to a muddle only for the dedicated sci/fi/fantasy/paranormal/alternate mishmash mom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Of Poseidon: A jump into the deep blue.

    Ariel Bisset, a largely known booktuber, recommended this book and I daresay I didn't have much expectations. The writing was decent and the characters hilarious, the storyline moving like the quick snap of a magicians fingers. The book was a fine mix of humor, romance, and original storytelling of what we think of as mermaids. My entire idea of the ocean was altered with the simple race of Syrena's. I reccomend this book for anyone who wants a good summer book with a twist of fantasy.

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

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     I have to say I enjoyed this book, and finished reading it pret

     I have to say I enjoyed this book, and finished reading it pretty quickly. There were aspects that really bothered me though. The Syrena seem to be a pretty sexist civilization. That alone is acceptable as it could add to the plot. I wanted Galen to be different though. I wanted him to be different from what his society expects of him. Toraf also does something that makes me flinch a bit, but I'm going to give these guys the benefit of the doubt this time. I definitely want to know what happens next. But let me tell you, Galen and Toraf better not let me down in the next book.

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    On my way to purchase a treat at the bookstore, I couldn¿t help

    On my way to purchase a treat at the bookstore, I couldn’t help but notice this novel’s stunning aesthetics with its haunting underwater theme and nearly glow-in-the-dark coloring; even the font is spot-on playful. It fish-slapped me up-side the head since its publication on every “Look What’s New!” lists everywhere I turned. Personally, I haven’t read or come across a lot of mermaid YA lit, so I found that angle fresh and inviting, much like chocolate consumption; the immediate release of endorphins that make my toes curl in my socks. That’s pretty much how I felt after reading the first chapter of Of Poseidon by Ms. Anna Banks. Forgive me, but I nearly squealed with delight when the main character, Emma, smacked right into the rock-hard abs of our hunky hero on page…one. Yes, I know, it oozes with gooey syrup, but there was just something about Galen that I couldn’t take my mind’s eyes off of…kinda like that double caramel chocolate truffle I bought at the bookstore and then ate without chewing.
    I must say that the shifting points of view, although choppy at times, kept things interesting throughout the book. Emma, our spirited, toe-headed heroine is stubborn, strong-willed, and snarky in just the right amount in her believable first-person narrative, while Galen’s chapters tended to stumble on a third-person shift that left some of the details vague. The playful banter between the star(fish)-crossed lovers was fun, realistic, and plentiful.
    The other thoroughly surprising element of this read was the fact that Emma’s BFF is African-American. Hello! What a refreshing change. Unfortunately, the poor girl is devoured by a shark before the first chapter is over. And that, my friends, is pretty much where the sugar rush ends. Galen spirals into the ever controling, ever drool-worthy hottie all the school girls want, the relationship between the lead characters has predictable ups and downs, and the ending left me hanging for a year waiting for the sequel. Good thing I waited for the paperback edition and just finished reading it last week. The sequel—Of Triton—is ready for purchase if I feel the need for seconds, but that is the problem I find with eating copious amounts of chocolate; over-eating gives me a tummy ache and the endorphin rush wears off. With the Syrena Legacy series, I think I’ll quit while I still have a good taste in my mouth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    I picked up of Poseidon for its cover and original plot based on

    I picked up of Poseidon for its cover and original plot based on the flap (and the fact that it is written in two POVs). From the start i knew to expect a YA paranormal romance; In fact i was kinda in the mood for a cheesy chick-flick romance. I did indeed get just that but i also got some extras.

    The books starts off amusingly with Emma running in to the predicatably georgous Galen. However it is the snark and humor of Emma's inner thoughts that really draws the reader in as her friend Chloe proceeds to embarass her (like any great friend). Chloe is very likeable and so is her relationship with Emma. The second chapter was lovely with a different point of view and an interesting take on Emma's run in with Galen. Sadly tragedy strikes when a deadly shark attack kills Chloe (not really a spoiler happens in 3rd chapter); we are left iwth many questions about this incedient as Galen's POV shows that he expected her to "change".

    The story moves forward predictably with Galen moving to Emma's school to investigate her more. This is actually apoint that bugged me because not only does Emma apparently have NO other friends besides the now deseased Chloe but she also only mourns Chloe for only about 6 chapters. Chloe was supposed to be her bestfriend and i think that she should have at least been thought of all throughout the novel. A small point however in the entire plot. The characters are all likeable and humorous; though i suppose if you read to deeply one could say that women in this novel don't have much say in things. i really think that one only comes to that conclusion by reading too deeply into the interactions though and not looking at expanations enough. Overall this novel is a great lighthearted read with interesting characters and a excellent back story of these interesting mythilogical characters. If you are looking for a humorous, lightheaded, fun read then this is the book for you! Just go into it remembering that it is indeed a teen paranormal romance ;) Rating: 3/5 for an excellent premise, backstory and humourous characters. Only 3/5 though due to cliche characters(strong beautiful man, stumbling innocent girl) and some other small plot holes (like Chloe)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Very Twilight-esque!

    The story was good, though romance seemed to be the dominant feature. I had originally assumed that it was an adventure story, but, as I mentioned, it seemed to gravitate toward romance. All in all, far better than Twilight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    It was ok.

    Over all it was not a bad book, but the plot line was very perdictable. I would still read the sequel just because there is hope that it might be better.

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