Of Poseidon (Syrena Legacy Series #1)

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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.


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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.

Of Poseidon is the start of The Syrena Legacy series by Anna Banks.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“[Has] a great deal of charm.” —Publishers Weekly

“Intriguing.” —School Library Journal

“A refreshing story filled with vibrant characters, feisty humor, and an irresistible romance. This story of star-crossed lovers in a luscious coastal setting brings new life to the age-old myth of merfolk and left me swooning for more!” —Marissa Meyer, New York Times–bestselling author of Cinder

Publishers Weekly
For a sweet mermaid romance, Emma McIntosh’s story starts out rough. Her father has recently died of cancer, and her best friend is mauled to death by a shark in the opening scene. Baggage enough for any 18-year-old, but then the hot guy who witnessed the carnage at the beach shows up in Emma’s world history class. Galen is gorgeous, seems to have money to burn, and is completely focused on Emma. He claims to know Emma’s “secret”—one she doesn’t even know she has. He also has a sister with a big mouth, whose willingness to wade into any fray soon pushes Emma into awareness that her love-hate feelings for the ocean are more than just a consequence of her friend’s death. Banks’s first novel has some beginner’s bumps, notably the lack of a self-contained plot, but also a great deal of charm. The mix of first-person and third-person present-tense narration is not seamless, though it imparts immediacy and warmth. Much background is given and few questions are answered, but Emma’s emotions propel the narrative. Ages 13–up. Agent: Lucy Carson, the Friedrich Agency. (May)
From the Publisher
"...[has] a great deal of charm."—Publishers Weekly

“…intriguing…”—School Library Journal

“A refreshing story filled with vibrant characters, feisty humor, and an irresistible romance. This story of star-crossed lovers in a luscious coastal setting brings new life to the age-old myth of merfolk and left me swooning for more!”—Marissa Meyer, New York Times–bestselling author of Cinder

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
This book, described on the back cover as a "fish-out-of-water" story is much, much more. When beginning high school senior, Emma, bumps into a handsome, blond "most attractive guy on the planet" (Emma's words), this chance encounter will change her life. Or is it a chance encounter? Told from two viewpoints—Emma the bumper and Galen, the bumpee—this book tells about two worlds, located under and out of the sea. Emma and her friend, Chloe, are enjoying one last carefree day at a Florida boardwalk. The day turns tragic when Chloe is fatally attacked by a shark. Emma screams at the shark to go away; the shark—surprisingly!—leaves. Galen and his sister, Rayna, attempting a rescue, become convinced that Emma is just whom he has been searching for: a Poseidon who can communicate with fish. But what is she doing on land? And why is she acting like a human and not the merperson (mermaid?) they suspect her to be? Galen, prince of the Syrena, must become a part of Emma's world to find out for sure. What starts as a chance meeting for Emma will include teen angst, discovery, growing up, first love and an abrupt topsy-turvy-ing of the world she knows. For Galen, this adventure involves danger, discovery, and deepening feelings for someone he believes is destined for another Syrena entirely. Banks' well-crafted plot twists and turns, and questions come up faster than a scuba diver in shallow water. If Emma is a Poseidon, why can't she change as Galen does underwater, with a merman's tail? If Emma, as last of the Poseidon, is really meant for the king of the Syrena, why are she and Galen falling in love? What will Emma's future be now? And who is the unidentifiable presence that stalks them? Finally, who can resist a suitor who takes you for a date to the shipwreck of the Titanic? This is a compelling read with a cliffhanger ending. The book would be well-suited for the older side of its YA age range. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Eighteen-year-old Emma never believed she was anything special, but after she literally runs into handsome Galen at a Florida beach, her true identity slowly unfolds. Like Galen, she is a Syrena, a mermaidlike being, and Galen believes she is the girl with the gift of Poseidon, the ability to communicate with fish, whom he has been commissioned to find. When Emma and Galen meet, they feel a strong connection, but their relationship gets off to a rocky start that only gets more complicated as he realizes that she is the only one who can save his kingdom from extinction. The story is told from their alternating perspectives. As usual, this literary tactic gives a broader knowledge of what is really going on despite the bias of one character or another. The dual setting of dry land and under the sea is intriguing and different; however, very little time is spent observing the Syrena kingdom or way of life, and readers are left wanting more. Emma and Galen are adequately depicted as angsty teenagers, but the melodrama often overshadows them, reducing the pair to implausible and tiresome characters. While the plot follows a predictable trajectory, the book does end with unanswered questions, which sets up the next volume in the projected series.—Elizabeth C. Johnson, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Kirkus Reviews
Another twist on the mermaid theme comes with a hefty dose of romance and a heavier dollop of comedy in this debut. However, the word "mermaid" just isn't allowed; call them "Syrena," instead. Heroine Emma begins the book by failing to save her best friend from a shark attack. After the realistically bloody death, the book doesn't wait long to plunge into comedy, complete with sitcom-style dialogue, that falls awkwardly flat at first. Banks works out some of the kinks in the humor as the book proceeds, and readers should get a kick out of it. Emma literally crashes into Syrena royal Galen, with whom she will become romantically entangled, and then not, in standard oh-no-will-they-ever-get-together style. Both appealing characters, they find themselves irresistibly attracted to each other, although they often argue. Emma overcomes her shock when she learns that Galen is a sea creature but must then learn that she, too, has paranormal powers in the sea. The author juxtaposes her brisk comedy against more serious, but still mild suspense that tends to fade into the background. The narrative shifts between Emma's first-person and Galen's third-person perspectives, a mixture that doesn't quite jell. Best read for the comedy, then. A sequel appears probable. Entertaining for readers riding the wave of mermaid fantasies. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250027368
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Series: Syrena Legacy Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 44,554
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Banks

Anna Banks grew up in a small town called Niceville (yes, really). She now lives in Crestview, Florida, with her husband and their daughter. Of Poseidon is her debut novel.

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I SMACK into him as if shoved from behind. He doesn’t budge, not an inch. Just holds my shoulders and waits. Maybe he’s waiting for me to find my balance. Maybe he’s waiting for me to gather my pride. I hope he’s got all day.

I hear people passing on the boardwalk and imagine them staring. Best-case scenario, they think I know this guy, that we’re hugging. Worst-case scenario, they saw me totter like an intoxicated walrus into this complete stranger because I was looking down for a place to park our beach stuff. Either way, he knows what happened. He knows why my cheek is plastered to his bare chest. And there is definite humiliation waiting when I get around to looking up at him.

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. In fact, one of them is missing, probably caught in a crack of the boardwalk. I’m betting Cinderella didn’t feel this foolish, but then again, Cinderella wasn’t as clumsy as an intoxicated walrus.

Option Two: Pretend I’ve fainted. Go limp and everything. Drool, even. But I know this won’t work because my eyes flutter too much to fake it, and besides, people don’t blush while unconscious.

Option Three: Pray for a lightning bolt. A deadly one that you feel in advance because the air gets all atingle and your skin crawls—or so the science books say. It might kill us both, but really, he should have been paying more attention to me when he saw that I wasn’t paying attention at all.

For a shaved second, I think my prayers are answered because I do get tingly all over; goose bumps sprout everywhere, and my pulse feels like electricity. Then I realize, it’s coming from my shoulders. From his hands.

Option Last: For the love of God, peel my cheek off his chest and apologize for the casual assault. Then hobble away on my one flip-flop before I faint. With my luck, the lightning would only maim me, and he would feel obligated to carry me somewhere anyway. Also, do it now.

I ease away from him and peer up. The fire on my cheeks has nothing to do with the fact that it’s sweaty-eight degrees in the Florida sun and everything to do with the fact that I just tripped into the most attractive guy on the planet. Fan-flipping-tastic.

“Are—are you alright?” he says, incredulous. I think I can see the shape of my cheek indented on his chest.

I nod. “I’m fine. I’m used to it. Sorry.” I shrug off his hands when he doesn’t let go. The tingling stays behind, as if he left some of himself on me.

“Jeez, Emma, are you okay?” Chloe calls from behind. The calm fwopping of my best friend’s sandals suggests she’s not as concerned as she sounds. Track star that she is, she would already be at my side if she thought I was hurt. I groan and face her, not surprised that she’s grinning wide as the equator. She holds out my flip-flop, which I try not to snatch from her hand.

“I’m fine. Everybody’s fine,” I say. I turn back to the guy, who seems to get more gorgeous by the second. “You’re fine, right? No broken bones or anything?”

He blinks, gives a slight nod.

Chloe sets her surfboard against the rail of the boardwalk and extends her hand to him. He accepts it without taking his eyes off me. “I’m Chloe and this is Emma,” she says. “We usually bring her helmet with us, but we left it back in the hotel room this time.”

I gasp. I also try to decide what kind of flowers I’ll bring to her funeral after I strangle the life from her body. I should have stayed in Jersey, like Mom said. Shouldn’t have come here with Chloe and her parents. What business do I have in Florida? We live on the Jersey Shore. If you’ve seen one beach, you’ve seen them all, right?

But noooooooo. I had to come and spend the last of my summer with Chloe, because this would be our last summer together before college, blah-blah-blah. And now she’s taking revenge on me for not letting her use my ID to get a tattoo last night. But what did she expect? I’m white and she’s black. I’m not even tan-white. I’m Canadian-tourist white. If the guy could mistake her for me, then he shouldn’t be giving anyone a tattoo, right? I was just protecting her. Only, she doesn’t realize that. I can tell by that look in her eyes—the same look she wore when she replaced my hand sanitizer with personal lubricant—that she’s about to take what’s left of my pride and kick it like a donkey.

“Uh, we didn’t get your name. Did you get his name, Emma?” she asks, as if on cue.

“I tried, Chloe. But he wouldn’t tell me, so I tackled him,” I say, rolling my eyes.

The guy smirks. This almost-smile hints at how breathtaking a real one would be. The tingling flares up again, and I rub my arms.

“Hey, Galen, are you ready to—” We all turn to a petite black-haired girl as she touches his shoulder. She stops mid-sentence when she sees me. Even if these two didn’t share the same short dark hair, the same violet eyes, and the same flawless olive skin, I’d know they were related because of their most dominant feature—their habit of staring.

“I’m Chloe. This is my friend Emma, who apparently just head-butted your boyfriend Galen. We were in the middle of apologizing.”

I pinch the bridge of my nose and count to ten-Mississippi, but fifty-Mississippi seems more appropriate. Fifty allows more time to fantasize about ripping one of Chloe’s new weaves out.

“Emma, what’s wrong? Your nose isn’t bleeding, is it?” she chirps, enjoying herself.

Tingles gather at my chin as Galen lifts it with the crook of his finger. “Is your nose bleeding? Let me see,” he says. He tilts my head side to side, leans closer to get a good look.

And I meet my threshold for embarrassment. Tripping is bad enough. Tripping into someone is much worse. But if that someone has a body that could make sculpted statues jealous—and thinks you’ve broken your nose on one of his pecs—well, that’s when tripping runs a distant second to humane euthanasia.

He is clearly surprised when I swat his hand and step away. His girlfriend/relative seems taken aback that I mimic his stance—crossed arms and deep frown. I doubt she has ever met her threshold for embarrassment.

“I said I was fine. No blood, no foul.”

“This is my sister Rayna,” he says, as if the conversation steered naturally in that direction. She smiles at me as if forced at knifepoint, the kind of smile that comes purely from manners, like the smile you give your grandmother when she gives you the rotten-cabbage-colored sweater she’s been knitting. I think of that sweater now as I return her smile.

Galen eyes the surfboard abandoned against the wood railing. “The waves here aren’t really good for surfing.”

Galen’s gift is not small talk. Just like his sister, there’s a forced feel to his manners. But unlike his sister, there’s no underlying hostility, just an awkwardness, like he’s out of practice. Since he appears to be making this effort on my behalf, I cooperate. I make a show of looking at the emerald crests of the Gulf of Mexico, at the waves sloshing lazily against the shore. A man waist-deep in the water holds a toddler on his hip and jumps with the swells as they peak. Compared to the waves back home, the tide here reminds me of kiddie rides at the fair.

“We know. We’re just taking it out to float,” Chloe says, unconcerned that Galen was talking to me. “We’re from Jersey, so we know what a real wave looks like.” When she steps closer, Rayna steps back. “Hey, that’s weird,” Chloe says. “You both have the same color eyes as Emma. I’ve never seen that before. I always thought it was because she’s freakishly pasty. Ow! That’s gonna leave a mark, Emma,” she says, rubbing her freshly pinched biceps.

“Good, I hope it does,” I snap. I want to ask them about their eyes—the color seems prettier set against the olive tone of Galen’s skin—but Chloe has bludgeoned my chances of recovering from embarrassment. I’ll have to be satisfied that my dad—and Google—were wrong all this time; my eye color just can’t be that rare. Sure, my dad practiced medicine until the day he died two years ago. And sure, Google never let me down before. But who am I to argue with living, breathing proof that this eye color actually does exist? Nobody, that’s who. Which is convenient, since I don’t want to talk anymore. Don’t want to force Galen into any more awkward conversations. Don’t want to give Chloe any more opportunities to deepen the heat of my burning cheeks. I just want this moment of my life to be over.

I push past Chloe and snatch up the surfboard. To her good credit, she presses herself against the rail as I pass her again. I stop in front of Galen and his sister. “It was nice to meet you both. Sorry I ran into you. Let’s go, Chloe.”

Galen looks like he wants to say something, but I turn away. He’s been a good sport, but I’m not interested in discussing swimmer safety—or being introduced to any more of his hostile relatives. Nothing he can say will change the fact that DNA from my cheek is smeared on his chest.

Trying not to actually march, I thrust past them and make my way down the stairs leading to the pristine white sand. I hear Chloe closing the distance behind me, giggling. And I decide on sunflowers for her funeral.



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  • Posted May 23, 2012

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    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’ 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. .

    43 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    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 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.

    31 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    great story!! Love how the story does not portray one of those c

    great story!! Love how the story does not portray one of those cheesy mermaid stories. the book was outstanding! totally did not see that coming at the end, i recommend this book to 10-20 year olds, CAN'T WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL!!

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2012

    I went into the book with really high expectations because I had

    I went into the book with really high expectations because I had seen some very promising reviews of it on some blogs where the reviewers are known to be really tough and usually their reviews are pretty accurate in terms of how I'll enjoy it.

    Unfortunately, this book wasn't anything like what I thought it would be like. Right off the bat I was put off by Emma and then one by one the other characters began to get on my nerves. I honestly didn't care so much for any of them because they were very one dimensional and fake especially Emma. OMG was probably said by here every third page or so and by the end of it I was cringing anytime I saw anyone on Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads use it for the longest time. There was also very little chemistry between any of the characters and it was as if their dialogue as well as their interactions were too forced almost as if the author was trying to hard to make her characters act like teenagers which made things very awkward.

    I also had trouble with the plot. It seemed so basic and more like a plot outline than an actual fully thought out and organized plot in a novel. There were so many gaps in the story where it was as if the authors focus on the story was jumping all over the place which caused a lot of confusion sometimes.

    I mean the book had the potential to be a really good read albeit not a unique one because mermaid novels are becoming more plentiful in the book world as of late but it could have been really good read. Sadly though, for me this one fell way short of my expectations I found very little to be redeemable about this novel except that it was a quick read for a vacation but was ultimately pretty forgettable. Despite all of this I will be reading the next book in the series just to see where the story goes.

    Though I didn't care for the book all that much that should by no means stop you from checking it out. If you were to read it though I think you should probably be a fan of Young Adult Novels with mermaids.

    * I received a free copy of this book from the published via NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not compensated in any way.

    13 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

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    First I'd just like to take a moment and say that this cover cou

    First I'd just like to take a moment and say that this cover could be a work of art hanging on my wall. It really is beautiful with the bubbles and the long white dress flowing behind Emma like a tale and yet not. And her white blond hair as if she's flying and she is in a way, flying through the water. And that title is just right! So yes, I'm swoony over the cover already! But we know that books don't always live up to their covers.

    But, in this case, the book more than lives up to the cover! I was bowled over with how truly great this story was and how well it was told. Two friends, Chloe and Emma spending the last days of their summer on vacation in the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico. sharing a surfboard. They're laughing at Emma's complete lack of grace which she had just demonstrated when she ran cheek first into Galen, the most gorgeous of boys either has ever seen. Must be the siren in him. Then the tranquility and happiness is shattered with the deadly strike of a shark.

    Emma dreads senior year. But is shocked to find Galen in her class, all her classes and that he remembers her. Not only does he remember her, but seems to have a special interest in her. Their relationship, to me , is what makes this novel work so beautiful. There are cover ups, and lies and deceptions, and pretending. Galen is torn between what he wants and what he should do. There is a huge mystery, that unfortunately I saw through right away, but hopefully not everyone will. It is such a huge romance story, I think that eclipses the rest of the story. Or maybe I just wanted a great romance, I'm not sure. As I read it, I felt like I was reading Starcrossed by Josie Angelini. It's that big sweeping story with a mythology behind it and incredible stories to support secrets of the world and stories we've grown up on.

    I loved all the characters. Emma was warm and caring, protective. I really liked her. She learned how to find her anger and use it. And she doesn't let herself get pushed around. I really, really liked her. She's someone you can root for, and stand behind, I'm team Emma if there was someone she was up against.

    And Galen, whoa! Galen definitely has my attention. From the time Emma has her face plastered against his bare chest. He is, to quote a friend "hot fish on a stick!" And yes, he's extremely possessive, arrogant telling Emma she is one of his subjects, and extremely attractive, most of the girls in Emma's school follow him around like a school of fish!

    But the story is more than just the romance, is about finding Emma's roots, is she or isn't she Syrena, who in her family was Syrena, was she adopted, can she grow a tail, will she have all the traits of a Syrena?

    Okay, you all know when I really love a book I don't write a very good review and I'm still riding the good feelings after having read this one two days ago. I just loved it! I love mermaid stories (Sorry Galen and Toraf!) and this seems to be my year! This one delivered everything I wanted and more! I absolutely want the next one yesterday! Ms Banks- may I please be a BETA READER for you? PLEASE????

    Thank you to the publishers Feiwel and Friends for the ARC through NetGalley. I received it at no cost but it in no way influenced my review.

    13 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013


    I cannot believe the absurd amount of plot spoilers on here about this book. From ppl bragging how they got their book for free for their 'honest and unbiased' opinion,which automatically tells me it wont be honest and unbiased, to kids just basically giving a blamed book report. Ppl, learnto give a review. Its not a rewrite of the complete book. Its a couple of lines stating if you liked it or not. Bn, please consider limiting posting space on here. These plot spoilers rewrite the book ruining it for other readers. It is rude and also a violation of terms of service. Please ban them them and delete their posts.

    10 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    A-MAZ-ING :o

    I kinda knew I would love this book because its a book about a greek god. As said in the title (Of Poseidon). o.e But this book was amazing about how Galen had to fight his love for Emma and deny it all the time. While Emma hid everything she felt for him. I love this book... :]
    I recommend it to every paranormal romance lovers. <3

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Live To Read

    This book will transport the reader to a very different world, the world of Syrena. Syrena is currently in trouble...all over a missing girl who is a bit of a "fish whisperer."

    Emma and Galen are the main characters. Their relationship starts off rocky and continues that way through the majority of the book. Galen is seeking that special girl, he believes there is a strong chance Emma could be her. Emma is dealing with normal teenage issues, from school to a lack of boyfriend to family. Emma is more happy-go-lucky, inquisitive, and funny while Galen is more of an enigma. He can be charismatic, but he can also be a bit of a cold fish at times (punny, I know).

    The secondary characters are fun to get to know. Galen's friend and a relative accompany him on his quest, the sparks from their relationship will keep the reader intrigued. Many of the secondary characters have a quality that is memorable to the reader, they also play a very important part in the plot.

    The events in this book range from slightly romantic encounters to scary whale shockers to the discovery of a whole different world underwater. The reader will be kept entertained through every scene. This book is highly recommended to teens/young adults/adult readers.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Love It

    This book was actually one of my first books I read when I got my nook. This book is filled with romance,drama,and a bit of action. I love how the story makes you curious and it's like you are part of the story. Yeah that didn't exactly make much sense but this is definitely a great book.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    A winner in the water

    Seeing as how I'm a fish, anything to do with water excites me & this book didn't disappoint! Loved ALL the characters and well as the storyline in general. My only regret was when it ended and the way it ended I hope a sequel is planned.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    i was excited to read this and was not disappointed. Great read!

    i was excited to read this and was not disappointed. Great read!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013


    This book was utterly, perfectly, amazingly astounding. The charcters are soooooo well developed. I like how Emma, the main charscter, isnt a perfect model. Shes realistic. The feelings support motives and the extra history facts added in really add to the book. You can tell the Anna Banks worked really hard on it. Its such a unique story.
    The romance isnt the main this, which i like. Its not drowning u.
    And the ending!!! Oh dear God i didnt see that coming!!!!! Cant stop thinking about it!!!! BUT WHY OH WHY DID SHE HAVE TO LEAVE IT RIGHT THERE!!!!!!!!!! The sequal better come out soon or i might die!!!!!!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    stop reading reviews and just go read this book. i picked up thi

    stop reading reviews and just go read this book.
    i picked up this book with not so high expectations, and  then i was blown away by just about everything. 
    i loved it.
    i also liked the fact, that unlike most mermaid type books, the guy was the secret merman. it was something different. 

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!

    I love this book and if I like u should to

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    This book is a must read

    When you look at the cover, its beautiful. Just like this book. This girl named emma is a fish whisperer. But at first she doesnt know that. Then the serenya prince galen notices her eye color, and thinks that she is "of poesidon". So he stars following her around, and emma gets really annoyed until he tells her mom that they are dating. Galen starts to like-like emma, but since she is of poesidon, by the serenya law she belongs to galen's brother-Grom. The whole story is about galen and emma's danergous, fun, romantic adventures.
    Here are a few characters i didnt mention,
    Ranya- galen's sister and twin.she has olive skin, and beautiful long dark hair, with violet eyes. Her and emma have a bad encounter when emma throws her out the window.
    Toraf- ranya's mate funny, annoying, and galen's half friend
    Rachel- galen's manager, superviser, and fake mom.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012


    Why did this book have to end?
    I want to read more!

    I know that this isnt really a review, but I know its appreciated anyways.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    Confession time: As a child, whenever I was at a pool or the bea

    Confession time: As a child, whenever I was at a pool or the beach, I always wanted to pretend to be a mermaid. I thought it would be awesome to be Ariel and swim around with friends like Flounder and Sebastian. Now, whenever I see tales about mermaids, I want to read them. Of Poseidon is certainly a story that lives up to its gorgeous cover and all of its possibilities.

    Despite living on the Jersey shore, Emma has never been a huge fan of the water. But when she goes on vacation with her friend to the beaches in Florida, not only will she be forced to swim, but also this swim will change the course of her life. Galen thinks that Emma could be just the person he is looking for, but convincing Emma that she is will be no easy task. Emma may have a lot to learn about herself and Galen's undersea world, but Galen has just as much to learn about Emma. Sparks might fly between them, but there are other plans that might threaten Galen and Emma's happiness. Can Emma accept the truth and embrace her destiny? And if she does...what will happen to Galen?

    Forget any preconceived notions you may have of paranormal YA books where the heroine doesn't know she's paranormal. Of Poseidon will blow them all out of the water...literally. We are almost thrown into the middle of the story with Emma running into Galen, and the fast pacing, snappy banter, and sizzling romantic tension never abates for the remainder of the novel. I enjoyed watching Galen trying to navigate life on land with a little help from Emma and Rachel, and with Toraf, one of Galen's Syrena friends, in the picture, there is no shortage of laughter. I also loved learning the history and lore of the Syrena and reading about the underwater adventures that Galen and Emma shared. Also, being able to read from both Emma and Galen's perspective was quite interesting; I felt like I came to know both of them better and it allowed me to understand Galen's world in a way I wouldn't have otherwise.

    Did I mention that Of Poseidon doesn't follow so many conventions that other novels do? I liked that Emma did not merely acquiesce to what Galen wanted and told her. Instead, she wanted her own answers and, prince or not, she wasn't one to let him order her around. I also appreciated that not everything was perfect between Emma and Galen. There were real obstacles, but moreover, there were real feelings, which made loving their relationship so much easier.

    Of Poseidon will draw you in and have you floating away with the story, and after that ending, I am dying to know what happens next! This is a fantastic debut from Anna Banks that you will not want to miss.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Best book i have ever read

    This book has to be the most aazing book i think i have ever read the romanse is amazing along with the many twists and turns in the mysteriouse quetion of who the poidon isbest book ever!

    Read the 0.5 first if at all but do not read after it changes the story to much
    Cant whaight for of posidon2 ( of triton ) comes out !

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Beyond AMAZING!!!!!

    Beyond AMAZING!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Great book!!!!

    I loved this book it was great no it was the best mermaid book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I say just buy it now and read it now

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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