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 helpno matter what the risk.
Of Poseidon is the start of The Syrena Legacy series by Anna Banks.
Books by Anna Banks:
The Syrena Legacy
Of Poseidon (Book 1)
Of Triton (Book 2)
Of Neptune (Book 3)
The Nemesis duology
Nemesis (Book 1)
Ally (Book 2)
About the Author
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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By Anna Banks
Feiwel and FriendsCopyright © 2012 Anna Banks
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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.CHAPTER 2
THE SIBLINGS lean on their elbows against the rail, watching the girls they just met peel the T-shirts off their bikinis and wade into the water with the surfboard floating between them.
"She's probably just wearing contacts," Rayna says. "They make contacts in that color, you know."
He shakes his head. "She's not wearing contacts. You saw her just as plain as you're seeing me. She's one of us."
"You're losing it. She can't be one of us. Look at her hair. You can't even call that blonde. It's almost white."
Galen frowns. The hair color had thrown him off too — before he had touched her. The simple contact of grasping her arm when she fell dispensed any doubts. The Syrena are always attracted to their own kind — which helps them find each other across miles and miles of ocean. Usually that attraction is limited to water transmission, where they can sense the presence of one of their own. He's never heard of it occurring on land before — and never felt it so strongly, period — but he knows what he felt. He wouldn't — couldn't react that way to a human. Especially given how much he despises them.
"I know it's unusual —"
"Unusual? It's impossible, Galen! Our genes don't come with the 'blonde' option."
"Stop being dramatic. She is one of us. You can see how bad she is at being human. I thought she was going to brain herself on the rail."
"Okay, let's say by some off chance she figured out how to bleach thousands of years of genetics out of her hair. Now explain why she's hanging out — no, vacationing — with humans. She's breaking the law right in front of our faces, splashing around in the water with her obnoxious human friend. Why is that, Galen?"
He shrugs. "Maybe she doesn't know who we are."
"What do you mean? Everyone knows who we are!"
"Obviously not. We've never met her before, remember?"
She snorts. "Are you dehydrated? She can see our mark. It's not like we were hiding it."
"Maybe she thinks it's a tattoo," he offers.
"Look around, Rayna. See the markings on that human girl's ankle?" He points toward a man walking up the stairs. "See that male? He's got markings — humans call them tattoos — all over him. Maybe she thought —"
Rayna holds up her hand. "Stop. She'd recognize the trident. If she was one of us."
Galen nods. She's right. A Syrena knows a Royal by the small blue trident on their stomach — and dressed for the human beach, it's visible on both of them right now. So, she has blonde — white — hair, and didn't recognize them as Royals. But he knows what he felt. And she does have the eyes. ...
Rayna groans. "Oh, no."
"You're making that face."
"The face you make when you think you're right."
"Am I?" He watches Emma straddling the surfboard, splashing waves of saltwater in her friend's face without mercy. He grins.
"We're not going home, are we?" Rayna says, propping herself against the rail.
"Dr. Milligan doesn't call for just anything. If he thinks it's of interest, then it probably is. You can leave if you want, but I'm looking into it." Dr. Milligan is one of the only humans Galen trusts. If the doctor were going to tell anyone about the Syrena's existence, he would have done it the day Galen had saved his life all those years ago. Instead, Dr. Milligan returned the favor by denying he'd ever seen Galen — even when his scuba companions called the press. Since then, they had built a friendship by sharing sushi, afternoon swims, and most importantly, information. Dr. Milligan is a well-connected and highly respected oceanographer and the director of the Gulfarium here on the coast, in a prime position to monitor the activities of his professional colleagues.
When Galen received Dr. Milligan's urgent voice mail yesterday about a blonde Syrena visiting the Gulfarium in human form, he swam the gulf in a day. If Dr. Milligan is right about Emma's abilities, he's found more than just a rule-breaking Syrena. The good doctor might have found the key to uniting two kingdoms.
But since Rayna's specialty is not discretion — she would even tell on herself when she was younger — Galen knows he must keep this secret from her. Besides, he's not sure he believes it himself. Even if he did believe it, if he could confirm it, would Emma do what she must? And where has she been? And why? Everything about Emma is a mystery. Her name doesn't originate with the Syrena — or her hair or skin. And the way her lips turned red when she blushed almost knocked the breath out of him.
"What?" his sister asks.
"Nothing." He wrenches his gaze from Emma. Now she's got me muttering my thoughts out loud.
"I told you, you're losing it." Rayna makes a phlegmy gagging sound and wrings her hands around her neck. "This is what Father will do to me if I come home without you again. What should I say when he asks where you are? When he asks why you're so obsessed with humans? 'But Father, this one is a pretty blonde with nice contacts'?"
Galen scowls. "He's going to regret not taking an interest in them. At least Grom's reasonable about it. It's only a matter of time before they discover us and —"
"I know, I know," she drawls. "I know how you hate humans. Sheesh, I was just kidding. That's why I follow you around, you know. In case you need help."
Galen runs a hand through his hair and leans back over the railing. His twin sister does follow him around like a sucker fish, but being helpful has nothing to do with it. "Oh, are you sure it doesn't have anything to do with settling down with —"
"Don't even say it."
"Well, what am I supposed to think? Ever since Toraf asked Father for you —"
"Toraf is foolish!"
Toraf has been their best friend since birth — that is, until he recently made his intentions toward Rayna clear. At least he had the good sense to hide out and wait for her death threats to subside. But now she gives him something worse than threats — complete indifference. No amount of pleading or coaxing from Toraf has thawed her. But since she turned twenty this spring — two years past the normal age of mating — Father couldn't find a good reason not to agree to the match. Toraf is a good candidate, and the decision is made, whether Rayna chooses to ignore it or not.
"I'm starting to think you're right. Who would want to attach himself to a wild animal?" Galen says, grinning.
"I'm not a wild animal! You're the one who isolates yourself from everyone, choosing the company of humans over your own kind."
"It's my responsibility."
"Because you asked for it!"
This is true. Galen, stealing an old human saying about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer, asked his older brother, Grom, for permission to serve as an ambassador of sorts to the humans. Grom, being the next in line for kingship, agreed with the need to be cautious about the land dwellers. He granted Galen exclusive immunity to the law prohibiting interaction with humans, recognizing that some communication would be necessary and for the greater good. "Because no one else would. Someone has to watch them. Are we really having this conversation again?" Galen says.
"You started it."
"I don't have time for this. Are you staying or going?"
She crosses her arms, juts out her bottom lip. "Well, what are you planning to do? I say we arrest her."
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Reading Group Guide
1. Even before Emma meets Galen, she's always felt different. Describe her life before she met Galen, and how her differences affected her.
2. Why do you think the author chose to write this novel from two different points of viewEmma's and Galen's? Do you agree with her decision?
3. Do you think Emma and Galen will work as a couple? Why or why not? How about Rayna and
4. Why is Nalia so protective of Emma? Did your perception of Nalia's overprotectiveness change by the end?
5. What do you think is the best aspect of being Syrena? The worst?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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. .
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!!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remember all the reasons I was afraid to read a book about mermaids? Well, remember the time I read a mermaid book and loved it? Yeah. This was not one of those times. I really wanted to enjoy Of Poseidon but the book had too many glaring issues for me to ignore. Overt Sexism - While I can appreciate what Banks was trying to accomplish by distinguishing Syrena society from human society, I didn't jive with how the female characters were portrayed. They are just these pretty little things who have no say in what they do or how they get to feel. Rayna, arguably one of the most fierce women in the book, spends all her time fighting "the man" and taking a stand. She's forced to marry Toraf against her will, without consent or even her presence. And what's worse is that in the end, she accepts it all because of a petty manipulation that incites her jealousy. And Emma, who initially backs Rayna, THINKS OF THE PLAN that wins Rayna over! Really?! Yay, Diversity - I would love to applaud Banks' use of diversity in this book, but unfortunately, her portrayal of a POC character leaves something to be desired. She had a great opportunity to make Chloe's character count, but instead, we're given a stereotypical shell who meets every cliché there is. SPOILER ALERT: Chloe not only dies in the first several chapters, but she dies in a less than dignified way. Her death is used solely as a device to move the plot forward. It becomes all about Emma and is totally meaningless. Not cool, Banks. Not cool. An Unsexy Romance - The "swoonworthy" siren, Galen, is supposed to be the walking epitome of sex but I thought he was a complete douchebag. He reminded me a lot of Edward in Twilight with those "serial killer eyes" (yes, that's actually how they're described in the book), his incessant manipulation of Emma, his need for total control and the constant stalking. Seriously? Stalking is NOT sexy! There is not ONE redeemable factor about this guy, except for the fact that he's hot, and I'm sorry, but looks do not make up for a lack in personality. Galen and Emma basically have your run-of-the-mill angsty, teenage romance and I'm not in high school anymore, so I can do without the drama. Under the Sea, or Lack Thereof - When I read a mermaid book, I damn well expect to see a lot of the world beneath the sea. Is that really too much to ask? Of Poseidon only gives us small glimpses of the Syrena world and it wasn't enough. It's probably the only redeeming quality about the book and there's very little attention paid to it. Details and world building --- they're pretty important from what I hear. Immerse me under the sea! Also, with regard to the mythology, you do know that Triton was the SON of Posiedon, not his brother, right? Good. Now that we've cleared that up, let's move on... Watch Your Language - I really tend to enjoy novels that share a dual POV, which Of Poseidon does, however, there was definitely something off about it here. Banks chose to tell the tale from Emma's first person POV and Galen's third person POV and the change in tense gives the book a choppy, unpolished feel. Grammar. Tense. Structure. All components of a basic English class. Suffice it to say, I know Banks can do better.
I freakin love this book , I read it in 2 days :DDD
Loved the story and the characters! It's a light, fun read that's sprinkled with humor. Be prepared to buy the sequel "Of Triton" - you're not going to want the fairytale to end just yet. :)
This book was such a great read! It was funny and cute and very entertaining! I especially thought toraf and Reina(i think thats her name? Idk read a couple of months ago) were sooo cute! If you havet already, then you should definately pick it up!
I read the sample but it left me hanging but altogether it was great
I couldn't put it down until I was finished! I'm so happy that her second book will be out in Spring of 2013! Quite the cliffhanger.. ):
Very well written, not a boring moment!my only question is when is a sequel coming?
Oh my sweet goodness! Couldn't put it down! Have never found a "merpeople" book I like until now. It is AMAZING!!! You will not regret this purchase! Can't wait for the next installment!
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 !
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
i was excited to read this and was not disappointed. Great read!
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.
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.
I was lucky to recieve this book from Goodreads First Reads. Let me just start by saying that Anna Banks created a great story. I was hooked by the first page and it kept me really interested during the whole book. It was humorous and kept me laughing through out the book. The ending was surprising and fantastic! I will keep a look out for the sequel to come out.
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.It's going swimmingly ,Heather