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Book Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

I opened Of Poseidon with absolutely zero expectations. I was hooked instantly and was pleasantly surprised with the overall experience with Of Poseidon.

Mermaids, forbidden romance and secrets, oh my!

Book Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

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Title & Author: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – Mermaids

Release Date: May 22, 2012

Series: 1st in a planned series

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen — literally, ouch! — both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . .

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.”

Just Keep Swimming

Of Poseidon is a classic “oh crap, I’m a weirdo” tale. Which is my gentle way of saying, it’s a book where the main character realizes that they’re not exactly who they thought they were.

They could be half vampire or part angelic; whatever they find out they are, the character usually reacts the following way: denies said weirdness, realizes weirdness is true, gets really angry at everyone who hid the weirdness then finally accepts the weirdness and uses it for good.

A few things that set apart Of Poseidon are the planted twists and surprises Banks sets up for her readers and the lack of too-easy conclusions. Emma tries to come to terms with these strange new friends that have appeared in her life, but there are no set answers to her questions of what she is and what that means for the people of Syrena…especially if she is “of poseidon” because that means she will be forced to marry Syrena royalty.

Although the romance was a tad instalove-ish, I really felt it. There’s more to Emma and Galen’s relationship than just physical attraction…although that does play a part in it FO SHO.

POV Freestyle

Some people really don’t like alternating points of view in books, but I honestly love them…if they’re done right. In Of Poseidon, I think it adds so much to the perspective of the book. Especially when Galen knows things that Emma doesn’t yet – oh, the suspense!!

Plus, Emma offers some serious snark. I loved her wicked sense of humor and playfulness. She wasn’t a weak or man-dependent character, and I really appreciated that. She deals with a lot in this book, and I found her strong sense of self and wittiness refreshing.


Hands down, I loved Of Poseidon. It was a quick, engaging read that I think will appeal to tons of readers. It was funny, steamy and super exciting. Of Poseidon is a great addition to the other amazing 2012 reads so far this year!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.