Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

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.1

Finding an amazing new book that is the first of a series is one thing, but finding a series that all the books are out already is like finding a gold mine. 

There are always waves or “it” themes when it comes to YA books. The most widespread and mainstream was Vampires, reignited with Twilight. Werewolves were able to easily spawn from this but I don’t think was able to pick up as much momentum. Dystopian tales became popular with such titles as The Hunger Games and the Divergent series, among others.  Mermaids seemed like the next up and coming thing but instead of flourishing seems to have found itself floundering trying to get a fins grasp on the market. I don’t think it’s for lack of good books out there, but I think it has more with the negative or childish stigma that people are attaching to the word Mermaid.  Let’s be honest though, they are magical, mysterious, they can be evil, creepy, cool or steamy and dreamy. What’s not to like?

Mermaids are known as Syrena in Of Poseidon, having come to hate the word humans call them. Syrena have been around for centuries, and although some have been spotted or interacted with humans, their existence remains a secret. Emma is like any teenage girl, she likes to spend time with her friend Chloe, but tends to stay in Chloe’s shadow despite her own unique appearance. Emma has very fair skin, along with white blond hair and most unique of all, a pair of brilliant violet colored eyes.  She also appears to have two left feet as the book begins with Emma walking smack dab into Galen and being plastered to his bare chest. Galen is our hunky Prince of the series and also happens to literally be a prince of the Syrena. Him and his sister Reyna look like they walked out of a catalogue, but for Emma the most noticeable thing are their violet eyes. Having only exchanged names, the group split up and Emma and Chloe head to the water. Chloe was always a prankster, but what Emma misinterprets as a prank turns into a horrible accident and a moment that will change Emma’s life forever. 

Of Poseidon has a great mix of humour, story and our favorite, a blossoming romance; or what we hope to be for no other reason than more Galen. Banks is able to mix these mythological creatures with reality by distracting the readers attention before diving into some more complicated mechanics.  I was engaged by Of Poseidon and I am eager to burn through the rest of the trilogy, but I wasn’t completely head over heals with this first book. I’m hoping the rest of the trilogy can change that, as I was excited to learn that the books would also be turning into films!  Bring on the hunky shirtless hybrids. 

1. Book summary courtesy of Anna Banks Book page


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