Thursday, February 21, 2013

Brad About Books: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Published: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 326 pages
Series: Of Poseidon, #1

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.

Of Poseidon is a hurricane of love and mystery, action and romance, and the perfect blend of humor and how tides can send love crashing down.

I have to say that Of Poseidon was really funny! Not sure for yourself? The words "intoxicated walrus" pop up twice in the first chapter. Yeah, it's pretty hilarious the way our female protagonist, Emma, uses it in context. And throughout the rest of the book, witty dialogue and humorous events occur that actually made me laugh out loud. I wasn't expecting that from this book, but I'm super happy it was thrown in there!

A key thing that really intrigued me about Of Poseidon was the way of how we get both Emma - a normal girl living on the land with an average land - and Galen's - a merman from a sea kingdom up on land to find a girl who can communicate with fish - side of the story. It was really interesting being inside their heads and seeing how they progress in their life. And I loved the way that our main characters meet - literally running into each other and a shark attack. Pretty epic, if I do say so myself.

I adored the Sea Kingdom! Anna Banks does an amazing job at describing and making the kingdom come to life; I could see this book rolling as a movie in my head the entire time. The growth of Emma and Galen's relationship was fantastic to read about to. This book is in no way insta-love; their feelings for each other develop over time, and I really appreciate that the author did that.

The twist at the end?! My mind was blown. In short, the very last line of the book made my jaw fall open and just think wow. That's how I knew it was a great book.

Overall, Of Poseidon was brilliant from its waves of mystery down to its massive hurricanes of romance. I can't wait to see where the series goes next!

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  1. Humoristic writing-style, two great POV's and awesome world-building. Hell yeah! :D I've been excited about this book for a while and I don't understand why I haven't picked it up already.. It's time to change that soon! :) Great review.


    1. Thank you! It was a really stunning debut. Thanks so much for stopping by! :D


  2. I have been wanting to read this one but I have been hesitant because the mermaid books I have read really haven't blew me away but, I keep seeing great reviews of it and the cover of this and the sequel are so gorgeous. Awesome review!!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven


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