Book Review: Of Poseidon

Of PoseidonOf Poseidon
By Anna Banks
May 22, 2012
Feiwel & Friends
Reviewed: e-book (Netgalley)
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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.

HOLLI’S REVIEW:

OF POSEIDON is an energetic, witty and suspenseful read, with a touch of mystery and a ton of “drive-you-to-the-brink-of-frustration” kind of romance that will ultimately capture your heart with its charm!  I was laughing out loud from the very first page, and by the end of the story I found myself slack jawed, bug eyed, and nursing a serious case of cliff-hanger-itus.  Even though I pieced together the mystery, it did little to soften the blow.  SERIOUSLY!?  Holy crab cakes Batman… this series is going to get really complicated!  Anna Banks’ debut novel, “Of Poseidon” gives you a fresh take on mermaid lore that makes it truly unique.  It is one of those books that captivates you from the first page, and doesn’t let go until it’s over.

Anna defines her Syrena culture into two kingdoms, Triton and Poseidon.  This is one retelling I have yet to come across in the YA supernatural genre.  I will admit that I am vaguely familiar with the rivalry between Triton and Poseidon, and had to do a little research of my own.  I was quite pleased with how Anna Banks reshaped their story into her own literary masterpiece.  Although it is a baseline, I felt the plot was centralized on the relationships of the characters and getting to the bottom of Emma’s true identity.  Not that I am complaining!  Figuring out who Emma is took me on an exhilarating roller coaster ride!  This was a fantastic read though I felt it was what I would call a “light read” and would have loved for Banks to delve a little deeper into the retelling she created in order to add a little more depth to her back story.  Keeping in mind that this is a first in a series, I am very much looking forward to seeing how this all plays out!

Oh, the characters… Emma had me in stitches throughout the entire book!  I loved her witty sarcasm and quick one-liners that she threw out off the cuff.  I wish I was that witty!  I’m the girl that comes up with the perfect comeback in hindsight!  Aside from her stubborn nature that causes her to be incredibly hard to win over, Emma is loyal and fearless.  She is a kick butt protagonist that I quickly related to. Anna Banks does an equally fantastic job with her male counterpart, Galen.  Notably swoon worthy; Galen is chivalrous, genuine, kind, endearing, and tough as nails!  Galen is a man-fish on a mission who comes on the scene all business but quickly finds himself torn between duty and his heart.  His love for Emma is protectively fierce and completely endearing. And “Ohmysweetgoodness” do I love Rayna and Toraf!  Where Rayna can be utterly obnoxious with her whole “hater” attitude, Toraf brings an over the top comic relief which oddly balances out the two personalities.  Hilarious!

Banks paints a breath-taking view of a coastal region with sandy beaches and rolling tides as her setting.  I am a lover of the ocean and have lived my entire life within very close proximity to the shore.  There is nothing more serene then the sound of the ocean’s waves breaking on the beach.  Banks did such an amazing job bringing this aspect of the book to life that I felt myself yearning to pack up and head to the shore so I could smell the salt air and hear the ocean as I turned the pages.

The pacing was one of the things I liked the best about this book.  It gripped me from page one and didn’t let go until the very end.  I simply could not put the book down.  Please make sure you set time aside in your schedule before picking up this book or you will kick yourself when you have to force yourself to find a place to stop. Yes, Of Poseidon is one of those books.  It will instantly pull you in and cause you to become emotionally invested.

Banks writes the book in first and third person perspectives and although I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative in both Emma’s and Galen’s point of view, it wasn’t without its occasional bumps.  However, it’s packed full of charm and the advantage of being able to see inside the minds and hearts of both characters brought an element of intimacy to the story that makes it easy for the reader to connect with her characters.  I had some minor issues with Emma’s transition to her underwater world when Banks described how she held her breath then talked to Galen at the same time.  It was a bit underdeveloped and a little unrealistic for me, but it wasn’t such a major point that it turned me off to the story.  Overall, I really enjoyed how she executed her writing style and I am thoroughly invested in the future of Emma and Galen!

I am so honored to have been able to read this amazing debut before its actual release date, and would like to give a warm thanks Feiwel & Friends Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to review Of Poseidon.  I am thrilled to tell you all that I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to anyone with a love for all things aquatic and magical!!!

Plot: 7
Characters: 10
Setting: 10
Pacing: 10
Style: 9

Grade: 96

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About Jenna (Does Books)

Working momma of a little pink princess and reader of all things YA. I'm an artist, writer and avid reader who swears that she's having a hard time letting go of the childish things... Let me read your latest YA book and let's see if it makes the grade!

Posted on May 19, 2012, in Book Review, Four & 1/2 Star and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Love the review Hollo!!

  2. Thanks for the awesome review! I’ve read some mixed reviews (mostly good ones but a few ‘meh’ ones) so it’s nice to read a rave review! I’m really looking forward to reading this book!

    By the way, this is totally me as well: ” I’m the girl that comes up with the perfect comeback in hindsight!”

  3. Great review! I really can’t wait to read this book. I love all things mermaid 🙂

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