Friday, May 25, 2012

Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

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  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Source: eARC from NetGalley/Macmillan for review
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Overview

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.



My Thoughts

I really enjoy mermaid stories. I haven't really read a lot of them, I'm not sure why, but I do love them. When I first heard about this book I was super excited. For one, it's a mermaid (or as they are called in this book Syrena) and two, boy Syrena!! Right?!!! Then there were the little teasers and chats on twitter that made me even more interested. The characters sounded so entertaining...and they definitely were. This book moved along nicely. It was never really slow, but it was not ever really fast paced either. It was just a great flow. Anna was very good about giving us the Syrena history too, which I really enjoyed because too often, books just skim over things and leave us short on the details of why things are.

Emma is a feisty character. I liked her and at the same time I was bothered by her a bit. She is a pretty tough chick, but also very stubborn. She acts like a child sometimes too with just having to go against something that Galen said, just because. It's like she has to prove a point that she isn't going to listen to him. Yet she is totally obsessed with him. It's almost comical when you think about it. She wants to be with him so badly, but she acts so immature about things. I mean, yes, he totally gives mixed messages, but that's still besides the point. I would be like, "Dude, you're hot, but kinda a jerk about some things, but I so want to kiss you." Lol!! I guess that is just me. I just think that it's sad that she kind of lets him walk all over her in a sense. I mean it's not like he's treating her bad, but he wants an obeying girl and she basically gives into that.

Galen is pretty swoontastic!! He has to learn how to adjust to how humans are and the things they do. Yes, h e comes across as a jerk at first, but he gets better. I liked how loyal he is to his kingdom. The whole time you are really hoping that things can be different so that he can be happy in the end. I can't really go into it without spoiling anything though. He ends up doing a lot of research and finding out a lot of things that can actually change everything. I think that Galen really changed a lot through the book. Or maybe he didn't change as much as the real him finally was able to surface. He really is a sweet guy, things just seem to come out wrong for him. It's hard trying act human when you don't completely understand how things can be interpreted.

The secondary characters were awesome too. I especially liked Rayna. My first impression of her was not great, but I couldn't help but really like her character as we get to know her better. One of the best parts of the book was a certain scene including a glass wall. It was quite entertaining. Rachel is quite a sweetheart too. I liked her. Emma's mom is something else. She seems overly paranoid about things and a bit too overprotective.

This was a great story, I can't say the ending shocked me really. I think I figured out that was coming very early on. Like, really early. It still didn't take away from me enjoying the book though. It wasn't anything extraordinary. It was pretty average as far as books go, but I really did enjoy getting to know the characters and found the Syrena history interesting. The humor was great! I love I am looking forward to where the next book will take us. I think that the story will get much more interesting. And I really want more Galen!! The nice Galen. 3.5 out of 5 stars

24 comments:

  1. Great review! I think I enjoyed this one a bit more but I agree with a lot of what you said. Galen is so swoon worthy! <3 I found I really enjoyed the secondary characters as well and Rayna definitely grew on me the more I read too. I also agree that even though I really liked Emma she acted like a child at times and that really annoyed me.
    I feel like I may be the only person who didn't see that ending coming. Clearly that went right over my head lol. Can't wait for the next book though and for more Galen!

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    1. haha!! Traci you are so funny. I am very perceptive so I tend to guess the outcomes of most books that I read. If I am surprised it's a great thing since it doesn't happen often.

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  2. You lve mermaid books? Well this is definitely where we differ!! haha. I haven't read one that impressed me yet, this one included. I could not stand Galen and Emma's childishness got on my nerves. I did like the side characters though Rayna and his husband whatever his name is. I also guessed the endings miles before but it was still interesting. I didn't hate the book, only the characters lol.

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    1. Oh yeah, the ending was so obvious. I liked the humor in the book. Galen didn't bother me only because I knew he was out of his element with the humans. Emma was the only one I didn't really care for too much. I was going to say something about Rayna's husband in the review, but I couldn't remember his name either lol!!

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  3. I don't normally read mermaid books, they just seem kind of overly cheesy to me, but I've heard a lot of good things about this one. Except that the twist is obvious. It's been staring at me, so maybe I'll give it a shot. Who knows, maybe I'll turn team Mermaid. haha

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    1. It's a very quick book to read. It's not super fabulous, and it is very predictable, but it has some good humor and interesting mermaid history in it.

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  4. Agree with your review. I'm still waiting for the mermaid book that will win me over!! I'm posting on mermaid books on Monday as part of If You Like..

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    1. Yeah, I really enjoy mermaid books, but I don't think any have blown my mind or anything. I think I just really like the idea of mermaid books, so I keep reading them hoping to find "The One" lol!!

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  5. I haven't read a lot of mermaid books either. I like that its the boy who is the merman in this story though, it makes it stand out! With summer just around the corner this sounds like a perfect beach read. I'l have to pick it up now!

    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

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    1. I hope you enjoy it. It's a really quick read so you could read it pretty quick hanging out on the beach. :)

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  6. I'm so glad Galen is swoon-tastic! For me to really love a book I need a swoon-y boy. I also haven't read many mermaid books...or actually any *haha* but they seem to be very popular these days so I wan't to try a few of them out. Awesome review! :)

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    1. Thanks!! The thing I liked best was the snarky humor. It's worth reading.

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  7. Hahahahah it seems like everyone describes Emma as Fiesty!!! she totes is, such a stubborn girl!! Sometimes I just wanted to punch her, like WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS YOU DUMB GIRL!!!! But then I feel like I would be the same way. "Oh you don't want me to drive your car?? OKAY THEN I WILL!!!" Muahahahahah :D

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

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  8. Ughh apparently my blog won't let me reply directly to people right now. Anyways. Yes, I agree. I liked to do things just because people tell me not to when I was a teenager so I guess I understand that. Who am I kidding. I still like to do things when people tell me not to lol!!

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  9. I'm really glad you liked this! I've wanted to read it, but kept seeing "meh" reviews. I think I'd love the humor. And since we have 91% compatibility,(!), I think I'll trust you on this. ;-)
    Great review, doll!

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    1. Hehe!! I am obsessed with checking goodreads compatibility. I am 91% with Giselle too! I mean you girls are totes awesome, so it makes sense. ;)

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  10. I'm reading this one right now, so your review is perfect timing for me! I'm only about 80 pages in, but I'm liking Emma. I'm still not quite warmed up to Galen yet, but hopefully that will change!

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    1. By the end I liked Galen, and kind of disliked Emma lol!!

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  11. I'm borderline with this one. I like mermaid stories too. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Yeah, I liked it, but not as much as I wanted to.

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  12. Great review!! I also really liked this book and it has become one of my favorite mermaid stories :)

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    1. I'm glad that you loved it. It was one of the better mermaid books I have read recently. I wish I had really loved it more.

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  13. Wow, this book sounds really great! I love mermaid stories, too! Have you read Everblue by Brenda Pandos? That was such an adorable book! I can't wait to read Of Poseidon, it's one of the TBR books that are glaring at me from the shelf.. I really wish I had more reading time! Great review, Amy! love how detailed and enthusiastic it is!!!

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    1. It seems like there is never enough time to get reading done. *sigh* I will have to check out Everblue. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

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