What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Monday, June 25, 2012

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

I really love mermaids, and always have ever since I was a little kid. I took a little break from mermaid books for a while, but decided the other day to pick up Of Poseidon. I've seen some great stuff about it, so I was really excited to give it a read.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) Syrena - never once were the characters referred to as mermaids (though in my head, that's how I pictured them). This was a different take on the mythical creatures that we think of mermaids being though. They are stronger and more powerful, and can appear human, or semi-human when they need to. It was just different and kept me interested. 2) Galen. Hm.....kinda yummy. Then again, I always picture him with 6-pack abs and not wearing a shirt. No matter what he was doing. I kind of felt that we didn't get to know him all that well, but part of that was due to how formal he seemed to be all the time. He just wasn't comfortable mingling in the human world for as long as he was, so his formality became a barrier to getting to know him. 3) Emma learning about her gift. That was definitely fun to see her learning about it, learning to use it and to trust it. I don't want to give too much away, but the parts of her story that are with Galen and centering around the Syrena are some of my favorite scenes. 4) The big twist. There is a big twist at the very end, and I saw it coming a mile away. I was close to shouting out loud at Galen for not realizing it sooner, but even though I saw it coming, I'm still glad that it turned out to be true. I can tell that's going to make a huge difference in what happens later in the series.

What I Didn't Like: I think Emma needed to be a little more true about who she was. She was like, trying to act all shy and sweet, and she even talked about her personality was the sweet one, but I never once saw that. I'm not trying to imply that she was not a nice person because she was, but she was very forceful, and had a strong personality. It was good, but I got a little tired of her waxing poetic about how "sweet" she supposedly was.

Overall Thoughts: A new kind of mermaid story, Of Poseidon brings some new elements to a classic mythical creature. It's easy to fall for the slightly formal, but definitely hunky Syrena Prince, Galen, and MC Emma has a forceful personality that she at times seems to be ashamed of, but ends up learning to embrace. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what will be coming next in this series!

My Rating: 4 shots


  1. "I always picture him with 6-pack abs and not wearing a shirt. No matter what he was doing" - Ha, love this. Definitely a fun way to picture a male MC ;)

    Nice review! I'll have to check this out at my library.

  2. I totally saw the twist coming from almost the beginning of the book too. It was so obvious, at least to me. I agree with you about Emma. I didn't really think about that until you mentioned it though. Fantastic review!!

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one, Courtney. I got Of Poseidon two weeks ago and am very excited to finally read it in July, once my review obligations are out of the way. Even though mermaids are becoming more popular in YA literature, it sounds like Anna put a unique enough spin on her tale to separate it from the rest.

    Great review! :-) <3

  4. I picked up Of Poseidon a few weeks ago when she was on the Fierce Reads tour. I'm excited to read it and I'm kind of glad they don't call themselves mermaids.

  5. Great honest review :) I'm considering this one.


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