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Of Poseidon by Anna Banks {4 Stars}

This is a repost of a guest review I did this summer, enjoy!

I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for Of Poseidon by Anna Banks and had actually decided not to read it. Then I joined in a Mermaid Summer Reading Challenge and there are surprisingly few mermaid books out there, so I borrowed everything I could find from the library. Of Poseidon was one of them, and it was just so tempting one evening when I decided to throw caution to the wind (haha). I’m so glad I did!

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks {4 Stars}

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (Of Poseidon #1)
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 22nd, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 324 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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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...

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • I’m biased by my current love of all things mermaid, but I really enjoyed the world in Of Poseidon, especially the incorporation of sea god mythology. It’s always interesting to see how an author is going to deal with the fact that mermaids don’t actually make that much anatomical sense. I appreciated how Banks dealt with how mermaid breed and how their society functions.
  • Besides dragons, my biggest book weakness (ie LOVE) is a heroine with guts and strength. Emma took this a bit literally by pounding faces when certain people pissed her off, and it was great to see a teen girl who dealt with her temper so directly ;-). Perhaps not a model for good behavior, but certainly feisty!
  • Rayna and Toraf were two of my favorite secondary characters completely separate from their relationship. Rayna was even more of a tough and short-tempered heroine, while Toraf was the lovable dork and reminded me of the computer geek from Dollhouse. Remember that show??
  • It is an impressive book that can surprise me so thoroughly while still making sense with its plot twist, congratulations Of Poseidon :D *throws streamers*

Weaknesses:

  •  Of Poseidon switches between first person present tense and third person present tense and omg was that annoying and confusing! My brain still struggles with reading present tense at all and I almost put down the book because I just hated the switches so much.
  • Galen (main love interest) is kind of a jerk, which can be explained by mermaid culture or whatever, but still. Stop ordering Emma around! Also please try to be less creepy.
  • On a similar mermaid culture note: mermaid marriage laws suck. If these don’t get explored and hopefully fixed by the end of the trilogy I’m going to be mad.
  • There were a few times in Of Poseidon where the phrasing was awkward such that I had to go re-read a sentence to understand what it was trying to say. This wasn’t just because I was tired, I swear!

Summary:

I personally have seen a fairly mixed reaction to Of Poseidon, but I am so glad I joined in this summer reading challenge and gave it a shot! Of Poseidon certainly has some annoying aspects, but I found that the underlying story was just too much fun to put down. There are too few mermaid books out there (untapped market people!), but Of Poseidon is a great one to read. Now don’t mind me while I go read Of Triton ;-).

4 Stars

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

 

 Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

© 2013, Anya. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. Great review! I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now. I haven’t read any mermaid books that I can think of- but this is one that I will probably start with.

    • I would definitely start with this one if you like YA. If you enjoy sci-fi mg then you might try Above World since that’s my other favorite mermaid book :D

  2. I have been wanting to read this but have seen so many bad reviews that I didn’t. Now I may read it because of your good one XD

  3. So far I have only read negative reviews for this book so it was nice to see a positive one, I may even pick it ip now! Great review!
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    • I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews for it too so I wasn’t expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised! I think the switching POV much throw a lot of people, but I dealt with it ;-)

  4. HAHA! I’m so glad you liked it – I really enjoyed this one too. I was surprised since it was such a fluffy book. Heck the second book I tore through in just a few hours (its really short). YES the marriage laws suck! wtf
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  5. I have read a lot of mixed reviews for Of Poseidon too. Same – decided not to read. There are very, very few mermaid books. It’s funny because I think a bunch of people had said that mermaids were on the rise when it just doesn’t feel that way when you think about it. There’s Elizabeth Fama’s and Tera Lynn Childs’ and Anne Greenwood Brown’s, and this, I think. Those are the main examples that come to mind… Anyway, glad you did end up liking this!

    Yes. Agreed. I think the fact that mermaids and mermen have trouble in regard to anatomy in our eyes is what makes them a little less appealing to me. I’m not a huge fan of paranormal creatures in general, but it’s as you said: when you have a great explanation for how that works, it can make the novel.

    YESSS to heroine with guts and strength. I think the only heroine I’ve seen who’s had a temper similar to what it sounds like Emma has is Scarlet from Marissa Meyer’s series.

    Secondary characters. They always make or break the show. Also, yeah. I don’t find myself very surprised with books either, so when they manage to do that within plausible realms, double throwing of the streamers!

    POV switches are very hard to get done right. I heard similar complaints about Galen too o.o. But I hope you enjoy the sequel. The cover reveal for the third book came out recently so it’s approaching quickly, huh? :)
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    • So I do think that there was a splurge of mermaid books this past year, since I tracked down a lot of them for a summer reading challenge, but they are all of pretty low quality except for a couple.

      Hehe, I think Emma’s temper might go beyond even Scarlet’s since Emma is super strong xD

      I have to admit that I HATE the cover for the third book, doesn’t portray Emma well at all. All these covers are getting steadily less kick butt and more swoony heroine D:

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