Of Poseidon (Hardback)
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Short Description for Of Poseidon 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--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.
- Published: 22 May 2012
- Format: Hardback 326 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781250003324 ISBN 10: 1250003326
- Sales rank: 25,226
Reviews for Of Poseidon
I went into the book with really high expectations because I had seen some very promising reviews of it on some blogs where the reviewers are known to be really tough and usually their reviews are pretty accurate in terms of how I'll enjoy it.
Unfortunately, this book wasn't anything like what I thought it would be like. Right off the bat I was put off by Emma and then one by one the other characters began to get on my nerves. I honestly didn't care so much for any of them because they were very one dimensional and fake especially Emma. OMG was probably said by here every third page or so and by the end of it I was cringing anytime I saw anyone on Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads use it for the longest time. There was also very little chemistry between any of the characters and it was as if their dialogue as well as their interactions were too forced almost as if the author was trying to hard to make her characters act like teenagers which made things very awkward.
I also had trouble with the plot. It seemed so basic and more like a plot outline than an actual fully thought out and organized plot in a novel. There were so many gaps in the story where it was as if the authors focus on the story was jumping all over the place which caused a lot of confusion sometimes.
I mean the book had the potential to be a really good read albeit not a unique one because mermaid novels are becoming more plentiful in the book world as of late but it could have been really good read. Sadly though, for me this one fell way short of my expectations I found very little to be redeemable about this novel except that it was a quick read for a vacation but was ultimately pretty forgettable. Despite all of this I will be reading the next book in the series just to see where the story goes.
Though I didn't care for the book all that much that should by no means stop you from checking it out. If you were to read it though I think you should probably be a fan of Young Adult Novels with mermaids.
* I received a free copy of this book from the published via NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not compensated in any way. by Kimberly Roy
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
I LOVE stories about merpeople (Sorry, Galen)! They are just so refreshing and there are so many different things that you can do with them to make them stand out!
Of Poseidon hits the mark for me, with an engaging tale of a girl-meets-boy and her world is INSTANTLY turned upside-down in SOOOO many ways.
This book isn't all puppy dogs and unicorns. In fact, the first couple of chapters are pretty darn bleak. Without spoiling anything, I'll just say that Emma loses something important to her and it changes her.
During this, however, Emma has Galen. It's not really a quick romance, though. Even though Emma and Galen CLEARLY have feelings for each other, there are obstacles in the way.
Of Poseidon is told in both Emma's and Galen's voices. The reader, therefore, gets a look into both of their heads, which serves as a great way to keep the reader in the loop, even when the other characters may not be.
Of Poseidon has mythology, royalty, and a few different love stories to keep your interest.
I'll definitely be purchasing Of Triton.
My Rating: 4.5/5 by Christy @ Captivated Reading
What an awesome book! I was hooked from the first chapter.
I love mermaid stories but I don't read a lot of them.
You and I would call them mermaids/mermen just don't let Galen hear you. He hates the 'M' word. To him they're Syrena.
Emma is you'r average run of the mill clumsy girl, or is she? Emma is on vacation in Florida with her best friend, Chloe, when she bumps right into (literally) the uber hot Galen. They feel a connection right away. Shortly after their little run in the unthinkable happens, Chloe is attacked by a shark. That's when Emma finds out she exhibits some not so human qualities, she can not only talk to the shark but it understand her as well!
This was such a hilarious story. I was laughing throughout the book. The characters were so funny.
Emma: I liked her, but her clumsiness made me unable to not like her
Galen: hot, funny, sarcastic, caring, totally swoon-worthy, an being a prince doesn't hurt ;)
I liked the relationship between Emma and Galen, they were so funny together with their arguing and bickering.
Rayna: Galen's twin sister, Toraf's 'mate' (wife) stubborn, she acted like a spoiled brat but it's only the first book in the series, you can't count her out just yet!
Toraf: he was funny, and sweet
The cover is beautiful. And the ending?! Ohmysweetgoodness! Such a cliffhanger ending, it makes me want to read the next book for sure!
Thank you to Feiwel & Friends and NetGalley for this copy. by Sarah
- Top review
Oh My Word, I LOVED It!!
When I first saw this book cover, I simply thought "Stunning". There are plenty more words to describe it, yes. But my question is why, when one word sums it up so well?! It is striking and beautiful in it's simplicity.
So given that I am a book cover addict, a self-confessed magpie who adds covers like this to her collection, I needed to know that the blurb for this book was just as good.
I looked it up on Amazon and knew there and then that it was something I MUST read.
So imagine my pure joy when 3 months before the release date, I see that they have the Galley on Net Galley - and it just so happens that I am auto-approved for anything I want from Macmillan.
Well you could have knocked me over with a feather. I was absolutely jumping with joy.
I finally managed to sit down to read it on 16th February and like a fish to bait, it was definitely the catch of the day. Maybe even the year!
OF POSEIDON was simply the most seductive book I have read in a long time. It had me in it's grips from the first word and it still hasn't let me go.
I expected to like it, of course I did. But I didn't know I would fall so heavily in love. Anna Banks has fast-tracked her way to my favourite authors list. I love the way she writes. She has managed to capture my heart within just the first chapter of the book. That doesn't happen often.
The characters in this story, ohmysweetgoodness, they are awesome! From the tall, sensual, delightful Galen to the hard-headed little beauty that is Emma. There are so many glorious characters in this story. I feel a little bit in love with them all.
Emma is the main character, along with the dreamy Galen. Then there's Galen's sister, Rayna. Plus Rayna's mate Toraf. There's also the lovely doctor, Dr Milligan. They all hold little pieces of my heart for various reasons. Reasons I won't divulge. The simple fact is, I would be way to 'spoilery' and you would not forgive me at all.
*swoons, I Love You Sweet Galen*
I don't want to tell you too much of the story, for exactly the same reason. My mouth would run away with me and it would detract from the immense pleasure you will get by reading OF POSEIDON for yourself.
Suffice, I feel, to say this:
Emma and ger best friend are vactioning in Florida. They are spending time on the beautiful beaches when one day Emma bumps, quite literally, smack bang wollop into the dreamy Galen.
After peeling her face off his abs, she takes a good look at him. He is quite simply stunning. Little does she know she is looking upon royalty. He is after all, the Prince of the Syrena.
Galen and Emma both feel an attraction toward each other. You can literally see the sparks flying between them. When they touch, their is a tingly sensation. And I don't just mean in the pit of Emma's stomach. Though I'm sure her stomach was also doing all kinds of acrobatics.
After a deadly scene with a shark, Galen is witness to the gifts Emma possesses, though she doesn't know about them at the time.
Galen ends up following her all the way home to New Jersey and finds himself enrolled at her school. All to see if she is the girl who can save his kingdom. To find out if she possesses the gifts of Poseidon.
Want to know more? Then I am afraid you will have to buy this sensational book for yourself. I am truly glad that I didn't have to wait until May for it. Though now I am chewing my left arm off waiitng for the next book. The only problem with getting a book like this in advance is, I have to wait even longer for the sequel.
Anna Banks is by far one of the most talented debut authors I have come across in my time as a reader. She managed to hook me and reel me in with her beautiful words and they way in which she was able to create a world I was constantly desperate to discover more about.
This is the first book I have read about mermaids, and I really regret calling them that, Galen wouldn't thank me for it, I'm sure. So what I mean to say is, it's the first book I have read about Syrena. There, that's better.
I was in awe of the glorious world and characters that Anna weaved. It feels like she cast a magic spell over me and I was constantly trying to find spare time to read.
It took me longer to finish than I would have liked. I wish I'd been able to dedicate more time in one sitting to it. However, I also wanted to draw it out so that it wasn't over too soon.
Alas, the ending crept up on me far faster than my heart would have liked. And what an ending it was.
Words cannot describe how my heart was pounding as I read that final page, so I won't even try. All I can say is, it was a complete stunner. Something I didn't see coming.
That's the thing about this story on the whole, it was stunning. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments. Times when I wanted to punch someone, namely Rayna. There were times I wanted to smack Galen upside his beautiful royal head. Then there were the moments my eyes welled up and I could not stop the tears from falling.
There were so many little intricacies that were brought to light as the story unfolded. Even the times I couldn't help but cry were a delight.
Thank you Anna for writing such a beautiful, moving story. I eagerly await the next book. I only hope I can get that as an ARC from Net Galley too. by Keren Kiesslingerunder review
A Light Underwater Read
The cover is absolutely stunning! The girl in a white dress underwater? The mysterious, dark blue sea around her? The title, the font...Everything's so surreal!
Then comes the plot. Though the pace was relatively slow throughout the book, the plot did thicken and the pace did this crazy crescendo at the end, finally ending with a...cliffhanger!! There will be this big revelation coming at the end, and you wouldn't even be able to see it coming!
I loved any stories related to the ocean, and incorporating powers and adventures underwater was enough to make me more than a little engrossed. For a surprise gift, Galen even brought Emma to see the infamous Titanic, docked at the bottom of the Atlantis.
Emma was a kindred, compassionate heroine who cried for those who lost their lives aboard the Titanic when Galen brought her to see the ship. She's loyal to her friends even in the face of danger.
OF POSEIDON did tend towards the Contemporary Romance genre as Galen went to school with Emma, and them hanging out together at Galen's. I'm not a big fan of that genre, but I must concede the point that it did get very romantic at times.
I thought that OF POSEIDON was a pretty average, light, mermaid read. If you're in need of some YA Romance, part Contemporary, part Urban Fantasy, then maybe you'd like to try this out. by CYP