Book Review – Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Of Poseidon brings something new to the world of YA Fantasy. It’s full of flirty romance and humour with fun characters and an interesting under the sea world filled with mermaid history.
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…
Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humour, and waves of romance.
Throwback review to November 2020 when I first read this tale of fishy goodness.
So, the first thing that I think needs to be said about this book is that if you take it too seriously then you are not going to love it. You really need to embrace the fact that this is meant to be fun, it’s cute and has plenty of moments that have you laughing out loud.
The book is told from the POV of the two main characters, Emma and Galen. Emma has been raised as a human and had no reason to believe she was anything different until one day she quite literally runs into the Galen while she’s at the beach with her friend and immediately starts to sense a pull about him that she’s never felt before. Galen feels it too. He knows that Emma is not human, she is one of his people. The Syrena. Something isn’t quite right about her though, sure she has the violet eyes and he can sense what she is but her hair colour is all wrong and she seems to have no idea who or what she is. He tries to brush off the idea until he seems Emma literally TALKING to a shark that is attacking her best friend out in the water. Clearly there is a lot more to Emma than meets the eye and Galen is determined to find out what.
The whole mystery of Emma and who she is and where she came from is the main focal point of the story but there’s also the budding romance between her and Galen as well as a tonne of Syrena history which I found really interesting as it puts a whole new spin on what we think of as “mermaids”, although you shouldn’t call the Syrena mermaids!
There is plenty of drama, plot twists and intrigue but at its core this is a beachy, fishy romance that is plenty of fun and full of humour.
It’s easy and quick to read and is sure to leave you wanting more!
“There’s nothing wrong with your daughter, Mrs. McIntosh. I said we’re not sleeping together. I didn’t say I didn’t want to.”
“What did I do?”
“What did you do? Well, for starters, you used your face to stop a cafeteria door from swinging open.”
“You can put me down now.”
“I’m not ready yet.” He tightens his hold.
“You don’t have to hold—“
“Emma? Can you hear me?”
“Uh, yes. I can hear fine. I just can’t see—“
“That’s a relief. Because for a minute there, I thought maybe you didn’t hear me when I said I’m not ready yet.”