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Of Poseidon

by Anna Banks

Feiwel & Friends | August 27, 2013 | Hardcover

Of Poseidon is rated 4.1333 out of 5 by 15.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.54 × 5.97 × 1.24 in

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 1250003326

ISBN - 13: 9781250003324

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Emma a normal teenage girl is vacationing in Florida with her best friend Chloe, when one day she runs into a handsome boy that makes her feel different. Different in a way that attraction can make a person feel disoriented. She doesn?t understand it when he shows up at school where he manages to be in almost each of her classes. What she doesn?t know is that Galen is a prince. A prince of the Syrenia people who live in the sea and can have legs and fins. I rather enjoyed reading through Emma?s eye and seeing a whole new mystical world unearth right in front of her. Confusing as the Syrenia world is, she quickly understands and accepts it which I thought was odd because I?d feel crazy to think such a thing as mermaids existed. I liked the viewpoints of both Emma and Galen. I enjoy reading from the boy?s perspective at times because it?s so brand new and fresh. And that ending made me fall off my seat! I need the next book now! Full of twists and turns, and drama built at its finest, Of Poseidon gave me another reason to love the sea and all its creatures under the deep.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love it! So first of all, I'm so happy there is a sequel to that book! I loved it. The story is captivating and you just fall for the characters, at least I did. I'm always loved stories with mermaids (syrena in the book) so that was a great read for me. I recommend!
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book How did I miss this book? It was everywhere so I bought it then for some unfathomable reason I let it sit on my shelf for a couple of weeks. Well clearly I should have read this book sooner. Although I was able to call some key plots in the book it didn’t make it any less interesting to read. In fact I felt like I was anticipating those moments the more I read. Not to mention at one point I was actually convinced that I was wrong. And of course to start things off this book’s first couple of chapters were shocking. I was like “Whoa. That was crazy. Did that just happen? Ohmygod! That just happened!” It was intense, and that folks is how I knew this book was going to be good. What also helped was the fact that it was written in the perspective of both Emma and Galen and I find I always want to read books like that because they’re more in depth, more intense, more interesting. I love it. Good: Emma: She’s a pretty cool chick. She can pack a punch. Galen: Sexy. And jealous occasionally. And funny. And he apparently a killer smile. And well, just down right dreamy. However, could I say that he is too much a gentlemen? He should have kissed people more often. Oh well there will hopefully be more books in this series. Rayna: I like this girl. She’s tough and prickly but when you get down to it she’s a girly girl who wants to learn how to drive and have people paint her toe nails. Toraf: This guy is a smart guy. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get it. Bad: Nothing that I can really think of. However, it is a cliff-hanger ending so their better be another one. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall, I loved the book. I have no complaints about Anna Banks’ writing style in fact I will give he compliments. I didn’t expect to laugh on the first page of the book but I did and it all because of her fantastic way of carrying across the humour and he randomly hilarious observations and expression. I couldn’t stop the smiles from spreading across my face while reading the book, even if I wanted to. Which I had no interest in doing. I never had to re-read something to fully understand what Banks was saying although I was made their wasn’t much kissing in it (although everyone was thinking about it) I never felt uneasy about how a situation happened. Overall this is one book I am proud to have on my shelf.
Date published: 2013-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it! Banks sucked me in right at the beginning and never let me go! I downloaded this audiobook free of charge, as it was the YA selection for Week #1 of the 2013 SYNC YA Summer Listening Program. Of Poseidon is about an 18 year old girl named Emma MacIntosh from Jersey Shore. Emma accompanies her best friend, Chloe, and Chloe’s parents to Florida for some fun in the sun before returning for their senior year at Middlepoint High School. Klutzy Emma trips and falls into a gorgeous guy with olive skin and violet eyes, and they both feel an immediate attraction. His name is Galen Forza, and he is at the beach with his twin sister named Rayna. Galen is confused by this pull that he feels towards Emma because he is a Syrena (a mer-man) who is only supposed to be attracted to his own kind. Emma looks nothing like a Syrena: Her hair is so blonde that it is practically white and her skin tone is so fair that it is nearly translucent, but she does have those trademark violet eyes. I can’t believe that this is Banks’ YA debut! I absolutely loved it! Banks sucked me in right at the beginning and never let me go. I cannot recall the last time that I read a book containing mermaids, and it was a refreshing change of pace. Emma is a strong heroine who is both funny and snarky without being irritating. Her chemistry with Galen was hot! And what’s not to love about Galen? He is naïve to the ways of humans, and he comes across as sweet with a fierce streak. I loved the alternating points of view between Emma and Galen, which I thought added depth to both the characters and the story. The book ends on a cliff-hanger, and it came on so suddenly that I had to pull out my iPod and actually check that the battery didn’t just die. Nope, it actually ended like that. Banks has me chomping at the bit for the next book in the series, Of Triton, which was just released earlier this month. The cherry on the top of this amazing book was the narrator, Rebecca Gibel. I have gushed about Gibel on a number of occasions, and she has never let me down. Her unique vocalizations for each character feel authentic, and I love how she can slip into a character and nail it!
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Nothing real standout or special about the story or the charaters.
Date published: 2013-03-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nothing Special 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.
Date published: 2012-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Summer Paranormal Read Featuring Mermaids! Despite the faults I might have found with Of Poseidon, I still enjoyed reading the novel. There's an addictive quality to Anna Banks's words that makes it difficult to set the book down for even a moment! The cover for Of Poseidon, while absolutely beautiful, is rather misleading though as it suggests a darker theme for the storyline, but the book is actually surprisingly light. Humans have always fascinated Galen, but after he literally bumps into Emma at a beach, he's taken aback when he notices the violet eyes which mark her as one of the Syrena, a mermaid. It's only after he witness a deadly encounter in the water that he becomes more determined than ever to find out more about Emma, because if his suspicions are right, she could be the key to uniting two kingdoms: the houses of Triton and Poseidon. Because of Emma's ability to speak to and command fish, Galen believes she's somehow a descendant of Poseidon. I was very much intrigued by the mythology behind the Syrena, so I was certainly just as attentive as Emma when it came to explanations of their underwater world. I couldn't really take any of the characters too seriously though; they acted so childishly at times when the situation really did call for them to be more mature. Galen and Emma were cute together, but I didn't feel anything particularly passionate that would make me swoon. Maybe that will change in the next book though... I usually don't find it too difficult to read dual narration, but it took some adjusting to get used to it this time around as Emma's point of view was written in first person, whereas Galen's was in third person. There's also enough description to visualize what's happening in the book, which is absolutely great, but when it came to the emotional aspects, I felt the writing only began to brush the surface. Of Poseidon had lots of potential, but in the end, I couldn't shake the feeling of being disappointed in a way because I had been expecting something different. I'm still not really convinced about the appeal of the mermaid genre, but maybe it's just because I haven't found the right book yet. Anna Banks's debut novel Of Poseidon is perfect if you're looking for a summer read that is lighter on the paranormal side. There's also a twist at the end of the book that's left me really curious to see what will happen next in book two, Of Triton! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2012/07/of-poseidon-by-anna-banks.html
Date published: 2012-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The first mermaid book I've liked! In the beginning Of Posedion, started out like many other YA mermaid books I’ve read this year. An unsuspecting teen (in this case Emma), is discovered to be a mermaid, living on land. Of course the mermaids, or Syrena, are quite beautiful, and they assume human form in order to find out more about her. Even going so far as enrolling in her high school to keep tabs on her. Despite all these similarities, however, I still found Of Poseidon, to be a unique and interesting tale. I liked the idea of rival (if that’s the right word for it) mermaid tribes, I found it interesting the way Anna Banks mixed in greek mythology, and I loved the biological detail that went into describing the differences between mermaids and humans. I think Anna Banks did an excellent job answering any questions I have had about the Syrena and their way of life, but I never felt bogged down by the details. They blended nicely into the story. I also really liked the romance of this story. The relationship between Galen and Emma is of the star crossed lover variety. Which is nice because, it made things a little more interesting and meant that the characters could continue to develop (instead of the focus switching to their relationship). In my opinion Emma and Galen were treated as equal individuals in this story and that was a nice change. And the ending! I know some people said they saw it coming, but I was completely caught off guard. It was such an interesting twist and I can't wait to see what it means for book two. Final recommendation: A fun and well thought out mermaid tale. It's a great book to take to the beach or read on vacation. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2012-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A refreshing ocean tale! The story is told in alternating points of view from Emma to Galen. Banks does an amazing job creating unique voices and sentence structures for each character. Especially with Galen, I could definitely hear the regality in his voice interspersed with moments where he’s obviously having issues adjusting to the social conventions on land. Emma’s character has gone through some pretty traumatic events, and at age 18 with her whole life ahead of her it seems like she’s destined to do something much more important than just college when Galen re-enters her life. All things considered, she takes everything in stride and has a healthy dose of wariness and acceptance when necessary. I love her sharp wit and the dialogue she has with the boys. Once she starts going through her changes though, she takes a surprising twist from being sweet and innocent in one instant to something terrifyingly brutal the next - like the hormones are uncontrollably raging. Emma eventually discovers that she has a very unique and sought after gift of speaking to sea creatures and that Galen needs this to help save his underwater kingdom. With this discovery and after some thorough testing they find that she has other gifts as well - such as being able to hold her breath for incredible lengths of time (we’re talking hours here). I’ve seen a lot of people freak out about these two powers especially. The main argument being “how can she talk underwater if she has to hold her breath?!”. Now, I’m just tossing this out there but my rationale is that in the English language for the most part when speech is formed it happens during exhaling, and she probably has a super high lung capacity to hold her breath so long. So, I figure that she expels some of that stored air for speech and all it really does is reduce the amount of time she can stay underwater before resurfacing. There. It’s out there people. Stop freaking out. Now Galen is a whole other bucket of chum. He’s ridiculously gorgeous of course, and he has this whole “holier than thou” attitude that comes with being a royal. He also comes from a very antiquated society, that seems to be stuck in more classical Greek period with heavy patriarchal themes. Galen himself is bending the rules while he relishes the Syrenian bachelor dream by living on the fringes of human society as an “ambassador” of sorts. But he’s extremely loyal to his family, and has a fierce sense of duty that you have to admire. He and Emma have some of the best banter that I’ve read between a couple - it definitely is one of the biggest highlights of the book! With the initial denial in attraction to each other between Emma and Galen, they try playing it off as an obligation, but it was great to see how they’d finally come together despite all the obstacles. Galen, when he wants to be, is super sweet, patient and really makes an effort with Emma. That being said, there’s also some seriously disturbing possessiveness in the males of this book. At times they are pig headed, extremely jealous and a bit stalker creepy at times, but I’m going to pin this on their fish halves. Remember those Siamese fighting fish with the beautifully flashy fins to attract a mate, do you also remember that two or more of these males in close quarters (especially with females present) inevitably end with one of them bloodied and belly up? That’s because there can only be one alpha male, the dominant one that gets to mate with the females - that’s what I felt during the whole Galen or even his best Syrenian buddy Toraf, and their jealousy moments, combined with the kind of society that they were raised in. So when I think of it like that, it makes so much more sense, and it’s a little less shocking. The more secondary characters to the story such as the best friend Toraf and his twin sister Rayna were a highly entertaining couple. They both had limited human experiences, so it was hilarious watching them adapt to the wonders of the human world. Toraf was an immediately likable character, he’s loyal, fierce and determined and probably one of the most surprising secondary characters I’ve ever met. Rayna initially came off as more of a petulant child - acting far younger than she actually is, so it was a bit irritating at first but she definitely grows on you. In Banks’ world building she paints a story with beautiful mythology and underwater culture, where she takes you to classical ruins in the sea and shipwrecks as she explains the gorgeous and complex history of the Syrena’s. There was a good blend of romance, self discovery and strained political background as everything builds to this huge and tense reveal at the end, which by the way leaves the readers completely hanging. I, for the most part definitely enjoyed this book, and look forward to what Banks has in store for Emma and Galen next!
Date published: 2012-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Of Poseidon I can say I am not much for mermaid type books but I fell in love with this one. I don't think I have enjoyed a mermaid book this much. Ever. Seriously. I was captured from page one with Emma glued to Galen's chest. I absolutely loved everything about Of Poseidon. It had a solid plot with characters I truly enjoyed reading about. I don't think there was a character I didn't like, they all brought their own flavor to the table. Some I liked more than others but not by much. If you are looking for a good plot, romance with a touch humour, this is your book. Ms. Banks takes a classic, and turns it into something new. I loved how she combined different myths and legends and made it her own. Truly enchanting. First off we have Emma. She's an everyday girl with perchance for clumsiness. Emma was a very refreshing character, she didn't take Galen's crap and she sure was not going to listen to him when he thought to order her around. I have to say that Emma can hold her own. She is a strong girl who would take care of anyone who tried to hurt the people she loved. Most likely not politely either, if the hurricane proof window is anything to go by. She has a temper to match her mouth and I just adored her. There were many parts that I found myself laughing out loud about, then reading to my husband. Anna did a great job making Emma relatable. I loved that she was so down to earth. Emma is now one of my fav female MC's. Galen on the other hand is having a hard time adjusting to acting like a human. I found Galen funny and a little reserved at first, but later he relaxed and showed the real Galen. He is totally swoon worthy. I laughed at the parts where the human girls were following him around and texting him, making him uncomfortable. I loved that the story was written in both his and Emma's PoV. It makes it that much better. I like being able to see what is going on inside the heads of both MC's, then at least we know where each one stands. I also like that even though Galen is a prince he is not an arrogant jerk. He had me swooning from the moment he opened his mouth. Don't let his calm appearance fool you into thinking he is not an alpha at heart, because you would be wrong. There were so many scenes in Of Poseidon that days later I am still thinking about and laughing. I don't want to be spoilery so I won't tell you them, but trust me you will love this book. There are only a handful of books that I have enjoyed this much. So I have to hand it to you Anna, you have written a amazing book and I can't wait for the next installment in the series. So once again I will be watching my calendar, waiting for it to release. Overall, Of Poseidon was a well written book, filled with down to earth characters that you can't help but love. A true page turner from start to finish.
Date published: 2012-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My oh my. This was awesome. How did I miss this book? It was everywhere so I bought it then for some unfathomable reason I let it sit on my shelf for a couple of weeks. Well clearly I should have read this book sooner. Although I was able to call some key plots in the book it didn’t make it any less interesting to read. In fact I felt like I was anticipating those moments the more I read. Not to mention at one point I was actually convinced that I was wrong. And of course to start things off this book’s first couple of chapters were shocking. I was like “Whoa. That was crazy. Did that just happen? Ohmygod! That just happened!” It was intense, and that folks is how I knew this book was going to be good. What also helped was the fact that it was written in the perspective of both Emma and Galen and I find I always want to read books like that because they’re more in depth, more intense, more interesting. I love it. Good: Emma: She’s a pretty cool chick. She can pack a punch. Galen: Sexy. And jealous occasionally. And funny. And he apparently a killer smile. And well, just down right dreamy. However, could I say that he is too much a gentlemen? He should have kissed people more often. Oh well there will hopefully be more books in this series. Rayna: I like this girl. She’s tough and prickly but when you get down to it she’s a girly girl who wants to learn how to drive and have people paint her toe nails. Toraf: This guy is a smart guy. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get it. Bad: Nothing that I can really think of. However, it is a cliff-hanger ending so their better be another one. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall, I loved the book. I have no complaints about Anna Banks’ writing style in fact I will give he compliments. I didn’t expect to laugh on the first page of the book but I did and it all because of her fantastic way of carrying across the humour and he randomly hilarious observations and expression. I couldn’t stop the smiles from spreading across my face while reading the book, even if I wanted to. Which I had no interest in doing. I never had to re-read something to fully understand what Banks was saying although I was made their wasn’t much kissing in it (although everyone was thinking about it) I never felt uneasy about how a situation happened. Overall this is one book I am proud to have on my shelf. View more of my review and others at my blog: www.mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com
Date published: 2012-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting premise, narrative is a bit juvenile though After a seemingly chance encounter with Galen, a guy she bumps into on the beach, Emma finds herself constantly in contact with this tall and handsome stranger. What she doesn’t realize is that he’s a Syrena and that he’s been looking for a girl that can communicate with underwater creatures. The girl who possesses this special gift is the missing piece to the puzzle that will save his underwater world. If only he can convince Emma – and himself – that it might be her. Being the first mermaid book I’ve read, I wasn’t sure what to expect. With all the books about vampires and werewolves, it was only a matter of time before mermaids became the next big thing. I’m not sure if this book has changed any preconceived notions I may have had about this new budding “genre”, but I remain indifferent, and open to the possibility. I liked Of Poseidon okay enough, but I wasn’t fully sold on it. The narrative felt a bit juvenile at times, and the characters didn’t always make sense in their motivation and actions. The overuse of endearments like “angelfish” and “minnow” with the constant “ohmysweetgoodness” got me eye-rolling quite a bit after a while. Interestingly enough, Emma uses such non-swear words so often that it seemed really out of character for her to call Galen a “jack*ss” at one point. With how Banks describes Emma’s best friend Chloe, in complete sincerity and seemingly no self deprecation, it’s a wonder why Emma would consider Chloe her BFF. Her actions don’t make her sound like a very nice person. All that being said, I did enjoy the premise of the story. The story of the Poseidon & Triton houses, and the history of the Syrenas, are all very well thought out. I can tell that a lot of backstory was created for this fictional underwater society, and I’m looking forward to finding out more about them. If nothing else, the book sets up to the last 10 pages of this book where the action really leaves you with a cliffhanger for the sequel. This, and other reviews can be found on my blog JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book of 2012 I held back my review of this book for TWO WHOLE MONTHS! Gosh was it painful to not express my feelings! Ok, here it goes! This book is hilarious!! I wish every book can start out like this! Emma and Chloe is a match made in heaven. They play off each other's personality and I find it very funny and amusing. :D The plot is amazing. It is not slow. I gasped at the end of some of the chapters. I couldn't stop reading! I was totally singing the phrase "Fan-flipping-fastic". I love how Anna included the death of someone Emma loves and not just say "oh I'm Emma, my blah, blah, blah died, now I have to move to this new town...". Anna incorporated the death within the novel and where the audience can see and feel what really happened. It was such a breath of fresh air! I do have to say I wasn't a fan of the conversation in the beginning. Okay, I don't know how to put this, but I'll try. There are conversations between characters that sounds too "mean-girls-like". You know when those mean girls said "Oh my god, Shut. Up." you know that kind of teen-like tone. There were conversations that gave me the tone like that. Others might complain Emma whined a bit much, but I felt like she expressed just enough emotions. Galen sounds so gorgeous! I mean being a royal totally helps too! Galen is perfect! *swoon!* The teacher in the school is just hilarious, (partially because he reminds me of someone), Galen too! I also love how he is 20, not the typical 18 in most YA. *major swoon!* I just love all the characters! They all have something a little different, but they are all sassy and funny. :) I can't emphasis enough how I LOOOOVEE ALL the characters!!! HOLY CRAP RIGHT?! I NEVER, and I mean NEVER, love every characters in a book. Main characters are super hard to love but this book, I loved them. I like Emma, and Galen. I love Toraf and Rayna! I REALLLY love the relationship between Rayna and Toraf, they remind me of Artemis and Wally from Young Justice. Spitfire FTW! :3 I also enjoyed Emma and Galen's relationship, they were cute. Rachel is just so "Garcia-From-Criminal-Minds", AWESOME! Anna Banks' tone is very likable! And all the awards to this book!! It has cat-fight and awesome guys!! I don't know how to explain it, Galen and Toraf are amazing friends; their conversations are always fabulous to read! Okay, there is only one thing that is predictable but it is okay :p. You know when you read a fabulous book and don't know how to describe the epicness? You just kind of feel it, the rush, the excitement? Well this book definitely gave me that feeling, definitely a buy-it-full-price type of book! The mystery, the suspense, and the magic just takes my breath away! I love the Houses! I love all the evils! I love the sea! I love absolutely everything about this book! This book has the perfect balance of everything. I can only describe it as the professor in Power Puff Girls did "add a little of happiness, sunshine, rainbow and chemical X", but that chemical X is EPIC AWESOMENESS!!! OH GOD CLIFFHANGER! I NEEEEEDDD MOOOOOREEEEE NOOOOOW!! This book is worth buying a billion copies and stacking them into your own underwater land. :3
Date published: 2012-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful!! Love Mermaids This is definitely the BEST book that involves "mermaid/Syrena " books I have read to date! At first it reminded me of The Little Mermaid with the storyline but in the overall structure of the book it blew it away because it had all this history and mystery of this world that it will leave you piecing the puzzle together. Anna Banks did an amazing job creating this book!! I loved everything about it, it had lots of drama (which I like) Romance (double check) and everything above =AWESOME!! From beginning to end it was addicting and amazing!! I really loved Emma, Galen, Rayna and even Toraf because they made the story what it is. It really came together!! I loved the way Anna Banks has the different point of views because it gave us insight to both Emma and Galen. These two were really fun characters because they are perfect for each other because they do get along but at the same time the tension/romantic feelings which they both recognize. Emma's character was strong and funny. I did like her as a character because she is luck enough to hang out with Galen (who is HOT) What I loved also was the background history of Triton and Poseidon because it does have a major impact of the story and the reasons why Syrena is the way it is politically. All the scenes under water were also interesting because all the history with Galen's brother is also interesting behind that story. Each scene grabs the readers attention. Love all the information, and detail in the writing. The point of views I really enjoyed as well and getting to know the characters. The ending was OMG because it was one of those cliffhangers that will leave you wanting more!! When reading the book I was addicted to the story and how the way Anna Banks creates her characters! I am looking forward to the next book when it does come out! Don't miss this amazing book because its amazing! Love mermaids, this is the perfect one for you! It was one of my favorite books of the year!! Book 2 come out quicker!!!
Date published: 2012-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The absolutel BEST mermaid book I've ever read! Rating: 4.5 fishy stars out of 4! "Ohmysweetgoodness!" Out of all the mermaid books I've ever read, Of Poseidon definitely takes the top spot! I absolutely loved it from start to finish. Told from the alternating perspectives between Emma and Galen, the story is so well-written and easy to get absorbed in that it's definitely a one-sit read. Not only is the lore of Syrena incredibly fascinating, but there's also an underlying mystery that hooks you in even more. You can never really guess what's going to happen. This story will grab you hook, line, and sinker, and you can only hang on for the speedy ride. I know I must say this a lot, but Emma has to be my new best friend! She's stubborn and snarky and absolutely hilarious in that subtle-clever sort of way. And I don't know what to say about Galen except that he makes a tail seem like the hottest thing ever. ♥ The romance is electric and sizzling. Every moment they spend denying their attraction to each other is another moment you want to push them together — but in a good way! The rest of the cast is fun too. Rayna and Toraf, other Syrena like Galen, are a blast. Even their human friends like Rachel bring smiles to my face. Of Poseidon also ends on a cliffhanger that makes me want to pull my hair out, but I can't even recommend that you read this book closer to the release of the second because it's one you want to read as soon as possible. Fast-paced, fun, and with a romance that teases and pleases at the exact same time, Of Poseidon is undoubtedly the best fish-filled story ever to hit the shelves. I can guarantee that you'll lose sleep reading this book and thinking about it after! :) BUY or BORROW?: Definitely a buy-worthy book! You'll want to read it again and again, so having it on your shelf would be the perfect solution for your soon-to-develop Galen addiction! ;)
Date published: 2012-05-14

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Of Poseidon

by Anna Banks

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.54 × 5.97 × 1.24 in

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250003326

ISBN - 13: 9781250003324

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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--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.

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1   I SMACK into him as if shoved from behind. He doesn’t budge, not an inch. Just holds my shoulders and waits. Maybe he’s waiting for me to find my balance. Maybe he’s waiting for me to gather my pride. I hope he’s got all day. I hear people passing on the boardwalk and imagine them staring. Best-case scenario, they think I know this guy, that we’re hugging. Worst-case scenario, they saw me totter like an intoxicated walrus into this complete stranger because I was looking down for a place to park our beach stuff. Either way, he knows what happened. He knows why my cheek is plastered to his bare chest. And there is definite humiliation waiting when I get around to looking up at him. Options skim through my head like a flip book. Option One: Run away as fast as my dollar-store flip-flops can take me. Thing is, tripping over them is partly responsible for my current dilemma. In fact, one of them is missing, probably caught in a crack of the boardwalk. I’m betting Cinderella didn’t feel this foolish, but then again, Cinderella wasn’t as clumsy as an intoxicated walrus. Option Two: Pretend I’ve fainted. Go limp and everything. Drool, even. But I know this won’t work because my eyes flutter too much to fake it, and besides, people don’t blush while unconscious. Option Three: Pray for a lightning bolt. A deadly one that you feel in advance because the air gets all atingle and your skin crawls—or so the s
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Anna Banks grew up in a small town called Niceville (yes, really). She now lives in Crestview, Florida, with her husband and their daughter. This is her debut novel.

Editorial Reviews

"...[has] a great deal of charm."—Publishers Weekly

 

“…intriguing…”--School Library Journal

“A refreshing story filled with vibrant characters, feisty humor, and an irresistible romance. This story of star-crossed lovers in a luscious coastal setting brings new life to the age-old myth of merfolk and left me swooning for more!”—Marissa Meyer, New York Times–bestselling author of Cinder