Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel & Friend
Release date: May 22, 2012
Summary: While vacationing in Florida, Emma bumps into Galen and his sister Rayna. Emma doesn’t know it yet, but Galen and Rayna are royal Syrena—merpeople. Their kingdom is going through a rough patch, and Emma might have a gift special enough to fix it. This is when Emma discovers that she isn’t who she thought she was—she’s not even human.
My thoughts: Of Poseidon is one of those rare books with which I find myself torn. Part of me loves the silliness of it, and for the sake of pure enjoyment, Of Poseidon delivers. On the other hand, it could have been so much more. The story is riddled with clichés, such as a love interest whose sole purpose in life is to protect and assist the heroine. There is instantaneous romance. But during the first few chapters of the book, I still found myself smiling. Anna Banks’ writing style is compulsively readable, and the personality she gives to Emma is for the most part fun. If you go into Of Poseidon expecting a few familiar elements, I think it will be more enjoyable.
The Syrena (mermaid) mythology is very well done in Of Poseidon. The history that Anna Banks builds is solid, and it makes logical sense (well, the political parts. Making mermaids logical is tough.). I found myself paying the most attention when Emma was learning the ropes about the Syrena because Banks’ concept is so creative.
Of Poseidon features a dual narrative, something I love in YA. Emma’s portion is told in first person, but oddly enough, Galen’s portion is told in third. This doesn’t give us as good of a look inside his head as expected, but it still works, and the style feels natural, for the most part. Emma’s portions are more fun to read because her personality, like I mentioned earlier, is a ton of fun. I think another part of why I preferred Emma’s narration was due to the fact that Galen is a bit overly focused on Emma and how much he wants to kiss/protect her. It’s a personal preference, of course, but he seems a little bit over-the-top when he is in Emma’s presence. In other situations, like when he is with other Syrena or his sister, he’s fun.
Although critically Of Poseidon has its flaws, it succeeds in being just plain enjoyable. Fans of paranormal YA will sink their teeth into this book and devour every page—especially if they like the romance that often comes with it.
For those who like: mermaids, devoted love interests, banter