Saturday, April 20, 2013

Review: Of Poseidon By Anna Banks

Well, this book I literally read in a day.  I was on my way driving (yes, driving) to Florida with some family, I hooked in my ear buds and was immediately immersed into this world that Anna Banks has created.   To be honest, I was a bit hesitant to read this at first.  It had been sitting on my bookshelf for quite some time and figured it would be a good time to read it on the way down to Florida.  Since it is about mermaids, I’m sorry Syrena, I wasn’t sure how it would be executed.  Is it just going to be like The Little Mermaid?  Or will it have a bit of originality to it?  All I have to say is that I was pleasantly surprised with Of Poseidon.

The story kicks right off.  There’s barely any “let’s get to know the characters for a few chapters before anything really exciting happens.”  Nope.  Doesn’t happen.  Anna Banks dives right in and keeps going until the book ends.

The Breakdown:


Emma:  Her inner voice was just wonderful.  It was light and refreshing, and a bit sarcastic at some points.  Her paranoia in the beginning was also hilarious and I couldn’t help but laugh at her.  In a good way, of course.  Does that make me a bad person?  Anyway, she’s a very strong and independent girl.  She does not take orders from anyone and she definitely lets a certain someone know that.  I immensely enjoyed Emmas’ journey to self discovery.  

Galen:  Oh, this boy.  I loved this boy.  Right away I fell in love with him.  Galen is the prince of the Syrena, and I mean, who doesn’t love a prince?  I know I do.  He is determined to help Emma discover who she is.  That quality is just so admirable and swoon worthy.

Toraf and Rayna:  Galen’s friend and sister respectively.  These characters were great.  I loved Raynas’ tenacity and Torafs’ sense of humor and the way he is so set in his ways and trying to win the affection of Rayna, while she is so set on trying to get away from him.  They were definitely a great add to this book and I wish Anna Banks would create a novella or something about these two.  I know I would definitely read that.


Galen and Emma are like two puzzle pieces.  They fit great together, even though they bicker back and forth with each other.  There is also a part that involves a certain ship called the Titanic.  Galen, you just made me love you even more.

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Since this is the first book in a series, there was a lot of getting to know the characters and the world, so the plot was basically Emma getting to know who she is and learning about Galens’ world and I’m totally fine with that.  It just makes me want to read the next book that much more so that we can plunge ourselves a bit more into this breath taking new world. 

Overall, this book had me squeeing in delight and urgently flipping the pages to find out what will happen, dodging many paper cuts in the process.  And the end.  The end of this book.  Holy friggens.  

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I need Of Triton, like, yesterday.  

I give Of Poseidon 4/5 stars.


  1. I love your Supernatural GIFs. lolz. I am Team Sammy all the way! *SIGH*
    I listened to the audio book of Monstrous Beauty (also about mermaids) & I fell in LOVE with that book! It blew my mind!
    I've been scared to read any other mermaid stories after that one.
    BUT a lot of ppl, now you too, say this is a good read. So I think Ill give it a shot. Its soon to be summer and I think it will be perfect for a day on the beach!

    1. HAHA I love them too. I'm not sure which team I'm on, I just love them both so much!
      I haven't read that book, but I think I'll give it a try if you give Of Poseidon a try. Lol

      Enjoy the summer and the beach!