Of Poseidon by Anna Banks: Book Review

Of PoseidonOF POSEIDON by Anna Banks Book Review
Series: Of Poseidon, #1
Publication Date: May 22nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Rating: – Acceptable |

Book Summary: 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.

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks Book Review Overview:

  • Fascinating mythology behind the Syrena
  • Fantastic banter between the main characters and the secondary characters
  • The setting was a bit lacking and I wish that the plot had been less predictable

The first thing that struck me from the very first page of OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks is the author’s voice. It was so fresh and authentic and my inner publishing intern wanted to do a happy dance.OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks is written in alternating third person limited perspectives. Honestly, it is a bit confusing to differentiate the perspectives because it is written in third person, but I am so in love with Anna Banks’s voice that it is easy for me to look over.

The mythology in OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks easily captivated me. I don’t know if I’ve ever read a mermaid book before (not one easily comes to mind), but I love what Anna Banks has done. Pulling in figures from Greek mythology, Banks creates the fascinating world of the Syrena deep underwater. I loved the descriptions of the Syrena underwater world in OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks.

I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed this much banter between two characters. Emma and Galen have chemistry. There is no denying that they were fated to meet. In addition, the subplot involving Rayna and Toraf was such a delight. Rayna and Toraf were basically betrothed to each other without the consent of Rayna. Much fun and banter ensues between the couple, but their feelings for each other are quite obvious. It was so much fun to read how Rayna eventually switches tides.

I feel like there is such a big emphasis on the fact that the book takes place on the Jersey Shore, but nothing in the writing really gives you the feel that it takes place in New Jersey. Truthfully, I was dreading the fact that it was set on the Jersey Shore, but I was more disappointed in the fact that the setting was just lacking in OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks. I felt like OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks could have taken place in just about any other beach in the United States.

OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks could have been a four-star book if it weren’t for its predictability. Okay, it is a little ridiculous when I solve the biggest mystery of them all – that was literally revealed on the last page!!! – quite at the beginning of the book. OF POSEIDON ends on a crummy note for me because the ending was so anti-climactic. It had the potential to be a jaw-dropping shocker if I hadn’t seen it all along.

Despite its few flaws, I enjoyed OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks. It was the perfect summer read and I can definitely see myself continuing with the series.

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About the Author

Anna BanksAnna Banks is a young adult author whose primary goal is to entertain smart, funny gals like herself. You can expect her works to be centered around a love story, freckled with humor, and seasoned with sarcasm.

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  1. I do love greek mythology and mermaids, so this one seems perfect! Thanks for the review, I’m not sure I would have noticed it on the shelf otherwise :)

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