OF POSEIDON (Of Poseidon #1) by Anna Banks
324 pages, hardcover
Available May 22, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
A FIERCE READS tour book
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.
Positive: Very humorous. Between Emma's pratfalls, Galen's unfamiliarity with human high school, and Rayna's snarking, there's plenty to giggle at in this story. The humor keeps the tone light, despite a very dark incident and some deeper plotlines.
Positive: Interesting mythological spin. There are two kingdoms under the sea (did anyone else just break into that Little Mermaid song?), one descended from Poseidon and one descended from Triton. They intermarry, especially among the royals, to keep the "gifts" from their ancestors alive and to keep peace between the kingdoms. Because they tried intermingling with humans in the past with disastrous results, it's illegal to live among the humans, much less interact with them.
Positive: Emma. She's a very fun character--thoughtful and interesting, klutzy in an endearing way and somewhat hot-tempered. She does let Galen run over her a bit too much but, once she's mad, she doesn't hold back. At all. (I mean, she throws Galen's twin through a plate-glass window during an all-out girl fight. Don't worry. Because the Syrenas have thick skins and dense bones, no one was hurt too badly.)
Wish: The Syrenas weren't quite so stuck in the 18th century regarding women and marriage. Ranya, a royal and Galen's twin, is married without her consent ("sealed" in Syrena terminology) by the king while Ranya's off helping Galen. The male's the one in charge and the female is expected to be a good little girl and do as he says. Grr. I don't think Emma's going to like that very much in the next couple of books. In fact, I expect she'll seriously shake things up in those kingdoms.
Overall: A fabulous summer read--intriguing and fast-paced, with just the right amount of romance and Alpha male to satisfy. (I'm all for Alpha males, as long as the Alpha female gives as good as she gets! Emma needs to mature a bit to get to this point but I'm confident she will.)
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