Mermaids and Humor: A Review of OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon 
Of Poseidon
Anna Banks
324 pages
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: May 22nd, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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, ouch!—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. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . .

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance

   Hilariously enchanting, Of Poseidon is a fish-out-of water read fans of YA will cherish and love. Anna Banks’s weaves a modern twist on mermaids – known as Syrena – that will leave you clutching your stomach in laughter and maybe even wiping away a tear at the same time.

   Mermaids are my favorite mythical creature. And while I haven’t loved every mermaid novel I’ve read, I can say I certainly loved Of Poseidon. The story started with the type of humor I usually avoid, being one of those too serious type of people. Before I knew it, the story switched to another, more serious point-of-view – Galen’s. And within pages, I was hooked.

   Of Poseidon alternates between Emma’s point of view and Galen’s. And while Emma’s point of view is first-person, Galen’s is actually third-person. At first, I didn’t understand why, but I realize the third-person point of view gave us a glimpse of the world of the Syrena we wouldn’t have seen had it been through Galen’s eyes. The cast of characters is dynamic, each one lending a different air to the story. From Galen’s sister, best friend, and assistant, to Emma and her mother, the story is witty, snarky, and at times, mildly suspenseful.

   Of Poseidon has no doubt grabbed it’s spot as one of my favorites of 2012. I’m still replaying scenes in my mind. The wait for book two will likely be a long one, but it’s one sequel I’m determined to wait for.

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    May 5, 2012

    I always find it interesting how different people can read the same book and have completely different opinions! I'm glad you enjoyed this one, because I certainly struggled with it. The flip-flopping between first and third-person was really frustrating and the main problem I had with the book.

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    Hwa Sun

    May 5, 2012

    The cover looks so creepy, yet so interesting! And your review just makes me want to read it even more!

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    Jessica@a GREAT read

    May 5, 2012

    OOh sounds interesting! Saw this awhile back on Netgalley, but I've continued to be swamp in books! This does look interesting though and I am always up for a good mermaid book! Great review!

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    May 5, 2012

    This is actually coming up soon on my tbr-pile and I'm really hoping to like it as much as everyone else does. Lovely review; thanks for sharing! :)

    Fictional Distraction

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    May 5, 2012

    I can't wait to read this one!

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    May 5, 2012

    I am going to be reading this one soon and I can't wait!! It sounds really good. Thanks for the awesome review!

    Amy @ Book Loving Mom

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    May 5, 2012

    OoOOO YES!!! I perfectly and totally agree. Of Poseidon will most definitely be under my Top 10 reads of this year! I became so completely enthralled by these characters and the writing was so wicked funny! Glad to see you loved it so much too!

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    Dazzling Mage

    May 5, 2012

    I love mermaid stories too! I just realized there's “Of” in the title. I kept calling it Poseidon. >_< I'm reading a retelling of The Little Mermaid (called Mermaid), but the writing is amazing, but I can tell the tone is serious. I want to read this too, for the lighthearted fun. Nice review. =)

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    Valerie StuckInBooks

    May 5, 2012

    This was my first mermaid story but it won't be my last. Glad you enjoyed. Can't wait for book 2!


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    May 5, 2012

    Wow, a favourite of 2012? I'm so glad to see that! I've seen some mixed reviews so have been getting wary. I have an ARC so I'll try to get to it soon! :D Great review!

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    Addie R.

    May 5, 2012

    Nice review. :) I've heard great things about this one so it's high on my TBR list. Can't wait to get my hands on it!

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    May 6, 2012

    I've heard many great reviews for this one and I can't wait to read it! That cover is stunning and I haven't seen a book that combines merpeople with Greek mythology before…that's a win for me :)

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    Tina B

    May 6, 2012

    Great review! Thank you for sharing. I already have this one on my TBR. :)

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    Sierra Abrams

    May 6, 2012

    I'm really stoked for this one! That's interesting that the two perspectives are 1st and 3rd person. I'm most likely going to Anna Banks signing in San Diego next month so I'll be sure to get my hands on a copy sooooon! :D

    Thanks for the review!
    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

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    Alyssa Susanna

    July 31, 2012

    I really liked this book!!!! I don't know where those people who think this book was horrible are from, because in my opinion, it deserved like 4 stars or up (DEFINITELY up). I think I gave it four or four and a half. I love Galen, but not just because he's hot and nice and whatever. All of those things are great. But, he's a more likable character than Emma (love the names by the way!). I found Emma a little distasteful sometimes (NOT too often to the point where I didn't like her). I love the split perspectives thing. Yayf or Syrena! I can't wait to read the next book(s)!!!! Thanks for the review!!!! :D

    Alyssa Susanna

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    August 6, 2012

    I wished I had enjoyed this one more. Something about the multiple povs just felt off. I'm definitely still intrigued by the mythology. Hope more is revealed with the sequel.

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    Nicole@The More the Merrier

    August 13, 2012

    I really liked this one too! I loved that it had humor but was serious as well. I also liked reading about the Syrena. This was my first mermaid story so I was sure what to expect. I can't wait for the sequel especially after that ending, aaah!

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    September 28, 2012

    Mermaids are my favorite mythical creature too but I haven't had a good run with them in books. The few I've tried have let me down but I'm hoping that changes with Of Poseidon. I'm so glad you enjoyed this, I hope the wait for the sequel isn't too painful for you. Lovely review, it's always nice to read your thoughts!

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    October 9, 2012

    I enjoyed this novel but I felt like it was missing the something to make it extra special. Great review!

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    Enna P.

    October 27, 2012

    This is a great review!!! I can't wait to read this book, it's been on my bookshelf for a while!!!

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    December 14, 2012

    Loved your review. I can't wait either! I loved the ending, I really didn't see that one coming.

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    January 24, 2013

    Hm I will have to try this one! I love the cover for it! :)