Friday, August 17, 2012

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

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 . . . -

I've read a lot of mermaid stories, but it's very rare to find one that has a merman rather than a mermaid, and it was one of the things that made this story interesting.  Mer people, to me, always carry a very feminine stigma to them because so much of the folklore and fiction written about them is about a female being a mermaid, but Galen and his friend definitely shake the foundations of that thought process.  Galen is a masculine mer prince, after all.

I was pulled into this story from the very beginning.  Emma was a wonderful character.  She's cute, kind of a goof, and extremely loyal to her friend.  It was so sad watching her reaction to her friend's death, but when she meets Galen and Rayna, things began to get even more interesting as she realizes she has a destiny that is going to bring her into this underwater world that she never knew existed.

One of the strengths of this story was the characters... they all had their individual quirks and personalities, but I have to admit a slight sway toward the boys.  Galen and Toraf were amazing.  I loved how sweet, gentle, and sexy that Toraf was, and I just wanted to bonk Rayna in the head for not seeing how great he was and for always fighting him.  But at least Emma and Galen's awesome sexual tension made up for that.

The story had some great conflict, and although it ended with somewhat of a cliffhanger, it definitely reeled me in even more.  No pun intended.  I'm definitely looking forward to the next book.

If you liked this book, be watching for the sequel, Of Triton, coming in 2013!


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