Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Book Review: Of Poseidon
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.
Where do I begin? I devoured this book in a single day. It's lighthearted, refreshing, charming, delightful, and laugh-out-loud funny. I definitely enjoyed it a lot more than Sea Change, a similar book that I read recently.
Of Poseidon hooks you from the very first chapter. Emma is such a great character! Her sense of humor and sarcasm made me laugh several times throughout the book. As for Galen, it was funny to see him trying to adjust to living on land. I think the alternating points of view made it easier to relate to both Galen and Emma. Also, I loved the romance between side characters Rayna and Toraf. They were so cute!
The plot was original and interesting. I like the uniqueness of the Syrena (that's what the mermaids/mermen are called!) and loved hearing about their history. By the last 30 pages or so, however, I did guess one of the major plot twists coming up, so I wasn't totally surprised by the book's cliffhanger. But I am still dying to find out what happens in the next book!
I loved the author's writing too. The descriptions were well-done but not over-the-top, giving me just enough to imagine the scenery. The dialogue was so hilarious and witty that I kept grinning as I read. Anna Banks certainly knows how to create a memorable story!
Would I recommend Of Poseidon? Yes, absolutely! I know I will go back and re-read it sometime, and I am eagerly anticipating the sequel, Of Triton.
My rating: 9 out of 10
~ The Bookworm