Friday, June 27, 2014

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

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.


Mermaids! Finally, a story about mermaids. Well, they like to call themselves Syrena, but really, it's a story about mermaids. Maybe it's because I'm from the generation when The Little Mermaid movie came out (I'm dating myself with that statement). But I was super excited to stumble across a blog post about the third book in this series. Of course the first thing I did when I was in work was to check to see if our library had a copy of the first book Of Poseidon and the proceeded to place a hold on it.

The book starts off with Emma literally bumping into Galen on the boardwalk in Florida, to her utter embarrassment. Then we go right into a heartbreaking loss for Emma all the while Galen discovers her yet unknown talents. It was gut wrenching to read about Emma's loss but understandable on how it moves the story forward. Through this loss we get to see Emma grow as a character. From shy and awkward around boys to confident and defiant around Galen and her own mother later on.

The book alternates between Emma and Galen's POV with us learning about the Syrena customs and history as the story goes along. I really loved the back story to the Syrena and how different but alike things were. For example, the ritual on how they find mates or how their history is stored.

While Galen is a prince, I like how his world seems dictated by the women that surround him: Emma, his sister and his human helper. All have strong personalities that direct him where he should go. And as he muses to himself on why he couldn't find a "nice, quite Syrena girl" you understand why...the other women in his life would surly walk all over them.

I would recommend this book if you're looking for a change in pace from your usual reads. This book is great for the book hang-out you might be fighting through. It's a fun and quick read. Just be warned the ending is a slight cliff hanger that will have you going back to the library for book two. I'm actual now waiting for book three to come up on my holds list.

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