Sometimes you buy certain books that look really interesting to you and then they sit on your shelves for awhile. When you do finally pick them up and read them, you end up angry for not picking them up sooner. This is what I experienced with Of Poseidon. I bought this trilogy awhile ago and finally read this first book in March!
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.
As a big fan of mermaids, this book really jumped out at me. I haven’t read many mermaid books, especially not with Greek Mythology intertwined in the story. Anna Banks did an amazing job of bringing this all together!
Our main character Emma is easy to relate to, seeing how she’s such a klutz. I can trip on air, so I totally relate! I mean her first interaction with Galen is her running into him! On top of that Emma is really strong. She loses her best friend and the grief is something that could easily drown her. Emma is a fighter though. She’s stubborn and lets people know this.
“The penguins love Emma. They waddle around, dive in and out of their pool, call out to her. She laughs. “They sound like donkeys!”
“Maybe you can talk to donkeys, too,” Dr. Milligan smiles.
Emma nods. “I can. Sometimes Galen can be a jackass.”
Galen is Syrena and a Prince. He keeps an eye on the humans (let’s just say Syrena don’t like them) and stumbles upon Emma. Her purple eyes give make him notice her immediately, because there just has to be more to that! Even though he’s a prince and being on land for a long while is frowned upon, he feels the need to be with Emma.
Of Poseidon is filled with a lot of humor, a forbidden romance and amazing characters. This is the first book in a trilogy and I love the amount of worldbuilding the author put in this book. Learning about Syrena, their houses, how they live, etc. was really well done. I had a clear idea of how everything work without being overwhelmed.
“That he found me clear across the country seems more miraculous than a push-up bra.”
I loved the twists and turns throughout this story. A lot happens in this book, but it wasn’t overwhelming. The fact the author used dual POV was really helpful. I think this was definitely a help in understanding how everything fit together (also seeing Galen experience the human world is a lot of fun). Her writing is smooth and I could’ve finished this book in a day if I wasn’t buddyreading with someone.
The amazing cast of characters is what really made this book though. On top of Emma and Galen, Rachel is one of my favorite characters. She does the impossible and seems to enjoy it. Of Poseidon is a lot of fun and definitely a perfect summer read. Who doesn’t want to read about mermaids while spending time at the beach?
Of Poseidon was a great start to this trilogy. Keep an eye out on the blog for my review of book two, Of Triton. I recently finished that one as well! What’s your favorite mermaid story?