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Of Poseidon book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Books by Anna Banks: The Syrena Legacy Of Poseidon (Book 1) Of Triton (Book 2) Of Neptune (Book 3). Joyride. The Nemesis duology. Nemesis (Book 1).

It's while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help—no matter what the risk. Books by Anna Banks: He doesn't budge, not an inch.

Of Triton Anna Banks. Of Neptune Anna Banks. Review quote "[Has] a great deal of charm. This story of star-crossed lovers in a luscious coastal setting brings new life to the age-old myth of merfolk and left me swooning for more! She now lives in Crestview, Florida, with her husband and their daughter. Of Poseidon is her debut novel. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

Close X. Jan 08, Summer rated it did not like it. His trumpet was a great shell. He was the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite. You couldn't even get the basic facts down? For those who haven't read this, she claimed that Triton and Poseidon are brothers. That's beyond me. Now I for sure won't be reading the next book.

You have been honored with a rating of 1 star from me, an honor I don't give lightly! Admittedly, this is how I view mermaids Syrena: Like other shitty paranormals, strip this book of its minimal paranormal elements, and you get an angst-ridden teenage stereotypical romance that is painful to read about. Of Poseidon didn't even execute the paranormal aspects well, which is why it was so easy to notice that it was merely a sexist, angsty-romance book disguised as a fantasy about mermaids Syrena.

The characters in this book were flat and irritating. Sorry, Anna Banks, it takes a lot more than describing how utterly hot Galen is; he has to have a personality other than being a total jerk. He has to be fleshed out.

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Got that? Even worse, we had to endure through his point of view. Emma was okay at some times, but at others, she was plain stupid and actually listened to idiot Galen.

At first, she was against Reyna being forced to marry Toraf, but then, she started helping him, claiming Reyna was playing hard-to-get. And you know, the author made it seem like it was bad that Reyna was not submitting to Toraf like she was supposed to be, and she wasn't doing what her job was as a women and having kids.

Sexist, much? This is the kind of thing that makes me want to pull my hair out. The secondary characters were useless and I have no idea why they were even there.

Like I brought up earlier, the author didn't do a very good job of introducing us to the Syrena, except that they are one sexist species. They spent barely any time underwater, and we know very minimal about the world they live in. I wish there was some sort of conflict between the descendants of Triton and Poseidon. They kept referring to some kind of ancient vendetta between the two, but they never actually had any fights.

That would have made the story much better. I've no clue. There was no major conflict whatsoever. The revelation at the end was very anticlimactic and didn't make much sense. It kind of just came out of the blue without much foreshadowing. I wasn't surprised, I wasn't flabbergasted, I was indifferent.

I didn't care at all. In short, this was a pointless read. Not if you actually want to read an intriguing story on the nature of Syrena, because that is obviously too much to ask.

View all 21 comments. Apr 18, Kassidy rated it really liked it Shelves: I loved the main characters, their relationship was addicting to read about and I loved how they interacted!

The characters were also very funny and had very distinct personalities. The side characters were also great and definitely added so much to the book. I was a little confused about the world, but I think I figured everything out by the end. The plot is also pretty crazy with some plot twists thrown in there! This book is just so enjoyable and I can't wait to read the next one! View 1 comment. Feb 19, Bonnie Shores rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review is for all three books—Of Poseidon, Of Triton and Of Neptune—because I read them in quick succession, because I didn't want to stop to write a review.

Emma literally bumped into Galen on a beach in Florida where she and her best friend were v This review is for all three books—Of Poseidon, Of Triton and Of Neptune—because I read them in quick succession, because I didn't want to stop to write a review. Emma literally bumped into Galen on a beach in Florida where she and her best friend were vacationing before school started.

Shortly after that, something horrible happens and Emma is distraught. Fast forward to the first day of school back in New Jersey. Emma is sitting morosely in class when guess who walks in? If you said Galen, you'd be right!

He realized upon meeting her over the summer, after seeing her lavender eyes and feeling "the pull", that she was Syrena, and he needed to investigate further. Things don't go smoothly between them at first. Galen isn't human and he never seems to know the right thing to say or do.

Plus, he's in all her classes on purpose and he comes off like a stalker. Things are different under the sea. Needless to say, after several misunderstandings, they start hanging out, and Galen reveals her secret. Since she's only half Syrena, she can't form a tail, so, at first, she doesn't believe him.

AND she's more than a little freaked out when she sees his. But as she spends more and more time in the water, realizing that she can breathe and talk, she accepts what she is. Much of the first book is spent trying to discover who Emma's real parents are, since she figures it couldn't possibly be the only mom and dad she ever knew.

She used to work for The Mob and has an abundance of talents which she uses to assist Galen. This includes selling underwater treasures that Galen brings her, which makes him a ton of money. She plays his mom and does all the necessary human things for him, including purchasing his house and car, enrolling him in school, etc. The second book picks up where the cliffhanger ending from the first book leaves off.

Emma finds out who her mother is her father had died when she was 15 and misunderstandings abound. When Galen and his older brother, Grom, the king, and the rest of the crew finally catch up with Emma and her mom, the truth of everything is revealed. But just when you anticipate a happy ending, things back in the underwater kingdom go awry. The future looks dim for the royals, as treacherous plots come to light, and Emma's half-breed existence is forcibly revealed.

The final book in the trilogy brings Emma and Galen to Neptune, a small town in Tennessee, where full-bloods and half-breeds coexist peacefully on land next to lots of fresh water lakes and rivers , unbeknownst to their salt water brethren. The first person they meet is Reed, a friendly half-breed who has obvious eyes for Emma.

After being invited and going to Reed's family's home for dinner, Galen is unhappy about being in Nepture. Later that evening, Galen and Emma have an argument, he leaves, and the adventure begins. I really loved this series and highly recommend it to anyone who loves sweet and innocent YA romance.

All the characters were well-written and the author gives you the chance to get to know each of them pretty well relative to their importance in the story.

This was my first mermaid book and I thought the author did a great job of making that world believable. Recommended to Christina A Reader of Fictions by: I brought this pain on myself. Originally posted here. I really, really would like to find a mermaid book that I like a lot, but that search will be continuing. Of Poseidon is a book that most readers are probably going to love or be entirely annoyed by. Banks has a definite style, one that will either amuse and enchant you, or that will make you roll your eyes vigorously over and over again.

For me, it was the latter. Problem one is the host of YA tropes in the characters and their relationship to one another. Emma, a card-car Originally posted here. Emma, a card-carrying member of the Bella Swan school of heroines, is exceedingly clumsy: Note, too, Banks' sense of humor.

This pretty much captures it perfectly. Emma meets Galen, Syrena prince, by tripping and smashing her face into his chest.

Book review: 'Of Poseidon' interesting but slightly disappointing

We are treated to these inner thoughts: Tripping into someone is much worse. But if that someone has a body that could make sculpted statues jealous—and thinks you've broken your nose on one of his pecs—well, that's when tripping runs a distant second to humane euthanasia. Also, she spends way too long thinking about the awkwardness of the situation.

While she's thinking, she remains plastered against him, because obviously that's less weird. Everyone trips sometimes. He would laugh and move on if it were the real world. It's not though, so no one's phased by how long she presses her face against his chest on first acquaintance. Here's one more quote to explain my distaste for Emma: This attitude is so unhealthy. I encourage girls not to think of themselves this way, even as a joke.

Galen, of course, is drawn to her from first meeting, purportedly because his mermaid sorry, Syrena senses are tingling. Meant to be together, blah, blah, blah. They met while she was on vacation during which time her best friend got eaten by a shark.

She goes back to Jersey and he shows up in her school with an identical schedule. When she tries to avoid him after the first class let out, he grabbed her wrist and, when she tries to pull away, he grips harder This is a primo sign of a controlling guy. I was not surprised to learn that he had 'serial-killer eyes' Among his other charming qualities, he also bosses her around constantly and takes advantage of her memory loss to convince her to accompany him somewhere. I would also like to point out that Emma completely forgets about Chloe's death and that she's supposed to be sad within a day of Galen's showing up at her school.

Meanwhile, her mother hears that Emma tripped and hit her head, freaks out and accuses Emma of sleeping with Galen, her boyfriend. The two are not dating and she refuses to believe anything else. He was a transfer; it was his first damn day at that school.

The other big problem I have is the inconsistency of what the Syrena know about humans. Galen is an ambassador to the humans, which basically means a spy. He is bewildered by: At the same time, he is capable of using a phone likely a fancy modern one and driving a car note: He was also capable of passing all of the high school classes she was taking.

Plausibility fail. Of Poseidon had some seriously major flaws, as I've pointed out, but it was still a quick and enjoyable read. I suspect many people will enjoy it more than I did. View all 9 comments. I was a bit hesitant to read this book because whenever I think of mermaids, wait, I don't think of mermaids! That's just it. I didn't think I'd like this book because it focuses on mermaids, but I did end up liking it! The mer-people in this book are called Syrena.

There's forbidden romance, mystery, snark, and more! And that's all I'm saying.

Go read ; The Writing: I was a bit confused and put-off by the dual POV because Emma's side is told in first person while Galen's is told in third person. Either have them both in first person or both in third person.

It made Galen seem so impersonal, and it was harder to connect with him than Emma. It was easier to deduce more of the story from Galen's POV though. The writing was simple and plain and good. There were some really hilarious and witty moments so I commend Banks for that. I wish that Banks explored more of the Syrena world, but I guess this book was more about Emma discovering her gift. Next book perhaps? The Plot: To me it seemed that the plot was dragging in parts. The plot was a bit predictable but still enjoyable.

Overall though a plot did eventually form. It was fascinating learning more about the Syrena race and their story. The Characters: Emma - This girl had a personality change within the first 20 pages. She went from sweet and innocent to feisty and stubborn. But besides that, I do like Emma. She gets a bit on my nerves sometimes, but overall I like the girl.

She's not weak like some other protagonists. Galen - Whoa this guy is hot. That was my first thought.

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1) by Anna Banks

I really like Galen. He's protective and thoughtful and smart. He's clear-headed and sweet. He's not afraid to say what he feels. I HATE how sometimes his overprotectiveness turns him into a domineering person. Chill out, dude. The Romance: The romance in this book was really cute, but I felt that it happened way too quickly. Emma and Galen are an adorable couple, and I think they complement each other well.

It's a bit hypocritical of me, but gosh it took forever for them to kiss!! All that sexual tension. I was like "Just kiss already!! Things got crazy near the end!!

It all happened so fast. The ending isn't exactly a cliffhanger, but it's really good. This book is light and fun, so if you're looking for a book to get you out of a reading slump, this is the book for you. May 16, Kara rated it it was ok. The Little Mermaid. Galen, a Syrena prince, is sent to land in search of a girl who supposedly poss 2. Galen, a Syrena prince, is sent to land in search of a girl who supposedly possesses the Gift of Poseidon, a gift that's extremely rare and allows her to communicate with fish.

The sea is divided into two kingdoms: It started out promising, but, like a fish out of water, it flopped around for a bit, making sad fishy faces, until, sooner rather than later, it came gill-to-gill with its maker.

So, what didn't work? I've read a lot of young adult novels, covering a lot of different genres and supernatural beings. You betcha. Check, check, triple check. An underwater story is hard to do, for a number of reasons: Female Association: Blame it on society, on Disney, or on whatever or whomever you like, but merpeople are typically associated with females. For the underwater scenes, I expected to be blown away. Ninety-five percent of the underwater world is unexplored.

Do you know what that means? For an author, that's basically a free pass to create any world that they so desire. This is an author's chance to unleash their imagination. To go wild - and, more importantly, to get away with it.

Who am I to argue with the world the author creates, when absolutely anything is possible? Like what, exactly, do they eat? In Of Poseidon , this question is answered, but I'm not sure if I particularly like the answer. Also, where do they go to the washroom? And how , technically speaking, do they perform this necessity? What do you call a group of mermaids?

A pod? A school? A mermish club? But that's not all. The non-underwater-related stuff is lacking too, ranging from the language to relationships to faulty logic: In total, there's pages in my ARC of Of Poseidon , and I counted 12 Ohmysweetgoodnesses throughout the book, which averages out to be exactly one Ohmysweetgoodness for every 27 pages.

If this were a drinking game, and I had to take a shot every time Emma said "Ohmysweetgoodness", I'd have passed out before I got a third of the way through eight of these instances happened in the first pages.

Throw in a few variations of "freaking" - yeah-freaking-right, unfreakingbelievable, fanfreakingtastic - and it's enough to drive someone mad. I can't tell you what these numbers mean statistically speaking, but it really puts a damper on a reader's enjoyment, linguistically speaking. My brain can't even fathom this right now. I can maybe handle one instance, possibly two, but I draw the line at the third.

Here's a little sample from my copy: The drain can't handle the volume" p. Vomiting, especially of the explosive variety, is something that should be done behind closed doors, in private. It's not something that I should read about in the pages of my young adult novel. I can deal with the I-can't-be-with-you love story, the platonic love interest, the unreasonable logic that seems to plague teenagers, but I cannot, will not, deal with nasty bodily fluids, especially when it has absolutely nothing to do with the story line.

Believe it or not, there is not one healthy relationship in the entire novel.

Galen and Emma's relationship is based on one big lie, and Emma is constantly playing games with Galen and Galen is constantly telling Emma what she can and cannot do.

As for the secondary characters, it's bad enough that Rayna is wed to Toraf without her consent, but she wasn't even present at their mating ceremony.

But the weirdest relationship of them all is between Emma and her mother. Emma's mother plays Dr. Jekyll and Mr. One minute, she's the good cop, doting lovingly on her daughter, and within the next minute she's the bad cop, accusing Emma of sleeping with Galen and asking her if he beats her ummm what? This lady is totally out to lunch. This novel also suffers from convenience, faulty logic, and absentee parents. Oh, also, let's make sure we kiss in front of our parents, otherwise they will seriously doubt our dating status and we wouldn't be able to hang out anymore.

I don't know about you, but when I was a teenager, kissing my boyfriend in front of my parents pretty well had the opposite effect. It didn't warm the cockles of my mom's heart to see her little girl making out with her hormone-infested, think-with-the-other-head boyfriend.

No, such an act pretty well guarantees three things: When you're a teenager, the last thing you want is for your parents to catch you making out, which is why the gods created high school dances and house parties. Despite my obvious qualms with this book, there were some aspects that I did enjoy; after all, I did rate it a 2. So, where did those two and a half stars come from, exactly? Things I liked: The humour: The humour in this novel is really what kept me reading until the end.

The Syrena's descriptions of human activity is particularly notable. The premise: It's really very unique and unlike anything I've read. The insults: You can't go wrong with insults like slithering eel, minnow, and tadpole. The setting: Bottom line is this: With the influx of underwater stories, I'd recommend tossing this one back - there's plenty of other fish in the sea. View all 4 comments.

Feb 03, Carlie K rated it liked it. However, I can ensure you that this book is not a disappointment, but rather a surpri 3. However, I can ensure you that this book is not a disappointment, but rather a surprise. Our heroine, Emma, grows up thinking she is just another ordinary girl, except with a pair of violet eyes. One day, she meets Galen, a boy who shares the same purple eyes as hers. After a blood-filled accident and with the help of Galen, Emma finally starts seeing the truth, about herself and her family.

The book starts off really well. It is funny and gripping. I was so into the book just like I was water being absorbed into a sponge. Then when it comes to the middle, it lacks a good climax. However, I did really enjoy the ending because it was kinda unexpected, since the book had been misleading me the whole time ha ha. Now onto the characters.

I liked Emma okay. She is like Tris, who keeps doing things people tell her not to do. But besides that, she is normally likable. Then it comes to Galen, whom I loved very much. He is gorgeous, funny and protective. Miss Banks did a great job to build up this character. I love to read about his psychology, how he is torn between his loyalty and duty towards his kingdom, and his feelings towards Emma.

This makes Galen a very real character. Of Poseidon is an entertaining and fast-paced story filled with humor and surprises. It is a book that serves best as an enjoyable pick-me-up. If you think the cover of Of Poseidon is beautiful, just wait till you start reading this amazingly beautiful novel. Anna Banks has written a captivating story. The romance between Galen and Emma will capture your heart.

I could not put this novel down. This is the best word to describe this novel perfectly…"Beautiful". And to see what Galen was going through with his feeling for Emma, and the same for Emma, to see her feelings for Galen, just made my heart break for these two.

I wasn't ready for this book to end, and with the cliffhanger ripping my heart out for Galen, I will be waiting for the next book to mend it. Galen has to find out if Emma is the gift of Poseidon that will reunite the house of Poseidon and the house of Triton. Galen is an awesome guy, even if he is behind the times with Emma and her world above the sea.

But one thing stays the same no matter which world or time you live in, and that's love. Galen is the kind of guy that all us girls wish we could be romanced by. His love for Emma is one of protection: I love Galen's old-fashion chivalry and the way he loves Emma. Anna Banks had my heart swooning for Galen, and wishing for my own Prince Galen. I love Anna Banks for giving me two romances to swoon over: Rayna and Toraf will have you laughing, but I did feel so sorry for Toraf at times.

That he found me clear across the country seems more miraculous than a push-up bra. This review also appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews! A book like Of Poseidon comes along and many hours are wasted on its torturous and infuriating pages. The start was really promising, with Emma and her friend Chloe literally stumbling into a super attractive guy called Galen.

Galen happens to be a royal Syrena or merman from the House of Triton, and he believes that Emma is a Syrena wit This review also appears on Happy Indulgence.

Galen happens to be a royal Syrena or merman from the House of Triton, and he believes that Emma is a Syrena with her characteristic violet eyes and gift of Poseidon, where she can talk to sea creatures. In preparation of this review, I have earmarked 16 pages throughout the book. What I enjoyed about Of Poseidon - The mermaid mythology. Mermaids seem to be the next big thing, and this one was my first.

I quite enjoyed the details about Syrena, how they sift and find their next mate to ensure the continuity of their species. Of Poseidon features some great underwater scenes of interacting with the aquatic creatures that are there and even diving deep below to the bowels of the ocean.

For a girl who is supposedly known to be sweet in class, she has a huge temper and throws unreasonable tantrums throughout the book. Throughout the book, her sheer stupidity was evident. When Galen suggests that she might be adopted due to her Syrena traits, she believes him over her own mother, even when she produces photographic evidence of her birth with both parents present, and her birth certificate.

Not to mention this: You could be wrong. Not to mention his sexist philosophy: He scours his memory for a sweet-natured Syrena who would take care of him, who would do whatever he asked, who would never argue with him. Emma constantly uses the phrase Ohmysweetgoodness and constantly blushes at every thought of Galen.

Why does she have the traits of a human but have the Gift of Poseidon? Instead of mourning her friend who got eaten by a shark, Emma quickly transitions into daydreaming about dating Galen and thinking of ways to get him to kiss her.

Not to mention the mother encouraging her thoughts towards Galen. That being said, I know some people really loved the mermaid mythology and oceanic scenes. Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review! View all 5 comments. Sep 22, Jess rated it did not like it. Honestly, the little checklist above is very much achievable. Hundreds, thousands, of stories fall within that scope.

Am I, and others like me, being too demanding? Are we asking for Pulitzer quality literature? Subservience is not cool, and not romantic!

Although I didnt love this book, I completely love this review. You have an excellent writing style. Thanks for visiting my blog, if only because Ive discovered yours in return! PS, thanks! Im still doing some tweaking and setting up my menus, etc, but everything should be back to normal soon! I read the first part of this, but just couldnt muster up the willpower to finish once I saw the direction it was going in.

What is it with all the possessive guys in YA? Lies Beneath is another YA mermaid book with a creepy dude. This guy actually watches the girls house from the lake with only his eyes above the water. Thanks so much for your lovely words, Amanda. I completely agree with you about these creepy, possessive guys. Twilight and its gothic novel predecessors have a lot to answer for, I think!

Ive read a few reviews of Lies Beneath and suspect that Id get the heebies reading that one. Im not really much into stalkers! Like what I do? You can help support the site by making a small contribution using the button below:. Book reviews, new books, publishing news, book giveaways, and author interviews. About Us Review Policy. Reviews by rating 5 stars 4. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks.

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