Sweet Goodness: Of Poseidon by Anna BanksMonday, November 25, 2013
Of Poseidon by Anna BanksAuthor's website | Goodreads
Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy
Published: May 22nd 2012 by Feiwel & 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...
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.
“It's easy to remember, because dating rhymes with mating, and they're almost the same [...] So your mom thinks we're ma— Uh, dating?”
Ohmysweetgoodness. Triton’s trident, why did I only read this book now! I loved it, I loved it, I loved it! And I’ll always do, even after countless rereads. Of Poseidon was superb in both fantasy and romance! This is honestly one of the best books I’ve read yet this year. It was thoroughly enjoyable as much as it was engaging. It had minimal to no flaws at all. I don’t think I could possibly justify how gratifying and pleasure-inducing the experience of reading this book was. Anna Banks. Is. Legend.
First, let’s talk about the story. It was unique and fantastical! I’ve never encountered anything like it before. It was a pleasant blend of well-known myths and stories and reality. Poseidon, mermaids—uh, I mean, Syrenas, Atlantis, and a lot more bizarre and awesome concepts from Anna Banks were introduced and presented in a very convincing manner. I also admire the world-building, like perhaps all the stories are really true. The plot was seamless. It was amazing to see the puzzle pieces fall into place one by one as the story went on. Even if I was able to guess a huge revelation by the end of the book, I still believe it was thrilling and suspenseful. I was put on the edge of my seat, filled with both anticipation and trepidation of what was to commence next. I was very much absorbed because there was a constant unfolding of events. Of Poseidon is what you call an adventure.
Next, the writing style. This book had a unique one. It had alternating POVs—from Emma’s and Galen’s. Where Emma’s is written first-person, Galen’s is in third-person. It was very effective because we got to see the story as a whole through more than one pair of eyes. It helped me familiarize with the story better.
My sort-of main problem lies with the main characters. Of course I liked them (very much, even) but I just had some issues. I actually liked the stubbornness and temperament of Emma. It became very useful (although sometimes dangerous, but still useful) on her side as a character. In fact, it was her. I don’t think I would have enjoyed the book as much as I did if she wasn’t hard-headed “sometimes”. I also admired her strength and willingness to know things. However, I’d say she’s a bit… moody? One moment she’s huffing smoke from her nostrils and the next, she’s all smiles and sunny radiance. Her mood shifts so fast when she gets what she wants. A bit childish, eh?
And then Galen. His innocence was totally cute and adorable. For instance, he’s trying to remember what dating—DATING!—means, and he links it with mating—MATING!—because someone told him it’s typically the same thing. Also, to top his innocence, he doesn’t get the sense of movies. I like how he gets jealous of others even if he’s practically not dating Emma. His overprotectiveness is also another trait that’s really endearing. Then BAM! Suddenly he mastered The Art of Flirting and Kissing. His overprotectiveness became a bit more like possessiveness. And worse, Emma consented to it like nothing, after she got all angry and enraged over him.
However, I still liked how their romance bloomed. The awkward scenes were… well, awkward AND definitely charming.
On another note, I loved the other characters as well. They were easy to identify from one another because they had individual personalities. GO RAYNA! GO TORAF! LOVE Y’ALL GUYS! LOL.
To conclude, it’s just safe to say that I fell in love with the world of Syrenas.
THE NUB AND GIST: 4 STARS