May 19, 2012
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Series: Of Poseidon #1
Review Source: ARC from Raincoast Books
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
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.
‘Of Poseidon’ is a book that has a very interesting concept. I loved the mythological background and the idea of someone having abilities related to the sea and Poseidon without realizing it. However for some reason this one just didn’t click for me. I felt like the characters, the narration, and the plot progression were all a bit flat. It could be that things improved a lot from the ARC I read, but I found the book to be really choppy at some points, almost like parts of the book were missing.
Character-wise, Galen almost felt like two different characters. At the beginning he was stoic, awkward, and quiet, and then he suddenly transformed into someone incredibly flirty who knew human speech and customs. I also had a problem with the dual perspective narration. Emma’s POV was first person and Galen’s was third person, which made for a really awkward back and forth.
This book was interesting enough to keep me reading until the end, even though I figured out the “twists”, but it definitely wasn’t as good as I expected it to be, especially with all the positive reviews I had seen.
Not so much. (Love the font styling, though).
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