Author: Anna Banks
Series: The Syrena Legacy #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Galen, the prince of the Syrena, is sent to dry 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.
First Sentence: I smack into him as if shoved from behind.
I received an ARC of Of Poseidon through ARCycling. Thank you ARCycling! (:
I’ve been thinking about this for three days, but I still don’t know what rating to give to Of Poseidon. There were a few things about Of Poseidon that I liked, but there were also a few things about Of Poseidon that I didn’t like. In the end, I decided to give Of Poseidon a 3 star rating – it was just an okay book.
The first thing I have to say is that I absolutely love Emma’s voice. She was hilarious to read about and very easy to connect with because of that; she had a natural teenage voice. Emma is dramatic without being too annoying or too mouthy. She had a cute voice that will automatically grab your attention and make you read on.
Maybe he’s waiting for me to find my balance. Maybe he’s waiting for me to gather my pride. I hope he’s got all day. (ARC 1)
Of Poseidon also shockingly made me laugh several times…out loud. I am usually really hard to impress and you’ll have a really hard time making me laugh if I wasn’t nervous. However, the humor in Of Poseidon had me laughing, or at least giggling loudly, constantly. The main reason why I laughed and giggled so much was because of Emma’s voice – she had such dramatic and funny moments that caught me off guard that caused me to laugh like crazy.
“Actually, this is a good time to point out that I’m a royal,” he says, pointing to the small tattoo of a fork on his stomach, just above the border where his abs turn into fish. “And since you’re obviously Syrena, you do have to obey me.”
“I’m what?” I say, trying to figure out how an eating utensil could possibly validate his claim of seniority. (ARC 115)
However, the number one thing that annoyed me in Of Poseidon about Emma was the words Emma used, such as “ohmysweetgoodness” and “fan-flipping-tastic.” Seriously, who says that? Nobody. I hope. I mean, I say “oh my goodness” sometimes, but to say “ohmysweetgoodness?” No thanks. Luckily, “ohmysweetgoodness” and “fan-flipping-tastic” didn’t ruin the flow of Of Poseidon that much.
“There’s a million dark little corners in Baytowne for you two to snuggle-”
“Ohmysweetgoodness, Chloe, stop!” I giggle and shiver at the same time and accidentally imagine walking around The Village in Baytowne Wharf with Galen. (ARC 16)
Another thing that annoyed me while reading Of Poseidon is while Emma’s point of view is written in the first person point of view, Galen’s point of view is written from the third person point view, present tense. I don’t care if Emma and Galen’s chapters is written from different point of views, but reading Galen’s point of view was so awkward. While I was reading chapters told from his point of view, I was stumbling over several sentences because his chapter is told from the present tense in the ARC. Present tense doesn’t really flow in the book and it made Galen’s chapters so awkward to read about.
I also have a major issue with the sexism in Of Poseidon dealing with the Syrenas. The overall gist I got from the book was that girls are weak, and therefore can’t make their own decisions. That’s why the males get to order them around and the girls must obey, no matter what, because it’s good for them. Yeah, no thanks.
“You’re telling me your brother forced her to marry Toraf?” Speaking while her jaw is clenched makes her words difficult to understand.
“Well, it’s not like she was there-”
“What? She wasn’t at her own wedding?” (ARC 128)
Of Poseidon leaves off with a huge cliffhanger that makes me want to hurt someone…until I realize that I had an ARC of Of Triton. Thank goodness. It is seriously a mean cliffhanger. Thank goodness I’ve never read Of Poseidon the minute it came out. I would have hurt somebody for the sequel.
Overall, do I think that Of Poseidon is a worthwhile read? Sure, especially if you love humor and romance. However, if you’re the type of person who hates sexism, I suggest you avoid this book like the plague.