Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Publisher/Year: Macmillan May 22nd 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy with a dash of Mythology!
Series: First book.
Other Books From Author: Of Triton (Book 2), Degrees of Wrong
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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 . . .
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks is the pure perfection of mermaid… err, syrena books, and I LOVED IT! I loved every single page and knew it would be amazing from the very start. In fact, I should be snuggling with it to sleep. Only that may not be the most comfortable.
So let’s meet Emma with a bang. A literal one, because Emma knocks headfirst into the chest of one impossibly fine specimen, Galen the Syrenian Prince. They have the most hilarious chemistry you can ever find and I had this stupid grin on the whole time. Yay to Cheshire Cat Me!
After Emma experiences a frightening shark attack at the beach, she finds out that she can breathe underwater and communicate with the sea creatures– looks like Galen and her are much more alike than we imagine. Galen moves to attend her high school for “research”, more like to convince her that she’s not just human but she refuses to believe. Where did she get her Syrena descent from? Why hasn’t anyone noticed? Why does she not even like fish?! Emma’s true identity clothes in mystery and the twists sustain for the book’s entirety. While it’s clear she’s not human, there’s still SO MUCH MORE for us to learn.
Emma; She’s my BFF in Bout-of-Books challenge. Emma’s not-so-sweet temper makes me sigh when she’s shy about her best qualities and laugh my head off when she throws Galen’s sister through hurricane-proof glass. Her voice is clear, natural and witty, and very infectious. Then there’s Galen. Galen, Galen, Galen. I LOVE HIM! He has this aura of strength and loyalty that I fall for. Galen and Emma’s relationship is just OMG, I want them together! Emma is feisty, stubborn, and straight-forward and Galen is the same way… which equals a lot of (interesting) disagreements >:D
Pick this up, you’ll witness epic awesomeness coming in kilotons.