Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon
Author: Anna Banks
Series: Of Poseidon, #1
Summary: 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.


You're on vacation in Florida with your best friend. And, thanks to your clumsiness, you trip right into a guys chest. A guys bare chest. An incredibly hot guys bare chest. And you're far too embarrassed to actually do anything about it, like remove your face from his amazingly sculpted pecs. That's when your best friend comes to the rescue, and then teases you for it.

Emma McIntosh has never been the most stable person. She's incredibly clumsy and shy. Her best friend Chloe is the cool and collected one. While the two splash around in the water, Galen Forza a.k.a. incredibly-sculped-chest-guy, and his hot-headed sister Rayna watch from a distance. Galen is determined to discover the truth about Emma; he knows there is something different about her, but he can't quite place what it is. And Rayna is ready to go home: Emma is obviously not Syrena, and even more so, absolutely not of Poseidon, and this whole trip was a waste of time in here eyes. Then a shark attacks and while Rayna runs for help, Galen jumps into the water to get a closer look at what's going on under the surface. And what he sees makes it very clear: Emma is not human. She's been underwater longer than a human is capable of. But she clearly doesn't know how to use her abilities properly. So what is she?

To get the answer, Galen and Rayna follow Emma to her hometown in New Jersey. Galen enrolls in school to be closer to Emma, joining each of her classes.Within the days of Galens pursuit of the truth, he falls madly in love with Emma. And Emma falls for him. Only Emma thinks it's impossible for Galen to be interested in clumsy, shy and plain her. And because of the rules of the Syrena, Galen is forbidden to be with her. Thus begins a forbidden romance full of humor, heartbreak, and much intrigue.  With the story being told by both party's points of view, you get to see both sides of the story. Along with Rayna, Galen's best friend Toraf, and a couple of humans who know about the Syrena, Galen convinces Emma of what she is: part Syrena.

The one thing that I was disappointed in that hindered the book earning 5 music notes, is that we didn't get to see much of the Syrena world underneath the surface of the ocean. The only part of it we were told about was the Archives when Galen visited the underwater cave. I was hoping to see more of the Syrena kingdom, but was sadly mistaken and disappointed. And you're probably wondering what a Syrena is. Well, a Syrena is a kind of mermaid. They have fins within the water, but they can change into a human-like form. In fact, it's the changing into human form that allows them to mate. Even though they can look like a human, they are far from it: They breathe underwater, swim extremely fast, are very strong and thick-skinned, and are incredibly hot-headed (some more than others). And Galen and Rayna just happen to be Royals; their brother Grom being the king. Now, I don't want to go into too much detail, but one of the main things that keeps Galen from being able to date Emma is that the Syrena aren't allowed to have any contact with the humans whatsoever, especially mate with them. The only thing that allows Galen to do so is that he is the Human Ambassador. I don't want to ruin the book for you so I won't go any further in describing the story, but I will tell you how wonderful of a read it is. When the first sentence in a book describes someone having run smack-dab into a guys chest with her face, you know it's going to be a humorous read. And it is. There are several funny moments within, including the joke: "Let's go find an island." I won't explain that one to you. I'm pretty sure you can figure that out all on your own. ;)

The ending to the book promises a rather action-packed, drama-filled sequel having ended on a rather big cliffhanger. I'm hoping that because of the discovery that's made at the end, we'll get to see the Syrena world up close and personal and learn more about the mermaids themselves and their history. It's easy to tell that Anna Banks is just getting started on this fascinating world and magnificent love story.

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