ARC Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Emma is one Feisty BadAss Mermaid

Title: Of Poseidon
Author: Anna Banks
Series: Of Poseidon #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: May 22, 2012 

Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen’s not fully convinced that Emma’s the one he’s been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help–no matter what the risk.

“Come arrest me if you’re feeling upto it. But I’m telling you right now, the second you lay a hand on me, I’m busting this glass over your head and using it to split your lip.”

“Do you know these foolish humans at her school voted her the sweetest out of all of them?”

Of Poseidon begins with Emma and her best friend Chloe on vacation in Florida a few weeks before they’re due back to New Jersey to spend their senior year together. While on the beach Emma stumbles into the ubber sexy, and rich Galen and shes instantly attracted to him. Shortly after the introduction she meets his sassy sister,  Rayna who instantly dislikes Emma, and perhaps anyone that’s human. Unfortunately this vacation meant for a last exhilarating vacation before heading into their last year together at school ends in tragedy, sending Emma home devastated and Galen fascinated with getting to know her, and Rayna devoted to persuading Galen not to pursue this desire.

Luckily for Galen; he and Rayna are wealthy, royalty stemming from a well respected affluent, Syrena family, so he not used to being told no. He’s an alpha male, and he gets what he wants, so he he does what any other male in his position, right?! He purchase an extravagant beach house on the Jersey Shore, purchases a red sports car, has a friend pose as his mother, enrolls in Emma’s school, did I mention in ALL seven of her classes?! LOL. It’s a bit stalkerish but it didn’t bother me because he’s very behind on social norms, and as a part time sea creature I can overlook it.

“I already told you that I don’t have secrets. And I don’t swim.”

“There’s plenty to do at the beach besides swim.” Then he pulls me by the hand so close I think he’s going to kiss me. Instead, he whispers in my ear, “I’ll tell you where your eye color comes from.” As I gasp, he puts a gentle hand on the small of my back and propels me into the classroom. Then he ditches me.

As Galen and Emma become friends he begins to unravel secrets about her she never knew existed. This part captivated my attention from the beginning, the author intertwines
a legendary sea creature story filled with politics, rules, war, rebellion and old fashioned mating between the two separate species and classes of The Syrena and Poseidon sea creatures. Galen’s brother Grom is the authority ruler of The Syrena as well as anything Poseidon that effects Syrena lives.

But Rayna doesn’t know what beyond-pissed-off really means–and I’m about to school her on it. 

I’ve outstayed my welcome here. I will never be invited back. My chances with Galen ended when I tackled his sister. And when I punched her. And just now, when I kick her so hard she dry heaves. 

So when she says, “Is this what you did to Chloe when you had her under the water?” I have nothing left to lose. Which is why I drive my shoulder into her rib cage, hoist her off the floor, and bulldoze us both through the glass wall, into the storm outside.

My most favorite characters while reading Of Poseidon, I would have to say we’re Rayna and Emma. They’re both sassy, feisty, stubborn, and BadAsses. These two can get into an overwhelming amount of trouble together but I found it endearing. I enjoyed these two and their escapades. Rayna and Emma were either fighting like men, Yes these two through down like grown men, not even like women or at Keats not the women I know, lol….Yet within minutes their planning a devious way to explore independence, and rebel against the men that try to establish a few rules even if it is for their safety. Galen is a charmer, I truly liked his character, and all his Alpha behavior. Something about Alpha males makes me want to GROWL with excitement.

“Now what did you say? Or is it not worth repeating?”

“I said not yet. You haven’t even begun to feel pain. Yet. 
But if you don’t take your hand off of her leg—”

Toraf is the promised mate to Rayna to her dismay. Toraf is a powerful tracker amongst the Syrena, and he’s hopelessly in love with Rayna. With his preternatural skills he can track any creature once they’re in the water, yet he can’t catch Rayna, where in matters most; in the heart. My least favorite character was Emma’s mother. She was too overprotective at times and surprisingly relaxed on issues she should have been overprotective over. Something about her grated on my skin, and each time she had a scene, I wanted her to have an accident so I wouldn’t have to read the nonsense that came out of her mouth. I think I may be the only one that feels this way, so please don’t take my word for this.

Anna Banks definitely knows how to tug at my heart strings and she was heartless at those tugs in this book, luckily those are the reads I most prefer. Also this book was hilarious. I found myself nonstop laughing many times while reading this book.

To those curious, this book leaves us on a cliffhanger. These evil authors that make us suffer with these cliffhangers, lately I’ve read too many of those. To be quite honest I knew this book had a cliffhanger before I read it and everyone was upset about it, but in regards to the cliffhanger I’m not sure I cared much about it, but it will be a major plot in the next book. Overall this was a good mermaid story, a few issues I had with a bit of the plot focusing on a bit faster pace than I wanted however, it was a quick, easy read and I’m intrigued and will read the sequel

“He kissed me.” The confession makes her crack up all over again.

“All I saw was Toraf, my sister’s mate, my best friend, kissing my….my….”

“You’re what?”

“Student” Obsession.


ARC provided for review by Feiwel  and Friends

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6 Responses to ARC Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

  1. Tina B says:

    I haven’t read this one, but it is on my TBR. Thank you for giving little snippets of the book. And also for you thoughts on it. I will most likely read it at some point. I like the concept of the story and some kick-ass heroines always make a book better. ;)

  2. I want to read this one too. LOVE the snippets that you shared in your review :) Slightly stalkerish Alpha males and Cliffhanger endings!? Sign me UP!

    • Sonson says:

      I WANT THIS BOOK SO EFFN’ BAD AND I JUST ONLY FOUND OUT ABOUT IT TODAY B/C OF THE COVER REVEAL!!!!!I WANT!!!! Too many 2012 books that fall under the category of awsnemeoess!!! And the, “He’s a prince.” line totally sold me!!! LOLI’m an old follower =D

  3. I LOVED this book too, the ending had me wanting to scream!!! I SIMPLY cannot wait until the next book comes out, Anna Banks is super amazing… this definitely does not seem like a debut novel! Rayna and Emma cracked me up with their “car” adventure haha! Then Galen and Emma’s kiss…. *sigh* she is so lucky… is it normal to be jealous over a fictional character LOL!?

  4. Alexa says:

    Seems like this was actually a pretty good story even though you only gave it three stars. I know Danny at Bewitched Bookworms has been raving about this one to anyone who will listen so I’m really curious to see what I will think of it. Plus I’ve never read a mermaid story so it should be pretty interesting!

    Thanks for the awesome review, I hope the sequel gives you more of what you were looking for.

  5. Ning says:

    Interesting. I haven’t read any mermaid books before. I’m not sure how I’ll feel about the instant attraction and the rich guy, but the author’s coming nearby mid-June for a tour so I might get the book then!

    Btw, sorry for my site being hard to find. I really don’t know how I’d get it fixed. Any ideas?

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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