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.
I have yet to discover a mermaid book (let's not let Galen hear us say the word mermaid, okay? He hates that term) or any other undersea novel that I've fallen in love with, but I think Of Poseidon might just take that title. It's emotional, quirky, heartbreaking, romantic, funny, action-packed and so much more than you'd expect from the synopsis.
Emma is officially on my list of favorite female characters. Her sarcasm and wit had me literally laughing out loud, and her refusal to bow down to what Galen or anybody else demanded of her was downright admirable. But what I loved most is how authentic and developed she was for a teenage character, and how realistic she seemed to handle discovering who she really is. And her relationship with Galen! Ah! So cute! I love the dynamic between the two. The quirky banter and arguments gave them quite the charm and even though I strongly prefer romance to take its time in books, I found myself quite frequently screaming "KISS AND BE TOGETHER ALREADY!"
Though the Syrena world isn't as prominent in the book as I had hoped, Anna Banks did an extraordinary job creating this underwater scenery and lifestyle that differs from the average Little Mermaid setting. There are some scenes, one in specific that involves the Titantic, that completely took my breath away. Banks uses the settings to her advantage and her gorgeous descriptions made it so easy for me to visualize in my head. Scenes played out like mental movies and they were so, so beautiful.
I also loved the pacing! There isn't too much going on. It's basically Emma coming to terms with who she is and her struggle to learn how to use her abilities, but it never felt sluggish or boring. This is a character driven novel and the characters mesh so well and do a fantastic job at telling the story.
Overall, if you didn't quite catch what I'm trying to convey, I absolutely loved Of Poseidon. It's a breath of fresh air from the usual mermaid book, using charming characters and gorgeous undersea backdrops to weave together this imaginative, romantic and stunning debut! I definitely recommend!
Other reviews for Of Poseidon:
Emilie's Book World.
Between The Pages.
Katie's Book Blog.