Friday, May 18, 2012

Of Poseidon, Anna Banks

Title: Of Poseidon
Author: Anna Banks (website)
Release Date: 1st June 2012 from Hardie Grant Egmont
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
My Rating:1 star2 star3 star4 star

Sweet, flirty, and unashamedly fun, Of Poseidon is bringing back mermaids. Angst? Nope. These teenage supernaturals eat fish, not blood, and no-one here is sprouting hair and claws. Fins, though? Well that’s a different story...

From Goodreads:
Galen is strong, protective and gorgeous, with striking violet eyes and a body to make you shiver - and that's just when he's in human form. He's from the House of Triton, god of the sea, and he's searching for a girl with the gift of Poseidon to save his brother from marrying a fraud. Emma is a human. Or so she thinks. When Emma meets Galen on the beach, they both sense a sizzling chemistry. But can Galen convince her that she holds the key to his kingdom - without letting on that he's falling for her?

The Story:

When Galen, a Syrena (read: merman) prince watches a human girl single-handedly fight off a shark, and win, he knows she’s not what she seems. Perhaps not human at all. After all, the Syrena themselves can pass as human—growing legs, breathing air, and walking on land. But this is news to Emma, who thinks she’s as human as you and I. As is why, the albeit gorgeous, Galen, suddenly turns up at her school and won’t leave her alone. As the two fight a growing attraction, they must work together to uncover the mystery of Emma’s heritage, because while Galen cannot have Emma for his own, her rather singular gifts may just be the key to saving his kingdom.

My Thoughts:

Though it may seem strange calling a book which opens with the bloody death of a girl 'light', it’s precisely what Of Poseidon is. Jumping from death-by-shark-mauling to fun and playful, Of Poseidon never makes the mistake of taking itself too seriously, and it frees Banks up to tell precisely the right story: a fun, effervescent romp offering laughs and romance in generous, decadent serves.

Emma, Galen, and Of Poseidon's cast of friends and family are fun, quirky, and compulsively readable. Emma’s chatty, funny and slightly neurotic first-person is a delight, and there’s a certain amusing naivety to Galen’s third person. His unfamiliarity with the human world and occasional bewilderment at Emma offer countless comic opportunities, and despite Emma’s description of Galen’s classic ‘Type A’ personality, he is not without a sense of humour about himself, allowing for playful, teasing banter between the couple. The split point of views work to excellent effect, not only lending greater depth in the book’s two leads, but to the world, and its delightful array of supporting characters who, rather than simply being ‘supporting’ characters are fleshed out, and as charming and entertaining as its leads.

The mystery of Emma’s Syrena heritage—do not call them mermaids, folks, especially not the guys—plays out over the book, and is the plot’s driving force, but Of Poseidon is all about the romance. And it’s fun. The chemistry between Emma and Galen is electric, sexy and intense, and when they’re not sharing a sweet, heart stopping moment—we’re talking girl meets boy, boy takes girl on date... to the Titanic—they’re bickering, or needling each other with charming, hilarious intensity.

The Verdict:

In a world of vampires, werewolves, and things that go bump in the night, Of Poseidon brings something new, fun and funny to the table. Sharing a sensibility far more in common with Disney’s Ariel and Eric than Rose and Dimitri, it proves different doesn’t mean less. There’s a playful quality to Banks’ storytelling, giving Of Poseidon a refreshingly light, fun tone, while never lacking in substance. Banks doesn't miss the opportunity to make pointed barbs at overfishing and and environmental negligence, but she never comes across as preachy. Flirty, teasing, and enormously entertaining, Of Poseidon brings exactly what it promises: good, beachy fun, romance, and delicious deep-sea mysteries. But be prepared: this book will leave you screaming for more.

Books in This Series:

  1. Of Poseidon (June 2012)
  2. Of Triton (2013)
An huge thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont for providing a review copy of Of Poseidon!

43 comments:

  1. I have heard so many things about this book and I have seen it almost everywhere! I think I need to pick this one up and read it! Thank you for sharing your review :)

    Tabby @Insightful Minds
    See my Review of Life on the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux

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    1. Thanks, Tabby! I got so much pure and simply fun from this book. It was one of those ones you could pick, devour, and just enjoy. Not brainless, but brilliantly calculated fun. hope you enjoy it, too! ;D

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  2. It sounds great, awesome review! I'll definitely be putting that on my to read list :)

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    1. I loved it SO much! Hope you enjoy it, too! TY, Laua!

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  3. I've been trying to decide whether I want to read Of Poseidon. I think I wanton based on Banks' sense of humor. I like the fact that you say she seems to not let the story take itself too seriously. I love that.
    Great review, Sarah!

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    1. Mmmm... it's kind of like... paranormals are often quite serious in tone. There's a lot of angst, a lot of star crossed, forbidden love, and you know what? I LOVE that. Sometimes. Of Poseidon has everything the average paranormal does, but it's fun. It's light and bubbly and it's just... seriously. It's one of those great little afternoon reads when you don't want drama, and it's hilarious. I really hope you like it, Andrea! ♥

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  4. Okay, so I haven't read a single book about mermaids because something is always holding me back. However, this sounds like a perfect read to start with. A book that is light and humorous? This sounds like a lot of fun and I want to get my hands on it NOW! Thanks, Sarah!

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    1. Hehe! Short of childhood picture books, neither had I! But seriously, every. singly. story. I wrote in first grade went something like this: "On the weekend I watched The Little Mermaid. When I grow up, I want to be a mermaid." It TOTALLY appealed to my inner seven year old XD

      It was SOOOO much fun, Steph!

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  5. I told myself no more mermaid books because the ones I've read have been duds but you've convinced me to read Of Poseidon, Saz! I like it's light and humorous and I appreciated the Ariel reference ;)

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    1. I mean, how could I review a mermaid book and NOT mention Ariel? ;D

      I LOVED it, Mands! It was so much fun, and it's not angsty or super serious, and Emma is an enormously fun character, as is Galen. If you take it for what it is, I'm sure you couldn't help but enjoy it :)

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  6. Great review Sarah!! I read this book last week and I really liked it as well :) I especially loved the part where Galen takes Emma to the Titanic!!

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    1. Thank Sarah! Oh my goodness... THE TITANIC SEEN! *swoons* was SOOOO sweet! I giggled uncontrollably through the entire book :D

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  8. Um...HECK YES! At first I wasn't all that sure about this book because the mermaid books I've read so far have been crapola (I know, I know! Not mermiad at all. Syrena!) but then fab comments and review started floating in from around the blogosphere and my opinion changed and now...boy am I interested! Hopefully I shall get my grabby hands on a copy soon. Oh and by the way CRAZYTASTIC review! It is beauatiful in every way. <33

    Ariel + Eric = aww!
    Roza + Dimka = The most BADASS couple ever to walk the earth, um, I mean book pages! Totes hot. Swoon much. End of VA rant.

    If people were fishy about whether or not this book will rise to their expectations, after reading your swimmingly written review, I can guarantee that you've hooked them! (All puns intended! HEHE)

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    1. "If people were fishy about whether or not this book will rise to their expectations, after reading your swimmingly written review, I can guarantee that you've hooked them! (All puns intended! HEHE)"

      BECCA. I literally just laughed out loud. Alone. In my empty office. You kill me ^__^

      It is the most ridiculously fun book! I hope you enjoy it! :D

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    2. Oh no, oh no I never ment to kill you! *slaps you to life with my teal, sparkly mermiad tail*

      Oh crap, SYRENA! Whoops, forgot. What is the difference anyway?

      Glad I made you laugh. Alone. In your empty office.
      That sounds sad! *huggles* Wan't me to come join you?

      <3

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  9. Sounds like a cute one. Perfect for the beach. I like lighter books that aren't TOO fluffy, and it sounds like this would work. And Eric and Ariel comparison?! Too cute!

    -lauren

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    1. Seriously, it is SO fun, and it's not fluffy... just... fun and light and funny, but it's brilliant. I seriously loved it :)

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  10. Even without reading the review, I really want to read this book. I have never read a book with mermen and mermaids. It sounds like a fun read. I like the idea of the sweet kind of romance between the two. Great review.

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    1. It was SO fun! It's just... fun. I love a book you cna just open and close and enjoy ^__^

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  11. It's strange that the book is light and fun because the cover looks intense. I love me some good, believable romance in young adult so I may need to buy this one.

    I love The Little Mermaid but I've never read a mermaid book because I just wasn't sure how far they could go with them. This sounds surprisingly interesting.

    Awesome Review :)

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    1. HEATHER! YES! You know, once upon a time, I was like 'meh. Mermaids. Don't care.' And, I mean... I even LIKED the cover (in fact, I kind of love it), but it looks SO intense, and the story is SO fun.

      I'd never read a 'grown up' (or YA, as it were) mermaid book, either, but I LOVED this. SO fun ^__^

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  12. *SQUEES* Oh, this review was so pretty with it's shiny red bow. *hugs it* I'm so glad you enjoyed OP! I want more of the characters nooowww..... <3

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    1. I KNOOOOOOOW! AND AFTER THAT CLIFFHANGER! *SOBS* MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!

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  13. Woot, sounds Tera Lynn Childs-y! I think this is the first review where I've seen the word "fun" and "light" in it. It definitely makes me want to read it when I had little desire to do so beforehand! Well played, Sarah... well played.

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    1. Ahahahaha! Sorry, your 'well played' SERIOUSLY cracked me up ^__^

      It is seriously SO fun. And it's light, but not fluffy. And... *runs off to look up Tera-Lynn Childs*

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  14. SARAH!!!!!!! You know what I think about this book! ;) I LOVE OF POSEIDON. AND Galen and Emma's Titanic date? OHMYSWEETGOODNESS!!!! <3

    TRITON'S TRIDENT, your review is FANTABULOUS, Sarah!

    <3

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  15. OMG everytime i read a review about this book its always a good one! omg. Sarah I cant wait to read this book! Eeep<3 Great review as always!mwah. and Im currently reading The Hunt too and so far im enjoying it hope you are too. xox

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  16. OMG! I SOOOOO want to read this now! I LOOOOOVVVVEEE the cover. And now I am hooked with your review :D

    LOVE IT!!

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  17. Awesome review, Sarah! God, this book sounds amazing, and I want it more and more with each review! I'm going to have to try and see if it'll be published in the UK. I neeed it! Plus I love mermai.. uh, Syrena! Thanks for the review!

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  18. I will definately be checking these out, I have always loved mermaid and selkie stories :)

    Andrea

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  19. Personally, I've never been a fan of mermaid stories. They don't seem that interesting to me D; *hides from mermaid fangirls* HOWEVER, Of Poseidon looks particularly promising and this review makes me want to try this out. :)

    Definitely adding it to my to-reads list on GR!

    Thank you for the wonderful review, Sarah! <3

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  20. SARAH! You did not just mention Ariel and Eric AND Rose and Dimitri in the same review! I...I...speechless. MUST HAVE BOOK!!! NOW!!!

    How do you always manage to do this? Take a book I've heard good things about and then turn it into an epic must have where I'm dying to get my hands on the pages? You rock...and scare me a little with your amazing word skills.

    Also...hehe, "as human as you and I" ... Well, that's a little scary too. I'm not sure we're a good measure for "human".

    Amazing, amazing review.

    Kim

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  21. Definitely going to be trying this one out. I know they say 'never judge a book by its cover' but isn't that the most stunning cover art?! x

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  22. Uh.... I think you just said everything I wanted to, but in a much prettier, more compelling and fun way. DAMN YOU *shakes fist* I really enjoyed this! Even more than I expected. It was so... FUN! But, as you said, that doesn't make it LESS. There's still plot and purpose to the funnies.

    And just how many book boys have we met that take the girl to the freaking TITANIC on a date? <3 Amerezing review!

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  23. Is there a special school where Sarah excelled in the art of writing reviews? I WANT TO ATTEND. You effing nailed this review. Like, I'm seriously in love with how you described this book to be.

    "it proves different doesn’t mean less.."

    EXACTLY. You don't have to be an angst, catastrophic mess to get readers to enjoy the heck out of the book.

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  24. Awesome review! I've seen this book all around and I've seen reviews back and forth. Of course, I keep going back and forth on whether to read it or not. Not having read any "merman" books yet, I may just try this one out since there isn't a set opinion on the book. And I like that you say it's a fun read!!!!! I live for those :D
    -Kristin @myparahangover

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  25. I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed this one, because I received a copy for review, and while it sounded interesting, I have to admit that I was a little hesitant about it. I mean, how many times has the whole mysterious-paranormal-hot-boy-suddenly-shows-up-in-town thing been done already in YA? But still, your review makes me feel better about reading Of Poseidon. I'm definitely interested in the mermaid..err...Syrena...mythology! :)

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  26. I'm in love with your reviews. Ok, that being said, I'm very excited for Of Poseidon! It's a book that immediately catched my attention when I first saw it. I've even preordered it (hoping it arrives tomorrow >.<).

    I really have high expectations for this book! I love the lightness, fun and yet epic story you hinted at :)

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  27. If you've read Kai Meyer's book The Glass Mirror, part of the Dark Reflections trilogy... Well, damn, those mermaids are amazing. They're intelligent and otherworldly but sinister and therefore amazing. Like what Wicked Lovely did with the fey, The Glass Mirror showed me another kind of mermaids, and I loved them.

    Of course, these are Syrena.

    I always thought that Of Poseidon would be a thriller or something like that—I mean, YA, but with tense moments and a rough plot, anyway, but you made me feel like it's the complete opposite! I think that if I do get it, it'll be an e-book rather than a hard copy. Something like that. Of course, there still is the excitement! Thank you!

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  28. This sounds SO FUN! :) I am always on the lookout for books that I can just breeze through and that will make me smile and this sounds like the perfect choice! I'm kind of curious to see how the story will jump from bloody death to playful plotline so quickly but maybe it's just part of the magic of reading it? Thanks for the awesome review, Sarah! I'm sure the mermaids (YEAH THAT'S RIGHT, GALEN. MERMAID MERMAID MERMAAAAAAAAID) appreciate your representation ;)

    Sonia

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  29. Ooh! I've been dying to read that book. Thank god June isn't that far away. I can't wait to get my own copy. Great review!

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  30. This was an interesting, fairly fast read. There were more things about the book I enjoyed, as opposed to those I didn't. On the positive side, the story is told from both Galen's and Emma's perspectives - Galen's in the third person, and Emma's in the first. While this did take a little getting used to, in the end I enjoyed it because I felt it brought an extra layer to the style of the story, adding a sense of richness to the storytelling. Also, it helped give a fuller overall picture of the thoughts and feelings of the characters.

    I enjoyed the supporting characters as well. They were for the most part, well written and multi-faceted. I'd even venture to say I liked one or two of them even better than the main characters - namely Rachel and Rayna.

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