Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)
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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 t...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends (first published May 1st 2012)
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Steph Sinclair
It's official. Mermaids are the new "angels" of the Paranormal Romance genre. The is the second mermaid book I've read and I'm less than impressed with these sea creatures. Incidentally, Of Poseidon happens to be worse for me than Lies Beneath .

Of Poseidon tells the story of Emma, a girl who possesses a few Syrena (mermaid) traits, and Galen, a Syrena prince, who attempts to unravel the secrets of Emma. It's discovered that she has the Gift of Poseidon (think Dr. Dolittle at the aquarium) and th...more
Kat Kennedy
I don’t read many books that I would rate 1 star these days. I seem to have mas­tered my pref­er­ences and hit a stride of excel­lent books – or at least mostly read­able books.

Admit­tedly I only made it fifty-six pages into this book before I threw my hands up in dis­gust and tossed a pil­low at the wall – so I sug­gest you take that into account when decid­ing whether to buy this book.

Why did I stop reading?
First rea­son:

The death of a token character


We didn’t know her long enough, but I’m pre...more
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Sounds good, but I kind of wish (view spoiler)
This is going to be an incredibly difficult review to write for a multitude of reasons but especially because I hate giving a not so positive review to a debut author. However, I cannot, in good conscience, let these things pass me by so if you are reading this, keep in mind that the following are my opinions and ones you may not necessarily agree with but nevertheless, they are opinions I have a right to express.

Of Poseidon promises a lighthearted story dabbling in the mythology of mermaids and...more
fяσzєη, kupo~
This review is also available over at my blog.


I made it about 130-something pages before I decided that I could not stand to suffer through this book anymore.

What bothered me right off the bat was the writing style. It alternates between Emma's and Galen's POVs, but get this: Emma's chapters are first person, while Galen's are third. I mean... WHY? Just, WHY? Why do there have to be both styles? Why can't Galen's chapters be first person or Emma's be third? And it's not lik...more
With a beautiful cover like this it's hard to resist not checking out what Of Poseidon is all about. I haven't had the best of luck with mermaid books in the past, though I haven't read very many of them. Of Poseidon is, so far, one of the better ones I've had the experience of reading. It has an interesting premise with a beautiful underwater world, but I did have a few quirks with it that stopped me from truly loving it.

Almost immediately, I felt like something was off with the writing. It ha...more

Review posted at Bewitched Bookworms

Epic Awesomeness!!!!
You know one of the best things about writing reviews and featuring books on your blog is when you have a book that literally blew you away! Of Poseidon is such a book and beware of my fangirly excitement which will follow in the next paragraphs.

Like with many other books Of Poseidon drew me initially in because of this gorgeous cover! I simply adore this girl in the water, I loooove the white and the green, it’s incredible! I can’t wait...more
Sarah (saz101)
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...

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 o...more
Summer {is puntastic}
***Update July 22, 2013***
Upon reading Mythology by Edith Hamilton for my summer reading assignment, this specific quote has come to my attention:

"Triton was the trumpeter of the sea. His trumpet was a great shell. He was the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite." (38)

Really, Anna Banks? Really? You couldn't even get the basic facts down? (For those who haven't read this, she claimed that Triton and Poseidon are brothers. Why? That's beyond me.) Now I for sure won't be reading the next book.
Wendy Higgins
SO GOOD. Galen....mmmmmmm.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Nov 26, 2012 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: those deserving of cruel and unusual punishment
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: no one. I brought this pain on myself.
Originally posted here.

I really, really would like to find a mermaid book that I like a lot, but that search will be continuing. Of Poseidon is a book that most readers are probably going to love or be entirely annoyed by. Banks has a definite style, one that will either amuse and enchant you, or that will make you roll your eyes vigorously over and over again. For me, it was the latter.

Problem one is the host of YA tropes in the characters and their relationship to one another. Emma, a card-car...more
Kari Anne
I LOVED the book. I don't think I've ever smiled and laughed out loud from a book this much before. The characters were so alive, they were just like teenages at that age. Emma; I fell in love with her from the first page. Her voice was so clear, natural and witty, and every reaction she had was just like I would've reacted in situations like that. The fact that she often got shy was one of her best qualities, and I really loved her temper. And then there's Galen. Galen, Galen, Galen. I LOVE HIM...more
2.5 out of 5

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I picked upOf Poseidonfor one reason and one reason only: The Little Mermaid. I watched The Little Mermaid so much when I was little that every time I see adinglehopper, err.. a fork, I'm tempted tocomb my hair. Suffice it to say, whenOf Poseidonmade it onto my radar, I fell for the premise - hook, line and sinker.Of Poseidonis your average fish out of water story - literally. Galen, a Syrena prince, is sent to land in search of a girl who supposedly possesses th...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
If you think the cover of Of Poseidon is beautiful, just wait till you start reading this amazingly beautiful novel. Anna Banks has written a captivating story. The romance between Galen and Emma will capture your heart. I could not put this novel down. Anna Banks’ writing is beautiful. This is the best word to describe this novel perfectly…"Beautiful". Of Poseidon is told from Emma’s and Galen's point of view, and this made the story so much deeper for me. I love to see both characters’ thought...more
Of Poseidon was not what I was expecting. From the title, I was thinking something along the lines of the Percy Jackson Poseidon and I didn’t get that at all. I got Mermaids! (oops sorry Syrena). I very much so enjoyed myself with this one. Yes, there was some cheese-tastic moments, but all in all I had a swimmingly good time…. < yep I just went there!

I have to note I think I would have been goo-goo-gaga crazy in love with this back in High School…. Being the old spinster that I am now, I di...more
Shreya (CCReviews)
Alright then! Here's my review:

Goodreads Summary:
"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."

Nickle Love (Night Owl Reads)
[July 23]

Read the full review at The Series Junkie.

Ohmysweetgoodness! Galen is so adorable. Every thing he does, I find adorable. I wish he was real and I know him because I want to pinch his cheeks for being to damn adorable. Every character is also likable/lovable, even Rayna, Galen's twin, who seems to be the mean girl type. But for 20-year-old twins, they seem immature, especially Rayna. I still love all the characters presented in this novel, even Emma's mom who makes funny remarks.

I like t...more
Sarah (YA Love)
I went to the Fierce Reads author event in Lansing on Friday planning on buying only two of the books featured. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks was featured, and I didn’t plan on buying it because I didn’t know much about it and I’m not always sure about “mermaid books.” Once it was Anna Banks‘ turn to discuss her book, however, my plans changed. She started out saying that she wanted to write a Sasquatch love story but didn’t think the world was ready for that yet. I knew at that moment that I wanted...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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This is what happens when I don’t heed the advice of my most trusted book buddies. A book like Of Poseidon comes along and many hours are wasted on its torturous and infuriating pages. The start was really promising, with Emma and her friend Chloe literally stumbling into a super attractive guy called Galen. Galen happens to be a royal Syrena (or merman) from the House of Triton, and he believes that Emma is a Syrena wit...more
Mimi Valentine
Rating: 4.5 shimmering stars out of 5!

"Ohmysweetgoodness!" Out of all the mermaid books I've ever read, Of Poseidon definitely takes the top spot! I absolutely loved it from start to finish.

Told from the alternating perspectives between Emma and Galen, the story is so well-written and easy to get absorbed in that it's definitely a one-sit read. Not only is the lore of Syrena incredibly fascinating, but there's also an underlying mystery that hooks you in even more. You can never really guess wh...more

Four stars: A fun little book featuring the mythical Syrena...

Emma is rushing down the dock to get to the beach. Emma is not known for being graceful. She is so busy juggling her stuff and trying to keep her pesky flip flops securely on her feet, that she fails to see the handsome boy directly in her path. She collides into his chest and almost dies of embarrassment. It is bad enough to walk into a complete stranger in a throng of people, but add in that this boy is gorgeous and her humiliation...more
"Ohmysweetgoodness!" I loved loved loved this book!

I think what I liked the most about Of Poseidon was how the author took a genre that has already been done many times before and created a new version all her own. Instead of calling the characters "mermaids," they are called "Syrena." Their fins aren't scaly and slippery, but velvety. They're able to change into human form when they need to. I loved discovering all the little details about the Syrena and what made them different from any other...more
I will just come right out and say that Of Poseidon by Anna Banks did not work for me. I unfortunately had a rough time bringing myself to care about the book, which sucks because I want to get into this whole mermaid trend. Of Poseidon is about Emma and opens up with Emma and her best friend Chloe walking the beach in Florida. Emma runs smack into this guy with startling blue eyes then she goes swimming in the ocean. While swimming, Chloe is attacked by a shark and dies while Emma tries to stop...more
OF POSEIDON was like my first mermaid book and it was a wonderful first! All I knew before I started this book was that I LOVED the cover and the synopsis drew me in immediately, especially with the word, "Prince". I loved my princes! Anyway, as soon as I picked up the book I couldn't stop! OF POSEIDONwas definitely one of the best young adult books I've read this year.

Emma was a great heroine for this book. She is smart and tough which I loved. It has been hard for Emma with loosing her best fr...more
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Ana karakterimiz,...more
I really really wanted to just love this one, but I just couldn't.
There were just so many little issues I had right from the first chapter that went on to be even bigger issues when the book was said and done. The writing is good, but these characters personalities just felt all over the place which made it hard to keep my interest in the story-line itself.
There are tons of 4-5 star reviews out there, so this was probably just me.
Kristi (The Story Siren)
Maybe I enjoyed this one so much because I’m a sucker for a mermaid story. That being said, I wasn’t expecting much. The cover is gorgeous and that got my attention, but the plot didn’t get me excited. A girl that can talk to fish is going to save a kingdom? Seriously?

It starts with Emma going on vacation with her best friend. She literally runs into this guy, Galen. Of course he is absolutely gorgeous and he has these strange eyes. I know, I know! But stay with me here!

Emma and her friend Chloe...more
Of Poseidon is just Not For Me. I see all those four and five star ratings and wonder WTF is wrong with me? This book did not make me happy. Beyond ‘Syrena’ and what not were people who each had something stupid to say and or do.

The one thing I could have liked was how both the girls pointed out just how wrong the boys acted. I mean who wants to be stalked? Who wants a controlling, manipulative person hanging over them? Both Galen and Toraf act like douches… and the girls knew it. The problem is...more
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Tera Lynn Child was the first author to convince me that mermaid books were awesome and now Anna Banks has convinced me that there really should be more mermaid books because Of Poseidon was a fantastic read and it really didn’t disappoint!

Even though I adore YA Paranormal books, lately I’m finding them slightly predictable. Now Of Poseidon is a prime example of UNPREDICTABLE! Why? Because this story is told from both girl and boy’s point of view and you don’t find this often enough in YA Paran...more
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Grew up in a town called Niceville. No, seriously. I graduated from Niceville High School. So did J Lo's second husband. And the guy that plays Aqua Man on Smallville dated my best friend.

Now I indulge my tendency to lie by writing the lies down and selling them to publishers. Well actually my agent sells it, so she's an accomplice to...more
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“Basically, everyone thinks--knows--how sweet I am.

Emma, you threw my sister through hurricane-proof glass.”
“You can put me down now.”
“I’m not ready yet.” He tightens his hold.
“You don’t have to hold—“
“Emma? Can you hear me?”
“Uh, yes. I can hear fine. I just can’t see—“
“That’s a relief. Because for a minute there, I thought maybe you didn’t hear me when I said I’m not ready yet.”
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