Of Poseidon is the best mermaid book I've read in my life, although I should really say Syrena, since the M word makes Galen angry... I loved every single moment of this perfect book and knew it would be amazing from the very first page. With a clever blend of humour and romance with an exciting plot, Of Poseidon will please readers of all kinds. I don't think it's possible to describe and explain all of the ways it ravished my mind but we'll give it a go...
Emma McIntosh and her best friend, Chloe, are enjoying a sunny day at the beach….when Emma finds herself running face-first into the steely chest of one impossibly fine specimen named Galen. He and Emma had one of the most gripping exchanges and first-meetings I had ever seen. Immediately I felt the chemistry and couldn't wait for their relationship to develop into something more! If you had watched me read this book, you probably would've seen a cheesy grin plastered all over my face. Chloe is immensely entertaining with her confidence and lack of verbal filter, and one of the biggest strengths of this book is definitely Banks' humorous style of writing. Of Poseidon has a lot of depth and emotion to offer, and the moments of light-heartedness throughout the book are perfectly done, as they don't ever feel out of place.
Of Poseidon has a fascinating story line that is developed and consistently focused on throughout the book. Even with everything else happening, Banks keeps Emma's journey of self-discovery central to the plot. After Emma experiences a frightening shark attack at the beach, we're shocked to find that she can breathe underwater and communicate with the sea creatures. It then becomes obvious to us and Galen, the Syrenian prince, that Emma is much more like him than she realises. After Galen moves to attend her high school for "research", he spends all of his time trying to convince her that she's more than just a human but she refuses to believe this for a long time. (She doesn't even like fish!!) With this, we learn so much about the intriguing and unique history of the Syrenian world, as well as the make up of the species itself. I was glued to the pages and utterly fascinated by what Banks had created! Emma's true identity is swathed in mystery and the twists sustain the story for the book's entirety. While it's clear she's not human, there's still SO MUCH MORE for us to learn!
Banks injects romance into every little nook of the novel and I gobbled up every single bit. Every time Emma and Galen's special violet eyes met each other, I swooned. Galen's the fastest of his kind, able to race missiles and Blend in the water. How can you not be impressed? His character has many facets and seeing them all was an absolute joy. He gets angry, cheeky, sentimental, humorous, protective, provocative… You'll be shaking the book and screaming "MORE! MORE! MORE!". I cannot stress enough how well Banks develops the characters and gets us to fall in love with them. They all have so much depth and finishing the book is really like losing something of yourself! As I said before, the chemistry between him and Emma is truly a sight to see. While we'd love for them to live happily ever after, Syrena politics just have to get in the way. Every third generation, two direct descendants from the House of Poseidon and the House of Triton must mate. We discover that Emma is the only living heir of Poseidon and Galen's brother, Grom, is now the King of Triton. Do we all see the serious issue here?! To complicate things further, some Syrenian believe in "special mates", where two people are perfect for each other in every way and will produce the strongest offspring. *cough*GalenEmma*cough* Galen's torn between his feelings for Emma, his job back home and his duty as Grom's brother - I don't think you'll be bored for even a second.
I must give a mention to the brilliant secondary characters in this novel too. I loved them all just as much as I did Galen and Emma, and was very surprised by this. How often are all of the characters in a book well-developed, interesting and with a story of their own? Rayna is Galen's twin and she gets off to a rocky start with Emma. While this was a huge source of entertainment (seriously, they have a vicious smack down), the growth of their relationship was very fun to watch. Everyone, get out your "I Heart Toraf" shirts right now. This best friend of Galen's is one of the most likeable characters I've ever met. He's the comedian of the bunch and is completely huggable, kissable and marriable. He isn't a love interest for Emma but if she saw him that way I would be 100% conflicted because his parents are called Brilliant and Magnificent. The cool bit? Toraf's head over heels in love with Rayna, who's stubborn and refuses to admit she even likes him as a friend. They've known each other since they were children and are now being put into an arranged marriage… *squeals* This is an exciting side-plot that you'll actually be eager to get more of!
The skill and effort put into writing Of Poseidon is obvious and I think you'll be hard-pressed to find someone who didn't enjoy it. Add exquisite characters together with an enticing plot (did I mention Emma's mysterious stalker in the sea?) and this is what you get! Everything about Of Poseison is done with wonderful execution and I'm just chomping at the bit for more after that cliffhanger! The foundations are all laid out now, so can you imagine the kind of epic that will be in the sequel? *faints* I hope the sheer length of this review convinces you of how good this book is. (I could write more..) READ IT. If you don't, you are really missing out on a gem of 2012!(less)
When you're in a relationship with someone, sometimes you'll keep a box of mementos to remind yourself of all of the times you had together. When you break up…that box may stay tucked inside your closet, get thrown into a fire or…be dumped on your ex's front doorstep. That's Min's plan of action, as well as leaving a lengthy explanation of why she and Ed broke up. While loving the concept of this novel, the seemingly forced writing style and lackluster storyline prevented me from being swept up in Min's emotions like I had hoped.
I went into Why We Broke Up with some apprehension, expecting to be crying rivers by the time I was done. Unfortunately, I never got to that point, or to the point of feeling any intense emotion, really. I struggled to connect with the characters because of the way the book was written. Min speaks to "you", as the entire book is a letter to Ed, so it doesn't read like a conventional narrative where you familiarise yourself with the characters and join them on their adventure. Each item Min describes is linked to a different moment she and Ed had together, and while the stories do seem to lead into each other towards the end, the jumping around is quite confusing at first!
Their relationship is presented as quite negative from the very beginning. There were barely any moments where their "love" seemed worthwhile, so I didn't care when they broke up. I didn't care when they fought or when they made up again. I guess this goes along with the idea of Min telling Ed all of the reasons why they broke up in every chapter, hence the endless negative points, but the romance just didn't work this way. There had to have been a point where we really cared about the relationship to get the full effect of them breaking up, but instead we're left to wonder why Min stayed with him so long to begin with when he was so obviously wrong for her! Min's unique and likes quirky things while Ed's a stereotypical jock who's part of the flock. Their values and interests clash... Doomed from the beginning, I say!
Overall, Why We Broke Up wasn't right for me because I couldn't connect with the characters or story well enough. While there are moments of beautiful prose, the flow is disrupted by too many awkward sentences and descriptions that take up more pages than actual plot. But don't get me wrong, it most definitely has some good points. One big thing to love? The binding. I just couldn't get over it when it arrived in my mailbox! The pictures, the shape and even the font inside makes it look and feel like a children's book. I love it! This is a book you need to be in a certain mood for to read and the story improves gradually as the mystery unfolds: Are we supposed to support or be against this relationship? Find out when you read!(less)
Wow! That is The Mephisto Covenant in one word. I absolutely adored this novel and have been going slightly crazy over it ever since. I began reading with no expectations and was shocked when I fell in love instantly. It was very easy to get lost in Faegen's beautiful writing and to be captivated by her well-developed characters, thought out plot and cheeky humour.
When Sasha's mother is deported to Russia after being fired from her job with the State Department, Sasha is forced to move to Colorado to live with her hate-filled aunt, powerless uncle and cruel cousins. There, she runs into a boy named Jax, the same boy who saved her from being killed during a Ravens initiation meeting. The Ravens are a large cult, led by many all over the world but ultimately serve just one - Eryx, an immortal with a mission to overthrow Lucifer and take over Hell. Did I mention that he's Jax's brother? Running from evil skias, Sasha must work with Jax and his five other brothers to keep the ones she cares about safe and to keep herself alive.
Jax and his brothers are mephistos, people who capture skias and lost souls to rid the world of evil. Jax is intriguing, with his gorgeous physical appearance, kind heart, protectiveness, responsibility and attempts at aloofness towards Sasha. Trying desperately to keep her life light, without his dark influence, he falls more and more in love with her every day and fights the temptation he feels for her sexually, as engaging in such activity would alert Eryx to her existence at any given time. Sasha is an anabo, a being of light and purity. Only an anabo can fall in love with a son of Hell and redeem him in the eyes of God, which is why Eryx is so desperate to get his hands on her. Jax and Sasha are a sexy couple - drop dead sexy. Be prepared for lots of sexual tension, unhurried fondling and shameless staring. I loved it! Their relationship develops at a nice speed; slow enough to be realistic but fast enough to keep us interested and needy. The novel switches points of view between them and allows us insight into their very different worlds. Girl, boy, good, bad, anabo, mephisto, amateur, experienced…TICK!
I should stop talking. You just must read this. The characters are easy to connect with, the plot easy to follow, the mysteries exciting, and the romance sizzling. Even if you don't fall for Jax, I'm sure one of his brothers will tickle your fancy. Twists occur when you least expect and this novel will sate your hunger for a brilliant read. (less)
Everyday at 4:33am, London's memory of the past is wiped clean. Instead of remembering the past, London remembers the future. All that she can remember in the morning is what she's told herself in her diary and the only people are those who will be in her future. So what would happen if she were to lie to herself? Would her future change?
Forgotten is a beautiful story about finding that soul mate who understands and loves you irrevocably. Luke, a new boy at school, is this person for London. He seems familiar the first time they meet but she can't quite recall where he is from. Every day after that is like falling in love for the first time over and over again. Luke and London are a great couple and are absolutely perfect together. They can't get any sweeter and their relationship is so heartwarmingly strong. He supports her when she's not completely herself and constantly reminds her of how much he loves her. Their love has multiple layers and it was a joy to peel back each one!
London's strange condition seems a mystery at first but is explained later on in the novel. The explanation makes sense and the events surrounding it form the storyline of the sequel. Although Forgotten does venture out into the supernatural genre with the future-seeing, the rest of the novel is very realistic and plays to all of our emotions.
I recommend this to absolutely everyone. Forgotten is a novel that will affect you in many ways. The thought of being vulnerable and unaware about your own life is terrifying and I loved seeing London's courage in dealing with this. Immensely enjoyable and moving, I'm pining away for more!(less)