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Of Poseidon

(The Syrena Legacy #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  47,795 ratings  ·  4,590 reviews
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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Belle I don't know if you've read this but this one's worth the shot. In fact the whole series is worth the shot. The characters were great and the plot's a…moreI don't know if you've read this but this one's worth the shot. In fact the whole series is worth the shot. The characters were great and the plot's amazing :) (less)
Deedra Shackford I love this book! It is actually my favorite book. if you like romances with those inhuman twist, this is a great read. (this sentence may be counted …moreI love this book! It is actually my favorite book. if you like romances with those inhuman twist, this is a great read. (this sentence may be counted as a spoiler) Especially when Galen is extremely over protective!(less)

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Steph Sinclair
Oct 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: I wouldn't
Recommended to Steph by: *sigh* Myself
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
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
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I'm going to keep my review short, because I WILL be doing a video review of this series in my wrap up for #MermaidMay, but here are some of the reasons this book was awesome:

1) A light-hearted sunshine good time: this book didn't try to become something deeper than it is, it's a jolly good time! There ARE some darker moments, and they perfectly added intensity to the plot, but it never got bogged down - it remained a good time!

2) The mythology: It's fas
Feb 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
shady boots
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
Amelia, free market Puritan
Sounds good, but I kind of wish (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own
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
Wendy Higgins
SO GOOD. Galen....mmmmmmm.
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: imm-march

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
Mandy K
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Full Review

When I was younger, I wanted to be a dolphin. Once I realized that was unlikely, I settled for being a mermaid. I've been mildly obsessed ever since. Mermaids are my favorite mythical creature (right before dragons), and I devour every mermaid story, movie, or show I can get my hands on. This book was a bit ridiculous, unrealistic, and a bit too convenient at times, and I loved every second of it. I loved learning about the Syrena and their abilities, social structures, and history. U
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
Nadhira Satria
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: guilty-pleasures

So one day I was looking for some paranormal/urban fantasy read because mood lol. and i found this. I decided to go on amazon to read the first few pages and boi. The writing is so light and easy and kinda fun that i decided to buy the full ass physical copy and here I am.

✨What I liked

My hate for YA MCs are legendary. and the fact that I actually liked Emma was a shocker.

tbh I felt like there's a random personality swi
Jan 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
***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.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Mar 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a quick and easy read. I breezed through it, and enjoyed how seamless it was cruising from page to page.
Firery Emma McIntosh was relatively unaware of her hidden powers until an unfortunate accident claimed her best friend’s life, she dove into the ocean for longer than any human can to yank her friend’s lifeless body from the predator.
This move drew the attention of Galen an oceanic ambassador to the human realm. He made it his mission to confront and arrest Emma for knowingly exposing
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own

Super cute and fun!
I loved the main characters, their relationship was addicting to read about and I loved how they interacted! The characters were also very funny and had very distinct personalities.
The side characters were also great and definitely added so much to the book.
I was a little confused about the world, but I think I figured everything out by the end. The plot is also pretty crazy with some plot twists thrown in there!
This book is just so enjoyable and I can't wait to read the
May 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
2.5 out of 5

As seen on: Bookosaur

I picked up Of Poseidon for 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 a dinglehopper, err.. a fork, I'm tempted to comb my hair. Suffice it to say, when Of Poseidon made it onto my radar, I fell for the premise - hook, line and sinker. Of Poseidon is your average fish out of water story - literally. Galen, a Syrena prince, is sent to land in search of a girl who supposedly poss
Bonnie Shores
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: supernatural, romance
This review is for all three books—Of Poseidon, Of Triton and Of Neptune—because I read them in quick succession, because I didn't want to stop to write a review. 🤩


This is the "tale" of Emma, a high school senior, who learns that she is half Syrena (it's a mermaid/merman, but don't say that to their face) after meeting Galen, a gorgeous Syrena prince, who is allowed to visit land in order to study humans. Emma literally bumped into Galen on a beach in Florida where she and her best friend were v
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This review also appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!

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
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Read the full non-spoilery review @A Perfection Called Books

The Concept:

I was a bit hesitant to read this book because whenever I think of mermaids, wait, I don't think of mermaids! That's just it. It seems like such a childish idea/fantasy, it's something I haven't though about since the days of watching The Little Mermaid. I didn't think I'd like this book because it focuses on mermaids, but I did end up liking it! The mer-people in this book are called Syrena. There's forbidden romance, myste
Carlie K
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
3.75 stars
This review is originally posted on The Bookish Girl
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I first picked up this series because I thought it had something to do with Greek Mythology, which I’m obsessed with. As it turned out, there was nothing “Greeky” about it. However, I can ensure you that this book is not a disappointment, but rather a surpri
Sep 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
If you’re up for a good plot idea but odd and unflattering execution that manages to insult the female race with it’s promotion of patriarchalism, then this is your book.

If, like me, all you’ve ever asked for is a mildly engaging plot, simple (I’m not asking for anyone to spew the dictionary) but fluid and concise writing with a sprinkling of tastefully used metaphors, a good grasp on tense and POV, characterisation that is either relatable or satirical and a little bit of common sense then
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Omg this was super cute and hilarious.
Noha Badawi
Wow, it's been a very long time since I finished a book in that record-of-a-time.

I really enjoyed this book, awesome debut to the series and the way it ended; kinda of a i-knew-it moment, but I couldn't put my hands on it before,, I like how Anna Banks left to be unraveled until the very last pages.
The Mythology in the story is awesome, I'm obsessed with all things Poseidon so ... *cheers*
I loved how easy it was to get into this book, how simple the story started off and very interesting to keep
Cait (Caitsbooks)
To say I loved this series would be an understatement.
Ashley Daviau
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun and unexpected read! I thought the idea sounded interesting but I was worried what the execution would be like. I had absolutely nothing to worry about though because it was great. I loved the whole idea and concept, it drew me in right from the start and was incredibly interesting. My only minor complaint is that I didn’t really LOVE the characters, I only liked them and it took away from my enjoyment a teeny bit. Other than that, it was great!
Apr 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc-galley
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
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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 did f
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“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.”
“Basically, everyone thinks--knows--how sweet I am.

Emma, you threw my sister through hurricane-proof glass.”
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