After a seemingly chance encounter with Galen, a guy she bumps into on the beach, Emma finds herself constantly in contact with this tall and handsome stranger. What she doesn’t realize is that he’s a Syrena and that he’s been looking for a girl that can communicate with underwater creatures. The girl who possesses this special gift is the missing piece to the puzzle that will save his underwater world. If only he can convince Emma – and himself – that it might be her.
Being the first mermaid book I’ve read, I wasn’t sure what to expect. With all the books about vampires and werewolves, it was only a matter of time before mermaids became the next big thing. I’m not sure if this book has changed any preconceived notions I may have had about this new budding “genre”, but I remain indifferent, and open to the possibility.
I liked Of Poseidon okay enough, but I wasn’t fully sold on it. The narrative felt a bit juvenile at times, and the characters didn’t always make sense in their motivation and actions. The overuse of endearments like “angelfish” and “minnow” with the constant “ohmysweetgoodness” got me eye-rolling quite a bit after a while. Interestingly enough, Emma uses such non-swear words so often that it seemed really out of character for her to call Galen a “jack*ss” at one point. With how Banks describes Emma’s best friend Chloe, in complete sincerity and seemingly no self deprecation, it’s a wonder why Emma would consider Chloe her BFF. Her actions don’t make her sound like a very nice person.
All that being said, I did enjoy the premise of the story. The story of the Poseidon & Triton houses, and the history of the Syrenas, are all very well thought out. I can tell that a lot of backstory was created for this fictional underwater society, and I’m looking forward to finding out more about them. If nothing else, the book sets up to the last 10 pages of this book where the action really leaves you with a cliffhanger for the sequel.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ (3/5 stars)
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