Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

53%

42 Critic Reviews

Of Poseidon was a read that would’ve been a lot better for me with a pair of less jerky male characters.
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Synopsis

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.

 

About Anna Banks

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Anna Banks grew up in a small town called Niceville (yes, really). She now lives in Crestview, Florida, with her husband and their daughter. This is her debut novel. Jennifer Bosworth lives in Los Angeles, California, where lightning hardly ever strikes, but when it does she takes cover. She is the writer half of a writer/director team with her husband, Ryan Bosworth.   Emmy Laybourne is a screenwriter, lyricist, and actress. She has acted in movies, television, and improv groups including Chicago City Limits. She lives in Chestnut Ridge, New York, with her husband and their two children. Monument 14 marks her fiction debut. Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. She is fond of glamour, ghouls, and costuming, and gets to indulge all of these fancies in her other life as a makeup artist. She can occasionally be heard singing with her band, Captain Automatic.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends. 337 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Of Poseidon
All: 42 | Positive: 23 | Negative: 19

Tor

Below average
Reviewed by Michael Jones on Jun 21 2012

...ultimately Of Poseidon fits too neatly into the same mold as its peers.

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Dark Faerie Tales

Good
Reviewed by Kayla on Jun 30 2012

This book is filled head-to-flipping-fin with witty comments and comic relief scenes... The mythology behind the story is intriguing, with the multiple layers and history Galen learns as the story progresses.

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365 Days of Reading

Below average
Reviewed by Lauren on May 30 2012

The story is riddled with clichés, such as a love interest whose sole purpose in life is to protect and assist the heroine.

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Good Choice Reading

Below average
Reviewed by Damaris on Jun 01 2012

Of Poseidon is one of those books that the story doesn't wow you, but the characters do.

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Chick Loves Lit

Good
Reviewed by Shanyn on Jun 01 2012

Banks does a great job of building up the story, adding details as we learn more and more, leading all the way up to the last sentence. F

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Hippies, Beauty, and Books Oh My!

Below average
Reviewed by Amanda Welling

What I wasn’t so fond of was the predictability of the story... Every little detail and aspect was very foreseeable...

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My Shelf Confessions

Good
Reviewed by Tabitha on Jun 18 2012

Of the three mermaid books I’ve read this past month this one definitely is the front runner and I absolutely plan to read the next one!

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Candace's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Candace on May 11 2012

It was definitely a read worth my time and I'm quite eager for the next one as that ending was killer!

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Mermaid Vision Books

Good
Reviewed by Angel Cruz on May 18 2012

Surprising me with a knock-out mermaid story, Of Poseidon carries itself with grace and humour.

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Xpresso Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Giselle on May 17 2012

For a book with such a strong character orientation, I was disappointed that almost every one of them didn't sit well with me.

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The Book Cellar

Good
Reviewed by Erica on May 29 2012

What a fresh new take on mermaids and a delightful cast of characters to go along with it!

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Novel Novice

Good
Reviewed by Sara on May 18 2012

The end result is a story that is richly developed, well-conceived, and expertly executed.

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Addicted 2 Heroines

Below average
Reviewed by Jamie on May 21 2012

Overall, I did enjoy this book, although it was a bit more "high school" than I would have liked.

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reutreads

Below average
Reviewed by Reut on May 22 2012

Of Poseidon was a read that would’ve been a lot better for me with a pair of less jerky male characters.

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Book Passion for Life

Good
May 17 2012

From page one I was captivated until the very last page and honestly, I’d highly recommend this book to anyone.

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Just a Lil' Lost...

Below average
Reviewed by Michele on Jun 04 2012

The narrative felt a bit juvenile at times, and the characters didn’t always make sense in their motivation and actions.

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Emilie's Book World

Good
Reviewed by Emilie on May 21 2012

Right from the start it put a smile on my face and that smile stayed there all the way through... Of Poseidon was the perfect mermaid read.

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YA Love

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Andersen on Jun 20 2012

The blend of romance, mythology, mystery, and humor makes Of Poseidon a book that’s difficult to put down.

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Nina Reads

Good
Reviewed by Nina on Jun 05 2012

Of Poseidon returned my faith in mermaid books, and has everything I like in my mythology-based stories...

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Sophistikatied Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Katie on May 22 2012

It's a breath of fresh air from the usual mermaid book, using charming characters and gorgeous undersea backdrops to weave together this imaginative, romantic and stunning debut!

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Bloggers Heart Books

Below average
Reviewed by Julie on May 21 2012

I was really, really let down...First person for Emma, but third person for Galen. It was kind of confusing and kind of annoying going back and forth. I don't mind switching characters, but I like my books in first OR third, not both.

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Moonlight Reader

Good
Reviewed by Ange on Jun 09 2012

It was a brilliant and captivating debut novel by the amazing Anna Banks.

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For What It's Worth

Below average
Reviewed by Karen on May 23 2012

I think my problem was, that other than the mermaid mythology, Of Poseidon didn't stand out from the crowd when it came to the awkward girl falls for hot boy plotline prevalent in today's YA.

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Book Brats

Below average
Reviewed by Megan

Maybe the story just didn’t satisfy me as much as it could have, but the presentation of girls as objects to be controlled by men... just was a big no-no for me.

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Radiant Shadows

Good
Reviewed by Kelly on Sep 07 2012

I was able to push aside my inside critic, who cringed with each reference to Galen's perfect physique and Emma's soft curves, and just enjoy the story superficially as a fairytale romance.

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Read. Breathe. Relax.

Good
Reviewed by Lisa on Jul 24 2012

Hands down, I loved Of Poseidon... It was funny, steamy and super exciting.

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The Story Siren

Good
Reviewed by Kristi on Jun 15 2012

Of Poseidon was light, entertaining, cute and just plain fun!

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Mundie Moms

Good
Reviewed by Katieb Mundie Moms on Jun 06 2012

If you're looking for that perfect summer read to spend the afternoon with, than I highly recommend picking up this debut! This is one hot, sizzling, summer read!

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Bookosaur

Below average

With the influx of underwater stories, I’d recommend tossing this one back – there’s plenty of other fish in the sea.

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Chicks with Crossbows

Good
Reviewed by Tori on Jul 23 2012

It has so much in common with Twilight--that if I’d ticked off those points, you’d probably groan and put it on your shelf of lost causes.

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Reading Teen

Below average
Reviewed by Andye on Jun 18 2012

Although awkward at times, Of Poseidon was full of intrigue, mystery, romance and humor.

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Missy's Reads & Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Missy on May 21 2012

Now, despite my lack of fondness for the characters I did find the mythology of this book to be up to par.

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Miss Page-Turner

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on May 03 2012

Anna Banks created an underwater world which I can’t already wait to dive deeper into in its sequel.

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Reading in the Corner

Good
Reviewed by Jessi on Jun 12 2012

The quirky characters and well-crafted mermaid lore will pull in all fans of mermaid stories.

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Musings of a YA Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Zahida on May 25 2012

I thought perhaps I was being overly critical and so kept reading; but the more I read, the more the characters irritated me.

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Squeaky Books

Good
Reviewed by Enna Isilee on May 25 2012

This book is still GREAT addition to the paranormal romance category because it stands out.

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Almost Grown-Up

Good
Reviewed by Jen on May 22 2012

A fun take on mermaids and paranormal romance, Of Poseidon will have you swooning and laughing through its pages.

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Deborah's Books

Below average
Reviewed by Deborah on Jul 30 2012

There were a few places where I felt a little bit lost, like things hadn't been explained well enough, but they were all minor incidences and not crucial to the storyline.

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Abibliophobic

Below average
Reviewed by Allison on Jun 17 2012

While the tension in this book didn't leave me on the edge of my seat and the cliffhanger could be seen from a mile away, this book fit my mood exactly.

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Mindful Musings

Below average
Reviewed by Natalie on May 28 2012

My biggest problem with this book were the relationship interactions between Emma and Galen.

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The Flashlight Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Alanna on Aug 23 2012

I didn’t think there was an extreme amount of world building in this book... Nothing really exciting or overly inventive there.

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The Literature Lion

Good
Reviewed by Lexi on Jun 28 2012

You'll be sucked into this book like a current taking you away!

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