Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review: Of Poseidon

Author: Anna Banks
Release Date: May 22nd 212 [US] | June 1st 2012 [AUS]
Publisher: Fiewel & Friends [US] | Hardie Grant Egmont [AUS]
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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.



Anna Banks has shown this clumsy, two-legged human that mermaids are COOL. Except when they spear me with their tails for calling them mermaids. Apologies, Syrena. Of Poseidon opens with a manly-chested, melodramatic scene, that sets the tone of the book and instantly gives you a feel for Emma's highly infectious voice. That one day on the beach changed so much for her.  Where she lost one important element in her life, she gained another in the form of Galen and his fiery sister, Rayna. Galen is a Syrena and he senses something similar in Emma, he just can't figure out how or why. He's determined to find out, because if she is what who he thinks, she will play a vital role in uniting the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. But Galen is not exactly adept in human relations.... that boy does not understand the rules of socialising, despite the fact that he acts as 'human ambassador' for the syrena. It makes it all the more entertaining to read as he makes himself present in Emma's life.

I like that we got to read from Emma and Galen's perspective, both with entirely different attitudes toward life. Their chapters compliment each other and allowed us a more thorough knowledge of their respective worlds. Their banter was a breath of fresh air when compared to those many YA relationships where everyone is so serious and fighting to maintain their tortured, secretly-pooping-my-pants expressions. Galen is not used to a girl who will stand up to him - a Syrena Prince! - of all people, and it both frustrated and deeply intrigued him. The more she pushed, the harder he fell for her. And the more she had to battle her growing attraction to this strange and pretty mereboy... attractive water critter.... sexy syrena. They teased, they argued, they charmed the fins off each other. Most importantly, they challenged one another and that's what made their relationship exciting.

Galen did have me flapping the pages in annoyance a few times, urging him to freaking move it already! Do't just watch, you idiot! (yes, shark scene and girl fight!). But despite my growls of frustration, I could understand his reasons for not intervening. He is not me. He thinks differently. He is different. He's not human, and I had to adjust to a few of their differences. As soon as I did, I found myself falling deeper and deeper into the addictive and undeniably enjoyable novel. It's fun and light, but that doesn't make it vapid. It's a book that knows how to enjoy life, but when the stakes are raised and smiles shift to frowns, you're just as captivated and even more so invested in what happens because you've grown to adore the characters.

Rayna and Toraf are secondary characters, but just as integral to the story. As is there ever complicated and woefully entertaining relationship. Toraf makes it boldly obvious that he's in love with Rayna and his attempts at trying to get on a base warmer than the bottom of the arctic are adorable. Rayna is clearly in denial mode. It's obvious she has feelings for him, but I absolutely understand why she kept pushing him away and goddamn, I would too! Sort of. Maybe. A little. If I could ignore his charming personality. She wants a choice, something syrena women are rarely entitled to and be damned if she's going to let some man take it away from her. I loved her girl power and that soft, kitten centre that pawed behind her walls of fire and steel.

I was fascinated to learn more about the Syrena history, their laws, tradition and hierarchy.  Every time we learnt one thing, I was immediately waiting for the next nugget of information to be revealed. Of Poseidon is a grin-worthy, enchanting swim through the deep blue sea. It's cheeky and romantic, while still maintaining an engaging plotline that offers plenty of fodder for fishy drama and exciting revelations. Definitely pop this one on your wishlist!

4/5 Golden Apples!

26 comments:

  1. Awesome review! I liked the history and multiple perspectives too.

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    1. Thank you! :) The history is something I'll definitely welcome more of. So interesting!

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  2. I've seen only good reviews on this and can't wait to get my hands on it. Awesome review :) I am glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Touche! I've yet to read any bad reviews and I can so understand why, it's the kind of book to leave a smile on your face when you close :) Hope you enjoy it when you read!

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  3. AAAAAAAAAAH! I forgot today was Brodie-post day! Seriously... I forgot it was Tuesday... I've been convinced it's Wednesday all day and it's DEPRESSING O____O

    ANYWAY! THIS:

    "Their banter was a breath of fresh air when compared to those many YA relationships where everyone is so serious and fighting to maintain their tortured, secretly-pooping-my-pants expressions."

    Ahahaha! And this is all I have to say about that.

    Also: as much as I like 'pretty mere-boy', I believe the correct term is man-fish hehehe!

    Also ALSO! "Of Poseidon is a grin-worthy, enchanting swim through the deep blue sea. It's cheeky and romantic, while still maintaining an engaging plotline that offers plenty of fodder for fishy drama and exciting revelations." THIS THIS THIS THIS THIIIIIIS! You summed up, well, the whole book PERFECTLY *pokes* Why do I even bother? *sigh*


    AAAAAAAAAH! I KNOW WHY I FORGOT IT WAS TUESDAY! YOU POSTED YESTERDAY! THE DAEMON THING! YOU'RE DOING THIS DELIBERATELY TO MESS WITH MY FRAGILE GRIP ON REALITY I KNOW IT I KNOW IT I KNOW IT *STARES*

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    1. You know... because I keep track of my week... err... based on your posting schedule? :S

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    2. MAN-FISH! *facepalm* So stupid of me. I insulted his syrena-hood AND manhood. My lifespan feels considerably shorter right now....

      Hehehe! I often wonder if your slip-ups are a mark of a terribly inexperienced creeper or just one so free of inhibitions that she does not care if people think her a disturbing, maniacal stalker. Whichever it is, I still love you :)

      Also: Muahahahahahaha! My goal in life is TO CRUELLY SHATTER YOUR REALITY! Is working. Obviously >:D

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    3. Inhibitions? I do not know this word... You explain? :D
      Shattered reality sounds somehow delicious... Like smashed up pieces of glass-toffee... You know, just the golden brown, clear, sugar and water version? That... *drools* heper... I mean toffeeeeee...

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  4. BRODIE!!!

    Awesome review, as always! Keep up the good work!

    I can't wait until this book comes out in Australia! I really want to read it!

    You're awesome, as usual :P

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    1. MIRIAM!!! Thank you! Oh I think you'll love this one. It's such a fun, enjoyable ride! :D

      You are 5 times more awesome. OWN IT.

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  5. Eeeeep!! I know what you mean. I was frustrated too with the shark scene and girl fight scene - especially the girl fight scene - but that just proves his being inhuman. :) Great review! I knew you'd like it, too! Book 2 please come soon - is there book 2???

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    1. Yes! My initial response was WTF ARE YOU DOING? but I could understand, since he's not like us, his opinions and outlook on life is different. I had a feeling that I'd like it after you and so many others had written such amazing reviews. So excited for the sequel! I'm 99% certain there IS, given how it ended :)

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  6. Wow there are a lot of interesting names there. Was it ever hard to keep track of it all? @_@ I seriously have trouble with mermaid/siren books, but since this one seems to have a bit more of a contemporary spin on it, I'm seriously considering picking this up sometime before my life ends. :P So many books...not enough time. Great review as always, Brodie!

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  7. Oohh awesome Brodie! I loved this one too and I rated it 4 stars. There was just something about it that was so captivating and I thought it was so unpredictable. GREAT REVIEW!!! =)

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  8. Cheeky and romance, checks off two criteria on my list :) BUT, and this is a big butt(HAHA, I'm so much fun today) I do hate it when a character annoys me, I'm not sure I could be as forgiving as you, Brodie :) This was a wonderful review of Poseidon(and the first one I've read so far actually).

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  9. I've heard a lot of things about Galen a lot of people were frustrated by him but I really think I'm going to give this one a shot.I've been looking for a nice fun read for some time .

    Nice review :)


    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

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  10. Great review, Brodie! I'm super glad you liked this book too! I thought it was an awesome read! If only the sequel would hurry up already!

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  11. Sexy Syrena... LOL that just made my day! x)

    I love everything about your review, but mostly, I love how you wrote an entire paragraph devoting yourself to Rayna & Toraf's relationship because I loved them both so much too!! Galen was frustrating sometimes (but his obliviousness made him so endearing too <3), but Toraf's scene when he kissed BLANK and BLANK freaked out was my favourite!! x) And it sounds like you and Rayna are made of awesome together! :D (I'd probably cave in to Toraf early on LOL...)

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL review, Brodie! It's so easy to forget that you aren't an author on your own because you always write such beautifully written and totally entertaining reviews! :') <3

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  12. Ok, this is another one of those books that I need right now. Please? I'ma have to go hunt! Awesome review Brodie! I want me some Syrena!

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  13. I really want to read this book! I love that the secondary characters are important to the story too. I am a character person, so this impresses me ;). Plus the story...I won't even bother to go into how cool it sounds. I just want to read this now! Great review :).

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  14. Your review was so funny, Brodie! I let Saz's review persuade me to give this book a go and you've just convinced me even more that I should read this because it sounds like a lot of fun!

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  15. What a great review. You really gave me a feel for the book. It sounds like another one I'd like.

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  16. Oh okayyy...so it's SYRENA not MERMAIDS!?!?! I initially thought SYRENA was the name of one of the characters...but looks like I was WAY OFF!

    pretty mereboy... attractive water critter.... sexy syrena. HAUDHSAIDHSAIUDHSIUDHSAIU I WANT TO MEET GALEN!!!! AND OMG! A PRINCE!?!?!/! HOLY FREAKING CRAP. THE LAST "PRINCE" I READ ABOUT, I TOTALLY FELL FOR! BUT A SYRENA PRINCE?!?! OMGOMGOMGOMGOOMG I CAN'T WAIT TO MEET HIM!<333333

    Brodieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! AMAZINGGGG review<3 I can't wait to start this:DD

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  17. Oh goodness, I'm becoming more and more curious about this one. Thanks for the awesome review, and I MUST say, I love the way you write. Too fun!! I will probably continue calling them mermaids though. I just can't help it. haha

    -Lauren

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  18. Hehe, don't lie Brodie ;) You would totally give into Toraf... YOU CANNOT RESIST YA BOYS. Don't worry though, I'm sure Galen and Toraf both prefer Canadian girls <3

    I've heard so many great things about this book and I am reaaaaally excited for it! Galen sounds like a fascinating character just like all the other mermaids (Syrena, Syrena! That's what I meant!). I don't read many books about under-the-sea creatures but I so should because they sound FLIPPING (get it... flippers? LOL) fantastic!

    Great review, Brodezilla! :) (I'm testing that out... WHAT DO YOU THINK?)

    Sonia

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  19. Banter, you say? I love banter! :D I honestly have no idea if I will like this or not. It's received some great reviews, but me and mermaids aren't always the best of friends. Maybe that's why I keep pushing this further and further down my TBR pile. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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