By Anna Banks
Of Poseidon – Book One
Available May 2012
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 the key to his kingdom . . .
This Blonde’s Review:
When Emma runs into Galen when on vacation with her best friend we think we know exactly where this is going. Clumsy girl and extremely hot guy, instant attraction. Fiesty best friend there to push the shy main character to go after the guy. And in some ways, we’re right. In others, Anna Banks throws us for a loop.
Meeting Emma is eye opening for Galen, since he never expected to sense someone like her on land. She doesn’t look like the Syrena and she doesn’t act like them either. Since Syrena can’t sense each other on land, being able to sense her shocks Galen. He is drawn to her even while he doesn’t want to believe what his senses are telling him. When Galen sees proof that she is Syrena and has the gift of Poseidon he knows he can’t ignore Emma’s existence.
In a move that is only possible with the help of humans and lots of ready cash, Galen follows her home and starts attending the same classes she does. Luckily for us Emma doesn’t want to fall into Galen’s arms the way the rest of the girls in school do. When she finds out he isn’t human and that she isn’t as normal as she thought, Emma still wants to stand on her own without him.
Galen isn’t willing to admit what he feels for Emma since he knows her abilities make her destined for someone else. All they can do is hope to find an answer before anyone else finds out about her.
I enjoyed Emma. I love that even though Galen is supposed to be the hottest of the hot she still won’t fall all over him. She won’t listen to his demands or back down from him. Galen is such a foolish boy I can’t help but love him and want to smack him. He’s used to keeping his own counsel and doesn’t tell his sister, his best friend, or Emma any of the information that could be useful to them.
I loved the secondary characters in this one too. The temperamental sister, the lovable best friend, the caring but stubborn mother, and the rest. They all showcase different elements of our main characters and can guide them in unique ways. Each character had distinct impacts on the storyline and weren’t pointless additions to the story. Often I forget several of the characters because they seem to have little to no use in the story except to say that the main character had a friend/sister/etc. That isn’t the case here.
I have so many other comments I wanted to make about this story, but most of them pertain to information I don’t want to spoil for you. There were a few things that were obvious to me from the beginning, but it may not be obvious to everyone since the author wasn’t in our faces with the information. The twist doesn’t come out of no where so readers who don’t see few details coming from early in the story will find it easy to look back and recognize the signs.
I really look forward to reading the next book in this series. I would love to see more development of the world Anna Banks is creating, it’s a fascinating one. I also can’t wait to see where Emma will end up. Will she be on land or with the Syrena? With Galen, someone else, or alone? And I can’t wait to find out what happens with the last part of the book. It could go so many directions that I wish I had the second book right in front of me to find out.
If books about Mermaids and a girl who finds out she’s a mermaid with above average powers, then you’ll want to know Emma and the world of the Syrena. The cover didn’t appeal to me, but this is a case of don’t judge a book by the cover.