Thursday, August 8, 2013

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

2/5 Stars
Of Poseidon
Author: Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: May 22, 2012

Mermaids and Dragons are mythical creatures that don’t seem to make sense to me. Don’t get me wrong I don’t hate them or anything but I’ve read so few books about both that I’m kind of indifferent to them. Originally I had no intention of picking up Of Poseidon but after some twitter peer pressure I gave in and honestly I probably should have stuck with my original instinct.

Of Poseidon begins interestingly enough Emma and her best friend are at the beach when they encounter a total hottie and his rude sister. The something totally unexpected happens and I think the story is going to really start there…but it doesn’t. Instead the story becomes your typical insta-love, high school drama, overly possessive guy novel this time with mermaids.

Emma has gone through a lot for her age, losing those closest to her, and having a bad relationship with her mother you’d think she would be an interesting character but to me she was just another Mary-Sue type lead. I never really understood her choices one second she was completely against talking or going near Galen and then the next she was all about they guy.

That brings us to Galen, Mr. Syrena (mermaid) Prince, himself. He was the typical brooding, rich, super hot, overly-protective, male lead. When I was reading about him I kept getting déjà vu, he was just a carbon cut out of every other YA male lead on the market.

The one redeeming thing about this book was the twist at the end that leads me to believe the next book will have more action and more surprise twists and turns. Unfortunately, for me the twist came too late and I have no plans to pick up the sequel.

Overall, I can see why other people liked this book. It has all the requisite elements for a hit, hot boy lead, drama, a female lead that was just relateable enough, but for me there were just too many similarities to other stories for me to truly enjoy Of Poseidon.


  1. This was a book I never really intended to pick up and it sounds like that was a good thing. Too bad you didn't enjoy it more! Great review, by the way. ~Pam

  2. I have to admit that I've never had much interest in this book. I think mermaids are interesting, but I'm pretty much over paranormal creatures at this time...especially ones that follow the traditional YA tropes. Great review! I'm glad I skipped this one.

  3. Awh damn! I have this on my I think I shall put it off for awhile! Thanks for the review hun! Bummer you didn't like it more! ):

    Haley @ YA-Aholic

  4. Aaaaww, I gave this 4 stars. While I do understand why you didn't like it, I was such a newbie in reading when I read this that I just gobbled it up. And yes, the ending really made me want to read the sequel. I actually have Of Triton in my shelf but I still have to get to it! Great honest review!