Thursday, April 5, 2012

Of Poseidon

Of Poseidon
Anna Banks
324 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: NetGalley

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

While on vacation with her friend in Florida, Emma literally runs into Galen, a very attractive young man who, unbeknownst to her, was sent to watch her.  When her friend is attacked by a shark and Emma tries but ultimately fails to save her, and when Galen shows up at her high school the following fall, she knows something's up... she's different from the rest...

This was the first book I've ever read about mermaids, or in this case they're called Syrena.  I found the whole thing very intriguing.  Emma was a complex character, very well-developed.  She's upset over her friend's death but at the same time she's also very interested in learning what it is specifically that makes her different.  She's stubborn as all get out, but she's also shows weakness and need protecting.  I loved the secondary characters, as well.  They all came together to knit a well-written, refreshing story.

This book is told from two points of view: first person by Emma, and third person by Galen.  The two alternating pouts of view weren't confusing, but I felt they made the flow of the novel rather chunky and I didn't care for it.  That's why Of Poseidon lost one star from me.

And after all that... it was the last sentence of the book that sealed the deal for me.  I knew it was coming, but it wasn't any less shocking of a revelation when it finally came out.  Goodreads doesn't have a sequel listed for Of Poseidon, but that one sentence lead me to think as I shut off my Nook at three in the morning, "What happens next!?"  How could there not be a sequel to this awesome novel?  We shall see.

Four stars!  This is going to sound cliche, but fans of Twilight are sure to like Of Poseidon - I got the same vibe from both of them.  Of course, if you hated Twilight, there's still reason for you to pick up Of Poseidon as well, mainly just because it was such an intriguing book.  The book will be out May 22nd.

4/12 complete!

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