I will just come right out and say that Of Poseidon by Anna Banks did not work for me. I unfortunately had a rough time bringing myself to care about the book, which sucks because I want to get into this whole mermaid trend. Of Poseidon is about Emma and opens up with Emma and her best friend Chloe walking the beach in Florida. Emma runs smack into this guy with startling blue eyes then she goes swimming in the ocean. While swimming, Chloe is attacked by a shark and dies while Emma tries to stop the shark. I know. She then goes back home to the Jersey Shore where lo and behold the guy with blue eyes shows up and is in her school and ALL OF HER CLASSES.
It turns out that the guy is a Syrena, his name is Galen and Emma has sent his senses tingling, because she’s a Syrena too. Pretty much the rest of Of Poseidon is Emma reacting to her discovery that she’s a mermaid and learning to use her mermaid gifts. Oh yeah and Emma and Galen fighting each other and fighting their attraction to each other. Also Galen has an annoying sister Rayna who is kind of a fireball and engaged without her consent to this other mermaid, Toraf, who okay, is kind of funny, but makes my skin crawl with the non-consent thing.
I think my biggest issue with Of Poseidon is that it is very confusing. It alternates between Emma’s first person perspective and a third person perspective that follows Galen. I felt unable to get my bearings and feel grounded in the story, because just when I would get comfortable with one perspective, it would switch. For me, the technique did not work at all for the story. I think that maybe I would have better been able to connect if the author would have just picked one narration style and stuck with it instead of this alternation.
Galen, the love interest, just didn’t do it for me. You guys he was such a creepy stalker and he would get violent if other guys became interested in Emma. And okay, I get that he lives in the ocean and their society and social norms are different from ours, but as a human woman reading this I felt the relationship was incredibly unhealthy and unsexy. Sorry, give me a good old fashioned romance based on mutual respect and trust over this any day. I just did not like how Galen was very insistent on being in control.
Emma as a character is a bit of a snooze. Honestly the only defining characteristic I can think of is her blonde hair and purple eyes. And FYI every time her purple eyes were mentioned, I giggled as wrong as that sounds. I really wish that I could have connected more with Emma while reading about her, but I just felt sort of lukewarm about her.
I think that I would have enjoyed Of Poseidon more if it had stayed in one perspective, if I found the characters interesting and if the mythology played a larger role.
Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley.
Other reviews of Of Poseidon by Anna Banks:
The Book Swarm – “A fabulous summer read”
Paranormal Indulgence – “this book is, seriously, HILARIOUS.”
Literary Exploration – “Fun, quirky story”
Miss Remmer’s Review – “whisked me away to a reality I could imagine filled with characters I adored”