Published By: Fewel & Friends: An imprint of Macmillian Publishing
Publication Date: May 22, 2012
Date Read: October 14, 2013
Genre: YA - Paranormal / Mermaids
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...
Told from both Emma and Galen's points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.
"I'm saying you're what I want, Emma. I'm saying I'm in love with you."
You know one of those books that when it first releases you have to buy it like right now coz you've been waiting for it for like forever... but then life happens, you get distracted by other books and over a year later it's still sitting unread on your shelf? Yeah that is what Of Poseidon is for me. I was so excited about it when it first released and then it sat there for so long I guess I kind of overlooked it for a long time. Well the time finally came when I was like yeah I'll read Of Poseidon now... DUDE what the heck was I waiting so long for? This book is freaking awesome. It's fair to say I am now kicking myself for not cracking this book open as soon as it was in my hands.
Emma is on vacation with her best friend when she runs into the super-hot Galen... no literally like smack, bang falls into, face squished on his chest, runs into. Emma is mortified and can't get away from him fast enough. But Emma is about to see Galen a whole lot more. After the tragedy of losing her best friend Emma is devastated. But when Galen turns up as a new student at her school things are about to change. Galen isn't human. He's a Syrena and Emma is showing the gift of his people and he is certain that she is the key to saving his kingdom. Can Galen convince Emma of her gift... and can he sacrifice the first girl to stir up feelings in him to save the future of his people?
Seriously I cannot believe how long I waited to read this. I mean right from the start I was completely addicted to this story. I have to admit that I haven't read a whole lot of mermaid/seapeople books and I definitely wouldn't include them in a "favourites" list but Of Poseidon might just be the exception to that. Anna's fantastic storytelling skills completely hooked me from the start and I just couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved it.
Emma... Man I just loved her. She's a complete clutz always tripping over stuff and falling into people and she just had my giggling right through the book at her clumsiness. She is so awesome and a great character to associate with while reading. She's just a normal girl and I loved that. So many heroines are sometimes depicted as super-model gorgeous and their personality is perfect so I loved that Emma wasn't like that.
Galen... I was completely head-over-heels in love with Galen right from the start I absolutely adored him. He is such a sweeties and I loved how he wasn't a complete asshole at the start. So many YA male protagonists are just horrid and assholes at the start and then are nicer later. I loved that Galen was such a sweetie from the start... but he teased Emma a lot about her clumsiness and everything and I loved that. It made me laugh. And having two main characters that make you laugh is an instant win... have two main character AND the two supporting characters that make you laugh = BEST BOOK EVER!
Of Poseidon was such an awesome twist on the Poseidon/Triton tale and I loved seeing this new interpretation where they weren't gods but just kings of the sea. The incredible character, awesome storytelling and the twist on the tale had me speeding through this book and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
One thing I adored about this book is that it's told in split point of view. I loved that we got chapters from Emma's POV but that we also got chapters from Galen's POV. One thing I wasn't a huge fan of was the alternation between first and third person. When we got the story from Emma's point of view it was told in first person whereas when we got Galen's point of view it's told in third point of view. I wasn't really a fan of this and couldn't fathom out why it was like this. The more I read the more I got used to it. Honestly I'd have rather it have all been told in first person or all told in third person. I found the switch between the two a little strange and I was constantly wondering why it had been done.
Of Poseidon is such a fantastic book. I can't praise it enough. It's such a fantastic story and I cannot wait to get my hands on Of Triton. I seriously need to go order it like right now. I am so excited to see what happens next. I have to admit that I wasn't all that surprised by the twist I kind of saw it coming and had already figured it out but I still had that "I need the next book nooooooow" feeling. I'm so excited to see what happens with Emma and Galen. This is definitely a must-read series. I would recommend to anyone.
"I love you. More than you know. No matter what happens."