Book Review: Of Poseidon

Book Review: Of PoseidonOf Poseidon by Anna Banks
Series: Of Poseidon #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 22nd 2012
Pages: 336

Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help--no matter what the risk.

Ever since I was a little girl, Ariel from The Little Mermaid has always been my favorite Disney Princess. Even years later, I still now most of the lines from the movie, and still watch it on occassion. Oh, to be a little girl again. And as part of that childhood love, whenever I encounter a mermaid book, I know that I have to give it a shot.
Of Poseidon hits the spot as it tells the story of Emma, a seemingly ordinary girl, who gets swept away on an epic under the sea adventure. Ok, so Of Poseidon is not exactly similar to The Little Mermaid, but it has mermaids, so it works in the end.
Of Poseidon is a little rough. Emma, our MC, encounters the mysterious Galen while on vacation. Some events unfold, and readers are lead to believe that Emma, our seemingly ordinary human MC, could in fact be the long lost princess that undersea kingdom has been searching for.
While the plot for Of Poseidon was, in all honestly, attention grabbing, Of Poseidon has a fair share of issues. The biggest being that the book suffers from poor pacing. The majority of the action happens either at the beginning or the end of the book, with the remaining middle unfortunately lagging. At times, I seriously thought about either skipping to the end of the book to see how it finished or just quitting all together. And that was disappointing. Plot wise, Of Poseidon is one of the better mermaid tales. But with the pacing off, it made the book feel like it was ten times longer than what it really was.
It was not really until the near ending of the book that events really turned. I wish that the urgency that effects the ending of the book had been more even throughout. Instead, readers are faced with: action, lag, super action… cliffhanger.
Final Verdict:
Of Poseidon is an odd combination of hot and cold.
Hot: Unique mermaid premise. Characters that have plenty of potential to evolve.
Cold: A bit of a predictable ending. Poor pacing that bring the overall feeling of the book down quite a bit.
And although, Of Poseidon hits the sweet spot for my desire for mermaid books, some of the downsides make me question my desire for the book's sequel. Right now, I am on board for the sequel. The premise is interesting enough to make me want book two. After that, who knows.
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2 responses to “Book Review: Of Poseidon

  1. I agree with you on the issues here. I really enjoyed the book overall, but the same issues bothered me as well. It was that cliffhanger ending that really got me and ensured that I will read the sequel. I need to know how that turns out lol!

  2. Jess (The Cozy Reader)

    I didn’t think the ending was predictable at all. I was shocked and only predicted it RIGHT before it happened. Plus, the ending is a major cliffhanger…. What will happen next!? I can’t wait to find out.

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