by Anna Banks
Feiwel and Friends
Pub. Date: May 22, 2012
Book received from: Publisher
Emma thinks she is an ordinary girl, until one day she discovers that she is a direct descendent of Poseidon, which actually explains a lot. With the help of dreamy Syrena (mermaid) Galen, she discovers that she has special abilities and she could live a life so different from her current one. There is a girl fight, talking with sea life, discovering secrets of her past, a love interest, dealing with arranged marriages, and sarcastic, witty dialog along the way. That basically sums it up.
Although the idea and the overall story of the book is nothing earth-shattering or unique, there is something magical about the telling of it all that left me unable to put Of Poseidon down. First off, Emma is an incredibly likable and realistic teenager. She has a temper, but she is sensitive. She is beautiful, but does not realize it. She is a clutz and blushes at everything, and always has a sarcastic comment to add to what could have been an overly dramatic story. Then there is Galen, the dreamy mermaid hunk that must keep certain things secret from Emma, only because of different social structures that he is not yet ready to explain.
The dialog and language used by the characters is very real, as are the situations in which they find themselves. They do not come across as kids playing at being adults, but teens being young adults. There were many times I laughed out loud at the witty remarks Emma had, and her reactions throughout the story were how a teen would react- somewhat dramatic, unsure, and curious. Although there are some issues of dominating males, arranged marriages, and females expected to be submissive, the leading ladies turn it all on its head. They are mouthy, tough, and give the guys a run for their money, defying the gender norms of the Syrena.
While it is not a deep, thought-provoking read, Of Poseidon is a fun, quick read that will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, and the cliffhanger at the end is incredibly frustrating- all making it a sure thing that I will read the next (please tell me there is more!).
This book can be purchased at Amazon.com, as well as your local independent bookseller.
For more about Anna Banks, go to her website here.