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Product Details

  • Series: Syrena Legacy
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; First Edition, First Printing edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250003326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250003324
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...[has] a great deal of charm."—Publishers Weekly

 

“…intriguing…”--School Library Journal

“A refreshing story filled with vibrant characters, feisty humor, and an irresistible romance. This story of star-crossed lovers in a luscious coastal setting brings new life to the age-old myth of merfolk and left me swooning for more!”—Marissa Meyer, New York Times–bestselling author of Cinder

About the Author

Anna Banks grew up in a small town called Niceville (yes, really). She now lives in Crestview, Florida, with her husband and their daughter. Anna loves fried chicken, loathes high heels, and believes in Sasquatch. Seriously.

This is her debut novel.

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Anna Banks is a young adult author whose primary goal is to entertain smart, funny gals like herself. You can expect her works to be centered around a love story, freckled with humor, and seasoned with sarcasm.


Anna grew up in a small town called Niceville (yes, really) in the Florida Panhandle. She now lives with her husband and daughter close to her hometown. The youngest of seven children, she was spoiled beyond comprehension growing up. Before she started writing, Anna worked as a banker and a waitress. She loves old movies, fried chicken, and Simon Cowell, but loathes exercise, licorice, and haters.

She also spews sarcastic, romantic fiction under pen name Anna Scarlett.

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I must admit this is one of the best books I have ever read!
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The cast of supporting characters as well really add to the story and make this book a fun read!
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The shocking plot twist at the very end of the book makes me wish I had the sequel like now!
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Merin on June 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
OF POSEIDON is one of those mermaid books that are populating the shelves in the year 2012. I have always been a fan of mermaid lore - they are secretive, alluring beings that exist in a world that humans can't venture into - so I eagerly dove into this one. But almost from the get-go, there were just little things about this book that bothered me, and at times made reading it a chore. The mystery itself is good enough - Galen is a Syrena prince who hears about a girl who can speak to fish, so he goes looking for her because the ability to do so means she's "of Poseidon", and it was thought that that bloodline had died out. But then he finds her, and, instead of doing something new, this book tumbled headlong into typical YA paranormal fare.

Emma, our narrator, is another of those girls who is friends with the popular girl (who was also a bit too stereotypical African-American for my taste). She doesn't realize that she's pretty. She's clumsy as all get out. And the first time she meets Galen, she literally trips into him, nearly killing herself on his "sculpted" chest. Emma also doesn't realize that she's anything special, or that she has this unbelievable ability. Galen is also your typical paranormal boy: ridiculously good looking, charming, the fastest swimmer ever, and a Syrena prince, plus he assimilates himself seamlessly into the human world, even though at the start of the book the author tries to make us believe that Galen has a hard time holding conversations with others, and admittedly, he did struggle. You know, for the first chapter or so. He's also unbelievably rich. In other words, there was nothing special about Galen, at least not in my opinion.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Literary Meanderings on May 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
**4.5 stars**

Of Poseidon opens up to our protagonist, 18-year-old Emma, vacationing in Florida with her best friend Chloe. After a slightly strange run-in (quite literally) with the handsome, violet-eyed Galen, tragedy strikes. A devastating shark attack changes Emma's life as she knows it.

Emma is still moving beneath a cloud of depression when school starts back up. Life gets even worse when the one and only Galen pops up to attend her high school. At first Emma finds Galen to be nothing but a jerk; all he seems to do is remind her of that tragic day on the beach. Galen just won't take a hint, though. He corners her every chance he gets. Eventually Galen is able to finagle his way through the barrier Emma has put up by asking her on a date and promising to tell her where her strange violet eyes come from. Emma can't resist.

When Galen reveals the truth to Emma, her life is turned upside down in dozens of different ways. So many things begin to make sense. Why Emma can speak to and command fish. Why she can hold her breath under water for ungodly amounts of time. Why she feels an an electric charge whenever Galen touches her... Emma is descended from Syrena; merfolk.

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This book reminded me a bit of Forgive My Fins/Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs, except much more serious, I guess? There's more depth and it's more mature, I'd say, for lack of a better word. It's great! My only complaints would have to be the overuse of "Ohmysweetgoodness!" as an exclamation (it was cute at first, but it began to irritate me to no end!!) and how extremely obvious the situation was. I knew the outcome waaaay before the characters caught on. It was just a wee bit too obvious for my tastes. Minor issues, though, compared to how amazing this book was.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By SarahS. on May 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What an awesome book! I was hooked from the first chapter.
I love mermaid stories but I don't read a lot of them.

You and I would call them mermaids/mermen just don't let Galen hear you. He hates the 'M' word. To him they're Syrena.

Emma is you'r average run of the mill clumsy girl, or is she? Emma is on vacation in Florida with her best friend, Chloe, when she bumps right into (literally) the uber hot Galen. They feel a connection right away. Shortly after their little run in the unthinkable happens, Chloe is attacked by a shark. That's when Emma finds out she exhibits some not so human qualities, she can not only talk to the shark but it understand her as well!

This was such a hilarious story. I was laughing throughout the book. The characters were so funny.
Emma: I liked her, but her clumsiness made me unable to not like her
Galen: hot, funny, sarcastic, caring, totally swoon-worthy, an being a prince doesn't hurt ;)
I liked the relationship between Emma and Galen, they were so funny together with their arguing and bickering.
Rayna: Galen's twin sister, Toraf's 'mate' (wife) stubborn, she acted like a spoiled brat but it's only the first book in the series, you can't count her out just yet!
Toraf: he was funny, and sweet

The cover is beautiful. And the ending?! Ohmysweetgoodness! Such a cliffhanger ending, it makes me want to read the next book for sure!

Thank you to Feiwel & Friends and NetGalley for this copy.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Steph Sinclair on June 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
** spoiler alert ** It's official. Mermaids are the new "angels" of the Paranormal Romance genre. The is the second mermaid book I've read and I'm less than impressed with these sea creatures. Incidentally, Of Poseidon happens to be worse for me than Lies Beneath.

Of Poseidon tells the story of Emma, a girl who possesses a few Syrena (mermaid) traits, and Galen, a Syrena prince, who attempts to unravel the secrets of Emma. It's discovered that she has the Gift of Poseidon (think Dr. Dolittle at the aquarium) and that she may be the key to pass on the Gift to future generations. The problem arises that Emma can't change into her Syrena form causing Galen to spend more time with her training her. You know what happens next: they fall deeply in love.

I was really looking forward to starting this book for two reasons: 1) The cover is stunning and 2) The blurb mentioned it was a mermaid tale told by both Emma and Galen's PoV. I usually like books that feature duel point of views, but in this case I didn't because it switched back and forth from 1st person (Emma) to 3rd person (Galen). That stylistic choice felt choppy to me. But despite that, I did find the dialogue humorous at times.

"Maybe you can talk to donkeys, too," Dr. Milligan smiles. Emma nods. "I can. Sometimes Galen can be a jackass."

And that's about all I liked about this book. (See, I'm not that heartless!) Unfortunately, the bad REALLY outweighed any good this novel had and it all started with Chloe, Emma's best friend. Now the beginning of the novel opens up with Emma and Chloe in Florida on vacation before school starts and I was surprised to see that Chloe was black. I had a huge smile on my face and I thought, "Wow! Diversity!
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