Review: Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon #1) by Anna Banks

2012, Anna Banks, Feiwel and Friends, first in a series, paranormal romance, review, young adult 10 Comments 6th September, 2012

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release date: May 22, 2012
Source: Library
Series: Of Poseidon #1

I hadn’t really heard much about this book before I read it, nor had I sought out any reviews. I don’t think I’d even read the flap until I was a few chapters in, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect with this book. I was pleasantly surprised, and I definitely enjoyed Of Poseidon.
I love mermaid stories, and I absolutely love it when I find one that does things a bit different than what you’re expecting. These mermaids can change into human form on their own, though they aren’t supposed to since contact with humans is forbidden. They can all sense each other to some degree, though there are a select few that can sense better than others. They’re divided into two kingdoms, one descended from Poseidon, and one from Triton. We all know who Poseidon is, but my knowledge of Triton is confined to Disney’s The Little Mermaid. I’ll be googling him here pretty soon just so I can a somewhat better grasp on the mythology of this book.
I loved all the characters in Of Poseidon, even Galen’s snarky sister Rayna. It takes a little while to warm up to Rayna though, but once you do you’ll love her. Toraf, Galen’s best friend and Rayna’s boyfriend/mate, was a fun character to follow. Everyone felt distinctly different from everyone else, their own personalities clearly developed. I felt like I was with these people, not just reading about them. I wasn’t really impressed by Galen’s older brother Grom though. I felt like he should’ve sided with Galen in the end because of them being family, but there were things unsaid on Galen’s side that did make it hard. I was hoping for more information on the Grom and Nalia storyline, but it wasn’t a focus in Of Poseidon. Their story is briefly covered in the short story prequel Legacy Lost.
I got this book from the library, but I will definitely be acquiring my own copy so that I can reread this while waiting for the next book. And let me warn you guys, there’s something big revealed at the end, and it’s a huge cliffhanger. When I got to that last chapter and I realized what was happening I was like “OH MY GOD YOU CANNOT END THIS BOOK HERE. NO NO NO NO NO!” Needless to say this a series I’ll be continuing. If you love mermaid stories, read it. Even if you don’t, give it a try. It’s definitely one of the best I’ve read.

10 Responses to “Review: Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon #1) by Anna Banks”

  1. Maji Bookshelf

    oh I am glad you enjoyed Of Poseidon! I had a lot of issues with it. The romance was a big problem but you didn’t mention it in your review. I didn’t enjoy Ryan and the guy who was after her, but I’m glad you liked their characters. and YES the ending was SUCH a cliffhanger!!!

    great review

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. Lizzy

    Nooooooo, I’m not patient enough for cliffhangers! Glad you enjoyed it, I’ll have to add it to my list. Thanks for the review

  3. Katie

    I’m not usually a fan of mermaid books but I really enjoyed this one. I thought Rayna and Toraf were hilarious and I loved Galen. I can’t wait for the next book. Great review!

  4. yarereviews

    haha that was my reaction at the end too! I was like “NO, NO. TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS D:” lol Glad you enjoyed it! I did too ^-^ I love the cover as well 😛

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