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Kelly Reviews: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

in ESR: 4, Fantasy, Review: Kelly, YA

Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon #1) by Anna Banks
Genre: Fantasy YA
In Six Words: The characters didn’t work for me.

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Synopsis

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.

My Thoughts

I honestly don’t know how I feel about this book. On the surface, it has a lot of elements that I should enjoy — a coming of age story, the potential for star-crossed love, mermaids (and mermen!) — but… I found myself annoyed by the main characters far more often than not. FAR MORE!

To start with, Galen is supposed to be an ambassador of sorts for the humans. And by that, I mean that as a general rule the humans don’t know he exists and yet he spends a lot of time not in the royal caverns. Or something. I’m a little fuzzy on exactly what his position as an ambassador entails. Anyway, for someone who’s supposed to be a go-between between humans and Syrenas the guy is kinda clueless about how one is supposed to act around humans. o.O O.O O.o (this is my puzzled face, can you tell?) I just don’t get how someone whose job was to interact with humans as needed could be so terrible at actually interacting with them.

Emma, on the other hand, wasn’t bad as a character, exactly. She had weird mood-swings that didn’t seem warranted sometimes but then she is described as being feisty so I guess I get that. My problem was that I never really connected with her. She’s grieving the loss of her best friend (whom I didn’t like based on the very short time we spent with her — but that’s just me thinking that best friends shouldn’t delight in humiliating their BFF in front of a hot guy. I’m so crazy, I know!) and she’s dealing with some big issues but she felt… inconsistent, maybe, in her interactions with Galen and his family.

Speaking of family, Galen’s twin sister Rayna… how do I put this nicely?… she acts like a spoiled child — hurting people when she doesn’t get her way, blurting out secrets left and right, being a bitch even when she’s being “nice”. And everyone’s okay with that. EVERYONE’S OKAY WITH THAT. Why? Why is everyone so quick to forgive her for being a spiteful hellion? There’s no reason. She’s not charming. She’s not working through some major issues that could maybe, I don’t know, explain away why she BLAMED EMMA FOR NOT SAVING HER BEST FRIEND DURING A SHARK ATTACK. Dude. Not cool. And Galen’s like “Well, she could have been more tactful.” and I’m thinking “REALLY? YOU THINK!?!?!?” Look, in my Big Book of Morally Conscious Things NOT To Do, it clearly states that blaming someone for another person’s death when they had nothing to do with it is NOT COOL.

Like I said, I don’t know how I feel about this book. I like the idea behind it more than anything. My biggest issue was that I didn’t like any of the characters enough to overlook their glaring personality flaws. Well, I liked Galen, I guess. Rayna’s dude was okay. Everyone else, though… on the take ‘em or leave ‘em scale, I would have dropped them like a hot potato.

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  • Amy @ bookgoonie December 3, 2012, 6:19 am

    I’m a character driven reader. I can get through almost anything, but I have to like the characters. But I prefer to have to not get through anything ;D

    • Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal December 3, 2012, 10:34 am

      Oh, Amy. You always give me a giggle. I prefer not to have to get through anything either. I agree. If the characters are fab, I can forgive a lot, but when you’re struggling to understand motivation or just flat out don’t like them, it makes it haaaaard to get into the story.

  • Paul R. Hewlett December 3, 2012, 7:32 am

    Thanks for the honest review. This is the second review of read of this book and the issues have been a bit consistent. I like the cover and the blurb sounds intriguing, but it’s nice to hear your thoughts before jumping in. I still want to read it, but I feel like I know what to expect now. Thanks again.

    Paul R. Hewlett

    • Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal December 3, 2012, 10:38 am

      You’re welcome! I really had a tough time writing this review. I STILL don’t know how I feel about the book. o.O It’s highly possible that I’m just picky, though. I hope you have a better experience!

  • Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) December 3, 2012, 8:39 am

    I’ve seen a LOT of mixed reviews for this book. I’m intrigued because I read Lies Beneath, which is another mermaid book, and loved it. I’d love to try other mermaid books, but I’m so hesitant … maybe I’m just not totally on the mermaid train yet.

    I do hate those characters that are brats and always get away with everything.

    • Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal December 3, 2012, 10:39 am

      I don’t think this one was a mermaid issue. It was more a characters in general issue. The mythology of who and what the Syrenas are is interesting. My problem was with the characters and how they acted. Give it a try. You might end up really enjoying it.

  • Felicia December 3, 2012, 9:59 am

    I am a huge character reader and I think this one would get on my nerves. Spoiled brat would not be something I could do. Y’all know I would be all like *grumble grumble grumble* I was never like that.

    • Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal December 3, 2012, 10:41 am

      Honestly, that threw me. I don’t get how someone can be rude and downright mean and people think it’s okay. More than that, they blew it off because she’s always like that. I just… don’t get it.

      • Felicia December 3, 2012, 10:47 am

        It makes no sense at all. I would be like “Look girl, I know you think this is ok behavior but trust me when I say: IT IS NOT”

        • Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal December 3, 2012, 10:58 am

          Lol! The funny thing is, she’s not even a main character (she’s the main character’s sister) and every time she was on page I was gritting my teeth.

  • Jenny December 3, 2012, 10:52 am

    Awwww sorry this one didn’t quite work for you as much Kelly! I quite enjoyed this book, but I couldn’t agree with you more on Rayna. She was problematic for me as well – I understood her initial frustration with being forced to marry whathisface (his name escapes me), but she was downright awful about it. *shakes fist at Rayna* Still, the opening chapters had me crying I was laughing so hard. Win.

    • Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal December 3, 2012, 10:57 am

      I enjoyed parts of the book, but overall I wasn’t taken by it. The writing was tight, I just couldn’t connect to the characters.

      I’m glad you liked it, though!

  • Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook December 3, 2012, 11:00 am

    I was so disappointed with Of Poseidon. I was so excited about it, and when it was released I picked it up straight away. But the characters were annoying. And also, I didn’t like that Galen was thinking that Emma was meant for his brother, so he had to not like her thing. I mean, he never asked Emma how she felt about that. In fact, he never ever told Emma about it. And I am pretty sure that even if Emma didn’t like Galen, she wouldn’t be all “oh, okay, I am a mermaid, so of course I will marry your brother because that is what I am supposed to do.” Also, I didn’t like that Rayna and Galen’s friend (I can’t remember his name) were married without Rayna even being there. WHAT!!!! That is crazy.

    • Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal December 3, 2012, 6:46 pm

      Yes, the “let’s not tell someone about something potentially life-changing” thought process isn’t one of my favorites. I get all hot under the collar about that OFTEN.

  • Sarah (saz101) December 3, 2012, 8:37 pm

    Aw, Kelly, I’m sorry you didn’t love! I don’t know why, but I kind of inexplicably liked this one. It’s one of the books I’m maybe slightly embarrassed to admit how much I enjoyed but… yes. Err…

    BUT.

    I kind of maybe agree with, well, everything you said? So weird. The mythology was odd, the characters were… well… YES. And Rayna. UGH. But then also how backwards they are in forcing her to marry someone — and ACTUALLY marrying her to someone without her there, and without her consent, and the death of the token Person of Colour in the beginning and UGH. I HAVE SUCH MIXED FEELINGS O__O

    • Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal December 3, 2012, 9:51 pm

      I have a couple of books that I feel vaguely embarrassed about admitting to liking. *looks away*

      Yes. MIXED FEELINGS. Exactly.

  • Leanne Yang @ Escaping With Books December 3, 2012, 10:59 pm

    Man, this was actually a to-read for me when I first started blogging. But man, this review has changed my mind. First of all, I hate the character Rayna already. Spoiled bitches just make me very angry! And then just Galen… he sounds kind of stupid?! And the whole star-crossed lovers is overdone in YA now. Thanks for the review!

    • Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal December 4, 2012, 9:09 am

      Aww. Just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean you won’t. I freely admit that I have issues. If you ever do read it, let me know what you think.

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