Of Poseidon by Anna Banks {Amanda’s Audiobook + Revisit Review}

Posted 14 August, 2013 by Amanda / 13 Comments

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks {Amanda’s Audiobook + Revisit Review}Of Poseidon {Amanda} by Anna Banks
Series: Of Poseidon #1
Also in this series: Of Poseidon {Kelly}
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook
Source: Freebie

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.

Mixed feelings, but want book 2.

Thoughts on Of Poseidon

Audiobook specific: Of Poseidon is definitely one of the better audiobooks I’ve listened to, narrator-wise. Each character had its own distinct voice. Normally I’m not a fan of cross-gender voices (because they just sound odd), but Rebecca Gibel was fantastic. I honestly think that, had I not listened to this, I would have given up on the book long before I finished.

I was a little hesitant about Of Poseidon at first: ALL THE TINGLES and third person present tense narration both set me a little on edge. Seriously, the tingles. They happened a lot in the first few chapters and thank goodness they stopped because the tingling was concerning. The third person present tense didn’t necessary get better, but I did eventually settle into it.

Beyond chapter 5, I think it was, when ALL THE TINGLING stopped and things started picking up, I began to fall into the story a bit better. Kind of. As intrigued and curious I was about the story, I found Emma to be rather annoying–full of “typical YA heroine” traits and frustratingly dense at times. Galen, I think, suffered from some of the same issues.

I found myself annoyed by the main characters far more often than not. FAR MORE!

Of Poseidon is peppered with humor, but it skipped back and forth between feeling like it was trying too hard and making me snicker in amusement. As much as I rolled my eyes at the characters, though, I couldn’t stop listening. And toward the end, I was forcing myself to go for walks every day (this is my only audiobook-listening activity) just so that I could finish it.

The world was addictive. And the ending pissed me off because how could you end there? So now I want the next book. But I’m perturbed by the wanting. *makes crazy eyes at everyone*

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.

This story is far from over. The answers we got in Of Poseidon were slow in coming, and the ending practically blew up with revelations. And yeah, I want to know what happens next.

I think this is the first revisit review where I actually enjoyed the story more than Kelly. It could be any number of factors, but I think I may have had similar issues if I had read the book–listening to it seemed to make the negatives not so important in the grand scheme of things.


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13 Responses to “Of Poseidon by Anna Banks {Amanda’s Audiobook + Revisit Review}”

  1. You know, the biggest thing I can remember about this book is how IRRITATING the characters were. I have a vague recollection of some of the plot points but… it was mostly the characters.

    I am REALLY glad you enjoyed it more than I did. Here’s to hoping book 2 gives you more of what you liked!

  2. I agree Emma could definitely be frustrating at time and didn’t listen very well to those who were trying to help her, but I felt like she grew a lot in the second book so I’ll be interested to see what you think Amanda! I liked the humor in this one, particularly Emma’s first meeting with Galen, but that’s toned down in book two as well. Hurry up and read (or listen) to it so you can share your thoughts!

  3. Yeah, I had the same reaction. LIked it, didn’t love it. Irritated by the characters, liked the characters. Giggled a little, rolled my eyes a little. I’d like to read the second book, just to see.

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