Author: Anna Banks (@ByAnnaBanks)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Series: Of Poseidon #1
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Challenge: Debut Reads of 2012
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
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.
She isn’t human—she can’t be. Adrenaline might help a human hold her breath, but not for this long. Plus, humans don’t talk underwater—especially when doing so sacrifices precious oxygen. And bull sharks do not back down from humans—especially one as puny as Emma.
I love, love mermaid tales! This one is probably one of my favorites. This is a story that I want to be a part of, and just because of the Syrenas and their underwater world, but because of the characters. The cast of characters were fun to get to know and god how I wish they were real.
The whole point of the story is Galen and discovering who Emma really is. And at some point, making Emma believe him when he tells her who she is. Emma was the biggest mystery. Galen wasn’t sure if she was a Syrena and if she was then why didn’t she save her friend from a shark. But what really confuses him, is when Emma talks to the shark and makes him leave. Only some have that skill, and those Syrenas are Royalty from Poseidon.
There are two kingdoms of the ocean. One is Triton’s and the other is Poseidon’s. Galen is a descendant of Triton. We learn a lot of things about the Syrena from his point of view. Anna Banks give us some history from the side as well, which I really enjoy.
Then there is the romance. Galen is attracted to Emma but can’t give this attraction to much thought. Of Emma is really the descendant of Poseidon, then Grom, Galen’s brother and king, will take her as his mate. I felt a little upset about this because ugh, I just wanted Galen to kiss Emma and get it over with. However, Galen is strict guy when it comes to rules. He just needs to figure who Emma is.
I thinks all I need to say about all of that, because don't want to give two much away.
Ah, the characters were just wonderful to get to know. Emma was a bit tempered and when she and Galen fight, it’s just cute. Rayna, Galen’s sister, is really feisty, especially towards her mate Toraf, who is charming guy. Then there’s Rachel, Ms. McIntosh, and Dr. Milligan, who all played their part the story. Especially the ending, one of them is the biggest surprise ever!
The ending is a cliffhanger, but I did overall enjoy everything about this book. Can’t wait for the sequel.
Latest release. No news yet on the sequel.