Title: Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon ~ Book 1)
Author: Anna Banks
Publication Date: May 22 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Length: 337 Pages
Link to Synopsis: Goodreads
Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Buy It: Amazon US / Amazon UK
My Rating: 4 Stars
Let us start with the obvious shall we? How beautiful is this cover? I do my very best not to be drawn in simply by beautiful covers but honestly... who could resist this book after looking at that cover?
I really did enjoy reading Of Poseidon. I have to say I was a bit nervous because I had read some questionable reviews just before I started it but in the end I never let reviews sway my judgement when it comes to a book I know I want to read. I know this sounds odd coming from somebody who writes reviews for a her own book blog and that swaying people to read one book over another is exactly what writing reviews are meant to do. The irony of this is not completely lost on me.
In the book we get to follow both Emma and Galen (Prince of the Syrena, please do not say Mermaid as he will not be very happy with you). Emma's chapters are written in 1st person point of view while Galen's are written in 3rd person point of view. I really enjoy when books switch the POV in order to follow more than one character. It didn't really bother me that one was in 1st and the other in 3rd. The chapters are quite small and therefore there is quite a bit of flipping but it wasn't at all confusing and the story did flow nicely.
Another enjoyable part of this book were the side characters. Galen's sister Rayna and her mate Toraf are so much fun. I loved the interactions between everybody and the teasing that goes on between them all. The scenes that take place in the high school are very amusing, Galen truly is a fish out of water, yes I know... pun intended. I did laugh out loud several times and there was even one part toward the end where I was laughing so hard I honestly had tears in my eyes. My least favorite side character was Galen's human friend Rachel. It is not that I did not like her but to get across her character she says things like honey bunch, sweetie pie, etc... a lot. As in I am not sure that there is ever a time when she speaks to somebody and does not call them by one pet name or another. It did get a little old after a while but I still enjoyed her a little so it must not have been all that terrible.
I would suggest this as a light-hearted, fun, quick read. In the end it really only took me around five to six hours to finish. Oh and for those of you who are hoping for a nice little wrapped up ending... not a chance! Anna Banks already has book 2, Of Triton, listed on Goodreads and there is a whopper of a cliffhanger to keep you hanging in wait. It currently shows the expected publication to be in 2013 but it does not yet narrow it down to a specific month. Ooohhhhh... the waiting...