The Violet Hour: Quick Review – Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Quick Review – Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published May 22nd 2012
by Feiwel & Friends

“Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. 
Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen’s not fully convinced that Emma’s the one he’s been  looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. 
He needs her help–no matter what the risk.”

Of Poseidon had been lingering around on my Kindle for a few months. Needing a break from my recent literary fare, I decided to crack it open and get my mermaid on. The story had a great base plot line, but I did have several problems. I’m really hoping they are resolved or at least improve some in the second book because despite my issues, I want to keep reading.

I liked Emma. She was tough, loyal, funny, and kind of dense, just like a teenager. Emma lived with her VERY overprotective and emotionally confusing mother. If you really work at it, an explanation for her behavior can be pieced together toward the end, but her whole initial interrogation of Emma and Galen was completely bizarre. Weird. Emma suffers a huge tragedy early on in the book. That was a terrible, terrible thing. What bothered me is that Emma really didn’t have any real aversion to getting back in the water with Galen. She said she didn’t want to, but it was strange that a girl who saw what she did that day in the water (trying not to be spoilery here) wasn’t terrified of getting back in the water, at least at first. (Also, what the HECK was that whole ‘Upchuck’ game thing about?! Who does that???) 
My biggest pet peeve was that the POVs weren’t written in the same tense. Emma’s narrative was written in first person, while Galen’s was mostly written in third person. I say ‘mostly’ because Galen’s would alternate between first and third. It’s like Banks tried writing in both to feel out which worked better for her, but then no one caught it during edits. I found this largely irritating and distracting. I’m not big on alternating POVs to begin with, so the author being scattered like this didn’t help.  All that aside, the story itself was interesting. I thought Banks’ Syrena lore was very creative and I would like to know more. The Syrena are very hot-tempered, which can lead to many arguments and fights. This aspect created a few funny moments, but also some that didn’t sit well with me. I don’t find the whole ‘super-protective boy goes Hulk on girl and any competition’ thing endearing at all. It actually turns me off. Okay, I’ll quit bellyaching now. 
I rated this book a 3 star read on Goodreads. Yes, I had problems with the writing, but as I said before, I’m interested in the story and the Syrena themselves, so I’ll keep reading the series. There are a lot of glowing reviews for Of Poseidon out there, so definitely check them out if you want another opinion. Always read a book if it sounds good to you, no matter what anyone says about it. You may have a completely different experience!

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