Of Poseidon by Anna Banks: My Favorite Mermaid Book

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…

I was talking with this one girl in Powell’s when I was in Portland. We exchanged books and this was the one that she said I absolutely had to read. I was wary, of course. I smiled and said I would try it, but inside I believed that this would be just like every single other mermaid book that I’ve ever seen, read or flipped through.

I don’t like mermaid books. They’re just getting weird these days.

And she was a girl. A typical teenage girl. The kind that love Taylor Lautner and squeal at every Austin Mahone song.

But I said I would try it and true to my word, I placed a hold on my next library run.

Guess what?

THIS IS NOT, IN ANY WAY, A TYPICAL MERMAID BOOK. It’s not one of those where the mermaids are all evil and menacing and dark. This book is everything that I ever wished a mermaid, or Syrena, book could be. I cannot wait for Tuesday so I can go get the sequel.

At the same time though, I can see how this all connects back to what I don’t like about mermaid books. Of the few I have read and the many I have glanced at, this book is–in some ways–typical and at the same time, not typical.

Take Galen, for example. He’s the typical guy. You know. That guy in YA. Between Galen and Toraf, I like Toraf’s character much better. And more than Galen being that typical YA guy, he’s also a control freak.

But then there’s Emma’s mom. Also kind of control-y. Forces Galen and Emma to admit they’re dating even when they’re not. Weirrrrrrd.


I still love this book.

I’m not sure why, exactly. I loved the more unique premise, the style in which Anna Banks writes and simply how entertaining the story was to me. This book was a ton of fun and I hope that OF TRITON is just as great! 4.5 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 324

Series: Of Poseidon


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