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 . . . *
While perhaps not the most well-explained mermaid world in existence, Banks's Syrena in Of Poseidon most definitely had me hooked! Every once in a while, the avid reader may have a craving for something in particular, be it vampires, fairies, mundane high school life, or, be it as it may, mermaids. In this case, Of Poseidon surely satisfied my hunger.
The novel is told through both Galen's and Emma's perspectives, although I for some reason did feel as if Galen was much more understandable at times than Emma was, or maybe I just didn't relate as much with Emma.The romance wasn't steamy, but it was sweet and certainly a tad "forbidden," which always makes for an enjoyable read.
The writing was enjoyable, although I did sometimes struggle with what I've deemed to be "false teen syndrome," which can either be defined as the middle aged mother you see at the mall wearing short shorts and a Justin Beiber t-shirt, or as the author who isn't exactly sure what the thoughts of a teen in the twenty-first century should be like. This syndrome, thank goodness, only makes itself known sporatically throughout the novel, which leaves me feeling slightly less frustrated about it. Overall, aside from a few lapses into OMG-land, I had a pleasant time with Banks's nicely written novel.
I would most certainly recommend it.
*Summary from Goodreads.com
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