“It whisked me away to a reality I could imagine filled with characters I adored.”- Miss Remmers
“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.”
One weekend and two fantastic books (“Of Poseidon” and “The Taker“). I’m not sure when I’ll pick up my next less than stellar book, but right now I am on a roll!
Stepping into “Of Poseidon” I really didn’t know what to expect. Maybe I should go into more books like this because I was not disappointed at all. The “Ohmysweetgoodness”es did strike an annoying vibe with me (as did the UBER over protective and awkward mother). But from the beginning I was unable to put this book down!
While Emma’s clumsiness was impossible to forget about (as it was continually brought up), I found her an extremely likable character. The narration switched (ironically just like “The Taker”) between Emma’s perspective and Galen’s. While I enjoyed Emma’s, I kept waiting to hear from Galen. Yes, folks – I may have a crush. Galen is super attractive and I appreciate that even when he does go a bit “Edward” (by that I mean stalker like protective), I appreciate how Banks acknowledges through Emma’s perspective that she realizes it isn’t healthy.
Not only were Emma and Galen a “to die for” couple but the other secondary characters were also so well developed that I wouldn’t be surprised (or upset) if they got their own books someday. I recently read somewhere and I’m sure it was either on Lauren DeStefano’s Facebook or Website that the key to writing good characters is caring about the secondary characters as much as your protagonist. Banks did an awesome job of this. I say Rayna as a person as well as Tarof in their own ways.
This was overall a fantastic read that kept me occupied all day on my sick Saturday (thanks Anna!). It whisked me away to a reality I could imagine filled with characters I adored. I had no problem visualizing Banks’ “mermaid/men” and the underground world. I just hope to see more of it in book 2! Speaking of book 2, how about that ending folks! I suspected … but I never suspected THAT!
Random comment I couldn’t find a place to fit in the review: LOVED the Titanic references! Just LOVED it! Talk about amazing!
To the FTC, with love: eGalley from NetGalley