Publication Date: May 22, 2012Review: I am sad. I judged this book too quickly. When I read the first paragraph, I thought, "Wow, I'm going to love this book!" And then, I continued reading. My earlier prediction was wrong.
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Page Count: 324
Synopsis: 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 . . .
Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.
Unfortunately, I had quite a few problems with this book. The book starts with Emma and her best friend, Chloe, vacationing in Florida. My first problem was with Chloe. Chloe is black. That's awesome--I don't read about too many colored people in YA books. But Chloe has a weave. And wears fake nails. She is at a beach. With a weave. And fake nails. I couldn't believe it. The stereotypes Chloe had were just so cringe-worthy. Oh, and then, (SPOILER!) she dies. And is basically never mentioned again. If my best friend died, I would be thinking about her all the time. But instead, after a week, Emma just forgets about her.
Emma, I had issues with. She just bugged me. The way she spoke drove me crazy, although there were a few good lines throughout the book. And the way she interacted with Galen was just facepalm worthy. She is supposed to be a feisty, likable character, but sometimes, I thought she was plain crazy. Like, on her first night over at Galen's house, she beat up his sister and threw her against a hurricane-safe window. WTH. Everything about Emma just felt too fake, and I never connected with her. It was the same with Galen. Well, first, let me address the changing of POVs. I don't think it was done well. Galen sounded like a girl. I think the book would've been better if it was just in Emma's POV. Anyway, back to Galen. He didn't have any depth, I don't think. Sure, he was gorgeous, and I guess he could be sweet, but most of the time, he was either boring or creepy.
The romance. Ohmysweetgoodness, the romance. I didn't like it. Insta-love alert! I am warning you. I didn't believe in Emma and Galen's love for each other. I didn't find either of the characters appealing, so when they were popping out "I love you"s, I was thinking, "WHY. Why do you like each other!" I felt like their attraction to each other was purely physical and without reason.
The ending is a cliffhanger. By the end, I was annoyed with the book, and wanted it to end. But then the ending was a CLIFFHANGER. I felt like it was a gimmick, saying, "So. Nothing happened in this book. It was slow and there was nothing at all going on. But look! The ending is insane! Read the next book!" I think I'll pass.
There were a couple of things that I did like. I liked the humor. There were several hilarious lines thrown around in the dialogue that I appreciated. I also felt that Anna Banks's writing wasn't that bad. Sadly, if it were a case of sink or swim, I think Of Poseidon sank. But I'm definitely in the minority. I know tons of bloggers loved this one! Maybe you'll be one of those readers. There are definitely admirable things in this book, but unfortunately, nothing really worked for me.