Monday, June 4, 2012
Mermaids, Sirens, and Seafolk. Day 1 ~ Of Poseidon
Title: Of Poseidon
Author: Anna Banks
Publication Date: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group / Feiwel & Friends
Review Copy Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Emma is on vacation in Florida when she literally runs into Galen. And then she keeps thinking about him. And ends up running into him again at school a few months later after tragedy strikes.
Why does he keep following her around? Oh just because he thinks she may be of a special line of Syrena-that is is Of Poseidon, with special gifts. But where are these gifts? When will they manifest, if he is even telling the truth-which she of course does not believe. In the meantime, Emma, Galen, his sister Rayna, and their friend work on her gifts while hunting for her water borne stalker.
Told from alternating points of view, we learn more about why Galen is actually there, and how both of them actually feel about it all. Meanwhile, what starts out as faux-dating turns into a relationship that heats up, then cools down, then heats up, etc. This brings up a subject that has appeared in other reviews I've read. It briefly crossed my mind, but honestly I didn't feel it was bad. And what is it you ask? For starters, during a 'cool down' period, Galen constantly texts and calls Emma, even when she ignores him. She tries to move on, but he is having none of it, going so far as to show up on her date and intimidating said guy before taking Emma with him. While Emma does say she is not in danger of becoming "that girl" who gives up everything for the guy, but only because Galen doesn't want her. But now that it is obvious he does, what will happen to her resolve? Personally I think Emma is too strong to allow that to happen. She knows it is a possibility because of her feelings for him, therefore she won't allow it.
The fact that Banks brings up the potential relationship problem is pro-active in helping to bring light to the subject.
So, all in all-VERY enjoyable debut! I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. Can't wait for the next book. Darn cliffhangers!