Book: Of Poseidon
Author: Anna Banks
Rating: two stars (out of four)
Release date: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: ALA 2012
For the most part I enjoyed this story. I mean, it was about mermaids and you can never have enough mermaid fiction, right? Also, I love the ocean and the idea of being able to breathe underwater = ultimate fantasy. I was intrigued by this book right off the bat because it had so many elements already in my favor.
But there were also parts I didn’t like as much. I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about the “connection” between Galen and Emma. It was all under that “one true love - you’ll know it when you see them” or in this case, “touch each other” guise, which does get annoying. Although I wasn’t annoyed with this book as much because it was “magical” properties that were to blame for this “true love” element. So I guess it was good because it wasn’t left unexplained? Yeah, not the best excuse, but at least there was something. Also, I feel like I’m using fffaaarrr too many quotation marks. Sorry. I’ll try and reel them in. (Haha, fishing pun.)
I also had some issues with the relationship between Galen’s sister and her “intended.” There were a few things that I did NOT like – and what about freedom or respect for someone’s wishes? And then in the end, she seceded and acted like all’s well that ends well. Hello? Um, no. She should have been treated better and I thought her quick change of mind was a cop-out.
Also, I’m not sure why, but there certainly seem to be a decent amount of stalkerish symptoms popping up in books lately. I thought Galen was a little too controlling. I mean, I realize you’re a prince and you’re used to getting your way...but this is another HUMAN BEING. And if you’re truly in love with her, well, you’ve got to compromise, bud. There were some elements that bordered on obsession and manipulation. I was annoyed that Emma fell so fast into the trap and let Galen boss her around so much. Not okay. And there were parts that didn’t add up in the story as well.
I also thought the beginning was a little disjointed. Emma’s BEST FRIEND dies (this happens in the third chapter, so I don’t feel like it’s too much of a spoiler) and then she mentions it a couple of other times and that’s it. Um, she should have spent far more time recovering from this event. Especially since she’s there when it happens and it’s her long-time0friend. But that beginning seemed to serve as only a way to make Emma a little angsty and lead the way for a love interest. Nope, I wasn’t buying it. Best friend dies? Get a boyfriend = problem solved! Not so fast.
What’s the most interesting though, about this book, was that I didn’t notice these things as much when I was reading. I was pretty engaged in the story and the sea and the mermaids. I was excited to see how things would turn out and what elements of Mer would be revealed next. It was only after I finished the novel and was contemplating over the characters and plot and saw some other reviews online that I really became disturbed by the encroachment of peoples’ rights. There were too many instances where it seemed like people were having too much of a say on someone else’s life and I wished the story had taken a different approach.
So while I did enjoy this story “in the moment,” there were several instances that, when I paused for reflection, did not appear nearly as neat and shiny at initial glance.