Thursday, 10 May 2012

#102 Book Review: Of Poseidon [ARC]

Of Poseidon [ARC]
Release Date: June 1st 2012
Author: Anna Banks
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository
More Info: Goodreads
Summary from Goodreads:
Galen is strong, protective and gorgeous, with striking violet eyes and a body to make you shiver - and that's just when he's in human form. He's from the House of Triton, god of the sea, and he's searching for a girl with the gift of Poseidon to save his brother from marrying a fraud. Emma is a human. Or so she thinks. When Emma meets Galen on the beach, they both sense a sizzling chemistry. But can Galen convince her that she holds the key to his kingdom - without letting on that he's falling for her?
My review:

I remember how I first saw this cover in someone's Waiting on Wednesday post and immediately fell in love with the cover at first sight. I love the water effect surrounding the girl and how her body seems to made out of water. The background also reflects the depth of the sea and how it's dark with tones of light sea colour. I like how simple but gorgeous the cover is!


Emma is a human. Or so she thinks...

Triton's trident, I am in love with this book and by in love, I mean in love with everything about this book! I am really glad that the story is as gorgeous as the cover. Of Poseidon is told from Emma and Galen's POV. I can't remember the last time I read a book about mermaids but Of Poseidon has become my favourite mermaid books! Oh, I must remind you that this book is not about mermaids but Syrena. Yep, you better stop calling Syrena mermaids or they will be offended!

Wow, I'm absolutely captured by the beauty of sea and Syrenas when reading this book. It made me miss the sea so badly. I really loved Anna Banks' writing style. It's funny, it's fun, it's sweet and it's romantic! So I read this book in the bus and I practically laughed when reading funny bits and I'm guessing people are looking at me and thinking 'why is this girl laughing to herself?' I love how Poseidon is not a Greek god of sea or just a myth but instead a Syrena. I love the new and unique concept of mermaids Banks came up with in Of Poseidon and how different it was to the original mermaids we are used to know of. The ending made me want to scream on top of my lungs. I need Of Triton now. I will grow fins if it means I can get the next book now. Deal?

Ohmysweetgoodness, I love Emma and Galen. They are perfect for each other. Emma is a strong-willed, stubborn girl who is also completely funny! I can't imagine living her life. One moment, it's all good but then it completely changed. And Galen is so swoon-worthy. My prince, reading from your POV is the greatest gift a girl can have when reading Of Poseidon. So I want to point out one thing that makes him so swoon-worthy. You see, your highness here takes his beloved Emma to date underwater. And it's not just you know, swimming with the fishes. He takes you to see Titanic. Isn't that the most romantic date ever? Your Highness, please take me with you to see Titanic, or better yet, the kingdom! I love reading Emma and Galen's relationship. It was very fun and sweet. I also really loved Galen's sister, Rayna who is 'mated' with Toraf, Galen's best friend. They are a sweet couple too! Emma's mom is a cool but she is more than just your average mom! Triton's Trident, I love the characters!

Ladies and gentleman, may I present you Anna Banks' incredibly sweet and gorgeous debut novel, Of Poseidon. Of Poseidon will lure you deep into a captivating story about mermaids, I MEAN Syrena. With sweet adorable characters, you might end up wishing you can sprout fins after reading this book! Triton's trident, I love Of Poseidon!
5 Forget-Me-Not flowers for Of Poseidon!
Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont for the review copy!

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  1. Wow! 5 stars? Holy shit! I want this badly! eeep! It sounds so good Celine. loved your review Id like to meet Emma and Galen. <3 xox


  2. I'm so looking forward to getting my hands on this book! The cover's gorgeous, and your review has made me want it even more!

  3. Love the cover of this one! Think I might have to add it to the TBR :)

  4. Great review! This sounds so good! I think your review has persuaded me to pick this one up soon! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Ohmysweetgoodness, I know, right?? This book was just so much fun! x) LOL I've been adopting Emma's signature phrase ever since I read this book and I could not have adored her and Galen more than I did! I usually don't like the switching from first person to third person narratives, but I think that it was perfect in this book -- Galen's POV really was a treat! I totally want to sprout fins right now too! x)

    AMAZING review, Celine!! I can just feel your excitement for this book pouring out of your review and it makes me want to read this all over again! :') <3

  6. Fantastic review Celine! And yay for the 5 stars, this does sound like an amazing read! And the cover? to die for! I haven't read a syrena book before, but this looks like a great one to start off with! :)

  7. I haven't read a mermaid book before so I'm intrigued! Emma and Galen sound awesome. Will have to add this to my wishlist. Thanks for the lovely review. <3

  8. MERMAIDS! Err... Syrena, sorry :P I am so, so excited for this. I think I'm going to read it next, thanks to your fabulous review that has me inching closer and closer to my copy! I love that there is plenty of humour infused throughout and Emma and Galen sound like such an adorable couple. But damn, this ending? You're scarying me here, Celine haha. Love your review! CANNOT WAIT TO START THIS!

  9. Aaaaah, why has the 22nd have to be still so far away? I WANT to read this book asap! I was instantly hooked with this book. First the cover. Then the summary (gosh! it's about mermaids -- scratch that, syrena). I'm so glad I preordered it! :D

    Celine, I LOVED your review. Makes me even more excited to read it. Can't wait to read about this unique couple you mentioned <3

  10. Awesome review!! I am reading this book right now and I am LOVING it!! :)

  11. I read this one too and I really liked it! it didnt blew my mind, but for my first mermaid...oops! sry, Syrena book, I was totally dazzled! Im glad Of Poseidon was my first... syrena book! lol XDDD

    great review sweetheart! thnx for sharing your wonderful thoughts! <3

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  12. Wow, Celine! You have me all excited about this one now. I have a copy waiting for me on my Kindle and have honestly been putting it off. I didn't want to be let down! I'm moving it up my to-read list now. Maybe I can get to it next week! Great review :D

  13. CELIIIIINE! I'm reading this now and it's SO. FREAKING. ADORABLE. I'm in love. I LOVE the characters, and it's SO sweet and funny! I just finished reading When You Were Mine, so having something sweet and fun and this compulsively readable to follow it up with is a breath of fresh air.


  14. Awesome review Celine! This sounds so amazing and I really hope I love it as much as you did. I just had a bad experience with a mermaid book actually (and mermaid books in general really but I can't seem to stay away!) so I am looking forward to reading this one. :)

  15. ARGH! You know how much I loved this. That Titanic scene made me gasp! <3 TEAM GALEN FOREVER! Great review :)

  16. I've been on the fence about reading Of Poseidon, but review has helped sway me. I love books that make me laugh.
    Great review!

  17. I'm so excited to finally read this soon. I've heard so many good things about Galen. I'm so glad to hear his POV was such a gift! LOL He sounds very swoon worthy! And awww I want to see Titanic! LOL THey sound like a great couple.

  18. I'm so glad you liked it so much!! I can't WAIT to pick it upppp. I needneedneed to it like now. o: It sounds so good. *sigh* And you're not helping my desperation. ;) But of course I love it. Awesome review!

  19. Ahah Triton's trident! I've been waiting for a good mermaid book and people seem to really gush about this. I can't wait to read it, Anna's writing seems very refreshing. I can't wait to read it!

  20. it sounds sooo good, I really want to read this one! It sounds like a wonderful book, thank you so much for the review!

  21. LOL, a book that makes you want to sprout fins? Oh, Celine, when I read that part I couldn't stop giggling! This book sounds PERFECT, and I'm so happy that you love it so much! x) I read so many amazing reviews about this book, and Your Highness sounds like the guy I've been willing to live underwater with! :D

    What a fun and beautifully written review, Celine! <3

  22. "It made me miss the sea so badly."


    This book sounds AMAZING. I keep hearing great things about it like everywhere I go and it just makes me more and more excited to finally get to it! I love that it was so funny that you laughed on the bus... I do that ALL THE TIME and it gets me the weirdest looks. It's a lot worse when I cry though LOL. Super super super excited to read this one. SPLASHING good review! <3 (... that's the best I can do)


  23. Wow, Celine, I LOVED your review. It made me want to pick up the book right away. You made it sound like the most gorgeous book with the most gorgeous characters ever! I cannot believe Galen takes Emma to see the Titanic on their date. So romantic <33 And I love the sound of Syrena (and I need to know what that means =p). I've started reading on the bus too. It makes the ride so much fun and hahaha can't believe you laughed out loud while reading on the bus!!

    This book is now at the top of my wishlist. (I've spent way to much on books this month :,() FABULOUS REVIEW, Celine!! ♥♥ I want to read this sweet and funny book as soon as I can!

  24. This sounds like quite a sweet love story and I'm not really put off by the fact that it's about mermaids/men - lovely review, Celine!


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