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.
I was really looking forward to reading this book because of all the high praise it’s been garnering. Unfortunately Of Poseidon fell short for me and I found myself sorely disappointed in the story. I partially blame my high expectations, but it can’t account fully for my discontent with this book.
While the overall story is mildly interesting, there are many aspects of this book that are unrealistic and ridiculous. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t discuss the best friend Chloe. We meet her in the beginning of the book. She happens to be Emma’s best friend, and the lone token black person in the book. I might have enjoyed her character had she not been drawn so stereotypical. You see Chloe has a weave and long fake fingernails, and an attitude to boot. And if my best friend took care to talk to and about me rudely, and embarrass me in front of hot guys, she wouldn’t be my friend. So we have the angry black girl with fake hair and fake nails. I’m surprised she even got in the water because we all know that black people don’t swim *rolls eyes*. Unfortunately, or fortunately, Chloe doesn’t make it to chapter three as she is mauled by a shark and dies! Yes you read that right…how cliche for the lone black character to die within the first few pages of the book. Not to mention how fast Emma got over her death once Galen became a permanent fixture in her life.
The rest of the characters in this book aren’t very well-developed either. They each seem to have one dominant trait that drives their personalities and not much else interesting about them. I didn’t enjoy Emma at all. She could be a real asshole at times, and went out of her way to be contrary and defiant. And not in cute, she-woman type of way. She generally treated people like crap and could be really brat-tastic.
Galen, though devastatingly gorgeous, was really controlling and kind of condescending at times. So not sexy. Not to mention he followed Emma while she was on a date, threatened bodily harm to the guy she was with, and gave him “serial killer eyes”. Yes that is a quote from the book. I must have missed the memo that crazy, controlling, stalker guys were it now, but I think I’ll pass anyway. The other characters were alright but there was nothing about them that made me want to know anymore about them or be invested in their lives.
Emma’s mother is beyond hysterical and ridiculous, and her conversations with her daughter and Galen kind of creeped me out. Upon FIRST meeting Galen she asks him whether or not he wants to sleep with her daughter and only seems content when he tells her they haven’t slept together, but he wants to. WTF!? Why this is even an appropriate conversation to have with a teenage boy you’ve just met baffles me. And then she alternates between being super strict with Emma and then letting her spend the night and fly across the country for a weekend with a boy she’s known all of three or four days. This screams unrealistic as I don’t know any REAL, caring mother whose going to go for that nonsense.
I also have a real problem with the fact that Syrene (mer people) women must mate whether they are willing or not, and the fact that the man that wants her can seal a marriage without her will, consent, or even her PRESENCE disgusts me. What the recent fascination with women’s uterus’s and reproductive systems in the US and in YA books is I’ll never understand. But the fact that the Syrena women only seem to be good for producing children irritated the shit out of me. Frankly I’m not a fan of women being forced to do anything without exercising their own choice in the matter. Galen’s sister has been wed to her and her brother’s best friend Toraf against her will. This is even more appalling when you find out that Toraf, as her good friend she grew up with, knew very well that Rayna never wanted to marry. So he goes behind her back and seals them without her even knowing. And then he begins playing hard-to-get, and miraculously she loves him and is okay with the marriage. *Le deep sigh*, REALLY?
The story itself was a bit flimsy and superficial. I think the Syrena and the underworld could have been better developed and explained. The romance was lukewarm at best. Between Galen’s good looks, and Emma’s constant blushing and ball busting, I quickly tired of the two.
The ending was a bit of a surprise. I say a bit because I kind of saw it coming, but it was interesting enough for me to want to know what happens next. But I think I’ll end up reading a spoiler review rather than picking up the next book. Overall I had a hard time getting into the characters and the story. I think this one just wasn’t for me, but I encourage you all to check out some other reviews and decide for yourself.
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