Review of Wonderment: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Posted 24 April, 2012 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 63 Comments

Of Poseidon

Book I in a wonderment series!
Genre: YA Paranormal
publication: May 22nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
copy received from publisher
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synopsis from goodreads
Magic rating:


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.

You know one of the best things about writing reviews and featuring books on your blog is when you have a book that literally blew you away! Of Poseidon is such a book and beware of my fangirly excitement which will follow in the next paragraphs.

Like with many other books Of Poseidon drew me initially in because of this gorgeous cover! I simply adore this girl in the water, I loooove the white and the green, it’s incredible! I can’t wait to have this piece of awesomeness on my shelf as a hardcover! But, this book has not just a gorgeous cover, Oh no! This book was a mind-blowing wonderment!

*Be Warned: Long Review full of fangirlyness!*

Starting with a BANG!

I believe you know it yourself. Some books start slow and some books start with a BANG! The opening scene in Of Poseidon drew me in immediately and I was right into this story and there was no way to put it down after this. Emma stumbles into Galen in the first minutes of the book and this scene set the tone of the whole book! It was the perfect opening! But, apart from this cute interaction in the beginning, there is even more happening in the first chapter that made me gasp. We get everything in the first pages, laughter, hotness (=Galen), cuteness(=Emma) and heartbreaking tears! Yes, it’s not just light and fun. But, this doesn’t matter! Seriously, what is better than a book that triggers the full range of emotion? Nothing!

Emma! Belongs to the hall-of-fame of awesomeness heroines!

Emma was incredibly cute but at the same time I loved loved loved her snarky retorts. She was awesome and I have such a big girl crush on her. I want to be her friend!!! In Of Poseidon, Emma has to discover that there is something else in the world, something that was hidden until now and that fairy tales with mermaids (please Galen, excuse this word!) are true! Moreover, she even seems to be part of this! Emma handles this all fantastically with spark and snark! Can I stress again how much I love Emma?

Galen – *dies* … uhmm *fans self*

Who would think a mermaid could be sex-on-fishtails? I didn’t, but then I met Galen! Prince of the Syrena (because we do not use the word mermaids from this moment forward, Galen would not be happy…) Galen is hotness personified. He’s an ambassador for his kind and keeps track on what the humans are up to, he takes care that the Syrena are not discovered. But, he has not much love for humankind which why it’s even more confusing when he feels so fascinated and captivated by Emma. This initial spark he felt when he meet Emma made him follow her to her school to figure out the mystery behind Emma.

I adore and love Galen insanely! He’s incredible hot (thank you for that) but since he’s a Prince he also is very bad-ass, dominant and possessive! Gosh, don’t we all love hot alpha males? Emma constantly annoys him because for once Emma does not treat him like the royal prince he is and she constantly talks back and does not take his crap!  I loved loved loved their constant batter and their snarky and witty retorts! Those dialogues were one of the best aspects in Of Poseidon!

At the same time, Galen hasn’t truly lived among humans and some human rituals and behavior is foreign for him. It was incredibly funny when he was just confused by this ridiculous human behavior, which doesn’t fit this Prince all to well 🙂 But this just added to the level of adoration I felt for Galen!

Emotionally invested?? Tears, Laughter, Heartbreak? Yep, all of this!

Oh yes, very much so! The plot in addition was mysterious enough to keep me on edge. The pace was perfect. I was just as eager to find out more about Emma than Emma and Galen themselves. But one of the best parts was the unfolding romance and the love! Gosh the Love was intense, hot and beautiful although it seemed doomed from the beginning! Be aware of serious heartbreak. I, myself had water in my eyes and also shed a few tears…

Bewitched Rating

*magic rating of epic wonderment*

Bottom Line

Of Poseidon was epic and a pure wonderment! Anna Banks created a tale that was heart-melting, mysterious funny and just fanfreakingtastic! The characters were amazing with a heroine who was smart cute and snarky and Galen the boy who stole Emma’s heart but will also steal yours! Of Poseidon will get a place on my special-awesomeness shelf of epic tales and I hope it will get a place on yours!


Note to the Author: Dear Anna, Thank you so freaking much for creating this tale, Emma and Galen! I will wait anxiously for the sequel and .. you know, my offer still stands, I’m sure you would need me as a beta-reader.. *grin*

Additional Notes: Please come back tomorrow for some more epicness about Of Poseidon, I do have a special Interview *faints* and an epic Giveaway just for you! Seriously, you don’t want to miss this!

Much love and thanks for reading my fangirly ramblings!




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63 Responses to “Review of Wonderment: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks”

  1. Eeekkkk !
    Your review is so good !
    Your fangirling makes me want to read the book right away !
    I wish I could get an ARC of this, but I’ll have to learn to wait like a patient person ! 😛
    But seriously Galen sounds ridiculously *hot* !

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

  2. The magic rating of epic wonderment… is SO SHINY. *shields eyes* But I have to be the first to say that this book definitely deserves it!! I loved this one like crazy too! It had to be my favourite mermaid book of all time, and YES to Emma & Galen banter that rocked our world — that was so much fun to read! I loved it when BLANK kissed BLANK and BLANK got mad (blanks to replace names so I don’t spoil anything)… it was so funny-sweet! x)

    Hehe, I love your fangirly review, Danny! It’s making me want to fangirl about this book all over again! <3
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    • *giggles* Sweetie you are the cutest! Isn’t this magic rating awesome?? I knew I had finally to make some 5 plus rating and this is what I got :))
      Galen and Emma rocked alone but together they were epic!!

      And YES I LOVED this scene – this was soooo freaking perfect and I actually laughed my ass off, as so often in this book!

      Truly, with this review I lost a few years but, I am soo girly excited, it’s not funny! LooL!
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  3. I love it when a book grabs you RIGHT from the start. I have this on my shelf staring at me. MUST READ SOON! Galen sounds awesomely hot (sex-on-fishtails – yes please!!) Bahaha. But I’m glad the love story is actually realistic and passionate I hate it when there’s no believable connection between the characters. Wonderful review chick! I’m excited to get to this!

    • This book jumps right in and I loved it!! I even went into a direction shortly after this that was heartbreaking. I was sucked right into this story! You have to meet Galen, he’s incredible , swoon and drool worthy!! I loved Emma and Galen’s connection, besides their obvious attraction towards each other they were constantly fighting! I’m so happy I could share my excitement with you!
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  4. EEEEE! I just finished reading this book and my thoughts are exactly like what you mentioned in your review! Galen and Emma are such a sweet couple! And the ending of the book makes me dying to read Of Triton!

    Fantastic review, Danny! ♥ So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
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  5. YAY!!! Emma cracked me up in that first scene, and any book that makes me laugh like that in under 5 pages is a winner to me! And Galen? He’s up there with Kaidan (though Kaidan is still winning). Fantastic review my friend, it’s been fun dying of excitement over this book and Sweet Evil with you!

    • Of Poseidon goes right together with Sweet Evil in my epic shelf of awesomeness (or however I called it … lol), Both books rocked my socks and … honestly, why choosing? We can keep Galen and Kaidan!!!! I’m can handle both…

      I love when we are both all fangirly and excited about these books! Can’t wait to squeal with you for real!
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    • Honestly Kimba, I simply couldn’t wait with my Review. I was dying to share this with all of you! Plus, I got this chance to interview Galen and Toraf and there was no freaking way to wait any longer…

      OhKimba!! Thank you so much for adding my Button!! *hugs* Totally going to grab yours too! I love leaving comments as much as seeing them here, so I appreciate you coming back to me!
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  6. YAY a five Russian Dolls review, how awesome !! I’m so glad you loved this one that much Danny .. I wasn’t planning to read it actually because I read a pretty negative review on it the other day but I totally can’t decide to read a book because of only one bad review … Your enthusiasm about some books always makes me want to buy them !!! I’ll be waiting for your giveaway though .. hoping that it’s international because I sooooo want to read this book now !! Thanks for the great review hon 🙂
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    • Yep!! it’s not simple 5 dolls.. those are the magic dolls!! Just saying..
      Oh and there was actually really one that didn’t like it, too bad! But, I truly and honestly are head over heels about this book!

      When I finished it I couldn’t stop talking about this with Pushy… I might or might have not annoyed her with my fangirlynes!! Ok, no I don’t think so!!

      You reeaaaalllyyyyy have to get a copy!! Like truly and realy! I might have found an option to make it international… Let’s see, must discuss with Pushy first!
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    • Sex on-Whatever!! But, when you read this book you will also find that he is even sexy with his Fishtail, because…. *bleeeep* for this answer you have to come back tomorrow :)))

      Anyways, I really think you might like this one!! Not just because of the mermaid lore, which also is awesome btw, but mostly because of the funny writing and the incredible characters!!
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  7. Danny, I loved all your fan girl gushing. I find it extremely rewarding when I find a book lives up to the beautiful cover. I have been in search of a good mermaid book forever and now I am excited that I have this for review, maybe at last I will find the book I have been looking for!
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  8. Honestly I hadn’t given this one much thought. But you have me convinced I may have to give it a try! I love when a book pulls you in right away! Especially since it seems like it doesn’t really happen that much. Usually I have to force myself to read awhile before I’m completely pulled in. So glad it’s awesome!
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  9. Emily

    I’ve seen some promotional stuff for this book, and I didn’t think it would be for me. I’ve changed my mind after this review though! 🙂
    This sounds so amazing, and you enjoyed it so much. I can’t wait to read it.

  10. Awesome! I love sex-of-fishtails. As I mentioned in the WoW, I’m always nervous about books with shiny covers and they won’t live up to the pretty packaging. But this sounds like it does! I like books that start off with a bang. Okay, I must read this soon! Great review 🙂

  11. Ooh!! Fun review!!!!

    I love your enthusiasm. I agree about the balance, there’s just enough tension in the LOVE and the unfolding storyline… what a fun book!!!!!

  12. Dannyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!! my sweet!! holy sh*t!!! I was super lucky to win an arc of this book on facebook but I was still keeping it on my shelf until a few books later…but… I TOTALLY moved it up on my list! NExt wekk im SO DIVEING into Of Poseidon! OMG!! This will be my first mermaid book and Im so glad you loved it! It means I will for sure love it too!! kyaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! So far, there have been many mermaid books but none of them have had such great reviews as yours. That is why I havent pick up a mermaid book yet! As soon a I finish the two books Im reading, Im picking this on up! HOLY COW!!

    Thnx for sharing your awesome thoughts my dear!! ^.^ have a kick-ass weekend!

  13. Thanks so much for this review! I was intrigued by the title of this book but when I read the summary, I didn’t think it would be for me. I kept rereading it just in case, but always decided against it. But your review makes it sound great so I’m officially adding it to my wishlist!

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