mermaids

Of Posiedon by Anna Banks

12425532Galen 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’m not really into mermaid books so you can imagine how I was to start this one, especially with all of the mixed reviews. It began kind of slow, but it eventually caught my attention. To me, it seemed like a very cute, summer-y book, which makes it weird that I’m writing it now, in late September… Anywho*, I really liked this one because it was a light read. It wasn’t dark and serious and heavy like paranormal YA usually is. It was nice to get a break from that foreboding tenseness. I mean it still has a nice plotline, but it’s straightforward, uncomplicated.  No crazy twists and turns. It was almost predictable. I liked it. The characters were less serious, more normal. They’re dorky and cheesy and well rounded in their awkwardness. They just happen to be from the sea. Emma seems completely normal, though she’s traumatized -of course, it wouldn’t be paranormal YA if she wasn’t and you all know it- by her friend’s death. She seems to me like a really bubbly and just happy person (or maybe Honors English has just fried my brain with all of those think-outside-the-story character sketches). Galen is just OMfreakingG adorable. Like, he’s the sweet, awkward, but still kind of sexy boyfriend you wanted before you discovered book bad boys. Emma and Galen are really cute together and it’s made quite clear that they’ll do anything for each other. But I’m not gonna give spoilers! If you want a beachy book to cheer you up during autumn or just want a charming but quick read, you should totally go for this one.

*Yep, it’s a made-up word that is completely irrelevant and doesn’t make any actual sense but you’ve heard it before.