Of Poseidon / Anna Banks.
Booklist Reviews 2012 May #1
Banks' debut novel has teen movie written all over it: a gory opening death by shark bite, paranormal romance, incredibly good-looking nonhumans, and even a visit to the ruins of the Titanic. Pale, clumsy high-school senior Emma first (literally) runs into Galen, prince of the Syrena (or merpeople), on a beach in Florida while on vacation. There is definite electricity between them, based not only on their mutual attraction but also on the fact that Emma is actually part Syrena as well. Much of the plot is devoted to Emma's lineage: she is clearly not fully human, but how much of her is Syrena? Subplots involve Syrena history, arranged marriages, and Galen's fierce twin sister, but what drives this slight yet pleasing fantasy is strong character development and a sense of humor. Galen and Emma are likable because they are complex, confused, and intelligent. There's a lot of the standard superpowered-guy-rescues-human-girl moments, but Emma grows into strength and powers of her own. The cliff-hanger ending promises at least one sequel. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Emma discovers she has a strange power over sea creatures. Galen, a prince of the Syrena (mermen) has been sent to find such a girl to save his kingdom. With the sexual tension of Twilight, the forbidden love of Romeo and Juliet, and a splash of Harry Potter, this high-action, humorous novel leaves enough unanswered questions to hint at a sequel.
PW Reviews 2012 March #2
For a sweet mermaid romance, Emma McIntosh's story starts out rough. Her father has recently died of cancer, and her best friend is mauled to death by a shark in the opening scene. Baggage enough for any 18-year-old, but then the hot guy who witnessed the carnage at the beach shows up in Emma's world history class. Galen is gorgeous, seems to have money to burn, and is completely focused on Emma. He claims to know Emma's "secret"—one she doesn't even know she has. He also has a sister with a big mouth, whose willingness to wade into any fray soon pushes Emma into awareness that her love-hate feelings for the ocean are more than just a consequence of her friend's death. Banks's first novel has some beginner's bumps, notably the lack of a self-contained plot, but also a great deal of charm. The mix of first-person and third-person present-tense narration is not seamless, though it imparts immediacy and warmth. Much background is given and few questions are answered, but Emma's emotions propel the narrative. Ages 13–up. Agent: Lucy Carson, the Friedrich Agency. (May)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC