Author: Anna Banks
Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
Publication Date: December 11, 2012
Listening copy via Sync
I realized that my monthly Reader's Corner column had turned into a monthly audiobook review, so I thought I go ahead and just make it an actual audiobook review.
I was able to stock up on some audiobooks thanks to Sync, and the first one I'll review is Of Poseidon by Anna Banks. The story centers on Emma, a good girl who follows in the shadow of her best friend, Chloe. But things change drastically when Emma and Chloe go on a vacation to Florida. First of all, Emma meets cute boy Galen, who has the same mysterious violet eyes that she has. And second, Chloe is killed in a shark attack.
So begins Emma's journey as she learns about the Syrena, a type of mer-people, and her role in a battle between Syrena kingdoms.
Of Poseidon is a good mix of action, romance, and humor. The big plot reveal at the end was telegraphed from a mile away, but it still nicely sets up the next book.
Rebecca Gibel does an admirable job narrating the different characters and giving Emma a strong and slightly snarky voice. My only quibble is that Chloe sounds like she's straight from the Jersey shore, even though she and Emma grew up together and Emma doesn't have an accent. Especially given that Chloe is African-American, it's an odd choice.
I'd recommend Of Poseidon to readers (and listeners) who enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor or The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
Here's a taste of Chapter 1: