Siren (Sinister Fairy Tale Collection)
by Hazel Grace
Genre: Dark Fairy Tale Retelling
Release Date: January 7, 2020
I’m one of the most alluring creatures in the world.
One of seven princesses of Lacuna.
But I wanted more than that, so much more than the trinkets I stowed in my caverns. I wanted my own piece of the world.
And I got it.
However with that wish came a price, and that price came with secrets.
Two of which should never have been able to set foot on where I reside.
The fate of my heart belongs to Lacuna, but whose heart belongs to me?
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A very slow, shaky start but with an amazing ending that made it all worth while.
The last 30% or so of this book was 5 stars all the way. Sadly the first 40% dragged sooooooooo much that, despite this being an arc read, if I hadn’t agreed to lead a Book of the Month discussion on it I would have DNF’d it. I am SO VERY GLAD that I stuck with the book because the second half was absolutely amazing. This was where we got ALL the steamy action, this is where the plot picked up pace, this is where all the twists turns and shocks occurred (one which was quite foreshadowed but another really was a surprise). I even ugly cried, shedding real tears as the author repeatedly ripped my heart apart.
A couple of short paragraphs would easily sum up the first 8 – 10 chapters. Nothing happens and it felt like wading through molasses. I can’t remember the last time a book dragged so much for me – probably because I’m quite ruthless and delete them from my kindle. I’d suggest the author seriously look for either some new beta readers or a new editor because they seriously let her down by not recognising the terrible pacing and lack of direction at the beginning of this book. You know, the time when you have to be hooking the reader in. I’m not sure if the intention was to character build or develop the connection between the MC’s but it didn’t quite work. Instead we had far too many internalised monologues/musings rather than actual conversations or action.
I’m aware this may seem petty but the word ‘allude’, in it’s various forms, was also not only overused (30 appearances) but repeatedly, incorrectly used as a way to describe speech. There were also another couple of inaccurate word uses, but I did read an arc so they may have been corrected.
eg “We have to go,” Isolde alludes suddenly.
“Then I won’t,” he alludes.
“That mean’s get out .” “I will,” he alludes slowly.
The book is written first person and from 3 alternating point of views, there is a sort-of, almost love triangle but not really. The main pov is the heroine, Davina’s, with chapters also from both Dagan’s and Tobias’ view points too. On reflection I do still feel this is a book I would recommend, albeit with warnings over needing to persevere at first. I quite like that the author left the possibility of a follow up book for a separate couple, as long as it didn’t have the same slow start I’d be up for reading it!
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Author Bio: (author photo in drive folder)
Hazel Grace is an avid music lover and hardcore Oakland Raiders fan from the mitten state of Michigan. Her writing goals are “what the f*ck” storylines while enjoying her readers private messaging her to cuss her out.
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5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.
4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.
3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.
2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.
1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.