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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Review: Sirenz

Title: Sirenz
Author: Natalie Zaman and Charlotte Bennardo
Series: Sirens #1
Publisher: Flux
Published: June 8th 2011
Source: Authors and Bewitching Book Tours

Bickering frenemies Meg and Shar are doing some serious damage at a midnight sample sale when they find themselves arguing over a pair of shoes—with fatal consequences. One innocent bystander later, the girls are suddenly at the mercy of Hades—the god of the underworld—himself. To make them atone for what they’ve done, Hades forces the teens to become special-assignment Sirens, luring to the Underworld any individual whose unholy contract is up. Finding that delicate balance between their old and new responsibilities turns out to be harder than they expected, especially when an entire pantheon of Greek deities decides to get involved. Then there’s the matter of the fine print in their contracts . . .

Meg and Shar are seniors in high school, rooming together in the on-campus housing although they share a mutual dislike for each other. Like many teenagers, the two are fashion obsessed. While Shar is a confident and flirty fashionista who loves all things pink, Meg loves all things bands, cool and indie. On a sale-filled shopping trip, things go wrong unexpectedly and their lives take a turn for the strange and impossible…all because of a pair of heels? An accident leads the girls to make a deal with Hades, putting their lives in his control. After getting loaded with limitless funds and an impressive apartment, they're forced to use their newfound powers of beauty to collect a man's soul, otherwise they'll be sent to hell to be best friends with the hellhounds. It's unfortunate that Hades and some other Gods are determined to make them fail…

The main thing I have to say about this book is that it is hilarious. There is an abaundance of laugh out loud moments, making it a very enjoyable read. Even when the girls are miserable in their new job, one of them will do something absolutely comical to lessen the tension. The shockingly crazy things that happen to them are almost unbelievable, but the two authors are able to make us suspend our disbelief and enjoy the ride.

What's with the title, you say? Sirens in Greek mythology are seductive bird-women who lure sailors onto dangerous rocks with their voices. The girls are blessed with this curse, and their seemingly simple job is made much harder when they begin turning into birds every time they use their voices or looks around men…I'm talking feathers and beaks, people.

The main characters are polar opposites and their contrasting personalities create a wonderful, dynamic atmosphere. They, as well as the two male love interests, form a great cast who take the novel onto different levels. Many times, the girls are attracted to the same man, and as a reader it's difficult to decide who you want to come out on top. It's then clear by mid-novel and I'm really looking forward to exploring these relationships further in the sequel!
Hades is a sexy trickster. He enjoys playing games and keeps everyone on their toes because of his unpredictability. If you're wondering, his lovely wife Persephone is present and she doesn't take a liking to the girls at all. Shar and Meg eventually join forces, using their combined skills and intelligence to escape sticky situations. Love it!

Sirenz isn't a novel to miss. It's a light read that will appeal to all of your emotions and will surely bring a smile to your face. Through Hades' sexy persuasion, the girls' fun adventures and races against time, there's never a dull moment. It was great to see the friendship between the girls form and become something wonderful. I cannot wait to see what else is in store for them! If you'd like, take the authors' suggestion and picture the gorgeous Ian Somerhalder as Hades. Nice visual, right? Fun, sarcastic, frustratingly awesome - that's Sirenz.

Find Natalie on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her blog.
Find Charlotte on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her blog.

Does is sound funny or what? Let me know what you think! 

Be sure to check out my interview with the authors! I'll also be giving away a copy of the book plus some swag! It's a little better than the gift bag I received!!
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