Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Book Review: Siren Song by Stephanie Draven

Title: Siren Song
Author: Stephanie Draven
Length: novella
Source: ebook copy provided by the author
Release Date: 1 January 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne Bites
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's website, Kindle store

Grade: 3 stars

Novellus bonus!

Goodreads appetizer: When Chloe Karras sings, she knows that no one can resist her sensual allure—except for the sexy naval officer seemingly immune to her voice. But Captain Alex Shore is just the man she wants to take home after her performance—until he tells her what she thought were imagined powers are real...and dangerous.

Alexandros knows firsthand how seductive sirens are, as well as their potential to destroy. Yet the former sea soldier feels a powerful attraction to the beautiful rock singer that goes beyond her spell. Can he banish Chloe from the town he's vowed to protect—or will he be drawn into the siren's bed?

This review was originally posted as a dual review with Has over at Book Lovers Inc. Believe me, reading the review as a convo is much better than my single-sided monologue, so check out the dual review here.

My thoughts: What I really liked about this novella was how much the author used Greek mythology to set the story and characters. I’ve always loved it and seeing those legendary creatures set in a contemporary romance felt fresh and interesting.

What I didn’t really like or rather what surprised me was the dark parts of Chloe's rape, I wasn't expecting anything so horrible in a paranormal romance... But again, that was the turning point for me. I didn't care much for the heroine when she was described as a rock singer with pink hair, who enjoyed feeling her power and control over every men in the room. I didn’t think she would be a heroine I could like, but then she gained depth and I liked how with Alex we got to see a more vulnerable side of her. She seemed to be such an egotist especially the way she kept herself away from her band and friends (which of course now knowing more about her past I can see was more of another part of her vulnerability and loneliness than conceit), and I confess that I think I started with the preconception that she would be another wild, self-centered musician with a huge ego. However, there were quite some twists and turns I couldn't have predicted and seeing how short this novella was, it is quite a feat! :-) My favourite part of the book was to see how a heroine I started out labelling completely evolved from the box I put her in at the beginning and that she could surprise and leave confused even a several hundred year old world-seen triton! :-D

The hero's character was much less developed than Chloe's and I felt him to be more of a supporting character, but I could see why a several hundred (or even maybe thousand?) year old man could be so weary of everything and with all his experience of evil and man-hater sirens he could be less than a fair judge and more like a blindsided executioner. I felt he condemned Chloe not as much for the crime he thought she committed but for being a siren and thus being prone to murder and doing evil deeds sooner or later, that is punishing her for all the bad things he has witnessed sirens in his life commit. I could understand it, he was more like a grumpy weathered man ;-p

I always give novellas a chance but usually come to the same conclusion that they would have been so much better if they had been longer and the author would have had more time and space to expand and develop more some ideas.

The revelation of the real culprit was rather sudden as well as the reason for doing it, but I can see how it makes sense. But again I blame the format and the space restrictions, would have loved to read this a bit longer and somewhat more detailed. 

Verdict: Siren Song was my very first Stephanie Draven story, but most certainly not the last. I really enjoyed her writing and can't wait to check out more of her works.

Plot: 7/10
Characters: 7/10
Ending: 6/10
Writing: 9/10
Cover: 8/10  

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