Saturday, June 25, 2011

READING: Sirenz by Charlotte Bennardo&Natalie Zaman

Sirenz by Charlotte Bennardo&Natalie Zaman

Publication date: June 8th, 2011
Published by: Flux
Genre: YA Paranormal, Gods
Rating: 4,5/5
Eligible for Debut Author Challenge 2011
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.

But just because they have an otherworldly part-time job now doesn’t mean Meg and Shar can ignore life’s drudgeries (work) or pleasures (fashion!). 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 . . .
Sirenz was such a fun book! One you could easily read in one sitting and enjoy the hell out of. 

After a deal with a very attractive Hades, Meg and Shar gain the abilities of the Sirens, greek mythological creatures who are said to lure sailors with their enchanting music to shipwreck. Meg has the ability to enchant someone with her voice and make them do anything she pleases and Shar with her stare. They have to use these powers to enchant an eccentric fashion mogul and lead him to a portal straight to Hades because apparently his contract with him is long overdue. The more they use their powers however, the more they turn into the actual Sirens, huge bird-like creatures:not pretty at all! So they have to do their job before the time runs out and they completely transform into Sirens.

I liked both Shar and Meg. They are completely different people, Shar being the outspoken flirty type and Meg being introverted and shy, but they both put aside their differences and willingly join their forces in order to solve the problem ahead. I liked the fact that they did it all by themselves with no strong, unbearably hot men to help them and save the day. No, this was girl power through and through and I loved it!
Not that there wasn't some flirting and romance going on because there was. But it didn't interfere with the story at all or complicated it in any unnecessary way.

Hades is exactly as I would picture him: dangerously delicious, smug, arrogant SOB.
Persephone also made an appearance along with her mother Demeter and the queen of the Gods, Hera.I was intrigued by Minthe's story and her connection with Persephone. You think because I'm greek I know all about greek mythology right? Wrong! I wish I did but honestly, it's so vast and chaotic, you can't possibly know all of it. There are always stories to learn that you haven't heard of. 
So Minthe was seduced by Hades which Persephone of course didn't like and she turned her into mint. Yes, the actual mint. Mint was later used in funeral rites in ancient Greece. 
See? Sirenz was both educational and super fun!

Sirenz will lure you in from the very first page. If you're into greek mythology and fashion, you should definitely pick this one up!
Perfect for beach reading.
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3 comments:

  1. Huh, that sounds like a really good book! I love books about shopping (Shopaholic series is one of my favorites) and it sounds really cool with all of the mythology tied in. I'm gonna have to read this! Thanks for the awesome review!

    -Jessica (Peace Love Books)

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  2. I never had any intention of reading this - it just sounded stupendously silly, for some reason - but I do believe you've changed my mind!! (",)

    Hades sounds like AwEsOmEsAuCe (!!) and - while I don't know very much about it, either - I absolutely adore reading books based on greek mythology, too.

    Thanks for the great review ... wasn't sure what exactly to expect from this one, but you've done a wonderful job explaining the story.

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  3. Been hearing good things about this book. Good review. New follower. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love.

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