Tuesday, June 19, 2012

READING: Sirenz Back In Fashion by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman

Sirenz Back In Fashion by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman

Publication date: June 8th, 2012
Published by: Flux
Genre: YA Paranomal, Gods and Goddesses
Rating: 5/5
It's Hell on heels--again

When Shar tries on a ring from Hades, it activates an obscure contractual clause that puts Shar and former-frenemy-now-friend Meg in Hades' service once more. Shar is whisked away to the Underworld to prepare a ball for Persephone, while Meg is sent to retrieve the errant soul of spoiled rich girl Paulina Swanson and send her to the abyss. Just when it appears the girls will be doomed to serve Hades for eternity, Shar meets two possibly helpful demi-gods who also happen to be gorgeous. Can the girls finally ditch the Lord of the Dead once and for all?

I remember reading Sirenz last year and thinking what an awesome, funny story it is, you can swallow it whole in one sitting. Well, if possible, Sirenz Back In Fashion is even better!

What I like about Bennardo & Zaman's writing is how light it is. In an industry such as the YA industry which is filled with dark, gloomy and haunting paranormal books, Sirenz Back In Fashion certainly stands out as unbelievably refreshing and vivacious. Nothing wrong with the more somber paranormal whatsoever, God knows I read tons of them. But at some point you just want to take a break and relax and have fun while reading. SBIF was the perfect book for that and it practically fulfilled a need I didn't know I had.

This time around, the duo consisting of Shar and Meg split: Shar operates in the Underworld, while Meg remains in the city. They get caught in Hade's web who, with a carefully laid plan, has the girls on his beg and call once again. Hades tries to seduce Shar in the land down under (literally) while Meg frantically tries to find a way to rescue Shar and get rid of Hades once and for all.

Shar's trip to the Underworld-hilarious! See, that's what I'm talking about. Not ridiculous and completely unserious, but funny and witty. We got to meet a lot of new characters and find out that Charon, god of Death, is a cranky dude, Aglaia, the one who stirs Charon's boat, likes flashy, girly stuff and that Castor is a total hottie. I really enjoyed Shar's chapters, admittedly more than Meg's. Every encounter she has with Hades is brilliant and honestly, I don't understand why she hasn't yielded to his charms already, he is so unbelievably awesome!

Lot of things change in the end of book 2, so that leaves us with a whole bunch of new characters in book 3 and some surprising plot twists which I'm already trying to figure out. 
Amazing, funny and clever, Sirenz Back In Fashion was all I expected it to be and more. Pick this series up now! Perfect summer read.
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