Thursday, 29 January 2015

Review & Book Trailer: Sound of Sirens (Tales of Skylge #1) by Jen Minkman

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23162817-sound-of-sirens?from_search=trueGoodreads Synopsis
An ancient land protected by a Tower of Lught,
it's people ever tempted by Siren song,
and a girl who falls for the wrong boy.

On the island of Skylge, electricity is only for the Currents – the rich ruling class who once came from across the sea and brought the holy fire of St. Brandan to Skylge. Ever since, the light in the Brandaris Tower has protected the islanders. Heeding the Siren's call will drown your body and steal your soul, but the sacred light in the Tower will chase the merfolk away.

When Skylger girl Enna welcomes her brother back from a long sea voyage, he gives her a special present from the mainland – an electronic record only playable on a Current device. The problem is that Royce Bolton, Current heartthrob and the town’s most gifted pianist, wants it too. After she stubbornly refuses to sell the LP featuring his favorite artist, he suggests sharing the record by secretly meeting up in his private summer house. Taken aback yet thrilled, Enna agrees – and discovers that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Current society and the history of Skylge. Why do the Sirens tempt the islanders to give themselves up to the sea? And where does the Currents’ monopoly on electricity really come from? 

While struggling with these questions, Enna begins to fall for Royce, risking everything to be with a guy who is clearly wrong for her. She will learn that the sound of Sirens isn’t the most treacherous thing out there to haunt her dreams
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Review:
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review***

Sound of Sirens is a brilliant start to a new series that is destined to take your breath away. Jen Minkman’s writing draws you in and portrays new worlds so beautifully that you feel as though you’re witnessing everything first-hand. Music plays such a big part in this book, that I’m glad she was able to make the reader hear it as well as feel it, through reading it.

The sirens story is something I’ve come to know only recently, and to see such a fresh new take was extraordinary. It worked well with the other aspects to form a plot that’s depth is only just starting to show. Our main protagonist Enna is faced with truths that turn her world upside down, but she wasn’t one to shy away from it. From the looks of things the same characteristic runs in the family. So often young adult books forget the parents/family relations and it was nice to see them play their part.

Society is pretty messed up on the island and it will take many people to make the changes they’re striving for. Meanwhile Enna has to make her own decisions. I thought the forbidden romance between Enna and a certain Current boy was a great addition to the story, and I’m looking forward to see where it goes as the plot thickens in the sequel.
Favourite Quotes:
“I just want to help my own people. And if that involves breaking the rules and stirring up a shit-storm of trouble, I don’t care.”

“If I have a choice, I’d rather believe in our own fairytales than in their fabrications.”

“Guess I just wanted to believe in something for a change. Something out of the ordinary. And if Sytse is allowed to dream about changing his stars, then so am I.”

“It’s time to rebuild – and I suspect the result will be worth waiting for.”

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