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Siren [Kindle Edition]

Joycelin Arnold
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Wishes are dangerous things in Aridenia. With an extreme xenophobia towards the evolved Siren half of the population and the rest living under the totalitarian rule of a vicious president, a wish is all one can really hope for.

For Nadia, the wish of nothing more than freedom is all she can cling to. Given her complicated past of treason and a punishment of lifetime enlistment, the dream becomes more impossible by the day. When one false move gets her exiled from the country however, Nadia's dream may finally be a reality.

Everything seems to be working out wonderfully, until the president's personal assassins and a band of dysfunctional “liberators” come to claim Nadia's path for their own purposes. As she is dragged along on a cyberpunk adventure that was never asked for, she begins to start seeing her world for what it is. A reality of a corrupt government, the Siren's creation, and her place in it causes her to question not only her past but her future.

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  • "Once details started coming together I couldn't put it down."
 - Alicia Rae, Goodreads
  • "A breath of fresh air...I won't spoil the story but let's just say it was so full of twists and turns, it took my breath away in parts."
 -Annie Cole, Goodreads
  • "...Unlike anything I have recently read!"
 -Wendy Hoffman, Goodreads

About the Author

Joycelin Arnold is originally from Mobile, AL but now resides in Las Vegas, NV. As a child, she was raised by a very off-beat and diversely interested single parent. That parent, her mother, is to thank for majority of the inspiration in her work. Arnold has been writing from a very young age, getting enthralled in an imaginative world of assassins, kings, femme fatales, magic, mysteries and war. When not writing fiction, she can be found on various internet outlets and events talking about video games and the latest in nerd culture.

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  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469973820
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00706SRWU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,425,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By kdf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
this is my first review ever. i am a real person, not hired by the publisher or a friend of the author.

I chose to read this e-book because I liked the blurb describing the book, the cover caught my eye, and it was free.

I don't expect too much from free ebooks by authors I cannot find any other works by and that don't have any customer reviews. My favorite types of science fiction are military with a female lead protagonists that is bad-ass but still definitely a woman. I like lots of action, a bit of a mystery and a bit of romance. In my favorite types of YA novels, I love the Dystopian novels where the kids are trying to bring about a civil war/revolution. This book has all of these qualities. The bit of a mystery part is why i finished it in one sitting (i do that with most mysteries. i MUST know the answers to all the many questions).

Granted i do have some beefs with the book. It was like the editor was asleep since there were some very obvious wrong words (like of and off)and sometimes extra words (like he just forgot to delete a word after changing a sentence structure). I mean theses are the kind of errors i make all the time when i type and Firefox or Microsoft always tells me and i fix it. so there is really no excuse for them. also the cover which i mentioned is very eye catching. BUT like sooooo many covers in sci-fi, the woman in the novel is brown skinned and the woman on the cover is white or at least 10 times lighter than the description given (they do it with the men as well). as a black woman this annoys me. another beef is a character one, the leading lady is a rather immature 22 yr old and sometimes she just got on my nerves. I hope i was not that stupid and childish at that age, i probably was and God Bless my parents and family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Extreme Dystopian-Futuristic-good world-building April 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This story of a very unpleasantly Dystopian society has all the prerequisites: detailed world-building, explanation of society, culture, military, government; xenophobia, in that the humans and the Sirens and Banshees are antithetical; decent writing; and the novel starts out with plenty of action and dialogue, just as is essential to hook a reader. The author definitely has a vivid imagination and has created a society-a future-where no one in their right mind would want to live, where the worst threats of totalitarian governments in our day have been exceeded by corporations; and where the military is a tool for not just government, but for those megalithic corporations. This is a life where death is preferable, because even in exile, one will be hunted down, tortured, murdered. Better to have never been born at all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A diamond in the rough March 29, 2012
Format:Paperback
First things first, I got a copy of this book from the author (via goodreads.com group Shut up and Read) for fair and honest review. But I do not know the author personally.

This book is a diamond in the rough, I struggle as to give it three or four stars. To me, three stars is average book, and four stars is a 'better then average' book. I would say this was a four, but the editing issues need to be addressed to honestly give it four.
To write this review I have to divide things up into two parts. First my thoughts and feelings about the storyline, next the books writing issues (editing).

This was a good story. It's fast paced, combat action, good vs evil battle.
The story opens in a battle scene and is 'go!' from there.
22 year old Sargent Nadia Delmasta finds herself unexpectedly exiled from the military, with special ops assassins tracking her down.
Her only hope is to trust in her friends and a small group of resistance fighters. Nadia quickly learns that in the struggle for freedom, both sides have a muddied past.
She must figure out for herself which side she belongs on, but to do that she has to face difficult truths about her past, her family and a prophecy (vision) about her.

This book seems to be the first in a series. I think it has much potential as a series.

The downside of this book is that it really needs to have an editor work over it. There are typos, incorrect spelling, and often the simple words are left out.. like instead of saying 'in his hand'.. it says 'his hand,' or instead of the word 'of'' it says 'off'. This might seem to be a bit trivial to point out (and honestly grammar certainly isn't my strong suit either ), but I found the grammatical errors to be highly distracting at times.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Intro, Poor Formating, Poor Editing September 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I gave up on this novel in the 2nd chapter when I came across another wrong word used in a sentence. On top of this, all paragraphs start at the left border with no spacing between them. I find this format hard to read and with the wrong words used throughout, this novel is very difficult to read. EDIT, Please!

I also had a hard time getting into the plot. It moved quickly but I couldn't size up the characters or why they were doing what they were doing. By the 2nd chapter, I had some idea of what was going on but that first chapter was confusing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! May 21, 2012
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This book was wonderful in my opinion. First, the downfalls: Need an editor for simple words left out and wrong word in other spots (like where and were)easy to get over with this story, and needs a sequal...now. That's the ONLY bad parts.

Didn't really expect to like the book that much. I got it because it was free, but it ended up to be perfect in my opinion.
I loved the story-line and actually fell in love with the characters. It was the perfect futuristic-action-romance-civil war-i don't know, book I've ever read. It could easily be made into an awesome movie if put in the right hands (would LOVE to see a movie like this!). It had the perfect amount of detail to let you feel the emotions through the book the whole time and I have already told a few people about it.

I just got mad at the fact that it didn't give me a final ending, but I'd love to read the sequal if there was one coming ,because it would have to be just as awesome. I now have a new obsession...thanks :)
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Arnold has been writing from a very young age, getting enthralled in an imaginative world of assassins, kings, femme fatales, magic, mysteries, and war. When not writing fiction, she can be found on various internet outlets and events talking about video games.

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