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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Sirenz
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Flux; 1 edition (June 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738723193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738723198
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,604,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Co-authors Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman are best friends and the authors of Sirenz (Flux, 2011). Both writers, their respective works have appeared in a variety of national magazines and periodicals. The authors reside in Bridgewater, N.J.

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What a quick, fun read.
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Shar and Meg are frenemies of the best kind - the kind that actually like each other underneath all the irritation.
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I loved the witty banter between character and the focus on friendship.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 12, 2011
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Sirenz by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman stars Meg and Shar, roommates who couldn't be anymore different. The two put up with each other but are not friends. They meet up over Christmas vacation to go shopping and have a horrible fight over a pair of shoes that ends up with one of them accidentally pushing a boy in front of a subway. A man then shows up and claims to be Hades. He offers the two a chance to get out of trouble if they will work for him as sirens and lure a man to the underworld. The girls are each given a power to help them do their job but when they use the power they transform into bird like sirens. The girls encounter many adventures and obstacles along the way and learn to appropriate each others differences and become friends.

Sirenz is a fun paranormal comedy. The idea of the girls working for Hades as sirens is different and I appreciated that the girls worked together to solve their problem showing their strength and without needing a man to come to the rescue. While there is a love interest and each girl works through romantic situations this is a story of girl power (with a little fashion on the side). Shaz and Meg both grow as characters throughout the story and have a lot of fun. I really liked that this book's premise and plot was so original and that it didn't follow any of the formulas that are so popular in the paranormal genre lately. Hades was a great seedy villain along with Persephone and Demeter.

Appropriateness: This book doesn't have any adult content, the girls are too busy to go to parties or hook up with guys. The girls are seniors in high school and they get a job working as interns for a designer and live in an apartment by themselves. I would recommend this book to teens 12+ and feel that the older end of the YA audience would enjoy this as well as the younger. It read more like a Family Channel TV movie rather than one on the Disney Channel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By onepagereviews on August 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
I legitimately loved this book. I had no idea it would be so funny or cute. It's a perfect mixture of chicklit and fantasy, with lots of sarcasm and naughty deities thrown in for good measure - The Devil Wears Prada meets Homer.

Shar and Meg are frenemies of the best kind - the kind that actually like each other underneath all the irritation. Their interraction had to be my favorite part of the book. I loved watching them snap at each other and eventually support one another as they go through the crazy experience of trying to avoid becoming sirens. The friendship they form can be related to by a lot of women, I think. They fight over shoes, boys, and beliefs, but when they are faced with the fate of becoming Hades' pooper scoopers for Cerberus, they have each other's backs.

Oh, Hades. He was hysterical. So many YA books romanticize the gods and make them brooding immortals with lots of angst. But Bennardo and Zaman created petty deities that are more interested in their own affairs than helping mortals. Hades is, quite possibly, the most seductive and creepiest god of them all, constantly trying to force himself on fashion-obsessed Shar. His means of seduction were hilarious - he literally tries to get into her pants by offering her designer shoes from Milan. I'm pretty sure I snorted when I read this:

[Shar] "I was hiding in the supply closet. It was only supposed to be for a minute. [...] But then Hades found me and took me to Ferragamo's. Tried to buy my body with shoes."
But Meg was probably the funniest character. Her bleak sarcasm was great and kept the story in perspective. My favorite line of hers came when she was looking at the iPhone Hades gave them for emergencies and information about the gods:

"Well, I found an app for the portals...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chels on June 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Shar and Meg are two very unlikely friends. Meg is very much a Goth while Shar is more sweetness and life. They fight all of the time, but try to get along for the most part. They are having a particularly bad fight when they push a guy in right in front of a subway train. Understandably, this doesn't go well and the girls find themselves in front of Hades. Hades is actually rather mild, but he does have one request. He will make them sirens and they must guide a man to the Underworld, a man Hades himself is having difficulty with. The girls don't think too much of this request until they meet the unsuspecting fellow...and discover he is blind and deaf. The task suddenly became much more difficult, can the sirens pull this off or will the gods forever laugh at them?

The girls are the main characters and will keep the reader laughing most of the time. The events are hysterical and at least one of the girls is funny most of the time. The book is funny, exciting, and interesting. There is plenty of fashion mixed with Greek mythology, female readers will enjoy this book in particular. Hades is a funny character. He is charismatic and sexy, but a huge trickster. He helps push the plot along with his antics and sexy dialogue. Overall, this was a great start to a funny series, young adult and teen readers will enjoy this book.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica (Peace Love Books) on April 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was really excited to read a book that wasn't your typical young adult read. I really liked the idea of mixing mythology with the modern day world, but when it was put into a story it was just okay to me. I really liked Meg and Shar and how even thought they hated each other, they were pushed together when Hades blackmailed them into becoming his sirens. Their fight over Jeremy was cute, but the story was kind of slow. There were moments when I was like, when is something interesting going to happen? It was a bit predictable and Shar's character was sometimes annoying, but the book as a whole was just okay. I wouldn't say that you had to read it right this second, but if you have nothing else to read, then you might like this. It's a short, light read that's fun and full of mythological gods/goddesses.
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