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AMERICAN SIREN Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I am almost positive the author does not worship satan but for him to write about this subject manner is done so with tongue in cheek and is only a reality that is created by Perkins, nothing else. Really, this is a great book that I seriously could sink my teeth into, and made me think about life, ambition and all that goes into fame after I finished the book- so much so that I was not even able to do what I normally do when I finish a book, which is to immediately go review it and then start another book, all in the span of just a few minutes, which is how I am able to read about 15 books a week. This review had to be done after almost a week, because I just had to re-read the book! It really was a delight and the second time through, you pick up much more depth to the characters and it just draws you in and helps you understand all going on with a different perspective, and again I have to reuse the word depth because I felt so invested in all that was going on even that much more! An amazing book that I read not once, but twice! I am considering a third time in the future! This was my first book by Perkins and I am going to actively seek out all of his works, I am so impressed!
Here on out spoilers.
This book has it all: demons, cloning, spies, nazis, groom of the stool, cannibalism, rape, forced abortion, kidnapping, murders, forbidden fruit, music, the Beatles. It sounds like it would be a heavy, depressing book but I found it filled with dark humour, absurdity, and satire.
A teenager (Lillith) goes on realiy tv music show to become a star. Several groups fight over her so they can control the world and its destiny. Simple premise but it isn't. Throw in Paul McCartney aka William as an assasin. Ml6, Apple, and Hollywood as evil, brainwashing possibly demonic and/or nazi organizations. Even the UN has in house battles and whiney incompetence, one guy has a literal demon. Queen Elizabeth II though-she is one spoiler I will not ruin. That's the kind of absurd satire and dark humor you'll get reading this. It's like a different dimension that has supernatural conspiracy nut theories that are proven real.
There are a lot of Pop culture references. Some were obvious: American Siren/Idol, Ryan Seacrest/ Ryan Seagull. Some I didn't get, I still don't know who Lord Taylor was supposed to be or if he was an original character. I'm not the biggest Beatles fan so I didn't get historical references or song hints which was a hinderance. I'm sure other readers will be just as lost as me on some pop culture jokes, Beatles or not. I knew Ban Ki-Moon was the UN leader but I didn't get Rita the meter maid jokes, go figure.
Guessing who people were can get confusing because some have original names, fake names, who they are portraying, and certain people will call them by first or last names of any of the names above. Example Paul McCartney can be called Paul , McCartney, Sir Paul, Sir McCartney, or William his original/spy name. And that's just one character. Also who the characters worked for: Ml6, the Queen, the Demon, Hollywood, Apple, they are all jumbled and backstabbery so I found it confusing.
The best part about this book (besides the humour) are its beautiful passages, enough so it makes me wonder if the author has written poetry in the past or will in the future.
"Time and again, he now considered, how was it they could so easily be fooled, century after withered century, epoch after bloodthirsty epoch, by such a vast array of despots posed as smiling liberators, eternally hidden behind charismatic masks."
This quote makes me shiver in terror more then the murders in this book.
I would reread this book. I would recommend this book to others.