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The Siren Chronicles, Book 1 (Volume 1) Paperback – June 27, 2017
About the Author
Douglas J. Sloan has been a world-renowned storyteller for over 25 years. He has been the Writer, Director and Executive Producer of some of the most successful children’s programs in history. Starting with the multi-billion dollar MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS, Douglas wrote, directed and/or produced close to 200 episodes of the mega-franchise for FOX Kids and then again for The Disney Channel. Over the next several years, Douglas concentrated on long-form TV programs, starting with the beloved Disney Channel Movie, JOHNNY TSUNAMI. What followed was a string of highly successful “DCOMs,” including MOTOCROSSED, MINUTEMEN and THE PRINCESS PROTECTION PROGRAM starring Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. Most recently Sloan has been the Executive Producer and Head Writer for the wildly successful DREAMWORKS DRAGONS: RIDERS OF BERK, the 109 episode TV series based on the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON film franchise. Throughout his career, Douglas has either won or been nominated for nearly every possible Television award, including the Emmy, The WGA Award, the Humanitas Prize and the Kid Screen Award. He currently lives in Glendale, CA with his wife, Mindy and their three dogs, Cocoa, George and Betty. THE SIREN CHRONICLES, BOOK 1, for teen readers and older, is Douglas J. Sloan’s first novel.
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Three stunning Sirens on a quest to save their oceans and its inhabitants walk on land for the first time. The Siren Chronicles, written by Douglas J. Sloan, is a story split three ways by three very diverse Sirens and the journey they make individually and together that could save their watery world and ours. Although this book was an easy read and quick to get through, I had some difficulty with it as it didn’t fully reach my expectations.
Seanne the warrior, Lorelei the singer, and Millisine the intellectual, all Sirens but all very different, are sent on a mission that will help them save the world of Oceanna. The only problem is they will not know what it is they are seeking until they find it. When they first come upon a horrible oil spill and get split up, this is only the beginning of their problems. Facing each of her own difficulties, the three Sirens must find each other and discover their quest or return home and suffer the consequences of the deaths of the merfolk. Can they each survive their trials and find each other in time?
I am hesitant to give this book 3 stars, so maybe I would give it 2.5 stars instead. Don’t get me wrong, this book did have some good moments; I enjoyed all three of the Sirens’ personalities and their points of view as it switched throughout the book. The biggest issue I had with it is that the climax was so short and not very big or exciting. I feel like I could have missed it if I wasn’t paying attention or waiting for it. I hope that the following books in the series make up for what was lacking in this book and make it all worth the wait.
Disclaimer: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Siren Chronicles, Book 1
Author: Douglas J. Sloan
Genre: YA Fantasy
Reviewed by: Kelsey Batchelor on 8/29/2017 on InkTeller.com
The cover of this book is gorgeous and the synopsis of this book made me excited to read it.So Sloan did his work on looking up the facts for these mythical creatures, for which I will give him praise for. The underwater city these mermaids and Mermen hailed from came to life with Sloan's writing. It shows how much he learned about Merpeople and what skills and abilities they have. Unfortunately, that is where all the positivity I have for this book ends. I understand that these are beautiful mythical creatures but you don't have to constantly reiterate this whenever they are looked upon. I get it, they are pretty much perfect compared to human standards I don't need it shoved in my face, thank you very much. This also made it extremely hard to connect with any of the mermaids causing me to be very apathetic to their quest and situations. Plus, I really hated Seanne. Every time she spoke, did something or was even mentioned it had me gritting my teeth and rolling my eyes. It took a lot for me to not DNF this book.
I know that upon learning her backstory you were probably supposed to become sympathetic to her but it did nothing for me because she kept acting so irrational and stupid that I just couldn't find it in me to like anything that had to do with her. The other two mermaids just let it happen, because this is how Seanne is and it's easier to just go along with it than to get her angry. It was her freaking fault they got split up in the first place too.
The story was also kinda boring, and while it did get a bit interesting at the end, you still have to get through 3/4 of the story for anything to really happen. I also wished Sloan was a bit more secretive when it came to the bad guy, I would have liked it to have been somewhat of a surprise rather than pointing it out whenever there was any interaction with him.
Overall, not my cup of tea as I was disappointed.