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The Siren's Tale (Home Schooling Book 2) by [Carlisle, Anne]
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Length: 373 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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5-star REVIEWS for The Siren's Tale (June 18 - July 17, 2013)
  • "Everything a great novel should be! Anne Carlisle is a magnificent writer! The Siren's Tale has it all..a superb plot, characters who jump off the page and a wonderfully macabre tinge of supernatural! I loved this book!!" - The James Mason Community Book Club, Rick F.
  • "The dominance of the educated, cunning, and alluring sirens over their male conquests makes Carlisle's novel a staple on the nightstands of female readers seeking steamy paranormal passion. However, the story also contains abundant suspense, ... -- page to page, chapter to chapter." - DRShoultz Blog, Donn.
  • "Anne does a fantastic job of giving the history behind this siren family." -  Some Like It Hot, Michele
  • "A five star read!" Goodreads, Beppe

From the Author

The Siren's Tale was inspired by my admiration for the work of modern writers such as Anne Rice and by my love of 19th century British literature. My secret goal was to do for sirens what Rice has done for vampires. I also had this notion that strong women don't fare as well as they should in Victorian novels. So I turned one of Thomas Hardy's bad girls into a  siren of the American frontier. Cassandra's vampish behavior is vindicated by her natural appetite for sex. And in the end, isn't it better if we make love, not war?

Product Details

  • File Size: 1290 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: LazyDay Publishing (June 18, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DHLH1II
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anne Carlisle combines erotic, siren-infused romance with a fictional view of rustic frontier Wyoming in THE SIREN's TALE, the second book in the HOME SCHOOLING TRILOGY. The dominance of the educated, cunning, and alluring sirens over their male conquests makes Carlisle's novel a staple on the nightstand of female readers seeking steamy paranormal passion. However, the story also contains abundant suspense, capable of pulling readers of all genres anxiously through the novel -- page to page, chapter to chapter.

The second book begins in 1977 with Chloe Vye providing a history lesson on the family's siren heritage to her cousin, Marlena Bellum, in order to influence Marlena's decision to keep her unborn child and their siren lineage progressing into the 20th century. The spirit of Chloe's deceased mother and the book's main character, Cassandra Vye, assists with providing the lesson.The history lesson flashes back to 1900 in Alta, Wyoming where a dazzling, red-haired Cassandra is cursed by a religious zealot in the small community for her role in breaking up the wedding plans of a young couple. Cassandra possesses a siren's power to willingly lure men to her side, but opts to use the power sparingly, preferring they come to her freely. As Cassandra serially consumes and loses lovers, she becomes aware of the deadly nature of the curse she'd been given. Many close to Cassandra ultimately meet their demise.

Pregnant with the bastard son of her dead lover, Cassandra flees Alta for the bright theatre lights of San Francisco. She gives up her firstborn son to adoption and becomes a successful actress, taking the stage name of Nevada Carson.
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A woman's way can be blatant, subtle or anything in between. In this book a siren and her lineage are that and more. Following them in their trek through the years showed just how manipulative sirens can be, but the author also showed that no matter what, the human side of emotions can actually rule the roost.
In case you don't know what a siren is, it won't take long to figure it out reading this book. This story changes the Greek mythology principle a bit, but the basic idea remains. The beguiler beckons, and the sailor (man) responds. There are love scenes and explicit details that romance readers will love. The book is well written by a talented author.
I do have to say though, the story goes from past to present several times, with a lot of characters. That has always posed a challenge for me. I don't know what it is, but I tend to question who everyone is, how they are connected, and what impact they have on the character or the story. So reading this was more involved than usual, but that's just my crazy reality.
The many characters in the book all play a part that impacts the lead character or her descendants, but what you think you understand about one or more of them may surprise you when you turn the page. I thought I had Cassandra all figured out, but of course I didn't. The same held true for some of the others as well. That kind of writing keeps the reader engaged while they try again to figure it all out.
Anne was adept at giving the characters human emotions, but also countering that with their siren abilities and keeping you in the dark as to which would win out.
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So I am torn on my rating. I really liked the book, but I had trouble with a few things. I wish I could do half stars because I really feel that I fell at a 3.5 star rating. I liked the story quite a bit. I enjoyed the fact that we were hearing the story as it was told to Marlena and that Marlena was getting the story to understand who she was and help her make decisions for her future. I had some difficulty getting into it because there was so much background, but I loved that the author didn't rush through the ending. She gave us a conclusion, but added information that led you to where the third book would pick up. I was so happy there wasn't a huge cliffhanger and that we had something to go on all at the same time. However, I felt like there was so much background information at the beginning that I almost felt confused because it was so much to take in at once. My suggestion would have been to put in a family tree and just do the background as the Cassie and Chloe told the story without repeating any of the parts of the story. I think I would have enjoyed it simply being from Cassie's point of view as the story was told just because I think I would have had a better connection with her then. My other issue is that this was listed as erotica. I didn't think there was anything in it that led to an erotica classification....romance, yes, but not erotica. Erotica says lots of in depth sex scenes to me and this one is definitely not that in my opinion. I don't think it took anything away from the story to leave out the erotica part, but I would personally list this as a paranormal romance long before I would consider it erotica.

*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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