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Sirensong Paperback – July 5, 2011
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"Black’s talent brings the faerie realm to life with brilliant detail. As Dana becomes further entangled in the web of Faerie politics, her latest adventure remains fast paced and full of suspense." - RT Book Reviews
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JENNA BLACK graduated from Duke University with degrees in anthropology and French. A full-time writer of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, she lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina.
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I like Jenna Black's writing style. It is easy to read, yet full of visuals and character development. The reactions of the characters are appropriate, and the language fits how a teenager would speak. The book is very easy to follow, as are her other books in this series.
The only warning I would have, if you are concerned, is that there is a lot of talk of sex before marriage. There are a few cuss words, but nothing extreme. If you have a younger teen, this might be a worry for you. Sex is a central theme throughout the majority of this book.
I gave this 3 stars because the book drug so slowly for the first half. I also thought it felt a bit flat in some parts. I didn't think the ending completely tied up the series, and it left it open for a 4th book, in my opinion. I had to check Jenna's website to see if she was going to write a 4th book. However, it appears that this is the last book.
I will start off the review on a good note. I was very excited when seeing the summary for this book because I knew it meant we would finally get a peek into the world of Faerie. We have seen brief glimpses of it in past books and heard many descriptions, but Dana had not seen it herself and therefore we did not experience it either. Once we do get there it was a land full of many legends that have filled faerie lore before and others that I had not heard of, but loved seeing the new stories explored. Dana's journey to the Seelie court is full of bumps and surprises along the road and Jenna did a fantastic job of filling the reader with a sense of wonder about what awaited Dana next.
The plot kept me interested and there were quite a few twists in there that I did not see coming. Some of the events happened just as I thought they would, but it was nice to see that Jenna still had a couple of tricks up her sleeve to keep me and Dana on our toes. Dana carries such a heavy burden and she always puts herself last, which lands her in quite a few sticky situations in Sirensong. I was not sure how she was going to wiggle her way out of them, but luckily her friends were always by her side to help her through.
One of the aspects of this book that fell short for me were the relationships with Dana. In previous books Jenna has done an amazing job of building these rich relationships with Dana and the surrounding characters and I did not feel the bond with all of them as much in this book. Maybe it was because Dana was on the run constantly and therefore there she did not much downtime, but even when there was a lull in the action I did not feel the connections. The tender moments that I was looking forward to, such as Dana and Ethan's first official date, were cut short and left me wanting more. I am especially saddened since this is the last book in this series and we will not be visiting Dana in Avalon again. The only relationship that did still feel strong and I could connect with was Dana and her father. He showed us that under that Fae exterior he does have many layers and cares deeply for his daughter.
The other part of this book that I found lacking was the ending. I am someone who likes to have happy endings, but know that it is not always possible when dealing with fantasy worlds and the paranormal. However, the ending of this series was tied up into a neat little bow and it did not sit right with me. Everything fell into place just a little too easily during the resolution when I was expecting a little more conflict. Having said that though, I understand why everything played out the way it did, I am just not sure how believable it all is in the world of the Fae.
Even though there were things about Sirensong I did not like, overall I have still really enjoyed this series and I am glad I got know Dana. While we won't be revisiting the world of Avalon again I know we will see more from Jenna in the future and I will be sure to check out the worlds she will bring us.
I knew I was going to love this book because in the beginning it's revealed that the main characters are going into Faerie! Faerie has been mentioned in Glimmerglass and Shadowspell, and Dana has briefly seen it through the glimmerglass, but this was the first time the reader got to venture inside. It was kind of like stepping back through a time machine, because no technology works in Faerie so everything was like it would have been way back in the day (with magic added, of course). I loved being a "tourist" in Faerie, and meeting cool creatures that Jenna Black brought into the story. I particularly loved the Green Lady.
The twist was really awesome too! I actually ended up guessing it a few pages before it was revealed, which was cool. One thing that really stands out to me in this series though is the development of the friendship between Dana and Kimber. The relationship of Dana and Ethan is great as well, but to me this series was always a little more about friendship. Having a friend like Kimber helped Dana grow a lot as a character, and I loved seeing that development.
The final part of the Faeriewalker series definitely tied things up, but I would love to see more in this awesome world Jenna Black has created. Perhaps Elizabeth's story once she's a few years older? That would be pretty cool.