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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.

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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Product Details

  • Series: Sirenz
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Flux; 1 edition (June 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738723193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738723198
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.9 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: #2,584,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Well after almost six months of sitting on my shelf, I finally got around to reading this novel. It wasn't one I couldn't put down, not a thriller where I had to find out what happened, but it was entertaining. I love pretty much anything that has to do with Greek mythology, funny, realistic, tragic or farce. I'm up for it! So you give me two shopping girls and Hades and I'm really going to want to read it!

First, the characters. Shar is the pink loving, fashionista who all the boys look at and who is used to all the attention. She doesn't share it easily. Then there is Meg, all black wearing, vegan, music loving, could care less about makeup, fashion or her appearance. She's not used to attention. They're roommates and not a good match. Then there's Sweet Jeans! He actually has a name - Jeremy. And he's gorgeous, kind, helpful and interested in one of the girls.

Then we have the Gods and Goddesses. There's Hades, looking oh so hot and fine and offering deals that seemingly can't be refused. He really is a sneaky devil. Then there's Demeter messing things up for Shar and Meg trying to thwart their plans. She's nasty and constantly a pain in their necks. And even Persephone makes an appearance though briefly.

Though the Gods and Goddesses don't make any kind of changes in their characters, Shar and Meg grow greatly through the course of the book. It's a lot of fun reading about what happens to them as they try to complete their task. They have each other's backs and work together as a team to stay one step ahead of the God's.

The story. It was a good story. Funny plot and some great surprises I never expected. I think some of them could have been funnier if they carried it a little further.
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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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