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Sound of Sirens: (Tales of Skylge #1) Kindle Edition
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On the island of Skylge, the Skylgers struggle each day because they have no electricity and stand mostly defenseless when the Nixen attack. The Currents are the opposite of Skylgers; they live in fortified high-rise apartment buildings, they have loud music that drowns out the merfolk call and ultimately, they have electricity. In addition, the Currents protect the people by the bright, shining light of the Brandaris Tower. Thus, the Skylgers, the original settlers of the island, are underlings of the Currents because of that. It’s quite ironic, isn’t it?
Enna and Royce met officially when her brother, Sytse, came home and brought her a record from the mainland. She was confronted by Royce because he wants the LP and it was the only copy the ship brought in. Enna wouldn’t sell it to him for it was a gift, so they agreed to meet in secret. She will bring the LP and Royce will play it on his record player so that they both can enjoy the music. Then, one night when Enna was going home from Royce’s cottage she sees a shadow figure coming out of the old hut. It was her brother.
What was he doing? Why was he there? What is he hiding?
Sirens, romance and secrets that can change everything.
I am a sucker for romances especially in books that have forbidden love because it makes everything more exciting and dangerous, don't you think? The couple's pain, sacrifices and struggles for their love - bittersweet. Just as I like it.
‘Sound of Sirens’ is a refreshing, captivating read and is definitely one of my favourites. I highly recommend this book! The author’s writings never fail to captivate me and make me feel as if I am experiencing it first-hand through reading, in any of her books. That said, Minkman did a wonderful job by including the music that you can hear and feel it as well while reading. A different feeling for every song.
I loved how Minkman has written the family's relationship and roles. It wasn't just the title or label of being a family member, but she also shown the interaction between all of them. Minkman clearly depicted how a specific family member do, think and act in its own way. I agree with their decision on why they hid things from Enna. They know her so much and she stubbornly denies that she would act impulsively. A few pages later, my reaction was like, "Oh well would you look at that. She couldn't keep it without blurting out a thing for a week or two".
On a different note, I am happy to see how Enna and Royce's relationship progressed. I wasn't instant love and there is no love triangle. Yay! The last chapters of the book were challenging for them both. I wonder what are they planning to do next. I'm so thrilled!
Minkman ended this book with a lot of questions unanswered. I just hope I will get answers when I read the next book, Light of Lorelei!
The good: I absolutely loved feeling like I'd stepped onto an island in a foreign country. The rules and culture were vivid and felt very true to life. It took me into the shoes of a stranger, living in a very different social stratosphere. The conflict and build were enjoyable and I found myself happy at the end of the story.
The bad: It took just a bit to get into the language of the story--because of the cultural difference.
All in all, a unique, thought-provoking read.
Content warning: Language is like a PG-13 movie.
Sound of Sirens is the first book in another novella series centered around islands by Jen Minkman. I had previously enjoyed The Island Trilogy by the same author and was yet again amazed by her unique take on how isolated individuals can be fooled by awful leaders of the community. This time, we meet the Currents, the ruling class and the only people who are allowed to use electricity.
Our main character, Enna, is a lovely girl in love with music. Such a shame she can't listen to it all day long, since she doesn't have any access to electricity. What she does have is a series of records she can play on a device that needs to be turned in order to produce the music. It is her brother who brings her new music from the continent, but this time he comes back with an LP that can only be played on a Current device. Enna is confused because she knows she won't ever be able to listen to it, but then learns Royce Bolton (Current hottie, music artist) wants it really bad and is willing to give her a lot of money for it. But she refuses, and instead is given an offer she can't refuse - she's going to share it with him.
This is how a forbidden relationship blooms, as Currents and common people are not allowed to mix with each other. Enna and Royce discover they have more in common than they would've guessed as they listen to music together in Royce's retreat house.
The story is beautifully written, I thoroughly enjoyed how the love for music is portrayed in it. I truly loved this book, especially the world-building and the fantastic elements - sirens who lure people into the sea and kill them - and would've given it 5 vanilla flowers if not for the predictable romance element. Can't wait to read the next installment.
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