15 November 2011

Sirensong by Jenna Black

When Dana is invited to Faerie to be officially presented at the Seelie Court, it’s no easy decision. After all, everyone knows Titania, the Seelie Queen, wants her dead. But Titania claims not to be the one behind the death threats; and her son, Prince Henry, makes the decision a whole lot easier when he suggests Dana might be arrested for (supposedly) conspiring with her aunt Grace to usurp the Seelie throne. So she and her father better do as they're told…

The journey through Faerie is long – and treacherous. Dana thought it would be a good idea to have friends along, but her sort-of-boyfriend, Ethan, and her bodyguard’s son, Keane, just can’t seem to get along, and Kimber’s crush on Keane isn’t making things any easier. When a violent attack separates Dana from their caravan, the sexy Erlking saves her just in the nick of time… and makes it clear that he hasn’t given up on making her his own.

Arriving at Titania’s beautiful palace should be a relief. But Dana is soon implicated in an assassination attempt against Titania’s granddaughter, and is suddenly a fugitive, forced to leave her father behind as she and her friends flee for their lives. Will she be able to prove her innocence before the forces of the Seelie Court – or, worse, the Erlking – catch up with her? And will she save her father before he pays the ultimate price in her stead?

Review of Previous Book in Series: Shadowspell

I was pretty upset with this series after the prior book. In fact, I debated quite a bit over whether or not I should even get this book. In the end I’m satisfied that I didn’t make a bad choice.

I’m not sure I would recommend the series to a new reader, but the third book didn’t have a lot of the problems of the second so it’s not a total loss. The biggest issue it still has is Dana’s forced into action by her father. Although Dana really doesn’t want to go to Faerie she’s really left with no choice, which grates on me because of all the other choices that have been taken from Dana in this series. The Ethan-Keane triangle is still rather annoying, although it does come to a conclusion which is nice (although I’m not sure I’d choose either boy with how they treat their love interest). The book has a lot more action, though, which is really a strong point. The plot moves a lot faster past agonizing emotional moments so they seem a lot less grating, and the fighting scenes are really well written and so vivid I can easily imagine what’s happening. The travelling/running/hiding parts, though, tend to drag and pull down what could be a really sparkling plot. Add in a healthy amount of issues with the Erlking still being a creepy, squick plot line and I’m a little glad the series is over.

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