Sunday, December 28, 2014

Review: Sound Of Sirens by Jen Minkman


*Cover and Synopsis from Goodreads
An ancient land protected by a Tower of Light,
its people ever tempted by Siren song,
and a girl who falls for the wrong boy.

On the island of Skylge, electricity is only for the Currents – the rich ruling class who once came from across the sea and brought the holy fire of St. Brandan to Skylge. Ever since, the light in the Brandaris Tower has protected the islanders. Heeding the Siren's call will drown your body and steal your soul, but the sacred light in the Tower will chase the merfolk away.

When Skylger girl Enna welcomes her brother back from a long sea voyage, he gives her a special present from the mainland – an electronic record only playable on a Current device. The problem is that Royce Bolton, Current heartthrob and the town’s most gifted pianist, wants it too. After she stubbornly refuses to sell the LP featuring his favorite artist, he suggests sharing the record by secretly meeting up in his private summer house. Taken aback yet thrilled, Enna agrees – and discovers that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Current society and the history of Skylge. Why do the Sirens tempt the islanders to give themselves up to the sea? And where does the Currents’ monopoly on electricity really come from? 

While struggling with these questions, Enna begins to fall for Royce, risking everything to be with a guy who is clearly wrong for her. She will learn that the sound of Sirens isn’t the most treacherous thing out there to haunt her dreams.

(The setting of Tales of Skylge is loosely based on the Dutch island of Terschelling, or Schylge in the island’s dialect. Although the names and places in this book will sound very familiar to people living on the island, the characters and events are, of course, entirely fictitious in nature.)

~Book Links~

Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK

~My 4.5* Review~

Disclaimer- I was given an e-copy in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

The Sound Of Sirens takes us to the island of Skylge. In the waters surrounding Skylge are the Nixen. The Nixen are merpeople who are believed to lure people to their deaths using their siren song.

There are a group of people know as either The Currents or The Elite; who claim to be protecting the Skylger's. The Currents are using the light of the Brandaris Tower to keep the Nixen's call at bay. But this comes at a price.

Enna is a Skylger girl who loves music. She also hears the Nixen's song. When Enna's brother returns home with a gift for Enna, she suddenly finds that Royce; a Current elite; takes an interest in her gift. When Enna refuses to give up or sell her present to him, Royce suggests they listen to it together; in secret of course.

Enna and Royce begin getting to know each other and they begin to get closer and closer. As their feelings for each other become stronger; the rules and differences in their two communities pose more and more problems for them.

And when Enna finds out that the Currents have been lying about the island's history Enna begins to realize that not everything is as it seems to be. Can anything be done? Will the truth come out? Is Enna and Royce's relationship doomed?

Guess you'll need to get yourself a copy and read it!!!

I have loved every page of this book. The world and characters captured my mind and held me until the end.

Enna's mind seems to be on an endless quest for answers and reason's, she's so curious that it could be classed as nosey sometimes! but she's lovely. Royce seems to be a fairly decent bloke, but knowing he's a part of the Currents makes me unsure about him. At this point he could still go either way! It'll be interesting to see what Jen has in store for him in book #2.

This is the third book by Jen that I've read and each time I'm completely captivated by her stories. No matter what mood I'm in Jen always manages to suck me into the heart of each story. Jen's writing is packed full of emotion, emotion that can be felt. The scenes are clearly described and easy to picture. The characters are realistic and life like.

Sound of Sirens is a fab start to what promises to be a fantastic series. I can't wait for book #2 to see what happens. I'm also curious to see if there will be anything from Royce's POV too.

Sound of Sirens has lots inside, theres folklore, mythology and a forbidden romance too. I really have enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!

~About The Author~

Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English and Dutch at a secondary school in The Hague, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.
In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack. 

'I have always been drawn to writing. My first book was a sci-fi novel at the age of eight, which I painstakingly typed out on my dad's typewriter and illustrated myself. Nowadays, I stick to poetry, paranormal romance, chicklit and/or fantasy. In my home country, I am the first-ever published writer of paranormal romance, and I will gradually make my books also available in English (seeing I have to re-write and translate the books myself, this will take some time!).'

~Places To Find The Author~

Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

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