by Eden Ashley
Series: Dark Siren #1
Publication date: July 14th 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
To survive, their bond must be unbreakable.
When the mysterious and passionate Rhane rescues Kali from an attacker in the theater parking lot, they form an immediate, smoldering connection. But Kali doesn’t remember Rhane or anything from their past. As far as Kali knows, she’s just a seventeen-year-old kid coping with an insatiable hunger for the “spark” or energy of others, feeding on classmates to survive.
A unique artifact—one that may hold the key to returning Kali’s memories—is uncovered by the archaeology firm where she works part-time, sending Kali and Rhane on a dangerous journey that leads them to the Forbidden City, into the unforgiving Gobi, and into the ruins of Rhane’s ancient homeland. As they fight for survival, Kali begins to discover who she really is and the true power she possesses.
But Rhane still harbors a secret that could destroy Kali…unless old enemies kill her first.
Dark Siren is a unique paranormal story with a great deal of mystery, which kept me on the edge of my seat — at times. The pacing of the story was an issue, though, and I found myself pushing to get through some parts of the book. I did enjoy this author’s writing style. She makes a complex storyline feel very easy.
The characters… well, they are simply fantastic! Kali is a teenage girl with an insatiable appetite, and I don’t mean for burgers and fries. I was so thrilled to be reading about such an interesting paranormal character. Sirens are a new addition to my reading repertoire. I really appreciated the glimpse at her past, which added more depth to her storyline. Rhane was my favorite character, though. I wasn’t overly fond of the insta-love he shared with Kali, but I did understand its purpose. If I could have dinner with anyone from this book, I would have to choose Rhane. I’d be eating my all-you-can-eat shrimp while becoming mesmerized by all of his stories.
Overall, this was a good debut novel, and I will certainly be keeping my eyes peeled for the next book in the series, as well as other works by this author. Dark Siren is a book I will most likely recommend to fellow fans of paranormal romance and lovers of mystery.
~About the Author~
I’m Eden Ashley and I was born and raised in a small, sunny town in South Carolina. However, it’s the thunderstorms that inspire my best ideas. There are few things I love more than curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee on a rainy day, (except maybe chocolate cake. I love cake.) often reading into the wee hours of morning when something really grabs me. I pretty much love anything with supernatural elements, so writing paranormal romance and fantasy romance seems to be a natural fit.
My first novel, Dark Siren, is best described as paranormal romance artfully wrapped within a plot chock-full of action, adventure, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, while the series has evolved to become a journey of redemption and second chances as two characters understand that sometimes committing evil is necessary to protect what is loved most. I took the siren from Greek mythology (and borrowed a little from mermaid lore), creating an entirely different creature, with its own mythology, and one that Publisher’s Weekly praised for its passion and complexity. This is not just another werewolf/shapeshifter romance or vampire romance. I think this is a story that both adults and teens can enjoy, full of characters to fall in love with!
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