Published by Createspace Independent Pub on November 10, 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: ecopy from Author
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 the first book in the Young Adult paranormal series, called the Dark Siren Series. I love the cover of Dark Siren. The colors and the vivid-ness really work for me. A great things about this series is that the first three books are already out. So if you are like me, and you really enjoyed the first book, you can immediately grab books 2 and 3 and start reading. That is my favorite thing of discovering a great hidden gem series a year or two after its’ release. You can gorge on all the books at once if you want.
I am also a sucker for some kind of mysterious or magical artifact. It’s why I love shows like the show, Warehouse 13, with all of the “historical” artifacts that actually have some hidden history or magic properties. Now Dark Siren is actually a paranormal book so it was a little different, but the artifact aspect of the story felt kind of similar. Kali, the main character in Dark Siren, has no idea who she is. Which sounds terrifying, but even more interesting was the fact that she was constantly craving a “spark” from the people around her. Eden Ashley did a fantastic job of making the reader interested. I felt compelled to read this book faster and faster, just so I could figure out what was going on with Kali.
Rhane, the love interest, was very intriguing as well. Dark Siren is one of those books that felt a little like insta-love, but there was a reason behind it. Those don’t bother me as much in hindsight, as long as everything is well explained and doesn’t seem too forced. And again, without giving too much away, Eden Ashley did an excellent job of explaining this aspect of the story and making it all work. Rhane was a little frustrating in that he wouldn’t give anything away. Just tell Kali something little about her past or about what is going on to tide her over. I don’t think that would have been so hard. But it never seems to happen that way. But that was a minor issue. Overall, Dark Siren kept me engaged and invested in the story for the entire time.
I loved Eden Ashley’s take on Sirens. I really want to read more books about them now. This one does have a cliff hanger, but like I said above, the next two books in the series are out already. I’m not sure how many books will end up being in the series though. Bottom line, if you like mysterious ya paranormal books, and are not deterred by slight-insta-love-but-for-a-reason, then the Dark Siren’s series would be a great match for you.
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