Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dark Siren (Book #1) by Eden Ashley + Giveaway

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Published: July 4, 2013
Pages: 452
Source: Xpresso  Book Tours
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.

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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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My Rating:
★★★☆☆ ½

 I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours for the book tour, all reviews and opinions are my own. I am very happy to be able to take part in this book tour. If you would like to check out the rest of the blog tour here for the official schedule.

The thing that really kept me going in this book is the mystery element. From the title of the book we understand that it deals with a siren but other than that not much else is given. Kali has a past that she can't remember the reader is only given tidbits of information explaining that past, which was enough to keep me reading to find out more. I definitely want to read the second book because of the mystery element and figure out who she was in the past and why she is so important to so many. Not much is answered by the end of book one but hopefully there will be more information in book two.

I did not really like Kali, I couldn't really connect to her all that much. I don't know if it was because she was willing to trust Rhane so easily or just her age, but she bothered me as a character. In the prologue we see one of her past lives, I am guessing, and she is a college student there but in the main story she is in high school. I think if Kali's character was a bit more mature and older it would have been better. It just seemed sometimes when Rhane and Kali would come together it was mostly about him not taking advantage of her since she is so much younger than him. I know age doesn't matter in a relationship but here it kind  of seemed strained.

I did love Rhane's character and the side characters that he travels with and asks for help in certain situations. Rhane was a very put together person and even though he is keeping a lot of secrets and being shifty I feel like  he is still a very reliable and safe character one that Kali could put her trust in. So I can understand why she is so trusting of Rhane since he proves over and over again that she should. Maybe it is just me but if I was ever in that situation of hers I would be demanding some sort of answers.

Overall I think this book is a teaser book that basically sets up for the rest of the series. I hope to continue on with this series and finally find out what Rhane is hiding and more about Kali's past. I am not sure if this is part of a trilogy or series but I do know books 1-3 are out and are available for purchase. So I hope I can get around soon to book 2 to see what happens next.

Have you read dark Siren yet? If so let me know how you liked it or if you plan to read it.


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  1. Great review, Rachel! This sounds like a good start to what could be a really good series overall! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. Thanks for posting such a thoughtful review, Raquel!! I really appreciate you being a part of the tour. Dark Siren is the first book in a four part series. The first three books are available for purchase, and I'm diligently working on the fourth and final book. I do hope you get a chance to check them out and solve the mystery ;)

  3. Sounds like an interesting book!

    Great review Rocki :-)