I received a physical book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Danny!
The author first approached me back in August of 2019, I think. And, after reading the synopsis, I agreed to review this book with no specific time in mind as I was pretty booked on other reviews for the rest of the year. Honestly, I’m a bit behind with new release reviews, but decided I had waited long enough to read this one. Turns out I really liked it! And I’m mad I waited so long to pick it up.
This book is LGBT+ friendly. At first the they/them pronouns threw me off, but once I got into the mindset, I almost didn’t notice. This book tackles a lot of heavy subjects like gender, sign language/language barriers, and physical handicaps. Survival versus Living is also a big theme for such a small book. The best part was that none of these took center stage, but there were discussions and plenty of well-written communication between characters that flowed with the story in a very positive way. This was a great book about sirens and pirates! I look forward to seeing if a volume 2 can be acquired 🙂
The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous. But to the sirens who swim the warm island waters, it’s a home more than worth protecting from the humans and their steam-propelled ships. Between their hypnotic voices and the strength of their powerful tails, sirens have little to fear.
That is, until the ruthless pirate captain, Kian, creates a device to cancel out their songs.
Perle was the first siren captured, and while all since have either been sold or killed, Kian still keeps them prisoner. Though their song is muted and their tail paralyzed, Perle’s hope for escape rekindles as another pirating vessel seizes Kian’s ship. This new captain seems different, with his brilliant smile and his promises that Kian will never again be Perle’s master. But he’s still a human, and a captor in his own way. The compassion he and his rag-tag human family show can’t be sincere… or can it?
Soon it becomes clear that Kian will hunt Perle relentlessly, taking down any siren in her path. As the tides turn, Perle must decide whether to run from Kian forever, or ride the forming wave into battle, hoping their newfound human companions will fight with them.