Moira Alexander is fascinated by the deadly sirens in the waters surrounding her home. She plays her violin for them dancing on the edge of thrilling danger for a single note from a siren can send her to a watery grave.
But when a boy is murdered and the sirens are blamed Moira sets out to find the true killer for she knows deep down a human was responsible for the death. Certain that sirens were framed for the death she enlists the help of an old friend rekindling a friendship that died in secrets years ago. As the townspeople decry the sirens and prepare to hunt them down Moira must race against time to find the true murderer and reveal that monsters lie in wait on land not just in the sea.
Songs from the Deep was an interesting murder mystery novel that told the compelling story of a girl attempting to prove that monsters lurk beyond the sea. Its premise was fascinating but at times the story was boring and the author did not take a chance at compelling plot points. It was tough to get into the story and continue it and the characters were not well developed. They were more etchings of an idea with moments of growth and insight that shone through on occasion. Having said this I liked the idea of the book and it was good enough to finish but I would not prioritize this book before other novels.
The world-building was a good idea in theory with an island of tough people used to the dangers of sirens constantly lurking beneath the waves. However, it was not well written. I could not figure out what time period the author was trying to emulate. At first, the world seemed set in a time where they did not have well-developed technology and the people were just trying to live but as the story went on the time period changed with the introduction of telephones. It was just blatantly confusing. The author furthermore did not take chances to expand on the sirens and the constant balancing scale between the islanders and the sirens. The places within the story seemed to just be there though I did enjoy the few moments the author expanded on the history and the feeling of the inhospitable land. The world-building could have been ultimately better.
The world-building was mediocre and the characters were only slightly better. They had the opportunity to grow and sometimes they did but oftentimes they just remained the same. Moira, the main character was intriguing but her character growth was stunted throughout the book. Furthermore, I could not stand the predictable romance which seemed so last minute. The characters were just there but I did like Moria’s voice. It was one of the only redeeming factors in any of the cast.
And I could not stand the progression of the book. It was questions after questions with no answers or leads. It was boring because the suspects never made sense and the evidence Moira had to go off of was minimal. When the murderer was finally revealed it all seemed so mundane and somewhat predictable but then again we never even had any true suspects or well-thought-out characters to suspect. The villain of the tale seemed cobbled together which was not fun to read and it lessened my enjoyment of the tale even more.
This story is not worth reading in the end. It was hard to get through and boring filled with questions and unsatisfactory answers that did not develop the tale. I would have to give this book 2.5 stars and I usually love everything I read so this is very disappointing.
Book Review: Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
Alosa has finally found all three pieces of the map. Soon they will set sail and find the legendary treasure. But a secret leads to betrayal and soon Alosa is in a race to save her crew and find the treasure before the Pirate King. However, they may not make it and she comes to the realization that the only way to find the treasure and kill her father is to embrace the side of her she has always hated. She will get to the treasure first. She has to…. after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.
This book was just as good as the first book if not better. The reader learned more about Alosa as a pirate captain and what her capabilities as a siren were. Furthermore, we saw her crew and how dedicated they were to her and in turn she to them. Her relationship with Riden developed maddeningly slowly with unnecessary emotional obstacles thrown in their path.
The character development was stunning, though, especially for Alosa who finally broke free of her father’s control and began to understand that she could harness the siren within her. Her dedication to the safety of her crew was astounding considering the fact that most pirates would betray those around them for a little bit of coin. The fiery spirit and stunning fighting skills once again showed up in the tale. However, Alosa’s relationship with Riden was fraught with emotional upheaval that involved one or the other angry. I just wanted them to finally figure out their relationship instead of dancing around it. Despite that, I loved Alosa and Riden’s characters.
I also liked exploring Alosa’s crewmates. Most of them were women with a dark and violent past who had joined the crew for a chance at a better life. Their undying loyalty to Alosa was inspiring and I was extremely sad when a few of them tragically died. I loved their characters and they only enriched the tale.
I would recommend this book and in general, the duology for it is a wonderful tale full of loss, sea fights, pirates, sirens, and treasure.
Book Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Alosa is sent on a mission to retrieve the missing piece of a map that leads to an island full of treasure. She orchestrates her capture by the enemy allowing for the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the fearsome pirate crew Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever first mate, Riden. He may see through some of her schemes but Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve for nothing can deter the daughter of the Pirate King.
This book was amazing! The characters were remarkable and the tale was distinctive. The setting was also incredibly interesting for who does not want to read about pirates, sirens, and treasure? I would definitely recommend this book which contains strong lead characters who do not back down from a fight.
The main character, Alosa was simply kick butt and I loved how she could fight and escape quite handily. Plus the fact she was part siren. It added a unique quality to her character along with her other skills. Her constant arguments and undeniable attraction to Riden was entertaining to read about. Her character was witty, intelligent, strong, and she could move on with life even as people died. I liked her style choices and it was hilarious to read about some of the scrapes she got into on board the Night farer. However, her character bore past scars for her father basically tortured her for his own purposes. He made her strong and able to endure extreme situations but he also molded her to be the pirate he wanted her to be. Despite that Alosa’s character stood strong and true and I quite cherished her.
Riden was the perfect love interest for the tale. We didn’t have a chance to really see him fight but we were led to believe that he was as amazing if not better than Alosa. What really drew me as a reader to him was his ability to draw out and interact with Alosa. He engaged in witty banter with her while easily reading her like no other had ever been able to do. He could see the change in her when she eased into her siren side and he predicted her escapades. He was loyal to his brother and yet he sometimes did not stand up to him. Despite that, he covered for Alosa and it was simply intriguing to read about him falling for her. He was the quintessential man for the daughter of the Pirate King.
The other pirates were deliciously without honor. Some were superstitious, others cruel, and others were drunkards. They each had their vices that are usually expected of pirates and I quite simply loved it. The other pirates contributed in their own ways to the tale making the book more intriguing and engaging
Beyond the characters, I quite liked the setting of the book. The world is ruled by pirates along with dangerous sea creatures. The whole reason for Alosa having to purposefully get captured was intriguing within itself and completely something a pirate would focus on for every pirate wants gold and treasure beyond imagining. It was unique making an already wonderfully written tale all the more outstanding.
I would highly recommend this book and I simply cannot wait to get my hands on the second book to find out what happens to Alosa and her crew of thieving scoundrels.