Sirenz Back in Fashion

Sirenz Back in FashionTitle: Sirenz Back in Fashion
Author: Charlotte Bennardo, Natalie Zaman
Series: Sirenz #2
Publisher: Flux
Date: June 8, 2012
Pages: 278
Format: eARC
Source: For Review
4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

It's Hell on heels--again

When Shar tries on a ring from Hades, it activates an obscure contractual clause that puts Shar and former-frenemy-now-friend Meg in Hades' service once more. Shar is whisked away to the Underworld to prepare a ball for Persephone, while Meg is sent to retrieve the errant soul of spoiled rich girl Paulina Swanson and send her to the abyss. Just when it appears the girls will be doomed to serve Hades for eternity, Shar meets two possibly helpful demi-gods who also happen to be gorgeous. Can the girls finally ditch the Lord of the Dead once and for all?


Sirenz Back in Fashion was cute, funny, and a massive improvement from Sirenz (book 1 in the Sirenz series). Once again Shar and Meg unwittingly make a deal with Hades that has them begging for mercy. The premise is exactly the same as Sirenz, but there were several plot elements that made the story much more enjoyable.

First and foremost, instead of a bunch of failed attempts to send someone Meg and Char do not care about and have never really interacted with to the Underworld, Meg must deal with her conflicting emotions over Paulina. Sending Paulina to Hades is the only way to save Shar, but Meg isn’t so sure that Paulina is a bad person.

We also delve deeper into classical mythology (with a refreshing twist of course). Shar is stuck in the Underworld with Hades until Meg completes her assignment, and gets to explore the Underworld. The descriptions of the Underworld were incredible—so different from any other depictions I’ve come across. Shar meets so many interesting people, including Ben Franklin and an attractive boy who has also been trapped by Hades.

Mythology, complicated situations, and fashion-conscious characters combined with a touch of romance make for a delightful, fun read. Sirenz Back in Fashion is perfect for mythology fans and offers a light escape to two very different, but exciting, worlds—New York City and the Underworld.

 

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Sirenz

SirenzTitle: Sirenz
Author: Charlotte Bennardo, Natalie Zaman
Series: Sirenz #1
Publisher: Flux
Date: June 8, 2011
Pages: 280
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
3 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Bickering frenemies Meg and Shar are doing some serious damage at a midnight sample sale when the fashionistas find themselves arguing over a pair of shoes-with fatal consequences. One innocent bystander later, the girls are suddenly at the mercy of Hades, Lord of the Underworld himself. To make them atone for what they've done, Hades forces the teens to become special-assignment Sirens, luring to the Underworld an individual whose unholy contract is up.

Finding that delicate balance between their fashion addiction and their new part-time job in the eternal hellfire biz turns out to be harder than Meg and Shar expected, especially when an entire pantheon of Greek deities decides to get involved. Then there's the matter of the fine print in their own contracts...


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Sirenz is a light-hearted story about a materialistic teenager, Shar, and her not-so-fashion-conscious friend, Meg. Even though it’s a short, easy read, I had a little trouble getting into it at first. The two girls are forced into a deal with Hades, where they must deliver a man to Taturus in a two-week time span, or spend the rest of eternity serving Hades in the underworld.

Since we are dealing with Greek gods, the mission is not as easy as it appears and obstacles abound at every corner. This was one aspect that stopped me from loving the story immediately. I always thought that the girls were going to finish the mission and the books would end, but the mission would be foiled and the story would continue. As the book went on, and I stopped expecting a resolution, I started to enjoy it more. Maybe my problem is that I like to figure out what’s going to happen, but this is more of a book that you read for the sake of the reading. It would be a really good beach read, but that just wasn’t the kind of mood I was in when I picked it up.

Another reason that I liked the second half of the book better is because the romance really started to pick up. I have to say though that I agree with the bookmark: “Hades is Haute!” I loved Hades in this novel. He was great. If only there were more of him (sigh).

Sirenz is told from the first-person viewpoint, but the perspective changed every other chapter. In other words, chapter 1 was told from Shar’s perspective, chapter 2 was told from Meg’s perspective, and chapter 3 went back to Shar’s perspective. I hated this—it was so confusing! After I read half of the book, it didn’t bother me quite as much because I got used to it, but I still didn’t like it. I do like when books tell the story from different perspectives, but they typically use the third person. The third person allows for a clear distinction of whose perspective is being told because it always ends with “Meg thought” or something similar. Since each of the chapters is told from the first person perspective, the reader must continually think about exactly who “I” is. While it is reasonably quick to figure out whose perspective the chapter is being told from, it required a bit of thought—unfortunately, this took me out of the story and I just wasn’t able to be fully immersed in the characters’ world because of it.