Thursday, February 5, 2015

TOUR STOP: Dark Siren

Pages: 452
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Currently 99 Cents!!

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.

Hi everyone! Welcome to my tour stop for the Dark Siren tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! Be sure to check out the other amazing stops by clicking the tour banner up above! All right, let's get straight into the review!

Kali is fine with keeping everyone away. She's discovered a deep hunger that can only be satisfied when she draws energy from other people - most effectively done by making out with them. When she's rescued from an attacker by Rhane, Kali finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, but she has no recollection of anything from their past together. She has to figure out how to survive, figure out who she was before she lost her memories, and defeat the enemy who chase her down. 

The book starts with a really haunting prologue that is still making my mind spin. There is this man who "picks up" a young girl from school and proceeds to transfer something from the girl into a little child. The girl then mind is still a bit confused, but it definitely sets up the haunting mood of the overall story which continues through the entire book. The plot is very intricate and backed up so much mythology. You can definitely tell that the author put so much work into creating the story and weaving in the various mythology aspects to create the story.

Character-wise, I have to admit that I didn't love them. Kali definitely has a strong spirit, but she also has a hard time making up her mind. There is no insta-love, but there's something akin to insta-attraction. Since Kali has no idea who Rhane is and why she has an unquenchable desire to "feed" off of him, she wavers between trusting him and fearing him. I just wish she couldn't have made one decision and stuck to it, even if she chose to trust him till the ends of the world. Rhane I do I put it...difficult to sympathize with. At times, I understood why he kept Kali in the dark, for fear of losing her again, but most of the time you just wanted to shake him and ask him if he loved her so much, why couldn't he trust her? While I did like him at the start, he just got really evasive which in turn got a bit on my nerves. Again, I understood why he did what he did, but over time it got a bit much.

All right, time to address my biggest issue with the book. It's really really confusing. I said before how I loved the intricacy of the story, but up until now, I'm still not sure what's going on. So there's this artifact that holds the key of Kali's memories, there's this mass of darkness that's trying to capture Kali because they want to use her powers, and Rhane is the leader of some warrior army, but because of Kali he hasn't been able to achieve his full powers for years. There are just so many things left unexplained that will either leave you  a) Desperately wanting the next book for more information or b) Frustrated. I ended up somewhere in the middle.

So while I was extremely confused by the whole plotline, there's no denying that this book was really wonderfully crafted. It's got so much mythological background and this aura of suspense that pulls you through the entire book. You're literally hooked from start to finish. I definitely want to re-read this book some time in the future, because I really want to figure out the missing pieces!


Eden AshleyI’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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3.5 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,


  1. Great review, Riv! The whole plot sounds right up my alley! I love how complex and eerie it sounds, and a great prologue to get the mood just right is awesome! Despite your issues with the characters - it's always hard when you don't connect with them! - it sounds like a good read!

    1. It definitely is, you should give it a try! Thanks so much for commenting!!


  2. Thanks for reviewing Dark Siren and for being a part of the tour! I know the new and crazy mythology is hard to take in, my mind nearly exploded while writing it! But I promise, the many mysteries are slowly unveiled as the series progresses. Books 1-3 are available now. I'm working on the fourth and final book. I'm so excited to finish Rhane and Kali's story!!

    1. I can bet! I loved the complexity of the story :) Thanks so much commenting, I'll definitely be checking out the next book in the future!