I absolutely LOVED Sirenz, when I received it for review from the two lovely authors, and so when I heard that the sequel was up for request on NetGalley, I jumped on that offer. The sequel definitely did not disappoint! The humor was amazing as always, and the Greek mythology references just kept coming in it's own glamourous and glitzy fashion.
I seriously don't know whom I love better when it comes to these two heroines, Shar and Meg. I love Meg's determination (and when she breaks loose she's hilarious), and Shar just cracks me up with her fashion obsession. I think maybe I'm a little more lenient in liking Shar more, because she's just sometimes a ditzy girl with a huge obsession for shoes and clothes– and she's a total drama queen when she wants to be. I also have to give her props for her whole no-nonsense attitude towards Hades! Caz– Holy. Hades. I knew when the blurb mentioned demi-gods, I was expecting someone gorgeous, but once again– Holy. Hades. Just... words cannot fathom the godliness in gorgeousness of these demi-gods. Will leave it at that. As for the girl, Paulina, whom Meg has to send back to the underworld, I did have my suspicions. I will leave it at that, but do expect a pretty large twist in the story!
Sirenz Back in Fashion did live up to the fantastic-ness of the first book, I'm glad to say. Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman throw in Greek mythology, fashion, two cute guys and end up with a fabulous novel. Can't wait for the next book!...more
Ever since reading Blake's debut, Anna Dressed in Blood, I've been pining endlessly for the series. When the opportunity presented itself where I got the chance to read the book (thanks Riya!), I just couldn't say no. I have to say, I didn't know what to expect when reading this book. And yes, I thought in the end that it didn't live up to the first book, but it was definitely a fascinating read, one which had me curious for more with every turning of the page.
I will be honest now, Anna doesn't make an appearance too much in this book. Most of the book revolves around Cas trying to figure out how to save Anna as well as some character developments. I was a little confused and dizzy around some bits, but I think it's quite a satisfying conclusion to the series. Not exactly how I imagined it would end, but still a good ending. Love the old characters, love the (few) new characters, and definitely enjoyed characters which were mentioned but we didn't get to meet in the first book. Some parts of this book absolutely chilled me to the bone. The images conjured up in my head by Blake's beautifully horrifying descriptions were pretty gruesome and haunted me. I was freaked by that dramatic climax near the end and had my eyes glued to the pages, mouth agape, grasping to find out what happens next.
Sorry for the short review, but you should definitely pick up Girl of Nightmares if you've read the first book. If you haven't, shame on you! Kendare Blake is amazing at her craft, with male POVs, frickin' scary images that will keep you up all night, and a gorgeous love story.
Thank you to Riya for lending this copy for review to me!...more