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The Siren's Tale

(Home Schooling #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Cassandra, a smart siren in human form, can have any man she wants. So long as she wants him dead. Told in part by the ghost of the main character, the story follows Cassandra's headlong pursuit of passion in the hinterlands of the Old West, where she comes into conflict with a powerful curse, which passes down the generations. Cassandra has phenomenal success in the silen ...more
ebook, 1st edition, 240 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by LazyDay Publishing
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-review
Before I begin, I was given a copy for an honest review of the book.

First, I am normally not a paranormal reader. After reading the Twilight series I completely lost interest in vampires, werewolves, ghosts, etc... What made this book stand out to me was that the paranormal element wasn't something you usually expected. I like the fact that Anne used sirens and later in her book, she brings in some Greek mythology (which I adore) to further explain the role of sirens in her tale. I like that.

Rick F.
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Everything a great novel should be! Anne Carlisle is a magnificent writer! The Siren's Song has it all..a superb plot, characters who jump off the page and a wonderfully macabre tinge of supernatural! I loved this book!!
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
First, I have to say before the review starts that I was given a copy for an honest review of this book.

Second, I owe Anne apology. This should have been done 2 weeks ago, but with multiple family members hospitalized, including my son for 3 days and another death in the family, I just couldn’t get any reading done like I should have.

Now, on to the review.

I am struggling with this one. I enjoyed the book. I truly did. It took me a little bit to get into it, but once I was in it, I was in it. I t
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Anne Carlisle combines erotic, siren-infused romance with a fictional view of rustic frontier Wyoming in THE SIREN’s TALE, the second book in the HOME SCHOOLING TRILOGY. The dominance of the educated, cunning, and alluring sirens over their male conquests makes Carlisle’s novel a staple on the nightstand of female readers seeking steamy paranormal passion. However, the story also contains abundant suspense, capable of pulling readers of all genres anxiously through the novel -- page to page, cha ...more
Lade Tawak
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow. just wow.

I received a free copy courtesy of the author

The Book

The sexual exploits of sirens in human form make for charming erotic-paranormal entertainment and spicy inspiration for YA/NA readers. Female power and intellect clash with rustic superstition, with deadly consequences, as the siren Cassandra seeks a life of fiery passion in the Old West. The consequences affect her lovers and descendants, owing to a curse that deflects the sirens' paranormal powers toward the dark side. The con
Hock Tjoa
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Impeccably written, this paranormal and (mildly) erotic novel is at times very dense. Like a tapestry that has more knots per square inch than the average, The Siren's Tale has many threads, but it is clear that the primary one is the "home-schooling"--preparation--of a new generation siren (there are not many of them left).

The main voice is that of Cassandra Vye who left Wyoming around 1900 for San Francisco and had a "second career" as Nevada Carson, scriptwriter and actress in the silent movi
Colleen Bratley
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
A woman's way can be blatant, subtle or anything in between. In this book a siren and her lineage are that and more. Following them in their trek through the years showed just how manipulative sirens can be, but the author also showed that no matter what, the human side of emotions can actually rule the roost.
In case you don't know what a siren is, it won't take long to figure it out reading this book. This story changes the Greek mythology principle a bit, but the basic idea remains. The beguil
G.J. Griffiths
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
The book does not fall into a genre that I would normally read and so I was not surprised to find that I did not enjoy The Siren's Tale. The story moves continuously, and at times confusingly, from past to present with a multitude of characters. I found the first chapter rather long and tedious, even though I realised that it was meant to be an introduction to provide some history of the sirens. Such a long and detailed exposition is not the best way of pulling in this reader’s attention and I w ...more
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This story gives the siren myth a modern tweak. In the narrator's own words, a siren is an “unrepentant pagan spirit”, a non-conformist woman with a voracious sexual appetite and paranormal powers.

The story begins with Zaddie Drake, an intelligent young woman with her own advice column, who comes from a long line of sirens. Talking to the dead is one of her powers. The spirit of Cassandra comes to her and tells her story, explaining about the Widow Brown’s curse, and how it threatens to end the
Shawn Otomo
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who enjoy romance novels
As this book does not fall into a genre that I normally read, I was pleasantly surprised by The Siren's Tale. Anne Carlisle crafts a tail that reimagines the sirens from Greek mythology in the modern world and she does it well. The main part of the story takes place in the 1900s and revolves around the character of Cassandra, one of the last remaining sirens int he world. Due to the conflict between her dual natures, siren vs. human, she finds herself embroiled in a constant storm of drama, quit ...more
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2013
So I am torn on my rating. I really liked the book, but I had trouble with a few things. I wish I could do half stars because I really feel that I fell at a 3.5 star rating. I liked the story quite a bit. I enjoyed the fact that we were hearing the story as it was told to Marlena and that Marlena was getting the story to understand who she was and help her make decisions for her future. I had some difficulty getting into it because there was so much background, but I loved that the author didn't ...more
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Siren’s Tale by Anne Carlisle
I received this book in exchange for an honest review by the Author and the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on
A wonderful book which details the life of Cassandra, a Siren living in the early 1900’s and her internal struggle between the Siren and human aspects of her nature. This book is a re-crafting of the Siren tales from Greek Mythology, but set in the modern world. Although I have not read the first book in this series, I felt that ‘The Siren’s Ta
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was provided a free copy of this book by the author and goodreads group Lovers of Paranormal in exchange for an honest review.

The Siren's Tale is a very rich, intricately beautiful story. I will say that I haven't read the 1st book in this series but I didn't feel at all lost. At first, it seemed kind of overwhelming to try keeping up with all of the characters and their respective story lines but the author does a great job of tying it all together. I enjoyed the detail with which each charac
Jacquelyn Smith
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
I was given the book in exchange for my honest review ( R2R) LoP

Some books caught you by surprise and this was one of them.
Chloe Vye start this story off by retelling her mother Cassandra's past to her cousin Marlena Bellun, to educate her about life problems. This makes it easier if you didn't read the first book. This what make a great book novel and someday a great movies. The characters was well defined and the plot was amazing. To the lovers of horror and historical romance do
Tonja Drecker
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this! It was refreshing to see a romance centered around sirens instead of vampires, werewolves and Co, not only that, but a siren who tries not to use her powers. Cassandra is a super-natural character with problems and flaws. Although she's faced with one tense situation after the other, her biggest lesson seems to be learning to handle and accept the truth about herself. The great writing and wonderful scenes combined with a plot, which hooks right in and doesn't let go, made me a f ...more
Vickie Britton
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
You expect cowboys in the frontier West, or maybe the ghost of a saloon girl... but sirens? Though paranormal is not my usual fare, I was drawn into the interesting premise of this novel. The author successfully draws from mythology and literature to create her world. Since sirens are mostly known for causing tragedy, any human must beware! An enticing read, especially for those who enjoy a paranormal romance.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is the history of the sirens line. Anne does a fantastic job of of giving the history behind this family.
Throughout the book there are time jumps, but Anne does a wonderful job of connecting everything together. After I noticed that there where a lot of time period jumps, I was a little hesitant, but glad I read it anyways! I think I'll have to go and get the first book in the series, and than read this again!
Alannah Clarke
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
*Free copy of the book given for honest review*

I haven't read the first book but I did think it was great as a standalone book. While I have read some paranormal books, I don't think I have ever read anything about sirens. I can't believe I finished this book in less than two days. Carlisle's characters appear so vivid which really drew me into the plot line of the book. Honestly I don't really have anything bad to say about this, Carlisle really knows how to write a great book.
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it
This book took me a long time get through, the whole idea of. Siren and her life intrigued me;
I found myself intrested during the beginning of the book but one it moved into Cassandra vey story rewriting style changed. The change in writing style became like reading a history book or a journal ,I just could not completely engage with the characters because of it. Cassandra Vye,s story had so much potential but or me it fell short.

Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reads-2013
**I received an ARC copy for my review**

I never read the first book maybe I do it now, but is was a good book, well written and you get drawn in before you know it.
It's one of the better paranormal books I've read.

I'm not going to spoil you with giving a short description you have to read it to come to the same conclusion as I, great book and great author.
I received a PDF copy of the book after entering into the give away (which I didn't win) so that I could read and give an honest review on here,B&N and amazon. I was and am still delighted to be asked to do so.
However I was not a fan of this book. I really wanted to given the situation. I got to chapter 10 and decided I just couldn't couldn't read any more from sheer exasperation. I had just read the family curse and the actual words had nothing to do the Vye's being lovers with the Drakes!
Nicky Peacock
Jan 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I really loved the idea of a story about Sirens. Although I hadn’t read the first book in the series, it was pretty clear that you didn’t need to.

The story is told, not really through the eyes of one character but as a kind of story-telling in itself to another character, a kind of relaying if you will – which although is a brilliantly new concept, was kind of lacking for me. I couldn’t feel much emotion about what was going on and it felt as though the whole book was one long info dump, which I
Christie Michelle
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it
You can see my review on Turning Pages here.

I am both a lover of historical fiction and Greek mythology, so I got to feed both of those beasts with this lovely novel by Anne Carlisle. I had never read a novel about sirens before The Siren’s Tale, and this intriguing introduction did not disappoint. Although the second in a series, TST is great as a stand alone, and it fueled my desire to go back and read the first book. TST is a story about a family of sirens dealing with a curse across familial
Tanya Watt
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
To be honest, I never read the first book in the Home Schooling Trilogy. I was given The Siren’s Tale in exchange for an honest review. That said, I was a little worried I wouldn’t know the story and have a hard time giving my review.

Well, I easily figured out the story was being told to Marlena, she had some important choices to make and needed to know her family heritage. The more I got into the book, the more I liked hearing about the family, and Cassandra and her complex life. I forgot all a
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book for my honest opinion. While the backstory in the beginning was difficult to get through, I enjoyed the story of the sirens, and have to say it's unlike any paranormal story I've read before! The writing is top notch, and the characters were entertaining. I only gave this book 4 stars as I'm a modern snob, and don't get as excited about anything not in this era.
Won as part of the 2013 Holiday Party in the Erotic Enchants Group!
Kasey Cocoa
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-requested
Read my review on my blog.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Anne Carlisle is an author and writing professor who lives in Key West, Florida, and Orting, WA. She has a Ph. D. in 19th Century British Literature from Case Western Reserve University, where she also served on the faculty. A former Dean at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, she currently is a Professor of Writing for the University of Maryland University College, where she teaches writing ...more

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