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The Sirens of Falkeld

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"A courageous glimpse of historical details entwined in the tales of Scottish tradition." -InD'tale Magazine

2016 RONE Award Winner and Reader's Favorite Finalist

Kade Finley, of the Scottish Isles, was raised on legends of the sea. His Gaffer, Toran Finley said, that beneath Muireall’s wind-swept cliffs, deep under the waves, there lived a legend as old as the Highlands the
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Published June 15th 2015 (first published May 4th 2015)
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Patrick Hodges
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yes, I, a grown man, am reading a book about MERMAIDS.

And loving it, I may add.

Julie Tuovi's brilliant debut, The Sirens of Falkeld, brings the reader in the dismal, war-torn setting of WWII Scotland, where a young man named Cade is desperate to save his ailing grandfather. His last hope is to somehow catch a maighdean maara, one of a group of legendary mermaid-like creatures that allegedly grant a wish to whomever catches her.

But nothing's that simple.

Complicating matters is The Admiral, a col
Terry Lee
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Julie Tuovi has a unique talent of not only hooking the reader from the beginning but keeping the pages turning. I was especially impressed by the unique twist at the end. Well written; excellent character development. Will look forward to more books by Ms. Tuovi.

One word to describe 'The Sirens Of Falkeld' by Julie Tuovi is magical.
Get ready for a fairytale, kiddos.
I was hooked(Fish pun definitely intended)up until the very end. I read it in one day! It was really, really hard to put this book down, even when I had stuff that needed to be done. My priorities are obviously straight since I carried on reading instead of doing chores.

The story was so engaging and there was never a dull moment. And it's full of badass mermaidyness. So, it's pretty awesome.
John Hennessy
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, fantasy
When an author creates something out of pure fiction, it has to be written with authority. The characters have to be believable. Most of all, any preconceptions one might have had about the story have to be discarded right from the outset.

The Sirens of Falkeld is the debut novel of Julie Tuovi, but you wouldn't know it from the writing. Here is a story that has rather incredible world building. The author really has a talent for describing literally everything in the book. The titular Sirens, of
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-and-reviews
Never would have thought I'd love a book with mermaids so much. These aren't the mermaids of your children's stories or Disney movies. These things are bad ass, pardon my French. They are evil but still sympathetic. They kill but it's more out of necessity than want. They have this urge inside of them that sends them reaching out for good souls. I would not want to get on their bad side. I think it's safe to say, we're lucky out oceans are filled with sharks and not these women.

Kade, a Scottish
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous debut by Julie Tuovi! The character Kade surprised me as someone who's determined to save those whom he cares most about. In this case, Gaffer, his grandfather who is dying. Its the kind of affection that I believe we all can relate to sometime in our lives. You feel his struggle and determination to save his grandfather and it's a noble sacrifice in the name of family. Since this story is set within the perimeters of Scotland during WWII, it's a paramount character trait for someone ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book! Where to even start...The story was so engaging, and the writing was just as evocative and stunning as the world-building and characters. Sirens of Falkeld is set in Scotland against a backdrop of WWII, drawing richly from both history and myth, and combining them in an original and brilliant way. The sense of mystery and intrigue is gripping from page one, and holds you tight throughout the rest of the narrative. The characters are beautifully written, with palpable tension and real ...more
Susan Young
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Fantastic, beautiful writing. Unique and refreshing story line. Suspenseful and imaginative. Great read! Highly recommend! 5 Stars! All. The. Way!
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-library
Julie Tuovi has created a magical world in her new book, The Sirens of Falkeld. Kade, a young man living on an island in Scotland, is pulled into a world he never expected to be a part of. Desperate to save a loved one, he goes to incredible lengths to find the ones who can save his grandfather, the maighdean mhara. The legends say, if you capture a maighdean mhara, you get a wish. Luckily, his grandfather told him just how to do it. But, when Kade sets out to catch one, he gets more than he ba ...more
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
An ARC was given in exchange for an honest review.

The story as a whole was was very detailed. Usually in some books, I find that the author has left major holes in the plot, leaving me with unanswered questions and the feeling of "Wait, what just happened?". However, Tuovi did just the opposite. She covers almost every part of the book, starting with the origins of the sirens(or the mhara as the book calls them) to how the main character Kade gets his abilities and more. The only 'holes' that ar
Kristen Iten
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was pretty happy about reading a story with mermaids in it when I picked up this book. When I read a little into the book and realized that they were murderous, soul-sucking maidens of the sea I was a little disappointed. I wanted to like the mermaids!

Let me tell you, by the end of the book, I ended up doing just that - I loved the murderous, soul-sucking mermaids! I NEVER root for the bad guys, but thanks to expert story telling, I began to empathise with these creatures who were only living
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story was so captivating and different from the usual mermaid tales I've read. The story switches POV between Kade and Cora and it gives you insight to both worlds: the mermaid's, or maighdean mhara, and the human's.

The maighdean mhara feel an uncontrollable urge to kill humans by drowning because they need the souls for Mac Lir, also known as the sea god. So when Cora marks Kade's soul as hers, things start falling out of control between the two, especially when she is unsuccessful with d
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gripping fantasy novel full of action and adventure. The stories are not just that... The legends are true.
Star crossed from two different worlds. Destined to be on different sides. He wants her help and she suppose to sink all their kind.
Fantastic story that will keep you at the end of your seat right until the end.

*An advanced copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review*
Robert Hansen
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
So it's rare that an author can express such vivid emotions in such few pages. I'm a big Brandon Sanderson fan and a Robert Jordan fan so I'm used to marathon series and several hundred pages of reading before I really start caring about the characters. Not so with SIRENS. Ms Tuovi's talent really lies in developing characters and helping you understand perspective. I'm a fan! What else you got Ms. Tuovi?!?!?! ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Pretty much if there were ten stars, this book would be an eleven. Just sayin'.

Fans of Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races, and Margo Lanagan's The Brides of Rollrock Island will love this too!
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
"Mermaids. In World War II Scotland."

This is how the book was explained to me by a friend, and those two simple sentences were enough to have me very interested. "Well, I need to read this," I told myself, because the premise was different and fascinating, and because mermaids and Scottish folklore/history sounded like my cup of tea. I immediately tracked down a copy.

I was not disappointed. "Sirens of Falkeld" is a fantastic read, and the author definitely did her research. The story begins wi
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Fantastic! I really truly liked this story, and the depth that it had. I'm a big fan of mermaid, especially when they are portrayed in a darker light. That's exactly what this novel does. There's both darkness and light, and it's so wonderful together.

The setting is fantastic, a small island in Scotland during WW2, and it's so perfectly written, described, and highligh
M.J. Kobernus
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes their fantasy to be based on real world mythos.
Generally I am not a fan of books written in first person point of view. However, Sirens has gone some way to changing my mind about that. Well written, engaging and with a good sense of Scotland, both in the dialogue and in the descriptions of the coastal areas, it tells a compelling story of an island with a dark secret. With vivid language, “gutting me like a fish with a frozen blade,” we follow a young man, Kade, as he is forced against his will into searching for a lost treasure. Kade is to ...more
Just Another Bookish Blog
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC from the author :)
This book is such a nice read! It follows an 18-year-old, Kade, during war-time Scotland, on an island where mhara , or mermaids, are very real, and are often the stuff of nightmares.

SO GOOD!!!!!!!
I loved the characters so much! Cora/Bonnie is an awesome mermaid, because she's not like the others, because of Kade, who is a firm believer of the mhara tales, will go to all ends to help his Gaffer (grandpa), and who is a genuinely good friend!
Boundless Book Reviews
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Sirens of Falkeld is so full of mystery and suspense; readers will be at the edge of their seats. This is about mermaids, but don’t expect a fairy tale. Tuovi introduces many interesting characters throughout the book and several twists.

Every time you think you have an idea of how this will end, you will be wrong. Once you get used to the dialog, it adds comedy to the magical fantasy, suspense and drama.

Overall, I really enjoyed it, so I give The Sirens of Falkeld 4 stars....Beth

Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pretty much if there were ten stars, this book would be an eleven. Just sayin'.

Fans of Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races, and Margo Lanagan's The Brides of Rollrock Island will love this too!
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm a little biased, because I know the author, but I thought this was a haunting and creative story. Non-formulaic and well written, I enjoyed reading this book, because it felt like a departure form the mainstream. ...more
InD'tale Magazine
“The Siren’s of Falkeld" is a courageous glimpse of historical details entwined in the tales of Scottish tradition.

Read full review in the 2015 October issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Lauren Hennessy
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing read! Kade is such a terrific character, and it was SO hard to put the book down! I actually felt like I was there with Kade, desperate to save Gaffer myself! Julie Tuovi is a fantastic writer and I can't wait until she writes MORE! ...more
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story!
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's a different twist on mermaids, that's dark and mysterious. A great twist of history and fantasy! I loved it and loved all the twists and turns the book had to offer. Its unpredictable! ...more
Alice Short
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D.A. Henneman
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Sirens of Falkeld is a beautifully written story with rich, well-developed characters that pull you into their world from the very start. If mermaids were real, and honestly I won’t be the one to say they aren’t, I imagine that they would be very much like Cora, curious and lovely, but compelled by her nature to kill humans. Her confusion leads to self-awareness and the author has an amazing way of describing the emotions that flood through her when she meets Kade. Their meeting makes Cora q ...more
Michelle Bryan
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Julie Tuovi is a read-a-holic, Diet Coke addict, and lover of all things sparkly. Especially nail polish. In her spare time Julie likes to hunt zombies, debate the merits of pirate v. ninja, and rescue small kittens from trees. Oh . . . and plot ways to take over the universe. A history enthusiast, concert pianist, and attorney (but only when there’s nothing better to do), she currently lives in a ...more

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