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Review: Sirensong by Jenna Black

Sirensong by Jenna Black
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: July 5, 2011
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Format: ARC paperback, 336 pages
Series: Faeriewalker #3
Purchase: Book Depository

Summary from Goodreads:
When Dana is invited to Faerie to be officially presented at the Seelie Court, it’s no easy decision. After all, everyone knows Titania, the Seelie Queen, wants her dead. But Titania claims not to be the one behind the death threats; and her son, Prince Henry, makes the decision a whole lot easier when he suggests Dana might be arrested for (supposedly) conspiring with her aunt Grace to usurp the Seelie throne. So she and her father better do as they’re told…

The journey through Faerie is long – and treacherous. Dana thought it would be a good idea to have friends along, but her sort-of-boyfriend Ethan and her bodyguard’s son, Keane, just can’t seem to get along, and Kimber’s crush on Keane isn’t making things any easier. When a violent attack separates Dana from their caravan, the sexy Erlking saves her just in the nick of time… and makes it clear that he hasn’t given up on making her his own.

Arriving at Titania’s beautiful palace should be a relief. But Dana is soon implicated in an assassination attempt against Titania’s niece, and is suddenly a fugitive, forced to leave her father behind as she and her friends flee for her lives. Will she be able to prove her innocence before the forces of the Seelie Court catch up with her? Or, worse, the Erlking? And will she save her father before he pays the ultimate price in her stead?

Warning: There might possibly be spoilers in this, so please keep that in mind if you have yet to read the first two books in this series!

This by far is my favorite of the Faeriewalker series. Glimmerglass was pretty good, but Shadowspell was much better. And now we have Sirensong, which is the best. Jenna Black just keeps the awesome coming.

We’ve seen everyone develop and grow throughout the series, except for the mother. She’s still as in denial as she ever was, which pisses me off. That was the only thing I didn’t like about Sirensong, the mother. Thankfully we see very little of her throughout the entire story. Just at the beginning and end. Her dad, Seamus has really grown as well, even if it might not seem like it. He’s more tolerant of Dana’s ways, seems to understand her better now that he’s gotten to know her more. The experiences that Ethan went through in Shadowspell benefitted him overall I think, even though they kind of sucked at the time. He’s not the playboy he was once, even when he first met Dana. I really believe now that he can commit himself to Dana, and this book only cemented that in my mind. Kimber and Keane of course were present as well. I really liked the direction Jenna takes them in this book, and would love to see more development of that. I think Kimber was a little quick to forgive though when certain things came to light.

I absolutely loved that Sirensong was mostly set in Faerie. Getting to finally meet that world and its denizens was fun, and written so well that I could picture myself actually there. And finally meeting Titania! Now we just need to meet Mab. As they were setting out for Faerie in the beginning, Seamus gives something to Dana to take with her, and because of what it was I thought a certain plot point might end up being predictible, but boy was I wrong. There are definitely some twists and turns that will end up surprising you.

I’m very much hoping that this was not the last installment, as there are many subplots left for Jenna to write about in another sequel. If there is another one in the works, I’m definitely looking forward to reading it.

Review: Shadowspell by Jenna Black

Shadowspell by Jenna Black
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: January 4, 2011
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback, 295 pages
Purchase: Book Depository
Series: Faeriewalker #2

Summary from Goodreads:
On top of spending most of her time in a bunkerlike safe house and having her dates hijacked by a formidable Fae bodyguard, Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway is in for some more bad news: the Erlking and his pack of murderous minions known as the Wild Hunt have descended upon Avalon. With his homicidal appetite and immortal powers, the Erlking has long been the nightmare of the Fae realm. A fragile treaty with the Faerie Queen, sealed with a mysterious spell, is the one thing that keeps him from hunting unchecked in Avalon, the only place on Earth where humans and Fae live together. Which means Dana’s in trouble, since it’s common knowledge that the Faerie Queen wants her – and her rare Faeriewalker powers – dead. The smoldering, sexy Erlking’s got his sights set on Dana, but does he only seek to kill her, or does he have something much darker in mind?

It took me a while to get around to reading this. I liked Glimmerglass a lot, but it was also just a three star read. Enjoyable, but not one of my favorites. But when this one was released I felt the need to buy it immediately. And six months later I’ve finally read it. And I’m glad I did. I liked Shadowspell much more than Glimmerglass. And the two questions I had left over from Glimmerglass dealing with Dana’s singing and prospective love interests were answered. Although, the love interest thing took a twist in Shadowspell that I was not expecting at all.

Shadowspell starts out with a bang as the Erlking makes his entrance into Avalon. I have seen many authors try to write the sexy villain. Many succeed, but many also fail. At least for me. What doesn’t work for me will always work for someone. But Jenna Black nailed the Erlking as the sexy villain. And he’s smart too. The way he manipulates people, making someone think an idea is their own to get what he wants. That’s also sometimes hard to write well, but again she nails it. I definitely look forward to more of the Erlking in Sirensong.

While the Erlking is the main attraction for Shadowspell, Grace does of course return to continue advancing her schemes. There’s definitely no lack of action. Ethan is as sleazy as ever. I did feel bad for him during is ordeal, but I still don’t want Dana ending up with him. But we’ll see. Maybe he’ll be redeemed later on. And her mother. Wow. There’s nothing really nice I can say about her. Except that she makes me grateful for the mother I have.

As I started this review, I looked back at the one I did of Glimmerglass. It was very nostalgic, since Glimmerglass was the first ever review I posted on this blog back in December. And now Sirensong will be out soon! I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next installment. I need more of the Erlking.

Have you read Shadowspell yet? What did you think? Let me know!

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Released: May 25th, 2010
Source: Bought at Hastings
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Synopsis from the back cover:
Dana  Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn’t just an ordinary teenage girl – she’s a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.

Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone’s trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with … until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in or who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again.

My review:
The cover is what initially drew me to this book. When I read the description, I thought that this could be interesting. So it sat on my plan to read virtual shelf for a while, until I went to the bookstore looking for something they ended up not having at the time, and came home with this instead.
Glimmerglass gets right into it with the first few pages. No slow start for this book, which was nice. I was actually disappointed that I started it on a day I worked, since I was only able to read it during breaks that first day. Overall I enjoyed it very much, and only had two slight problems with the book. How the prospective love interests work, and what was happening with her singing in the beginning. I’m assuming however that those issues, or at least the latter one, will be resolved in the sequel Shadowspell, coming out next month!

Well that’s it for my first review of anything ever! I’ve already started my next book, The Lying Game by Sara Shepard, author of the Pretty Little Liars series. Hopefully I’ll have the review up in a couple of days!