Book Review: Wolf Sirens

15768848SYNOPSIS

Misunderstood seventeen year old Lila Crain unwillingly moves to the foreboding town of Shade, prepared to face her punishment – Shade High. But she can’t begin to anticipate the life-altering events that lie in wait for her.

The dark and charismatic Reid has a wolfish grin and amber eyes that would make any girl blush and he has his sights set on the new girl in school.
Reid’s stunning friends – including icy top dog Sam – invite Lila into their clique. Suspicious, yet flattered by their attention she answers the intriguing call like a moth to a flame.

Thrillingly introduced to the local nightlife by the enigmatic group, Lila finally feels like she belongs. But her newly found friendships threaten to turn sour when she unwittingly develops feelings for the leader’s off-limits boyfriend, Sky.
Tensions rise further when a quirky local named Cresida warns Lila to stay away from the clique at all costs.

Undeterred, she is irresistibly drawn to uncover the truth behind their mysterious lifestyle.
Lila unwittingly starts off a chain of events that will forever alter fate for both hunter and hunted as she learns they have been waiting for her…

Inspired by the legend of the femme fatale goddess, Artemis, Wolf Sirens is a compelling gothic masterpiece of paranormal romance.

MY THOUGHTS

I’m a huge proponent of fantasy novels, especially those that center around vampires and werewolves. The way the myths and legends of these infamous creatures are retold can make or break a story. This was true with Wolf Sirens: Forbidden.

I wanted so much to like this book. Werewolves have become more mainstream in the last years as the vampire hype has calmed down, but that alone shouldn’t be a reason to write a book about the creatures. Jumping onto a train of success only works if the product you produce is something worthwhile. There were a few things that really irked me about this book, one of the main things being the wolves themselves and the relation they have to the prologue.

The story kicks off with a tale of Greek heroes Artemis and Apollo, but nowhere in the rest of the story is that little tale mentioned or depicted in any way. I wanted so much for this story to continue in the way of the opening. It was gripping and strong, with a story that pulled at my heartstrings. But as soon as the actual story started, I was left wanting so much more.

Getting into the story itself, I need to talk about the protagonist. Lila Crain, a high school student with a dark and mysterious past. But throughout the entire story, we never get to understand what happened to her that made her move to Shade. She’s the type of character that doesn’t know what she believes in or wants. She changes alliances on a whim, changes her feelings even faster, and is so shallow that it’s hard to not give up on her as a sympathetic character.

We’re introduced to the werewolves of the story relatively quickly, and in such a way that there was no buildup, no excitement, just predictability. It was too easy to see where this story was going from the first three chapters, and it didn’t improve from there. Riddled with grammatical and punctuation errors, this book had me itching to pull out my red pen. Too bad it was a digital copy.

Dialogue is something that can make or break a novel, and it may have been this story’s undoing. The characters talked in circles with each other, spanning pages and pages talking about the same thing repeatedly–just stated differently.

Although this is set in high school, this story deals with some pretty heavy subjects, and while I expected them to be given the proper light and seriousness, they were almost completely disregarded and talked down, like, “Oh, it’s not that big of a deal…” Added to that, Lila’s romantic feelings seem to change at the drop of a hat. First, we see her getting cozy with Reid, part of the pack. and then a few pages later, it’s like she can’t stand him and is only concerned about his friend, Sky, and wants nothing more than to talk about him for hours. It was just too distasteful.

The ending was not any better. I didn’t know that this was the first book in a series, but after finishing this novel, I don’t think I could read the rest of the series based on this one. The ending was so abrupt, with cliffhanger after cliffhanger, which were all pretty predictable and many readers will be able to guess what happens without reading the others. Overall, this wasn’t a book for me.

[Disclaimer: I received a free digital download from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]

Rating: 1/5 Stars

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