Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sirenz: Back in Fashion Review + Contest

Sirenz:  Back in Fashion by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman
Publisher: (June 8, 2012))
Paperback: 288 pages
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Author
In Sirenz, boarding school roomies Meg and Shar learned the hazards of making a deal with Hades, Lord of the Underworld. The wearing of a Tiffany's diamond ring in Sirenz Back In Fashion reactivates their contract, they find themselves back in his employ as sirens. And things are a little different this time; Shar is whisked off to the Underworld to play hostess as the dark god attempts to win her affections, while Meg is stuck topside, obligated to send spoiled rich girl Paulina Swanson to the Underworld. Hot gods, mere mortals and the Underworld have their secrets. Will Meg and Shar ever ditch Hades, and keep their wardrobes and souls intact?
REVIEW: Greek mythology retellings seem to be all the rage lately. And for good reason. Greek gods are hotties! I mean, they had Adonis, right?  :)  Anyway, Sirenz: Back in Fashion, like it's predecessor takes place in New York City, following the lives of former frenemies Meg and Shar and the incredibly hot, but overzealous Hades--God of the Underworld.  If you read Sirenz, then you know that Hades once gave Shar a HUGE ring. One that, unfortunately, resembled one of his dear wife's, Persephone.  Shar decides to try it on, just once, before she donates it to charity and, as is the problem with all Greecian gifts from the gods--this gift comes with a catch. Now Shar has to live with Hades and is ever half-naked and yummy self, while poor Meg gets stuck trying to deal with not only the aftermath of Shar being gone, but get her new roommate, Paulina, to trade places with Shar using the Cerulian Hind.
          Of course, that's much easier said than done, and the task is filled with hilarious twists and turns, including a point where Meg ends up being filmed on TV talking to a chocolate doll. 
  Characters: While most of the original cast is back, including the yummy Jeremy and Persephone, there's been some wonderful additions, including my favorite, Cerberus.  Who's definitely all bark and no bite. As long as you have a bone, or a whole body of them, to throw. Shar was much more palatable for me in this one (I had a hard time sympathizing with her in the first one.) and Meg is even more hilarious with her point on assessments.  Paulina was also another wonderfully drawn, full character and despite her obvious puppy dog way of following Meg everywhere, I found myself loving her more with each scene.

Cover: I love this cover more than the first, because I think it embodies the story better. It's got a more Greecian style to it, with the font and the lovely ladies themselves, showing off their togas. As well as the man himself on the back cover.  Much more complimentary to the style and voice of the authors than the first was.

Overall I enjoyed this fast, funny read and would recommend it to all those looking for something different than all the dark, sad, and scary books swarming the shelves.

Author info:

Nat: When not playing with pointed objects, Natalie Zaman is usually writing. She lives in central New Jersey with her family and several fine looking chickens.

Char: Lover of sparkly things, Char doesn't have as many shoes as she'd like, but wouldn't have time to wear them anyway with her three boys, husband, cat with issues, demented squirrels and insistent characters all demanding her time. She is represented by Natalie Lakosil of the Bradford Literary Agency and is hoping to get all her characters into print just so they'll be quiet.

And now onto the fun stuff.  CONTEST!

Enter to win a copy of Sirenz (provided by me) and Sirenz Back in Fashion (provided by Natalie and Char.)  US only. Winners chosen next Wednesday.
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