Series: Dark Siren #1
on July 4th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
To survive, their bond must be unbreakable.
When the mysterious and passionate Rhane rescues Kali from an attacker in the theater parking lot, they form an immediate, smoldering connection. But Kali doesn't remember Rhane or anything from their past. As far as Kali knows, she's just a seventeen-year-old kid coping with an insatiable hunger for the “spark” or energy of others, feeding on classmates to survive.
A unique artifact—one that may hold the key to returning Kali’s memories—is uncovered by the archaeology firm where she works part-time, sending Kali and Rhane on a dangerous journey that leads them to the Forbidden City, into the unforgiving Gobi, and into the ruins of Rhane’s ancient homeland. As they fight for survival, Kali begins to discover who she really is and the true power she possesses.
But Rhane still harbors a secret that could destroy Kali…unless old enemies kill her first.
Well, this starts off with a bang and I loved every word and then we start getting into some tropes that I just do not like. The first was non-existent parents. Funnily, they DO exist but you wouldn’t know it with how much Kali runs around and gets into trouble. Like, serious trouble too, not just the normal teenage boy stuff. Both of her parents are lawyers and although they say multiple times that they have seen teenagers get into a lot of trouble, they do not do anything about both of their daughters staying out at all hours of the night.
Then there is sort of insta-love. This is explained later but during the thick of the story I think I would have liked to know more so I could understand. I really hate insta-love almost as much as I hate parents not being around. With both tropes it was hard for me to start digesting a really good plot.
The characters are great though. I like Kali although she has some issues. All teenagers do so I just sorta went with that. She does miss an entire day and doesn’t remember what she was doing. I am not sure how that helped that plot. She did go to Rhane though so that made me a little happy (minus the love part!). Rhane though helps me to forget that it is insta-love. I would have fallen instantly in love with him so why not Kali? I mean the guy is like a knight in shining armor! And always there to protect Kali. Tall, dark, AND handsome? Yes, please!
Cal I didn’t understand though. This ended on a cliff hanger so I’m sure that there is more to this in book two. I’m curious where Kali and Cal’s relationship will go. And this book left me curious and with many more questions than answers.
I think without the tropes I would have enjoyed it more. I did like the plot and the overall storyline for the characters and I enjoyed the writing. I think Eden Ashley has a winner here and many will like this crazy fantasy story. I would have given it a 3 but I liked the rest of the story enough to keep my nose glued to the book! Now to go get book two so I can get some answers!
|Overall:||4.2 / 5|