The ancient myth of the Siren’s is a myth as old as time. In Homer’s the Odyssey, these creatures were of unparalleled beauty and exquisite in every way. They would stand on the shores of the sea, spinning their enchantments for the ears of the Sailors beyond, luring them in with their perfection and playing on the men’s lust. But the Siren was not simply a beauty to behold that went only skin deep like the sailors would have liked to believe. These creatures contained powers greater than anyone could have ever surmised; they held the power to pursued and enrapture, extracting loyalty from all their voices could reach. The Sirens were a race beyond that of a mere mortal, and knowing they outmatched humanity in the way of mind games, they declared themselves the ultimate race.
The Sirens in the Odyssey are but one shade of a tale that is centrifugal around the understanding on Sirens. In Love’s Prey, the Sirens have indeed become a greater race, but have infused themselves in the middle of the human race. The Lam family, a family of Siren Blood, lived in the greater Chicago area. For years, Jed, The Siren, had been searching for his successor to take his place and carry out the destiny of the race. All the grandsons and sons of Jed were tested and ultimately made candidates to become the heir apparent. That is until a little baby girl, crying and wailing, was brought to the Red Mansion in which the Siren lived. It had been millions of years since a girl was produced from the lineage of the Lam family, and although women were not considered for the position as Siren, Jed found the extraordinary circumstance of the birth of a girl to be no coincidence. He immediately placed a test before her to see if his curiosity had led him correctly, and to the shock of everyone, she passed the test. The test was a matter of choice. This demonstration of her boldness in choice would later in life serve her well, because in the years to come, there were many choices that would lay before her, and their outcome affected more than simply her.
At sixteen years old, Lucia was heralded the new Siren. As thrilled as she was to be the Chosen One to fulfill the duty of her race and bring all the realms of the galaxies together, she discovered that the cost her destiny demanded was insurmountably steep. She was in love, and this was something so new and foreign to her that it fueled her and brought her much happiness and even more drive to be the best Siren she could. What’s more, is that that love was returned to her in equal measure. Vladimir was her one and only.
The Siren was not just a title, but a job description, of which the burden was heavy. Many a task were set before her, all of which went unaccomplished by her predecessors. Amid their research, a sudden change occurred in the atmosphere, signaling the presence of a lost city, or a city that was hidden to the rest of the world and could only be accessed through the paranormal. This is where the real journey began. Lucia knew that this is where she would find the Eye of Time, but when she arrived there she found more than she bargained for. The island which they now knew was called Nirvana was the home of a boy named Ashburn, and it would soon come to be that Ashburn was a necessary piece to the puzzle of the quest, but what piece no one was very sure. Throughout the journey, things become complicated the more Ashburn becomes entangled with the Siren and her crew. But what was even more dangerous was that since his very nature was so conflicted, no one could decipher whether he was made of light or darkness. The decisions that demanded resolution because of his existence became to pile high, and Lucia was the only one who could possibly make these choices, even when they were deemed impossible.
Xuemei has written a very original plot that dances on many story lines of ancient myths, and givens them the most enchanting and invigorating twist. Her themes are timeless but most certainly not stale. She has blown the dust off some story lines that have been overused and abused, and breathed a fresh set of well-placed words onto it. I appreciate that she took a very well-known mythical creature and twisted it so that Lucia could still be a heroine in a paranormal setting, but she let just enough of the original traits of the Siren which are so uniquely theirs that it made Lucia so much more interesting. It is refreshing to read a YA that still has magic in its binding, but are free of Vampires, Zombies, Witches and Werewolves. For this purpose alone, this book would stand out among the rest, but her adept story telling even furthers that agenda. Never once was I confused as to where I was or what was going on. The book had the fluidity to it that all writers hope for. It was a page turner and I actually could not put it down.
More importantly to me however, was a thread that she weaved in her story that you would have to look closely to see but once you do, it’s as bright and brazen as all the rest. Xuemei addresses the importance of choice. In almost every situation the characters are placed in, a choice stands in front of them. At some points, the choice may seem to be no choice at all because the cause for what was occurring could not be traced. But even still, she created a space where a choice could still be made. Do I lie down and roll over and give into the inevitability that I am ill equipped to change? Or do I fight with every part of me not to give into the pull and fight to figure out its purpose. There is nothing more valuable to learn in life than that you ALWAYS have a choice, even when you don’t see one. You make choices every day and are completely unaware that you are making them. Xuemei conveys that we need to start paying more attention to all the decisions we make, because not only are we responsible for their outcome, but that outcome reaches beyond you alone.
I very much enjoyed this book. I am already anxiously awaiting the second book in the series. I give this book 5 out of 5 morals, and if there were more stars to give, I would tack them on as well. This is a must read and an author to watch. I very much look forward to what comes next in the lives of all of the Characters and to watch this book rise in notoriety.
Hey guys!! So I know I keep saying I'm back, and then life happens and I'm pulled away for a bit. But no longer! I'm going to make time for the things I love, and right at the top of that list is this community and the friendship it offers! How has everyone been?! I miss you guys!
There are a lot of really awesome things happening on my end that I will be able to share soon. But for now, enjoy this #festive shot I took for Clean Teen Publishing!
So #FunFact, I used to be a professional theatre actress! I went to the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati for college, left early, and worked in NYC and all over the country for many years as a singer/actress in regional theatres! Since it's #halloween, I thought it would be fun to post my favorite costumes. My favorite roles will always be Janis Joplin and Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray. While part of me will always miss this, I am forever grateful for the path that I am on now. If I could tell this version of myself one thing, it would be to hold on as this dream changes, because a better one is dawning. #costumes #theatre #trickortreat #flashback
#happyhalloween! I hope you are having a great day and are planning something super fun for tonight! I love this #spooky #halloween book I got to #photograph for @pjboox! Creepy, right? I might have to swing by and pick it up so I can read it!
So what are your plans for tonight? I think the #mister and I are just going to hang out at home and watch #nightmarebeforechristmas and eat candy, because we are old, lol.#qotd #bookstagram
*** QOTD Below *** It's #monday! I had a great weekend with my mister getting things all set up in our new place! But I'll tell you what, it was exhausting! We went to #Ikea and got some new bookshelves that I am so excited to fill up with all my pretties! I'm having trouble deciding how to categorize them though. What do you think? How do you have your shelves organized?
These are some of the photos I have taken for @cleanteenpub and @pjboox! Love these #spooky #halloween titles!
I know this isn't #bookstagram related, but I can't tell you how proud I am of this guy and how thrilled I am to have him to myself for the whole day!! So many great things are going on for us right now, and I can't wait to share them with you guys. So for as much as I will always be a #booknerd, tonight I'm a #hockeygirl #lovehim
*** QOTD Below *** Guys. This series, though. This started out purely as a #coverbuy from my fav indie bookstore @pjboox (you should all check them out!) This is the third book in the series, and I'm #dying to read it! I'm usually skeptical about #vampires because they can be overdone, but this read is well worth it. Check out the whole series, The Maura DeLuca Trilogy by @cmelansonauthor on the pjboox website!
What are your favorite supernatural beings? I think mine has to be a witch. Or wizard.
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Things have been so busy lately! I miss all my #bookstagram buddies! I have finally come up with a schedule that will allow me to post regularly like I used to. Yay!! So #halloween is coming up, and I can never resist a good #theme for a photo! I read The Forlorned by @celticgirl33 last year and I really liked it!
So what I have missed while I've been gone? Any good reads I need to know about?
It's #Friday! I for one am very ready for the weekend! Starting next week, you will be seeing more posts from me one a regular basis as I am now pretty well settled into my new home and have some awesome projects on deck to share with you!
This week, I had the pleasure of creating some graphics to announce some upcoming releases for Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing! Aren't these covers stunning! Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels will release in 2017 and is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast! Awesome, right? Silverwitch by Tamara Hanks Grantham will release in December and is Book Four in the Olive Kennedy: Fairyworld MD series! This series is one of my top three series in 2015 AND 2016, so you will want to pick this up if you haven't already! Book One, Dreamthief, is #FREE on all platforms and just won a #RONEAWARD from InD'Tale Magazine for best #NewAdult title of 2016!
There are SO many awesome books coming out in the next few months. Which ones are you most excited about?
Hey you guys! I know I have been radio silent, and I hated it, but I had good reason! I'm really excited to share that I have been brought on as editor and part of the creative team for the ongoing comic book series Solar Flare by James Haick! Working in this field has always been a dream of mine, and I can't believe it's starting to come to fruition.
In the spirit of geeking out over comics, what is your favorite comic book story/character? #bookstagram
**** QOTD Below **** Hey my amazing #bookworms! I hope your week is going well! I turned in a new editing project yesterday *yay!* so today I'm working on Social Media things to give my analytic brain a break.
Don't you just LOVE this cover?! I picked it up at my favorite #indie #bookstore, PJ Boox immediately after I saw it. This is the second book in The Maura DeLuca series, so once I'm done with the first one, which is also stunning, I'll be moving on to this!
When you are looking for your #Cover #buys, what kind of covers are you drawn to? #qotd #bookstagram