Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Sirenz - 1st in the Youngbloods series
Author: Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman
Release Date: June 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 13 and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 13 and up
Year/Setting: Present day, NY
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate (Mythology)
Charlotte and Natalie's Websites/Blogs: www.charlottes-website.net www.nataliezaman.blogspot.com
For anyone who loves mythology, and desires a "new" view of one of the oldest stories on the planet, THIS is a fantastic read!
Shar and Meg are absolute opposites. When Shar was accepted at the Academically Independent High School of New York, she was beyond excited! She was a senior who could live in Manhattan with no parental supervision. Shar is an absolute clothes-horse; she is one of those girls who would lay down her life for the newest pair of Jimmy Choo heels. The roommate she got stuck with, however, is Meg. Meg is a good girl, but she’s one of those who like to dress all in black and, quite frankly, doesn’t care one iota about the newest sale going on at Macy’s.
Now that it’s Christmas break, Shar feels the need to "become friends" with Meg, or the rest of the year is going to be a real pain. So…calling Meg up, she invites her to go to a midnight sample sale where all the best designers and latest products will be available at the lowest prices. Meg agrees, more out of sheer boredom than anything else, and heads out with Shar. Stopping to get something to eat, Shar and Meg run into a man so beautiful they can barely stand it. They call him ‘Sweet Jeans.’
When the "shopping trip" goes awry and Shar and Meg begin a battle in the subway over a pair of really nice shoes, an accident occurs - one that they can’t take back - and the person paying for their mistake is none other than ‘Sweet Jeans,’ himself. Choices? The girls can head to prison OR they can sign a contract with Hades - the Lord of the Underworld - who just happens to "pop" up at the scene of the crime and offer them a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card. All Hades wants from them is to become his new Sirens. You know? The chicks who sat on the rocks and called sailors to their doom? It seems his old Sirens are all tuckered out and he needs some new ones. As Shar and Meg sign the contact, their lives become a real mess. They need to find a way to control their skills before one ends up looking like a full-fledged bird with a beak and talons, and the other is suffocated by her growing feathers.
This is an OUTSTANDINGLY hysterical "take" on mythology. The characters are up-to-date, funny, and the plot is so well-thought-out that these two writers deserve a great big pat on the back. Yes, it’s labeled YA, but every age will enjoy Sirenz immensely! Bravo!
Until next time,
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