Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.OFficial goodreads synopsis
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
Let’s start with, I really liked this one. As you can see I’m on a nautical themed kick (gee I wonder why?) and this was actually the book I read that got me back into writing again. So here’s my honest opinion:
I really enjoyed the author’s adaptation of the classic Little Mermaid story. When first reading it you have no idea it’s a retelling however as you get into it you start noticing subtle pieces from Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale and the Disney Classic staring Jodi Benson.
Her mythical world of 101 kingdoms and how they mirrored real countries and coultures we see was magical and inspiring. She also created a new idea of Sirens and Mermaids and their interactions with each other which I thought was an interesting take on the mythical creatures of lore. Her Sirens were both beautiful and terrifying all at the same time. Although the ending is fairly final, I would love to explore this world of Sirens more!
Then you have the characters themselves. Lira, the Prince’s Bane, is nothing like the Ariel we have come to love and idolize. Lira is like an assassin of the Sea, stealing hearts and taking names. Until she royally pisses her mom, the Sea Queen who resembles a much scarier and gorgeous version of Ursula, off. This leads Lira, a no nonsense type of girl on a mission to steal the heart of the Siren Killing Prince Elian, to get back into her mother’s good graces. We move on to Prince Elian, who might I add is like a sexy Egyptian Will Tuner. Yeah, I went there. He is your typical young Prince, conflicted with feelings of belonging on the Saad, his beloved ship and his father’s expectations of him taking the throne and ruling Midas, the City Of Gold. The only place that feels like home is the Saad, where he and his crew hunt down deadly Sirens and rid the world of their terror. Then you have the supporting characters like Kye, the well meaning and over protective best friend of Prince Elian. Madrid is an actual trained assassin trying to make up for her life of killing for the slavers she belonged to, helping Lira learn how to be a powerful and fearful female pirate.
I could go on but I really want you to read it and judge for yourself.