mardi 9 mai 2017

The Siren Chronicles 1 : Coral and Bone, FR + EN

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Author: Tiffany Daune
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy

Language: English
Pages: 286
Publisher: Oftomes Publishing
Release: 9 May 2017
Format: Ebook
Price: 0,99€ (ebook), 16,17€ (paperback)


Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.

Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can't help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

My review:

When I discovered that this book dealt with mermaid mythology in an urban fantasy setting, I couldn’t resist it, even if my last reading with this publisher didn’t leave me with a good impression (it was Inherited, for those who are curious)

I took a lot of pleasure in this reading, mostly on the first third of the book. We meet Halen, who goes back with her mother where she grew up and where she sadly saw her dad die. She has strange abilities she doesn’t control, practically no social life and she feels things are kept from her. An impromptu visit will cause the discovery of secrets she never imagined...

I was very interested in the mythology of this world, the various kingdoms and mermaids who exist and discovering everything alongside the heroin. The author has a fluid style with evocative descriptions. But unfortunately, it’s more or less the only thing I liked.

Halen is unstable in her emotions, which is normal when she discovers the magnitude of what was hidden from her all her life, but she stays that way nearly all the time. She takes a decision and eventually questions everything a few pages later. But it’s not entirely her fault. Her entourage, once confronted, promises answers but we learn relatively few things and in the end, it’s normal that Halen doesn’t know where she stands. People apologize and she’s given so-called “good reasons” that justify the nearly constant lies and she’s the one feeling bad and apologizing for losing her temper. For me, the way she forgives everything and continues (mostly) to trust seems lacking in credibility.

When she decides to embrace her destiny, I have to confess I didn’t understand know why, aside from the fact that she wants to protect people she barely knows and whom have lied to her at one point or another and because that’s the right thing to do (saving the world, whatever)

All the characters aside from her and Tage, her Guardian (which is actually a much more interesting character than Halen and which I would have found a much better heroin) are vaguely outlined and their motivations rather vague. Some even have turnarounds in their personalities that are rather swift.

The emotions between Halen and Dax don’t really seem natural because they never really have time to get to know each other, and from her side, we know that this attraction is nearly supernatural, and doesn’t really come from her. A scene with the big bad, makes a rather disturbing parallel and questions what consent could be between those two in the end.

The way the heroin is trained to master her powers and becomes “miraculously” really gifted because in the end she is special and unlike the others, she doesn’t really need to learn, wasn’t really a strong point either. Not that her training was really developed because they didn’t really have time either.

To be honest, from my point of view, everything was gathered for Halen to fail in her mission. She wasn’t equipped at all to confront Asair, but of course she manages to get through it after beating him.

It was a reading that started rather well and I have to confess that I was kinda disappointed. I liked the background mythology, but the rest would have needed to be detailed. The characters are poorly developed, their motivations unclear. It’s hard to see where the author wants to go in book 2.

The series - The Siren Chronicles:
1. Coral and Bone
2. Curses and Ash
3. Smoke and Ruin

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