The Siren and the Scholar: a book review

 Description: 

Can true love survive when memories are stolen away?

When Kamoana the siren is transformed into human shape, she knows that her mother, the powerful sahira Queen Pukai, laid the spell on her, but she can’t remember why. It has to be some kind of test, most likely related to romance and undoubtedly involving a three-day deadline, but Kamoana can’t remember being in love with anyone, let alone a human. How dared her mother tamper with her memories!

To make things worse, at Faraway Castle, the playground of royal, noble, and wealthy singles from around the world, the possibilities are almost limitless. How can Kamoana even figure out who the guy is, let alone make him fall in love with her, before her three days are up? Even more to the point, does she really want to marry anyone? Her goals involve education and a career, not marriage.

But when Kamoana’s memories begin to return and her love revives, the game becomes serious. Can she convince a man with no memory of her to fall in love again?

My Review:

This book was every bit as much fun as the first in the series. It’s a fresh, new, and more modern twist on the Little Mermaid tale that runs on a near parallel timeline with book one. Don’t worry though, there is surprisingly little overlap of the plotlines. Siren and Scholar gives barely more than a cursory nod to the version of the story we know, preferring instead to blaze its own path with great results.

Kamoana’s about as different from the original little mermaid as night is from day. She’s smart, capable, and not shallow or silly enough to fall for a pretty face – or a man she hardly knows. This girl has a solid head on her shoulders. It is such a relief not to have to listen to a patheticly immature lead or ridiculous plot lines with a heaping dose of insta-love.

Tor comes off as rather distant at first, but he soon shows himself to be a rather awkwardly adorable geek. The two have a great romance together that you likely won’t be able to fully appreciate unless you have read the prequel novella – The Little Siren (You can get it Here on the author’s website).THe little siren

The supporting cast was great fun and well rounded, particularly Nelumbo the lake monster. I about smacked myself, big mystery reader that I am, for not having figured one particular character’s angle a whole lot sooner. Can’t wait to see what’s coming next in this series!

*** I received this book free from the author. I was not in any way required to leave a positive review.***

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory: 

Romance: Clean
Language: Clean
Blood/violence: Mild violence, courtesy of a couple of fights and a mad scientist. There is mention of blood and injuries, but little detail given. Fairly clean.
Other: Extensive use of Magic.

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Happy Reading y’all!

 

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