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The Siren Chronicles – Douglas J. Sloan

When Marine Biologist Elias Courtney is cleaning up. What is the worst oil spill in California History, he stumbles up on the unthinkable. A beautiful young woman is washed up on the desecrated beach. She is tangled in the black seaweed. She is still alive, but won’t survive for long without any help. Why would someone jump in disgusting black oily water? Without air? As Elias Courtney will find out, she has been living her entire life underwater. Actually, this is the first time she is on land.

Seanne, Millisine and Lorelei have travelled a long way. Thanks to the oil spill the girls have been separated. The sirens have to struggle to stay alive while navigating in the human realm. They have to find each other to start their “Earthquest”, which is the main reason they’re on land in the first place. They have to find a cure to those wo are sick or dying at their home. Normally their people never get sick, until recently…
Will the girls be able to find a cure in time?

The first thing you’ll notice, when starting this book, is the level of detail it uses for descriptions. Because it is high, like really high. And normally, the books I read don’t go in that level of detail, so I definitely had to get used to that. This also slowed down my reading process big time, and it felt like I barely made any progress each time I read it. But this does make it a book you have to sit down for and pay full attention to, because if you don’t you’re going to miss out. Big time.

All three sirens, or mermaids (in this book it is like they are both the same mythical creatures, which they actually aren’t, and was a bit of a downside) were all very different regarding their character. Which was very pleasant, since this book changes between their POV’s. So it was very easy to know which character’s POV you were reading.

Overall, I enjoyed the story, but I had some major struggles, like getting in to the book itself (tiny disclaimer: I was getting into a reading slump even before I started the book, but I kinda ignored it). I had quite some struggle reading it, even though I did enjoy what I was reading at that moment. The last 50 pages were highly fast paced, for which I was very glad. Because I struggled so much with getting into the story, the book felt just huge, wordy and somewhat boring after a while, which sucked. But once again, I was getting into a bit of a slump even before I read it, so I guess that played a major thing in the end!
But thanks to the end (and the plottwist) I am planning to keeping an eye out for the sequel. Because it got me excited!

Overall, I would recommend this book if you’re into mermaid/siren books and can handle detailed descriptions!

 

I ended up giving it 3,5 out of 5 stars.

 

The Siren Chronicles is available now in Paperback and for Kindle. Additional eBook formats are coming soon.

 

About the author

Douglas J. Sloan has been a world-renowned storyteller for more than 25 years. He has been the writer, director and executive producer of some of the most successful young adult and children’s programs in history. Starting with the multibillion-dollar franchise Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, for which Sloan wrote, directed and/or produced over 200 episodes, for Fox Kids and then again for The Disney Channel.

Over the next several years, Sloan concentrated on long-form TV programs, starting with the beloved Disney Channel Movie, Johnny Tsunami. What followed was a string of highly successful “DCOMs,” including Motocrossed, Minutemen, and The Princess Protection Program starring Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato and the Nickelodeon smash TV movie, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, starring Victoria Justice. Most recently Sloan has been the executive producer and head writer of the wildly successful Dreamworks Dragons: Riders of Berk, the 119-episode TV series based on the How to Train Your Dragon book series and film franchise.

Throughout his career, Douglas has either won or been nominated for nearly every television award, including the Emmy, The WGA Award, the Humanitas Prize, The Saturn Award, and the Kid Screen Award. He currently lives in Glendale, CA with his wife, Mindy and their three dogs, Cocoa, George and Betty.

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