Sirens Blog Tour

Sirens is an anthology edited by Rhonda Parrish. I got sent this anthology for free so I could take part in the blog tour for this book. This was the first anthology I’ve read in a long while and it made me realize that I’ve missed reading short stories.

About the book:

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Sirens are beautiful, dangerous, and musical, whether they come from the sea or the sky.

Greek sirens were described as part-bird, part-woman, and Roman sirens more like mermaids, but both had a voice that could captivate and destroy the strongest man. The pages of this book contain the stories of the Sirens of old, but also allow for modern re-imaginings, plucking the sirens out of their natural elements and placing them at a high school football game, or in wartime London, or even into outer space.

Featuring stories by Kelly Sandoval, Amanda Kespohl, L.S. Johnson, Pat Flewwelling, Gabriel F. Cuellar, Randall G. Arnold, Michael Leonberger, V. F. LeSann, Tamsin Showbrook, Simon Kewin, Cat McDonald, Sandra Wickham, K.T. Ivanrest, Adam L. Bealby, Eliza Chan, and Tabitha Lord.

 

This book has a great collection of stories with a bigger diversity than I expected. Really, no story is like the other and it really took me by surprise. It was impossible to know what the next story was going to be about. They all have Sirens as the main theme, but Rhonda Parrish really has done a great job putting all these stories together.

I had of course some stories I liked more than others, but that is always going to be the case with anthologies. It’s a good compilation of stories that I enjoyed reading. If you are intrigued by Sirens or maybe wonder what they are I recommend this anthology.I myself knew very little but was intrigued by the concept and I’m very glad I read this book.

Where to buy?
World Weaver Press
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Askfödd – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir- Blog Tour

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Askfödd is the Swedish title of An Ember in the Ashes, which translates to ”Born from the ashes” which I feel is a good translation of the original title. I’ve had my eyes on it for quite a while and when B.Wahlströms had review copies of the Swedish version I was happy to apply for one. I got an e-book version from B.Wahlströms and this is my review for the blog tour. 

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In this book we get to follow two main characters, Laia and Elias. I expected this book to be centered around the love story between Laia and Elias. I didn’t expect this book to give me much, let alone anything new. I was wrong. This book was not like I presumed it would be and I’m so happy I read it. I love a good romance and I thought this book would have a rather predictable romance story, but it didn’t. I liked how there weren’t just two people in focus, but that the complexity of the other relations wasn’t forgotten. In many books I feel the main characters fall in love immediately and nothing else matters. I liked how the romance is a part of this story, but it’s not all the book focuses around. I really like how Saaba Tahir has constructed this story, the relationships and the fantasy world. This books does not have a slow pace, it’s the opposite. I could not put this book down and I devoured it in a few days.

The book kicks off with a raid that comes to shape all of Laia’s life. All of her family is killed and her brother captured. Elias is the son of the Commander and is soon to be graduating from Blackcliff Military Academy. These two lives shows different sides of this society and I love how we get these two perspectives in this book. Tahir has a great way or writing and I was hooked from the beginning. There’s a lot of action, intrigues and fighting as well as rebellion, lies and jealousy. It’s a great book I highly recommend people to read. It’s not a lighthearted book, but if you want a good fast paced action-packed book this could be it. Some parts of the book are pretty dark and I like how the author hasn’t shied away from it.

The Swedish translator has done a great job on this book. The translation is impeccable and I really enjoyed reading it in Swedish. I really can’t wait for the second book!

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I really like this cover which is quite different from the other international versions I’ve seen. This is the most colourful one and the one that I feel really portrays the turmoil and hardship in the book. I like how, even though we have the portraits of Laia and Elias on the cover, it still leaves a lot to your own imagination. It’s a cool cover!

Read the last post in the blog tour at Vettans böcker or check in at Drawreadandtakeaphoto tomorrow for the last post in the blog tour.
Full blog tour list.