Monday, August 18, 2014

Voices of the Sea by Bethany Masone Harar Review

Title: Voices of the Sea
Author: Bethany Harar
YA Paranormal
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Publication Date: July 22, 2014
285 pages

The Sirens of Pacific Grove, California are being exterminated, and seventeen-year-old Loralei Reines is their next target. Lora may look like a normal teenager, but her voice has the power to enchant and hypnotize men. Like the other Sirens in her clan, however, she keeps her true identity a secret to protect their species.
Lora's birthright as the next clan leader seems far off, until the Sons of Orpheus, a vicious cult determined to kill all Sirens on Earth, begin exterminating her people. When an unexpected tragedy occurs, Lora must take her place as Guardian of the Clan.

Lora is determined to gain control of her skills to help her clan, but they are developing too slowly, until she meets Ryan, a human boy. When Ryan is near, Lora's abilities strengthen. She knows she shouldn't be with a human. Yet, she can't resist her attraction to him, or the surge in power she feels whenever they're together.

And the Sirens are running out of time. If Lora can't unlock the secret to defeat the Sons of Orpheus, she, along with everyone she loves, will be annihilated.

About the Author:
Bethany Masone Harar graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English from James Madison University and a Masters in Secondary English Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has enjoyed teaching high school English ever since. As a teacher, Bethany is able to connect with the very audience for whom she writes, and this connection gives her insight into their interests. As a writer, she wants to make her readers gasp out loud, sigh with longing and identify with her characters. Bethany also enjoys posting on her blog,, is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and is an avid follower of literary-driven social media. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, two beautiful children, and her miniature poodle, Annie.

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My Review:

I loved this new take on Sirens, and how they interacted with humans. Lora went through so much loss, and her character really grew as did her place in her clan. The sound of the Sirens seemed peaceful, especially with the sounds of the water. I would love to hear a playlist, or soundtrack, to this book. The ending was bitter sweet, and I think that there will be a sequel. I would love to see Lora grow into her role and avenge the dead. It was interesting to read about Sirens and cars. I really enjoy present day Mythology re-tellings. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.