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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Review: Sirenz: Back in Fashion by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman

My favorite pair of best friends are back! Who would have thought that Hades has more in store for these former Sirens? Check out this fun sequel to Sirenz!

Title: Sirenz Back in Fashion (Sirenz #2) by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman
Pages: 375
Release Date: June 8th 2012
Published by: Flux
Source: Author (Thanks Char & Nat!)
Buy: Amazon | Book Depository


It's Hell on heels--again

When Shar tries on a ring from Hades, it activates an obscure contractual clause that puts Shar and former-frenemy-now-friend Meg in Hades' service once more. Shar is whisked away to the Underworld to prepare a ball for Persephone, while Meg is sent to retrieve the errant soul of spoiled rich girl Paulina Swanson and send her to the abyss. Just when it appears the girls will be doomed to serve Hades for eternity, Shar meets two possibly helpful demi-gods who also happen to be gorgeous. Can the girls finally ditch the Lord of the Dead once and for all?

When I first heard that there was a sequel to the laugh out loud, joy of a novel called Sirenz, I was so excited. What kind of trouble can Shar and Meg get themselves into after the catastrophe in Sirenz? I should have know that Hades wasn't finished with them just yet, and this time, they had to fulfill their missions apart from each other.

Shar and Meg got caught up with Hades once more because of a loophole in their contract, and now they're back in business of sending a soul into Tartarus. But Hades, the clever God that he is, imprisoned Shar in the Underworld, while Meg was left to fend for herself topside. The condition was clear: send Paulina Swanson to Tartarus by letting the fashionable chic wear The Golden Fleece and Shar will be free, otherwise they will be both trapped in Tartarus forever. But nothing was ever made easy for the best friends, and this time, they might need more than each other to succeed.

Char and Nat put a clever, more entertaining spin to this rib-tickling series with wholly different encounters for both Shar and Meg. I loved that the author allowed both characters to venture out on their own so the readers can see more of their personalities develop separately, and how they will react to things individually. I can't decide which was more interesting. Seeing Shar fend off a God's advances, or watching Meg struggle with a room mate as reclusive as Paulina. I never got tired of reading of their interactions with various Gods and Goddesses and the modern spin the authors put on them, while maintaining that mythical feeling to each of the characters. A snarky Persephone, a snobby Hermes, a mysterious ferryman for the dead, even the dead people in the Underworld, all of them contributed in making the story a little bit more enjoyable.

The addition of the demigods were the twist I wasn't expecting in this book. I loved how after all of the things Hades seems to be getting both Shar and Meg into, they had their own chance and a shot with love, no matter how brief it is. I lived for those tender, fleeting moments between our heroines and their love interests. Our heroines are finally getting a shot at something positive, and a few more unexpected surprises pops up every now and then that I am just so glad the mystery kept building up with each chapter. Expect to find some craziness in the book! If you think Sirenz was downright funny, Sirenz Back in Fashion is a little different, a little bit more serious and more into letting the readers get to know more about Shar and Nat as well as the God of Underworld, Hades. There's more than meets the eye in the case of this particular God. And although I wish there was more action and more intense moments that will give the book more bang and a lot more impact, the intrigue and suspense made up for it a little bit.

There's something about the witty banter happening on all of the characters, and the contrast of both Shar and Meg's personality that makes this book so light and fluffy.  My favorite writing tandem has written a great follow up for Sirenz with Sirenz Back in Fashion. I can't wait to see what's in store next for Shar and Nat! I hope to get to see more of Castor and Pollux as well! Something tells me the 3rd book has more surprises in store for its readers, and the ending, though a bit flat and expected, gave way to a lot of possibilities for the Shar and Nat's next adventure.

Content (plot, story flow, character):
The abrupt change in Hades' attitude intrigued and confused me a bit, but what an interesting change!
Shining: Worthy of a Goddess' Love!

Book Cover:
So cute!

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I didn't know this book was a sequel.I love light and funny reads so I'll check this series out :)

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

    1. It is!
      And you should definitely check it out. Have you read the 1st one?


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