Siren Song (Blood Singer #2) by Cat Adams
Source: Personal shelf
Nothing if not resilient, Celia Graves is slowly adjusting to being a half-human, half-vampire Abomination. But her troubles are far from over. Her best friend”s murder is still unsolved, the cops are convinced she should be in jail, and her old lover, the magician Bruno DeLuca, has resurfaced in her life, saying he has something important to tell her.
The vampire attack that transformed Celia kicked her latent Siren abilities into high gear, and now she’s been summoned to the Sirens’ island to justify her existence–and possibly fight for her life–in front of the Siren Queen. Celia isn’t sure she’ll survive to make the trip. The demon she defeated in Blood Song hasn’t exactly gone quietly–he’s left Celia suffering from a powerful curse.
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You may recall that I was pretty enthusiastic about the first book in the Blood Singer series, Blood Song, when I wrote about it last week. Well, Siren Song is even better. There are fantastic action sequences, lots of world building with the focus on siren culture, and some truly interesting new characters, plus tight plotting, excellent pacing, and unexpected developments. What more could I ask for?
Cat Adams‘ take on sirens is traditional in the sense that the basics are all there: they’re attractive to heterosexual men, they’re repellant to women of a certain age and reproductive capacity, and they’re borderline immortal. The added bonus: Celia is part siren but never knew it until after her transformation and the sirens aren’t too sure what to do with her. As a result, Celia is forced to learn about her new world rather quickly, which introduces the reader to a whole new set of characters, some of whom I quite liked, such as Okilani and Hiwahiwa. Sirens have a cool matriarchal society and I really liked the Polynesian/Oceanic overtones that the culture has, from naming practices to lavalavas.
Another great aspect of Siren Song is that we also get to know more about some of the characters introduced in the first book, like Bubba (one of Celia’s officemates) and John Creede, who was bodyguarding in the last book but is more central in Siren Song. It’s neat to see how Celia’s transformation is affecting both her new and old relationships.
There’s also some development on the romantic front, not all of it positive. Celia’s in a very odd position with her old lover, Bruno, and she’s attracted to John so it makes for a delicate love triangle. What’s nice, though, is that the romantic side is only one component of the story and, in fact, the emphasis of Siren Song is on discovering the plot and staying alive.
We also get a lot of information about Celia’s past, stuff that puts all of her life events in a new perspective. I don’t want to say too much about this part of things since it’s important to the plot of Siren Song so I’ll just say that I can’t wait to read Demon Song!