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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fantasy Without Blasphemy Reviewed

Title: Voices of the Sea
Author: Bethany Harar
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
ISBN: 1937178544

Reviewed by Beth Tropp

Never a fan of a certain vampire book (I know, blasphemy!) I began reading Voices of the Sea with some misgivings. Would this just be another vampire book -- with swimming instead of biting?

Happily I was all wrong. Voices of the Sea was a fresh new book that has a little something for everyone: a little romance, a little fantasy, a little adventure. The characters ran true as teenagers. In turn they were lovesick, moody, reckless, defiant, scared and childish.

The first part of the book, where readers get a feel for life as a Siren, is fascinating but when the murders start things really speed up. You'll find you won't be able to stop reading as you try to figure out if there is a traitor among the Sirens or an outsider spying on them. There were also several surprise twists that will keep you from guessing exactly what's happening until the very end.

Yes, it is YA but it's a story I think fantasy readers of all ages will enjoy.

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Beth Harar said...

Thanks for the great review! So glad I was able to help you avoid further blasphemy! :) I bet there are more people out there like you than your realize. Anyone care to admit to it??

Megan Lee said...

I loved this book. I thought Ms. Harar did an excellent job weaving YA lit with fantasy and an original take on the sirens!