20 July 2015

Siren Series blog tour - Review of The Rush

To celebrate the release of The Heart on 28th July, I'm reviewing the first book in the  
The Siren Series by Rachel Higginson.

The Rush:

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A life not her own—A future already decided.

Every facet of Ivy Pierce’s life is meticulously planned out and plotted. Cynical and jaded by sixteen, Ivy’s only hope is to escape the legacy she was born into.

She has a plan, a carefully thought out, feasible plan. She just has to play by the rules until everything falls into place. Unfortunately as predictable as her life can be, she never sees Ryder Sutton coming. He tumbles into her life unimpressed and untouched by her and the life she lives. He’s an enigma to her. A gorgeous, frustrating, sincere mystery and a complete phenomenon in the ugly world she lives in.

What blooms between them is a fiercely intense attraction that cannot be ignored. Even though they would both be better off without each other—Even if both their lives depend on staying apart.

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Review of The Rush:

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I've read a few Siren themed books in the past but not any YA ones and especially not from the author who gave us the maddening brilliance of Kiran and Eden in the Starcrossed series. The Rush introduces us to a different type of Siren and magical pull.

I had a similar reaction to Ivy and Ryder as to I did with Eden and Kiran. By this I mean that I both really liked them and yet found them infuriating at times. Ryder was easier to like than Ivy (in the traditional sense anyway) because he's easier to understand. Ivy has MANY secrets and the big reveal does take a while to unfold but I enjoyed the pace. We're given little tidbits and a slow release of information along the way as an insight into Ivy's complicated and troubled life. 

I know the Ryder situation won't appeal to all readers (sorry no spoilers here) but I liked the switch up in terms of the normal YA - were the hot guy meets heroine and wants her immediately. Ivy's situation makes this impossible anyway. I definitely appreciated the slow burn in their friendship, even if I did find myself shouting "just kiss her!"

Another big plus for me was the secondary characters. I liked Phoenix, Chase and the girls. I have to admit the sudden change in the Kenna situation was slightly confusing and I also kept thinking that perhaps Ryder had his own 'draw' for Ivy.

I did initially think that Phoenix and Nix were going to be the same person, but boy how wrong was I? Nix and Ivy's mother really bought out the shudders, but I found Nix particularly unsettling. 

Rachel Higginson's books always seem to stress me out, but in a good way! She manages to make me forget about all the teen angst (yes there is a lot of it) and look to the more important issues. There's always a strong message of right and wrong. I do love a good story which discusses morality as well as the paranormal or fantasy elements.

Bring on The Fall...

4 Stars in my Sky!

The Fall

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In Ivy Pierce’s world, Greek mythology is reality. Sirens, like herself, use men for money, power and status; but she has the greatest gift of all. Stronger than any of the Siren’s before her, Ivy’s attraction alludes to a prophecy that could mean the rebirth of Greek gods and goddesses for our modern time.

The Fates believe she is the symbol of a new era. Her mother believes she is the key to ultimate power in their Greek circle. And Nix, her godfather and god of the sea, believes she belongs to him.

Ivy doesn’t want any part of her world or the people that demand so much of her. With the help of Ryder Sutton, her closest friend, she will fight against fate, against the expectations of her society and against the desires of a monster that will do anything to possess her.

And through it all she will deny her feelings for the one person she loves more than anything in order to protect him.

While her future crumbles around her, Ivy will go to extreme lengths to free herself from her glass prison—or drown trying.

*NEW RELEASE - The Heart *

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Ivy Pierce has been to Hades and back trying to escape Nix and his evil plans to use her. After a failed attempt to save her loved ones, she was forced to leave her friends, her sister and the boy she had fallen in love with, Ryder Sutton.

And yet Olympus isn’t finished with her yet.

As Nix plots to overthrow the legendary mountain, Ivy is pulled back into the twisted, manipulative world of the Greek pantheon. Thrust into the middle of an ancient feud, Ivy will learn quickly that Nix is not the only threat to her freedom and not the only god interested in using her unique skillset to resurrect the Age of Olympus.

In a deadly game between two powerful factions of Greek gods, Ivy will have to battle both fate and the Fates in order to secure her future once and for all. She will discover new powers, fight for her friends’ lives and convince the only boy she has ever loved that he can trust her again.

In the end, she’ll learn the hardest lesson of all. This isn’t a fable or a Greek myth, her life is a love story.


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Author Spotlight:

Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast "Zach & Rachel Take Over the World."

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.


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