Thursday, July 19, 2012

Review: Sirenz by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman


Title: Sirenz
Series: The Sirenz Series
Book #: One
Authors: Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman 
Release Date: June 8, 2011
Source: Local Library 
Format: Paperback

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Bickering frenemies Meg and Shar are doing some serious damage at a midnight sample sale when the fashionistas find themselves arguing over a pair of shoes-with fatal consequences. One innocent bystander later, the girls are suddenly at the mercy of Hades, Lord of the Underworld himself. To make them atone for what they've done, Hades forces the teens to become special-assignment Sirens, luring to the Underworld an individual whose unholy contract is up.

Finding that delicate balance between their fashion addiction and their new part-time job in the eternal hellfire biz turns out to be harder than Meg and Shar expected, especially when an entire pantheon of Greek deities decides to get involved. Then there's the matter of the fine print in their own contracts...(taken from amazon.com) 
I knew from the moment when I picked Sirenz up that I was in for a shallow read. I have no problem with a funny piece of chick lit. However, I do have problems with girls who need to sort out their priorities. When Hades, Lord of the Underworld, is threatening to drag you to the depths of Tartarus to be his slaves, usually you aren't preoccupied with the possibility of no designer shoes or colorful outfits.

I mean, I get it. I really do. The authors were going for a humorous, lighthearted story about two teenage girls who get mixed up in some deep trouble. However, things got a little too over the top for my taste. I couldn't help but roll my eyes at the characters. The entire story felt like a joke. I don't mean this in a rude or accusatory way. I'm simply saying that the girls didn't seem to take their monumental problems seriously. For heavens' sake, they inadverdently cause an innocent a man's death, and they can only worry about themselves and complain that they wish it would go away.

I'm a sucker for Greek mythology. I always have been, ever since I learned about it in the second grade. Series such as Percy Jackson have only increased my fascination. It is for this reason that I didn't hate this book. The concept of sirens employed by the god of the dead intrigued me. The plot obviously possessed potential. I only wish that the authors had toned down the materialism/stereotypical fashion diva attitude.

Also, Sirenz is entirely unrealistic. Granted, it is a story about legends and unearthly happenings. However, where are these girls' parents and other friends? After becoming sirens, Meg and Shar have no other obligations. They ditch their parents after a skeptical lie and head off to their lavish apartment in the city. What parent just lets their child drop everything and roam about Manhattan? Maybe I'm just getting picky, but it bugged me.

I wish I didn't have to give Sirenz such a low rating. There were a few aspects I honestly enjoyed. However, according to my rating scale, three stars would indicate that I had only a few problems with the novel. There were too many things I disliked about Sirenz. The characters are shallow and the ridiculous plot drags. If you are looking for a tale that lacks depth, then by all means, give it a shot. I don't want to discourage anyone from giving the book a shot. Personally, I just wanted more from the story and characters. 


Rating: 2.5 Stars