Tuesday, 2 June 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: THE SIRENS REALM - MEGAN O'RUSSELL (+GIVEAWAY)

THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO ME VIA XPRESSO BOOK TOURS IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.


TITLE: The sirens realm
AUTHOR: Megan O'Russell
SERIES: The Tethering, book 2
PUBLISHER: Silence in the Library publishing
RELEASE DATE: April 27th 2015
PAGE COUNT: 218
GOODREADS: X

YOU CAN READ MY REVIEW FOR THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES HERE. THIS REVIEW WILL NOT CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR EITHER BOOK.

SYNOPSIS (CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST BOOK):
Jacob loves Emilia Gray, but things aren’t always that simple in the world of Magickind…
The war has begun.
The Dragons are gaining power, and the Gray Clan stands alone. Desperate to find a way to stop the Pendragon, Emilia is forced to seek answers from someone who hasn’t been seen in seventeen years . . . Her mother. Embarking on a magical journey filled with witches, wizards, centaurs and a dangerous and powerful Siren, Jacob and Emilia must take a leap of faith to a land neither could have ever imagined . . . and hope they can then find their way home.

MY THOUGHTS: 
If you've read my review of The Tethering you'll know that I enjoyed it and I was excited to move onto the sequel, however I did have a lot of problems with it. I'm happy to say that I liked The Sirens Realm a lot more! 

This book expanded on a lot of things I found intriguing in the first book but didn't think were developed as well as they could have been. I got a much better understanding of the world and I really enjoyed seeing more aspects of the magical world Megan O'Russell has created. 

I also thought that the characters were a lot more developed than they were in the first book. I could definitely see how the events of the previous book effected Jacob and Emilia and the relationship between them, and this made the characters seem a lot more realistic and layered than they did in the first book. I ended up becoming quite attached to the main characters and their relationship, although I do wish there was more information about some of the side characters.

Without spoiling anything, this book involved a new setting that we didn't read about in book one. I thought this setting was really well described and I found it really easy to picture in my head. Megan O'Russell is really great at descriptions that paint a vivid picture of the world she has created, and this is something that I really like about her otherwise simple writing style. 

Another issue I had with the first book was that the plot felt quite cliched and unoriginal, but that wasn't the case with the sequel. I thought that the story in the Sirens Realm was a lot more unique, and therefore it was more interesting and less predictable to me. Unfortunately there are still a few fantasy cliches that I noticed, so if you read a lot of fantasy books that might be something that will really get on your nerves.

Like the first book, one of my main problems with The Sirens Realm was that it was just too short! I felt like as soon as I got into the story (which took a little while, even though I'd just read the first book) it was over, and I really wanted more pages for the plot and the characters to be fleshed out even more. I suppose that if your biggest problem with a book is that there isn't enough of it, though, it must be a good sign!

IN CONCLUSION:
The Sirens Realm was a really entertaining follow up to The Tethering, and I thought it was a great improvement on the first book. I thought it was too short to completely develop the story, and there were some cliches that I couldn't overlook, but overall I definitely enjoyed it.

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