Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Reading Challenge 2014: Serenade by Emily Kiebel #SRC2014

This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!

The tenth book on our schedule is Serenade by author Emily Kiebel.

About the book:

Suddenly the voice she prized is now dangerously seductive.
Lorelei Clark’s only concern was her future as a classically trained soprano, that is, until the day her father was tragically killed. Shattered by his death, she hesitantly accepts an invitation from a mysterious aunt to visit her lavish oceanside home in Cape Cod. She quickly discovers that her aunt and the two women who live with her are harboring a frightening secret – they are sirens, terrifying mythical creatures responsible for singing doomed sailors to their deaths. Even more astounding, Lorelei is one of them.

In this new world where water comes alive at her touch and an ancient power pulses beneath the tide, the most important rule Lorelei must learn is that a siren never interferes with fate. When she breaks this rule by rescuing a handsome sailor who should have died at sea, the sirens vow she must finish the job or face grave consequences. Finding herself inexplicably attracted to him, she must fight to keep him safe from the others, even if it means risking her own life – and her heart – in the process.

Serenade centers around Lorelei from Colorado who is currently in college pursuing music.  Her dad has just recently died and her mom does not think that Lorelei should go back to school in Maine.  Lorelei is of course devastated about the loss of her dad and finds that it is hard to return to her old life.  One day she receives a letter from a great aunt that she did not know that she even had.  This aunt, Helen, invites her to her house in Massachusetts for a visit.  At first Lorelei is unsure if she should go, but decides to take a break from her studies and heads to Helen's house.  When Lorelei arrives, she finds that not only does Helen live there but that she has two cousins (Calliope and Deidre) that live there as well.  She finds out that they all have the gift of Song in common.  One morning Lorelei witnesses something strange and when she confronts Helen about it, Helen tells Lorelei that she is a Siren just like the three of them.  Their jobs as Sirens are to help people die, nothing evil and not to kill them, but to help with their suffering.  Of course, Lorelei has a problem coming to grips with this, but she decides to try and harness her gifts through the help of Helen.  After some practice, Lorelei is given a job of helping two individuals pass through after they are involved in a shipwreck.  However, Lorelei has a hard time trying to guide one of the shipwrecked members, Tyler, into death.  She instead decides to help him to one of the rescue boats.  Because of this act, a balance has been thrown off and Helen and Calliope inform her that this act must be reversed.  They tell her that she must guide Tyler to death or there will be consequences.  After Calliope threatens to do the deed herself, Lorelei reluctantly agrees to follow through with finding Tyler to guide him to death.  Once she meets Tyler again, there is a connection and she decides to take fate into her own hands.  When this happens, Lorelei learns that there is not only good people with this gift, but also evil.  Lorelei decides to make a very tough decision that is not necessarily what she wants, but what needs to be done.

This book has a lot of interesting characters that support Lorelei and people like her.  Some of the people that are there to help are a complete shock to her.  She still has a lot to learn about herself, the people around her and this new gift.  She learns about her family and why everyone is the way they are.  Why wouldn't her mother tell Lorelei about these three women in her family?  You will have to read the book to find out!  The ending is a definite cliffhanger and you will want the next book in the series to already be written! :)  

About the author:
Emily Kiebel was raised in Colorado and went on to study classical music and English at Concordia University. She found a love for singing early in life and now sings professionally and directs a local church choir. In her spare time, she can be found exploring the natural beauty of the great outdoors with her beloved dogs, Ginny and Diggory, cooking for friends and family, traveling or dragging her friends along to obscure historical sites. Serenade is her debut novel.

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