Author: Lindsey Duga
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: August 3, 2020
Page Count: 314
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Colt Clemmons is an agent in a specialized division within the Bureau of Investigation—one that hunts down not just mobsters, but also monsters.
For reasons that are kept top secret, Colt is the only person who can resist a siren’s voice. But he’s never had a chance to test this ability. The last siren left in the world mysteriously disappeared years ago.
Then one night, with a single word, she reveals herself. It seems too good to be true.
And it is. Because nothing about this siren—her past, her powers, or her purpose—is what it seems…
Roaring by Lindsey Duga is a historical young adult fantasy standalone read. The story is set in the 1920s which were of course known as the roaring twenties. This one is about a siren which one would think water setting but instead it takes readers to the big city in a time of gangsters and speakeasies.
Eris is the last of the sirens but she isn’t aware of that fact as she works in a speakeasy waiting on customers. While Eris doesn’t know exactly what she is she does know that her voice has powers making someone do as she says so she just doesn’t use her voice. Eris remembers a time she was on the run with the owner of the speakeasy and now thinks of her as sort of a mother so she doesn’t want anything to jeopardize them.
Colt Clemmons is an agent in the Bureau of Investigation and is the only one left that would not be affected by a sirens voice. Colt takes his job of chasing monsters seriously so when one night the last siren does use her voice Colt is immediately on the chase. After catching up with Eris though Colt begins to see that the world around him isn’t so black and white as he thought it to be.
I have to say I don’t know if I’ve ever come across another young adult fantasy taking place in this time period so sitting down with this one that alone won some points in the creativity department. It took a little time to warm up to the characters and story for me but once involved in their world I really liked it. There ended up being so much more going on in the story other than what I expected so that was a nice surprise to go along with the romance between the hunter and his hunted. I shouldn’t have been surprised with liking this one though having read the author before and I will certainly be interested in reading her work again in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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