Dark Siren by Eden Ashley


Dark Siren

Dark Siren (Dark Siren #1)
Eden Ashley
Published: 4th July, 2013


To survive, their bond must be unbreakable.

When the mysterious and passionate Rhane rescues Kali from an attacker in the theater parking lot, they form an immediate, smoldering connection. But Kali doesn’t remember Rhane or anything from their past. As far as Kali knows, she’s just a seventeen-year-old kid coping with an insatiable hunger for the “spark” or energy of others, feeding on classmates to survive.

A unique artifact—one that may hold the key to returning Kali’s memories—is uncovered by the archaeology firm where she works part-time, sending Kali and Rhane on a dangerous journey that leads them to the Forbidden City, into the unforgiving Gobi, and into the ruins of Rhane’s ancient homeland. As they fight for survival, Kali begins to discover who she really is and the true power she possesses.

But Rhane still harbors a secret that could destroy Kali…unless old enemies kill her first.

What I liked: This story is very engaging, and the writing kept me glued to the page while I read. While the prologue left me wondering what was happening for so long after a while I was able to piece together what had happened and I liked that I didn’t have it explained to me, that I could guess about how the prologue and the main story weaves together! The whole mystery aspect about who Kali really is and what she was before and how she fit into everything was really interesting. Rhane himself was a bit of an enigmatic figure for a while, coming and going at the most opportune moments and it wasn’t until we followed him for a while that I got more of an understanding of who/what he might be in this story, though the actual reveal of that was a lot more interesting than I had bargined for!

What I didn’t liked: I would have liked to learn more about what the canine creatures in this book actually were a lot sooner. I couldn’t put it together and I couldn’t really get a firm image about what they looked like. Wolf-like? Dog-like? Canine is a pretty broad term and after a while I just settled with them being more wolf-like. I would have liked to know more about what happened in the past when Rhane was younger and how Kali fit into everything with him sooner since it would have made more sense for him to tell her. I didn’t really see the point in keeping it from her for so long.

Overall Review: Extremely well written for a debut novel, Dark Siren is a fantastic novel that will keep you glued to its pages as you try to find out what is going to happen to the characters next. The characters were almost all entertaining and fun with the exception for a few, they were either just not really a part of the story or I didn’t like them. I did love the way siren’s were cast into this story, it made for a very interesting story and learning about siren’s and how they are was a really creepy yet thrilling point of the novel.

Recommend?: Yes! A very entertaining read, I hope to get the chance to read the second book, Banewolf, sometime eventually!

Goodreads: 4/5 Amazon: 4.5/5 Barnes&Noble: -/5 BookDepository: -/5

My Rating: 4.2/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 3.7
Idea: 4.2
Story: 4.6
Characters: 4.3

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About the Author

I’m Eden Ashley and I was born and raised in a small, sunny town in South Carolina. However, it’s the thunderstorms that inspire my best ideas. There are few things I love more than curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee on a rainy day, (except maybe chocolate cake. I love cake.) often reading into the wee hours of morning when something really grabs me. I pretty much love anything with supernatural elements, so writing paranormal romance and fantasy romance seems to be a natural fit.

My first novel, Dark Siren, is best described as paranormal romance artfully wrapped within a plot chock-full of action, adventure, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, while the series has evolved to become a journey of redemption and second chances as two characters understand that sometimes committing evil is necessary to protect what is loved most. I took the siren from Greek mythology (and borrowed a little from mermaid lore), creating an entirely different creature, with its own mythology, and one that Publisher’s Weekly praised for its passion and complexity. This is not just another werewolf/shapeshifter romance or vampire romance. I think this is a story that both adults and teens can enjoy, full of characters to fall in love with!


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4 responses to “Dark Siren by Eden Ashley

  1. Yay!!! Thanks for such a thoughtful review. I love that you mentioned the correlation between the prologue and the rest of the book. I love to show instead of tell, and tried to leave as many breadcrumbs as possible, hoping discerning readers would pick them up. So happy you liked the overall story. The plot thickens in book 2 haha. Feel free to contact me for a copy of Banewolf 🙂

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    • You’re very welcome Eden! I thought that the correlation between the prologue and the rest of the story was really great because I read very few prologues that have a good tie in to the actual story that actually give some background before the real story, so I thought I had to mention it since I loved that! You did a wonderful job of showing in the book, I really enjoyed that. And thank you for the offer, I’ll definitely take you up on it!


  2. Great review! This sounds like a great read and the mystery of what she really is is def intriguing! Glad you liked it! 🙂

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