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downloadReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Debut author Emily Kiebel’s own passion for music played an integral role in Serenade, a thrilling romance in which Lorelei Clark discovers that she is a siren. After her father is struck by a car in front of her and dies, Lorelei receives a mysterious letter from an aunt she never knew she had, inviting her to her seaside home in Cape Cod. With her mother not speaking to her and her grief still fresh, Lorelei accepts the invitation.

Once she arrives, Lorelei is informed of her heritage and begins her schooling as a siren. However, Lorelei finds that she is not comfortable in her role in assisting men in passing on to the afterlife. Though the number one rule that all sirens must abide by is not to interfere with Fate, Lorelei saves a man’s life. Now Lorelei must find him and complete the task to which she was assigned, or there will be consequences. But Lorelei is falling in love with Taylor, and the only way to keep them both safe is to run.

Serenade by Emily Kiebel was a thoroughly enjoyable book with an interesting twist on sirens, a beautiful love story, and plenty of tension to keep me turning the pages as fast as I could. This is definitely a book readers will want to finish in one sitting. It’s been a while since I’ve come across a book that kept me thinking about it when I had to put it aside and do other things. I think it’s pretty likely that there will be a follow-up to Serenade, and I definitely want to read it!

As I was reading, I saw some similarities between Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid and, surprisingly, the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. Banshees also play a part in Serenade and I thought the contrast between banshees and sirens was well done.

I will definitely be recommending Serenade to any friends of mine that are looking for books with an oceanside theme, mermaids/sirens, mythology, and a romantic couple worth rooting for.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

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