Monday, July 28, 2014

Serenade by Emily Kiebel

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.

My Thoughts: 

As part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Program Serenade is the last book for the month of July.  This is a Young Adult mythical story of a siren, Lorelai, and how she comes into the life she has been kept from growing up.  

Lorelai is a character that I loved.   When she heads to her aunt’s house to escape herself after her father’s death, I could see her grow up.  She came into herself and realized what was supposed to be her life. Watching her struggle with the fact that she is a siren, something that cause death, is heart wrenching.   She is strong and knows right from wrong.  She is working her head around being able to lead people to death just by doing what she loves to do, sing.  

I love the setting, East Coast, with the cliffs and rolling waves.  I could hear the waves and feel the spray of the salt water.   The mansion like house with the high ceilings, yet warm kitchen was present in my mind.    Emily Kiebel is a master at descriptions and making the book come alive.  

I will recommend this to anyone who enjoys a great Young Adult book. 

Praise for the book:
“An absolutely haunting and lyrical read. The captivating use of music and a darkly seductive magic will have readers singing its praises and longing for more.” —Colleen Oakes, author of Queen of Hearts
“Emily Kiebel seamlessly blends reality and fantasy. Serenade hits resonant and real emotional notes, while at the same time enchanting the reader with a rich, fantasy mythology.” – Kayleigh Roberts, BOP and Tiger Beat
“Serenade will surprise you at every turn! Emily Kiebel’s novel is the perfect blend of supernatural self-discovery and a poignant story about the bonds of family.” – Jessica Hickam, author of The Revealed

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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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