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.
I’m not going to lie—it took me a couple of chapters to get into the flow of Dark Siren. But once I did, I was hooked—hooked like Rhane was when Kali sunk her siren claws into him.
Kali is a gorgeous seventeen-year-old girl who preys on teenage boys. By hooking up with random guys, she’s able to feed on their souls.
Don’t worry, I was skeptical and slightly annoyed at first, too. Really? Another YA novel where the protagonist is some hot girl who relies on her body and sexuality to get by in the world?
And then I remembered: oh, that’s right. She’s a damn siren. That is what sirens do. So I read on.
The book is full of mystery and intrigue. Who is Kalista? What is her past comprised of? Who is the hunky guy who keeps saving her fool life? Wait, she can talk to dogs?
It was original, complex, and full of passion. The writing was great, too, though the dialogue was awkward at times.
That being said, I was little bit let down with the mystery. It was confusing in parts, and explanations would come in vague snippets, conversations overheard or things that characters said on accident. By the end of the book, I was very confused as to who the Builders were, what the heck a Reaper was, and why Kali was so important. I think this was on purpose, but it left me feeling a little bit muddled rather than thrilled.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable read that definitely kept me up a little too late on worknights. I could definitely see myself picking up the second book.
I rated Dark Siren 3.5/5 stars on Goodreads. I would recommend it to those are interested in YA paranormal romance for sure.