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11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.
I think it is wrong to call this erotica. This is literary fict
There is something deep, exotic, powerful and all-encompassing in the world this book creates. It overcome...
There is something deep, exotic, powerful and all-encompassing in the world this book creates. It overcomes you slowly, but then you are in over your head, uncomfortable, consumed and learning to breathe, in this strange exotic journey of discovery. But the end is what makes this book worth reading. Reisz manages to find the perfect ending. It is not a rushed HEA (happily ever after), it is not a miserable Hamlet-style tragedy and it is not one of those awful non-ending cliff hangers. It is the perfect ending.
Once I dropped my fantasies of what this book was (ie. once I surrendered my preconceived idea that this was an erotic fantasy- an idea I didn't successfully surrender until about half-way through the book) I was able to sink into and enjoy the world Reisz created. It is a bit of a heavy read. This book is a challenging and uncomfortable read. In the end, it is well worth the read. It is powerful and edgy. And the joy of reading a book that is ended so perfectly makes up for the slower first half. But it isn't erotica in the expected sense. And it should not be read for the escapist, fantasy purposes for which I generally read erotica. This book deserves to be approached with a different mindset. And the reward for reading it is an ending that is better than nearly any other book I have read, ever.
The first half is slow. But at about the 50% mark the action picks up and won’t let you go.
The Siren's characters are deep and complex. The heroine does things I wouldn't tolerate in a friend and will puzzle the reader. The big, bad, scary guy has a weird way of showing it, but does love the heroine in a way that could be seen as sweet... if looked at from a slightly deviant angle. The whole cast is riddled with their own issues. It can't be broken down to the good guys and the bad guys. The love they feel for each other is more layered and conflicted. They break nearly every major sexual taboo in our society. But the scenes while graphic are not as explicit as things I have read in more “main stream” genres are definitely less explicit than what I expect from “erotica”. This book is more than erotica or romance normally contain. Nothing is black and white and no one love is clearly greater than the others. The world they inhabit has realities and pressures that, while foreign to those not "in the scene", are far more real than in the escapist books referenced above. This is not an escapist read.
Reisz's writing is neither fantasy nor wish fulfillment. It is much more as the name The Siren suggests, writing which lures the reader into a dangerous pit in which there is no comfort and from which there is no escape, but where there is something exotic, exciting and lovely. There are not extended scenes of degradation for degradation's sake. While there are references to rape in the past, the BDSM activity is all arguably consensual. The BDSM elements are harsh, but not offensively so, I think. However, this world is foggy, there is no black and white. The Siren asks a lot of uncomfortable questions for which there are no easy answers... or perhaps any answers at all. That, as I understand it, is the job of literary fiction, not erotica. And The Siren does that quite effectively.
posted by MMMReader on May 19, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.
Not an erotic romance at all.
posted by mcstray on July 17, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 24, 2012
Not a masterpiece, but clever-hate the physical abuse which is NOT okay. Beating someone senseless for sexual gratification is uncivilized and criminal. Demonizing a priest, the character I find most stomach-churning, is making the Church seem like Hell in sheep's clothing.
I'm reading the series, mainly because I hope these perverts get theirs-and I don't mean sexual pleasure. Zach is my fav character but even he disappointed me by wallowing in self-pity and self-medicating on booze and dirty sex.
Tiff, your writing is sometimes clever but you have a lot of eeeeewwww moments. Don't expect a Pulitzer.
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Posted September 30, 2012