Sirenz

Sirenz

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by Charlotte Bennardo, Natalie Zaman
     
 

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Bickering frenemies Meg and Shar are doing some serious damage at a midnight sample sale when the fashionistas find themselves arguing over a pair of shoes-with fatal consequences. One innocent bystander later, the girls are suddenly at the mercy of Hades, Lord of the Underworld himself. To make them atone for what they've done, Hades forces the teens to become

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Bickering frenemies Meg and Shar are doing some serious damage at a midnight sample sale when the fashionistas find themselves arguing over a pair of shoes-with fatal consequences. One innocent bystander later, the girls are suddenly at the mercy of Hades, Lord of the Underworld himself. To make them atone for what they've done, Hades forces the teens to become special-assignment Sirens, luring to the Underworld an individual whose unholy contract is up.

Finding that delicate balance between their fashion addiction and their new part-time job in the eternal hellfire biz turns out to be harder than Meg and Shar expected, especially when an entire pantheon of Greek deities decides to get involved. Then there's the matter of the fine print in their own contracts...

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If two mismatched roommates fighting over a pair of high-fashion pumps accidentally push a gorgeous guy to his dismembering death but aren't anywhere near Mt. Olympus, do ye gods still see it?

Unfortunately for Meg and Shar, the goth girl and the perfect princess respectively, not only do the gods see them unintentionally cause the demise of a young man, the girls are coerced into acting as temporary Sirens for Hades in order to help him collect on the expired contract of an elusive celebrity and thus clear their own tarnished record. Though Hades, Demeter, Persephone and Hera all play a part in potentially conjuring a secondary interest in Greek mythology for readers, far more label than deity names are dropped as the girls traipse from Underworld to fashion world in their mission. Less of a redeeming tale of teamwork against all odds and more of a frothy comedy glazed with oversexed, overdressed gods and goddesses, there still lies the message that friendship can emerge under even the most unlikely circumstances—but only if the dowdy one realizes she can be pretty and the pretty one realizes she can be compassionate by making over said dowdy one.

A garish indulgence for young chick-lit devotees. (Paranormal chick lit. 12-15)

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Gr 8 Up—Seniors Meg and Shar, unwilling roommates at a boarding school in New York City, make a deal with Hades and end up way over their heads. In a sequence of events that teeters between being ridiculous and horrific, the girls accidentally push an attractive new acquaintance in front of a train while they are fighting over a pair of shoes. Luckily (or unluckily), Hades pops up, dapper and chatty, and offers to restore Jeremy (he's been "sliced in half") if they work for him as Sirens and lure a reclusive fashion designer into the Underworld. They agree, and he gives them special powers, not mentioning that each time they use one they will transform slightly into the bird-women of legend. As the teens try to fulfill their contract by the deadline, other meddlesome deities make cameo appearances. Filled with outrageous, campy humor, Sirenz is mostly a fun romp for readers interested in shopping and fashion, though Hades's openly lascivious interest in Shar crosses the line into creepy.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA

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ISBN-13:
9780738723198
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
06/08/2011
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,468,904
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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