Sound of Sirens (Tales of Skylge, #1)

Sound of Sirens (Tales of Skylge, #1)

by Jen Minkman

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Sound of Sirens (Tales of Skylge, #1) by Jen Minkman

An ancient land protected by a Tower of Light,
its people ever tempted by Siren song,
and a girl who falls for the wrong boy.

On the island of Skylge, electricity is only for the Currents - the rich ruling class who once came from across the sea and brought the holy fire of St. Brandan to Skylge. Ever since, the light in the Brandaris Tower has protected the islanders. Heeding the Siren's call will drown your body and steal your soul, but the sacred light in the Tower will chase the merfolk away.

When Skylger girl Enna welcomes her brother back from a long sea voyage, he gives her a special present from the mainland - an electronic record only playable on a Current device. The problem is that Royce Bolton, Current heartthrob and the town's most gifted pianist, wants it too. After she stubbornly refuses to sell the LP featuring his favorite artist, he suggests sharing the record by secretly meeting up in his private summer house. Taken aback yet thrilled, Enna agrees - and discovers that there's more than meets the eye when it comes to Current society and the history of Skylge. Why do the Sirens tempt the islanders to give themselves up to the sea? And where does the Currents' monopoly on electricity really come from?

While struggling with these questions, Enna begins to fall for Royce, risking everything to be with a guy who is clearly wrong for her. She will learn that the sound of Sirens isn't the most treacherous thing out there to haunt her dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503165373
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/12/2014
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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Sound of Sirens (Tales Of Skylge, #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Sound of the Sirens is the first book in the Tales of the Skylge series by Jen Minkman. This is one of those stories that grew on me the more I read. There is darkness & mystery that surrounds the characters. Add in the beginnings of a forbidden love to the mix, and I was hooked. Sound of Sirens by Jen Minkman was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Sofia_NW More than 1 year ago
By no means would I ever consider myself a grammar nazi. I make mistakes all the time, and I never really comment about mistakes I find when I read a book. This time around I do have to point out the constant dashes. I don't think I ever read a book where there was dash on almost every page. Instead of making two separate sentences or just adding an "and" there was a dash. Maybe it just me but it was really distracting. Other than that the story was good. The story is dystopian mermaid book about a girl named Enna who lives on the island Skylge. The story is set in a parallel universe where there are the "haves" called the "Currents" who have electricity and the "have nots" called the "Skylgers" who do not have electricity. The "Currents" are the ruling class in this world and they do not mix with the "Skylgers." This of course sets up the perfect star-crossed romance between a "Current" Royce and Enna a "Skylge" which I thought was pretty good. They both come together for their love of music. Overall I did enjoy the story but I do feel I have more questions about the world that was built. I really wanted to know more about the mermaids. The book just really just hinted about them and they were not a real focal point. I hope in sequel they make more of an appearance. A story about mermaids needs mermaids.
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
An Excellent book Fantasy, Romance For the island of Skylge only the Currents, the rich ruling class, get electricity. The Currents came from across the sea, and when they did they brought the holy fire of St. Brandan with them. Since then the light that is in the Brandaris Tower is what protects all the islanders. Because if they heed the Siren’s call they will drown and the Sirens will have their souls. The sacred light in the tower keeps the merfolk away. Enna is a Skylger girl that welcomes her brother back from his long sea voyage. He brings her a very special present from the mainland. An electronic record that can only be played on a Current devise. Royce Bolton is a Current heartthrob and a gifted pianist and he wants the record too which causes a problem. Enna refuses to sell the LP that features his favorite artist so he suggests that they share the record by meeting secretly at his private summer home. Not expecting it Enna is thrilled and agrees. She also discovers there is a lot more to both Current society and the history of Skylge. She ends up questioning why the Sirens tempt the islanders to give themselves to the sea and also where the Currents’ monopoly on electricity really comes from. As she struggles to find the answers to the questions, Enna finds herself falling for Royce. She also risks everything to be with a guy that couldn’t be more wrong for her. Enna ends up learning that the sounds of the Sirens isn’t the most treacherous thing around that haunts her dreams. This is a very different type of story that makes for a fascinating read. It makes for a story that stands out from other fantasy romances that are out there. The characters are interesting and complex and makes for a story that proves to be a fast read as the reader gets pulled in and isn’t released until the very end. It is also the start of a series that will have reader wondering just how the series will turn out. It has romance and a mystery that makes for an enjoyable read. This is one series that is worth checking out. Received a review copy
Sanz71 More than 1 year ago
INITIAL THOUGHTS As I read and really enjoyed the other dystopian series by Jen Minkman I admit to having fairly high expectations from this beginning of a new dystopian series. ?I've had this one on my Want To Read List since I found out Jen was writing it! I wonder if the island of Skylge will have anything in common with the Island in Jen's other series? Will any of the characters in this new book remind me of the Island characters? MY REVIEW I received this book frees, directly from the author in exchange for my honest review. The cover shows a female character submerged in water, is the character an islander of Skylge or a Nixen/Siren? The blue colour of the water representing the ocean is eye catching, which I think would make this book stand out on a book shelf. I also like the placement on the title, author and series title too. The cover could be depicting a couple of scenes in the book, the one where Enna is in the water (I can't say any more as it would reveal spoilers, then again the female could also depict Enna's mother or even Royce's mother as they gave themselves over to the Nixen in the sea. Would the cover attract my eye enough on a book store shelf to pick it up? Yes as I said before the blue is eye catching and the cover arouses your curiosity wanting to know what the female is doing submerging herself under the sea. The main character's in the book are Enna, her father and her older brother who is a fisherman called Sytse. We also learn about Enna's best friend Dani, all of which are poorer descendants of those native to the island called Skylgers. On the more prosperous, electric and gadget using Currents live. The current we learn the most about is a young male around Sytse age that is called Royce. Royce is the good looking male at school that all the girls fawn over. Enna and Royce are an unlikely pairing but circumstances throw them together with interesting coincidence. The history of the island is important to all the inhabitants on the island and they are taught about it in school almost religiously so. A man named St Brandon is said to have come to the island and builst the sacred fire that wards off the Nixen when they come to shore to claim more souls. Both Enna and Royce's mother were sufferers of "the sadness" and ended up either going with or been taken by the Nixen. Nixen is the name given to those creatures that live in the sea. It is said that the Skylgers were once Nixen many years ago but when washed up on the island they began living on the island rather than in the sea. Naturally there is some friction between the two groups of island dwellers. the Currents are the richer, more prosperous, of the two groups. the Currents have all the access to the electricity grid. Where as the Skylgers have their own old language, traditions and customs with no access to the electricity grid other than being told that it is the electricity and the generosity of the Currents which protect them from the Nixen. Naturally there are many Skylgers who resent the Currents and all they stand for, being the "ruling class". Ove time though Skylger stories have been forgotten and their language not taught as much, however there seems to be a small number of Skylgers who have had access to knowledge about the true history of the island. It seems that the Nixen and Skylgers used to be friends and live in peace. The controversial history books that some on Skylge have found also shows that the precious St Brandons fire that the Currents take credit for was built prior to St Brandons visit to the island. So i guess I should explain how Enna, a native Skylger ends up friends or perhaps more with Royce the privileged Current. Syste (Enna's brother) brings records back when he visits the mainland during his fishing trips, though we learn these fishing trips are perhaps not as innocent as they at first appear. The problem with the latest record that Syste brings back for Enna is that it need an electric record player which is something that only the Currents have access to. Royce learns about the orecious record Enna has and attempts to buy it from her. When she insistently refuses, he comes up with the idea of them "sharing" the record. He asks Enna to meet him at a house in Strotum that belongs to him. Naturally it is frowned upon for Sklygers and Currents to mix with each other from both sets of islanders, so when Syste finds out and argues with Enna, etc but I can't really say much more I feel I have given away more than enough already. Unlikely friendships and relationships are formed, tested to the limit, broken then possibly repaired. There are lots of different types of relationships described such as Syste and how he looks at Enna as a child. there is also the kinship felt between Enna and Royce as they both lost their mothers to the ocean. They also both love music too but for all the things they have in common can they overcome the whole culture/racial divide. Could their friendship ever be publicly accepted? There is definitely an element of Romeo & Juliet crossed with West Side Story So did I enjoy this book? Yes, I did enjoy reading the book. The only thing I initially wasn't keen on was the other race being called currents, as in sea/ocean Currents and electric Currents, but once you are drawn into the book it really doesn't make a difference, what the two races of people are called. Would I recommend the book? Definitely if you enjoyed the Island (I never thought I'd say this but. . .) then this is a must read for you. Would I want to read more in this series? I would as I think this book was setting the scene and tone for what is about to come . . I also hope to "meet some Nixen" perhaps? I  love the historical elements within Jen's books. I ended reading this book thinking, there is sooo much more to come, and lots of options for things that may happen. Would I want to read more titles by Jen Minkman? Of course! I have read a lot of books/novella's by Jen and intend to read many more! As long as she continues to write them.
SvenjaPohl More than 1 year ago
I love Jen Minkman´s books!!! I received this book in echange of an honest review.  This was another very good book from Jen Minkman. She created a whole new world which is different in it´s own way. The worldbuilding in this story was almost like a dystopian novel. You have these two different societys where one is rich and the other is poor. But there are also things as mythology, prohibited romance and tales from the folks. What I personally like was the whole Siren or Nixen thing. Although at first it was hard to understand how all the different "castes" were intertwined. But after a few chapters I got a hang of things and I lew through this book. Another important aspect in the story is the music. I love books with music in it so that was definitely very good. The characters were also unique and beautiful as always in a Jen Minkman book I loved Enna and I loved Royce. They were such a great couple and the energy between them was palpable. I am so excited for the next book in this series and I will definitely read them! Thanks to the author for sending me this book!
WordVagabondReviews More than 1 year ago
One of the most interesting things about Sound of Sirens is the juxtaposition of modern and traditional Nordic cultures existing side by side.  The lifestyle of the Currents is familiar, with technological advances seemingly on par with Western society circa at least the 1980s.  The Skylgers, on the other hand, have a much more pre-industrial way of life, although they seem to benefit from some non-electrically based Current products.  The two societies also have their own religions.  Not much is revealed about the Currents’ worship of St. Brandan, but the Skylgers clearly have their own traditions and history, although much of it is suppressed by the ruling class. Minkman’s writing seems to skim lightly over some very deep waters.  The story serves to set up the conflict between the Currents and the Skylgers, and introduces the relationship between Enna and Royce, but it never goes into much detail. In particular, we see very little of the Currents’ lifestyle, which is understandable since the book is told entirely from Enna’s point of view. My hope is that their side of the story, as well as the history and mythology of the Skylgers, will be explored in more depth throughout the series. For the most part these missing pieces only engaged my curiosity, but in one respect the shortage of detail did do a disservice to the story – the book lacks atmosphere.  This is unfortunate, because both the setting and the mysterious, sinister quality of the Nixen could have provided a great deal of emotional depth to the story with just a little more description and sensory detail.  I would like to have had a better mental image of the island, as well, in order to fully engage with the story. This is an intriguing start to what promises to be an original dystopian series.  I’m looking forward to the next installment!
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
What Jen Minkman does with words is as magical as the tales she tells. Sound of Sirens, her latest work is filled with imagination and descriptions that placed me on a small island, where the inhabitants have a magical pull to the sea and the sound of the sirens calling, which could bring death to those who fall under their spell. Only the light from the Tower that the elite built can keep the merpeople or Nixens away. The wealthy have privileges and luxuries denied the rest of the population. Electricity is one of those privileges. When Enna’s brother returns from sea and brings her a record that requires more than her wind up player to hear, a strange and forbidden bond is formed between young Enna and the wealthy young pianist Royce Bolton, as they share secret moments listening to the beauty of the music. Will they form a romantic bond, another forbidden fruit? Or will secrets of the island and its history bring Enna’s simple world crashing down around her? What is the ruling class hiding? Who has discovered it and what will happen? Will Enna succumb to the sound of the sirens, as her mother did or will she discover a hidden strength within? Jen Minkman has taken an old tale and formed it into a work of mesmerizing beauty with her telling. She depicts each scene with such clarity, every emotion, action and sound can be felt as if it were really happening. Her characters hold the bravery and daring of youth, as well as that innocence that threatens to be taken away as reality and secrets are unveiled. A wonderful start to a new series that is sure to be a magically escape into another world! I was there, I felt and saw every action, every gust of wind, and could “feel” the sound of the music.