by Jen Minkman
Book: Tales of Skylge #1
Publisher: Dutch Venture Publishing
Pub Date: Nov 28 2014
Genre: Young Adult
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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.
(The setting of Tales of Skylge is loosely based on the Dutch island of Terschelling, or Schylge in the island’s dialect. Although the names and places in this book will sound very familiar to people living on the island, the characters and events are, of course, entirely fictitious in nature.)
My Review: I have another one of Jen's books! It's the start of a new series and just the cover alone is lovely and made me want to know what she created now.
I love her take on the Siren's call and Merfolk. It's one type of book that I love reading about.
Enna lives on Skylge and is happy with the way her life is right now. She is sort of the good girl, does what she has to. But like all good girls, she will eventually meet that one guy will will change that. And Royce is just the guy to do that. Tall, cute, and so hands off.
Then Enna's brother is back home and brings Enna a gift. He brings her some music, but her player isn't up to challenge. So she and Royce break some rules to steal some moments together to listen to the music. Enna and Royce are from two different worlds, the rich and not rich. That alone is a big deal, and then they start to grow a bond with each other. But for these two, breaking the rules is so worth it.
Then some surprises come along. Enna finds out her brother is part of the revolution. A revolution that is planning to take care of the currents and the sirens my just have a part in this as well.
Then it just kept picking up and I kept devouring the pages until it was done. It was filled with detail and such awesomeness that this may end up being my new favorite series by Jen, though all her books are awesome! I need to dive into the next book, I want to know more about the sirens and Enna and Royce.