Saturday, August 6, 2011
Sirenz by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman
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.
A nice take on an odd couple adventure, Shar and Meg are very different, but it's nice that both of them are likable. So often Shar would have been portrayed as "bad" simply because she was the girly, popular one of the two. She and Meg share an equal amount of time getting on each other's nerves, as Meg's hippy ways are as obnoxious to Shar as Shar's fashion consciousness is to Meg. They really do end up learning to like each other and work together.
Some of the scenarios the girls find themselves in is a bit far fetched and Hades' interest in Shar sometimes borders uncomfortably towards rape. As someone who enjoys mythology, I was a bit disappointed that Hades was turned into an easy villain, something he wasn't really in mythology, and also a hound dog, something else he was far less of than any of the other gods. It just felt like he was an easy choice to pick on. So while this book was enjoyable for a light read, there were definitely some things I wasn't wild about.