Book Review: The Siren’s Tale by Anne Carlisle


Cassandra, a smart siren in human form, can have any man she wants. So long as she wants him dead. Told in part by the ghost of the main character, the story follows Cassandra’s headlong pursuit of passion in the hinterlands of the Old West, where she comes into conflict with a powerful curse, which passes down the generations.

Cassandra has phenomenal success in the silent film industry in California, but troubles remain. Her demon grandson is headed to Wyoming to wreak revenge for his father, the bastard son she abandoned. And the family is threatened by extinction, unless the youngest carries her illegitimate pregnancy to term.

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About the Author: Anne-Carlisle-300x225

Anne Carlisle, Ph. D., is a professor of writing and an award-winning writer. The Siren’s Tale is her most recent release, from LazyDay Publishing (June, 2013), available in ebook on Amazon, B&N, and ARE. It is the second novel in her Home Schooling series, literary/commercial fiction for paranormal-romance readers and New Adults. The series of stand-alone novels feature the exploits of lustful sirens in human form as they emerge into adulthood, spin their webs, and struggle with a family curse. Carlisle holds a doctorate in 19th Century British Literature from Case Western Reserve University. Currently Professor and Course Chair at the University of Maryland, she teaches college writing worldwide to U.S. military students. Formerly, while working as a newspaper columnist, magazine editor, and theatre reviewer, she authored a book on writing, wrote hundreds of articles, and was awarded prizes by the ANPA and the National Writer’s Club. She also served as a dean for Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She works from her homes in Seattle, Key West, and Wilmington, NC.

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My Review:

I really loved the idea of a story about Sirens. Although I hadn’t read the first book in the series, it was pretty clear that you didn’t need to.

The story is told, not really through the eyes of one character but as a kind of story-telling in itself to another character, a kind of relaying if you will – which although is a brilliantly new concept, was kind of lacking for me. I couldn’t feel much emotion about what was going on and it felt as though the whole book was one long info dump, which I personally don’t like. I think the key to a good book is a great storyline, and for a great book, it’s unravelling that storyline without the reader even noticing that that is what you’re doing – this had a great plot, but for me was delivered in a less than ideal manner.

From a writer’s perspective I have to give props to the author for at least trying something new. Just for me, it didn’t work and I kind of found myself skipping certain parts – which is not a a good reader trait. The love scenes were a little bland, which was a shame as the sexual aspect of Sirens is one of their more favourable traits for an author to play with.

There had been a lot of research done about the place and time period which was good and helped to add some scene setting.

The front cover doesn’t really explain much about the book, but it is pretty and quite frankly I’ve seen worse.

Overall I’d give The Siren’s Tale (#2) 3 out of 5 stars. An interesting way of writing a novel.



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