The Sirens of Rhine: Book One, The Innocent and the Condemned

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17291143 It was a little hard to get into the story for me. I really wanted to be grabbed, and the author did a good job with setting that up, but there was so many errors in grammar, formatting, and awkward phrasing that threw me from the story. I wanted to edit it instead of read it. Now, normally I don’t like to mention things like this in a review, but I had notified the author of these mistakes and she had told me the version I was sent was an older version. Hopefully these have been rectified for future readers.

The constant shifting of first person POVs was distracting and hard to keep up with. Had each chapter been devoted to each character instead, I think it would’ve been a lot easier to keep track and follow. This also contributed to me being unable to really get into the story. I really wanted to be grabbed by this story and not put it down. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

The concept is creative and engaging. The story sometimes progressed at a pace that seemed forced. I feel like some of the chapters ended right in the middle of the action, which was obnoxious at times, but did good to keep me moving forward. However, it would’ve been nice to have seen some of that action resolve in that chapter. But again, the story telling and the concept were creative and promising. The descriptions were vivid and I loved how the author kept each siren separate from the other in this way.

The three main characters (Lily, Ash, Kai), are strong-willed, powerful, and yet, at the same time, gentle.The author did an awesome job with their own goals and keeping them separate, especially with their gifts. I think the idea behind them being sirens was unique, and the way the author brought about the different races was very effective and helped make the world feel real. In fact, I kept thinking this was set in a real place and not a place in the authors imagination.

This was a story that I felt could’ve been longer. I know this is a series but it didn’t feel like there was much resolution to the story where it was left off and seemed to end rather abrupt. It makes me wonder what lies in future books.

Based off the assumption that the author has a more polished version of the story, I would definitely recommend this book as a good read that is fast paced.

*Please Note: A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. This review can also be found at Amazon.com and on Goodreads.

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