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(4 / 5) Eris is a siren in hiding. She has a long dark past and it’s safer for her, and anyone who might hear her voice, for her to stay silent.
Colt (great name!) is a BOI agent who hunts not only gangsters but monsters too.
Monsters have been created for years by unethical means of attaching monster parts (claws, wings, scales etc) to a human, sometimes even unsuspecting orphan children. Eris is a monster and Colt is out to end monsters, even if he might be one himself.
Eris and Colt go on one adventure after another. It’s set in the 1920’s so bootlegging and flappers are in full swing. I wish the story would’ve had more on the era but it was still a fun read. It was unique and kept my interest throughout. Colt is lovable from the start with his flawed way of thinking and mysterious character. I would’ve also loved a side story or flashback of Colt to learn more about him. This is a stand-alone and the ending was done very well. I would’ve read book 2 if it was a series.
Can we talk about that cover? Gah, it’s beautiful! But I’m still not sure if it’s supposed to be a specific character? No matter, it’s still great to look at!
Thank you so much to Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. This book comes out August 3, 2020.
Colt Clemmons is an agent in a specialized division within the Bureau of Investigation—one that hunts down not just mobsters, but also monsters.
For reasons that are kept top secret, Colt is the only person who can resist a siren’s voice. But he’s never had a chance to test this ability. The last siren left in the world mysteriously disappeared years ago.
Then one night, with a single word, she reveals herself. It seems too good to be true.
And it is. Because nothing about this siren—her past, her powers, or her purpose—is what it seems…
-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.
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Detailed Content Review
Derogatory terms and cursing unique to the book etc-
Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking
At a bar, many are drunk on moonshine. One is drunk regularly. A young woman serves them.
A young woman works in a bar so she serves alcohol regularly.
A man grabs a syringe of painkiller, and shoots it in his arm.
Men are puffing on cigarettes.
A man uses a stinger to inject a woman with poison. She immediately feels nauseous and passes out.
At a bar people drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes.
A woman forces a drink down a young woman’s throat. It burns her and she gags and coughs blood. She is given this drink many more times against her will. It takes away her voice.
A man drinks a shot of scotch.
A man feeds a poison to orphan children every day to make them do what he wants.
A man smokes a marijuana cigarette.
Wine and various hard liquors are served a a party.
Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty
*No LGBTQ+ aspects included*
A man slides his hand up a young woman’s leg, fingering the bottom of her dress. She is tied up and whimpers. He caresses her face.
A group of men try to hold a 14yo girl down and unbutton her dress (attempted rape is implied.)
At a bar “one man had a woman pressed against the wall, necking her, while her eyes rolled up into her head and her mouth parted in pleasure.”
A young woman gently kisses a man.
A man lightly kisses a young woman. She pulls him to her and they passionately kiss until she leans against a wall, and his tongue finds hers.
A man gently kisses a young woman.
A man and young woman passionately kiss, he trails down her jaw and neck. She untucks his shirt and touches his skin. He kisses her neck again.
A man quickly kisses a young woman.
A young woman grabs a man and gives him a hard, steamy kiss.
Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood
A man punches a man in the jaw. The man lifts him up by his neck but another punches him again as one falls and cracks his head on the counter. One man shoots another man.
A woman tells a young woman that people will hang her if they learn of her gift.
A man and woman come into the bar, she is covered in bruises that makeup won’t hide. It is assumed he beats her.
A young woman is drugged and taken unconscious and tied up.
Many bullets fire through a door, into a room where a man is shot in the shoulder. Blood runs down freely. A doctor digs out the bullet and examines the wound while a young woman holds him down.
A man grabs a young woman’s arms. Another man grabs his arms and “There was a crack as his bones popped out of their socket and the joints bent upward into the opposite angle an elbow should bend.” The man drives a shoulder into his chest, then punches him in the gut and kicks him in the groin repeatedly. One man digs his thumb into the others injury, he screams. One man is coerced by the siren song to bang his head repeatedly against the wall until he falls unconscious.
Two men surround a young woman. One holds a knife, the other holds her to his chest and covers her mouth. A man comes behind and stabs the man then turns the knife onto the man holding it and stabs him too. Blood blossoms over the wounds.
A young woman is given a shot and taken captive.
A man is elbowed in the face. Two men punch and kick multiple times. One almost falls off the train, he head butts the other and one falls over the side.
A man throws a piece of glass at a man and punches his face. He holds a piece of glass to his throat. The man poisons himself and bubbles froth at his mouth as he dies.
A man hits two men with a briefcase, knocking them out.
A man shoots a man, blood gushes.
A man dives for a man’s legs as the man shoots two guns. He grabs his wrists as he falls and breaks one. He takes his palm and shatters another man’s nose, sending the bone shards into his brain, killing him. A woman grabs a young woman’s hair and holds a knife to her throat. A young woman holds a knife to her throat. A man throws a door onto two werewolves. A young woman hits a werewolf over the head with a bottle, he falls unconscious. Shots are fired. A man is bloody. A woman holds a gun to three small kids. A man shoots a woman.
A group of monsters chase after a couple with 3 kids. The man punches a werewolf, then lights the monsters on fire, including the building.
A young woman kicks a man in the groin, then head butts another. A gun is pointed at a man.
A man steals clothes and a horse.
A gun is pointed at a man.
A man was tortured as a young teen. He was injected with poisons and more to build up immunities to monsters and their wrath.
A man is taken and placed in a prison while getting beaten regularly.
A woman is tied up with blood running down her face and two black eyes. A man shoots her in the head and red and pink spray over the wall. A young woman screams.
A man holds many orphan children captive and feeds them a poison every day.
A man grabs a fistful of a young woman’s hair and she drops to her knees. He grabs her neck and squeezes after throwing her to the floor.
A man grabs a woman by the throat.
A large monster chases after a young woman. A man shoots at the monster and it roars in pain. A man shoots a man. The monster claws at the young woman’s stomach and blood covers her dress. A man shoots a man in the head and his neck jerks back as he falls to the ground, dead.
Potentially Intense Themes
A man runs into traffic and is badly hurt.
Kids have gone missing from the street and orphanages.
There are many “monsters,” some have scales or claws or snakes for hair. Others are large and have horns (Minotaurs), vampires, golems, basilisks, cyclops and werewolves.
Children are found in a locked room that a woman uses for “experiments.”
A young teen accidentally killed 6 people with fire.
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