Tuesday, July 26, 2016

#Tuesday 2 For 1 Reviews - The Bloody City/The Burning City by Megan Morgan (Paranormal Romance)

Series: Siren Song # 2
Format: E-Galley, 170 pages
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy

On the run…

It’s been four months since the head of the Institute of Supernatural Research was murdered. But that doesn’t mean June Coffin is out of hiding yet. In a world where being different can get you killed, it’s best to keep a low profile. Especially for a Siren who can control other people with the call of her voice. That goes double if your powers might be inexplicably growing…

On the hunt…

But June isn’t the only one trying to clear her name. There’s Sam, the charismatic paranormal rights leader, and Micha, the first human on record to go paranormal. All of them must bargain with a mysterious vampire named Occam Reed if they want to stay alive.

Out of time…

As tensions increase between humans and paranormals, June must decide who to trust. If only she could hear the song inside her heart…

The Blood City is the second installment in author Megan Morgan's Siren Song Trilogy. The story actually picks up FOUR months after tattoo artist/Siren June Coffin escaped from the Institute of Supernatural Research in the Wicked City. As a Siren, June, like her twin brother Jason, has the ability to force people to obey their every command. Since arriving in Chicago to rescue Jason from the Institute, June has found herself under a microscope since her abilities are quite rare. June has found some allies in Sam Haain, Aaron Jenkins, and Micha, who was injected with an experimental drug that has give him paranormal abilities.

In this installment, Morgan introduces her brand of vampire and it is quite different from what you've read before. Vampires like Occam Reed have been infected with a virus. They also have dual paranormal abilities, which in Occam's case, means he can also shape shift. But, they are also dirty, and nasty, and well, let's stop there for fear of further grossing readers out. June is sent to meet with Occam in order to ask for his assistance in destroying the Institute once and for all. Occam has his own plans for not only Chicago, but Micha and June who is growing in another yet fantastical power as well. One that is actually pretty impressive.

I'll say this about this book, there are plenty of twists, and turns, and bad choices, especially by June. I have said this before, and I'll say it again, I don't understand why authors choose to allow a character to go through an entire book without washing themselves, brushing their teeth, or changing clothes on a regular basis. I can see if this was a post-apocalyptic, or Dystopian world, but it's not. It's set in modern age Chicago with all the conveniences of the 21st century. Not exactly happy with the way June jumps from one character to another in the romance side either. Perhaps that is why I have labeled this series as Paranormal Romance instead of Urban Fantasy.

Next Up: The Burning City 

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Series: Siren Song # 3
Format: E-Galley, 200 pages
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy

When the smoke clears, who will be left standing?

Tattoo artist June Coffin has another, more hidden talent: she’s a Siren who can influence people with the sound of her voice. But in the wake of a murder and shake-up at the Institute of Supernatural Research, her own powers are starting to kill her. The only chance she has of saving herself—as well as her kidnapped brother and best friend—is to become a vampire. But joining the ranks of the vengeful vamp, Occam Reed, is the last thing June wants to do.

Occam isn’t the only danger June needs to worry about. Power hungry telepath Robbie Beecher will stop at nothing to gain control over Chicago. He’ll destroy anyone who gets in his way—and June’s lover, Sam, is high on the hit list since his bid for Mayor. With the city and June’s heart being pulled in different directions, it’s only a matter of time before the powder keg explodes…and time isn’t something June has much of left. With a city on fire, can she rise from its ashes?

The Burning City is the third and final installment in Megan Morgan's Siren Song Trilogy. For protagonist, tattoo artist, Siren, and budding Necromancer June Coffin, the past SIX months haven't exactly been a dream vacation. It has been filled with being shot, hunted, taken prisoner, and watching those she loves put in dire jeopardy. She's had to face her fair share of villains, including one very important one in Robbie Beecher who is still running loose in Chicago. She's also learned that her powers may in fact, be killing her.  

For Sam, and Aaron, they've gone from being villains to heroes after exposing what they've been through to the FBI and giving up all pertinent details about the Institute and Robbie. June, on the other hand, is just a footnote in history, and to be perfectly honest, that isn't even the worst thing that can happen to her. Her time in Chicago has come with some losses. Muse is gone. Brother Jason and June's friend Diego are hostages of vampire/shape shifter Occam Reed. Then there is Micha Bellevue who has been changed from truly human, into someone who has a variety of paranormal abilities, and now he gets to spend his days as a lab rat

June herself is desired by Occam because of her dual powers which leads to her having to make a choice in order to save those she loves. With June apparently dying from her powers, and Occam playing the long game to taking over Chicago, while killing off hundreds of weaker vampires, June will have to make one final choice before the entire city of Chicago becomes The Burning City

I have to walk away from the ending of this book and seriously just live and let live. There are choices. The first half of the book moves extremely slow. There are some outright earth shattering revelations, and then there is the whole fact that the author may or may not believe in happy endings. I am sad for Micha. I don't believe he got any chance to have any sort of life after what he's been put through. While June has been in the background most of the series, and not the focal point like Sam and Aaron, I still would have liked a bit of a different ending to this series.   

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