The Wicked City by Megan Morgan

Siren Song, Book 1

Synopsis: Whatever June Coffin says, goes—literally. And it’s not just because she’s a chain smoking rebel. As a Siren, June has the ability to force people to obey any command she voices. But in a world where those with supernatural powers quickly become lab rats for science, she’d rather look out for herself than fight on the front lines…until her similarly gifted twin brother, Jason, is captured by Chicago’s Institute of Supernatural Research.

To save Jason, June has no choice but to enter a hidden world of conspiracy, murder—and strange bedfellows—including a widowed paranormal advocate whose memory June accidentally erased, and a fiery paranormal separatist leader. Soon the lines between attraction and strategic alliance become blurred. But in a city exploding with paranormal crossfire, and her brother’s life at stake, June will have to face her inner demons and finally take a stand.

Review: I was immediately intrigued when I saw the novel, it must be said that the mention of sirens always attracts me right away. I always particularly appreciate the feature of this kind of characters in urban fantasy. Still, I think I expected too much, the sirens finally did not deliver what I wanted and it lacked of a little punch, of action in the story to really take me but I will talk about that later.

June is a siren but she does not handle very well her powers. Besides with her brother, she has always preferred to stay on the margins of society rather than taking place to front in the media battle between the paranormal and humans. However, our young heroine will end up thrust into this world when her brother is kidnapped and she manages to escape just in time. But while he finds himself in a well-kept institute where someone experiences all sorts of things on him, June will do everything to help him and save him. For this, she will team up with the supernatural leader, Sam, but also with a young woman Cindy or even Misha, the man she has accidentally erased the memory of his recently deceased wife. But nothing will be easy and our heroine could fall in love with this man.

I had a little trouble with June. She is pretty minx in some cases and in others really vulgar and I struggled to make the connection between the two sides of her personality. She seemed to have a completely different nature and I quite struggle with the whole thing. I did not really understand her relationship with Misha , knowing if it was real or just a passing fancy in her life. It was quite strange to see how she reacted about that. After, it’s true that the story is still interesting and I was curious to see how it was going to be solved but something was missing … I’ve not really managed to get into the story or to enjoy the characters. I think the novel will please to others.





35 thoughts on “The Wicked City by Megan Morgan

  1. I’ve only read a couple of books with Sirens because they’re not really my thing, but I’m all kinds of curious abot this. June sounds like my kind of girl, especially this: ” She is pretty minx in some cases and in others really vulgar”. I actually like that. Maybe I’ll have better luck with this book.

  2. Sorry that this book didn’t recall rock your world. 🙁 I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about Sirens and I’m thinking this is a book I should pass on. :/ But thanks for taking one for the team…fabulous review!!!

  3. Truth to be told, I’ve always been fascinated by sirens, but only read a couple of books with them. Those weren’t particularly great either and I felt let down… One day I’ll give their stories another try, but for now I think me and sirens are going to be apart. Hope the next read is going to be wonderful, Melliane!

  4. Meh, I hate it too when the characters don’t really make sense. Especially when you come into the book with such high expectations, because … sirens! Right? I think I’ll give this one a miss. Thanks for a very informative review, Melliane 🙂

  5. I gravitate to anything Sirens / Mermaids ect! So darn, I’m sorry this one did not work out for you. Sometimes the main character is just not for us, making it hard to connect and continue. Thanks for the thoughtful review though, Melliane! 🙂

  6. Too bad! This one was interesting to me as well, but I think I will be skipping it. I’ve yet to find a really good book with sirens and it sounds like I will still be searching. Nice review, though!

  7. I love the cover and the synopsis, I know it didn’t work for you, but somehow I’m still curious about it. I have enjoyed in the past really difficult heroines (Like Chess in Downside Ghost series), if the writing is good and the plot engaging. I’ll keep it in mind just in case I see it one day on audio.
    Thanks for your honest opinion 🙂

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