Sound of Sirens: (Tales of Skylge #1) - Jen Minkman

I'll just be honest right from the start: I didn't like this book because it was boring. It bored me even though it's only just over 100 pages long.


I wanted to like it. I really did. It's set on the island of Skylge, modelled after the Dutch island of Terschelling, and when I saw this Dutch book on Netgalley, I immediately wanted to read it. And the mention of mermaids/sirens only made it better. However, it didn't work out for me.


100 pages isn't much if you're trying to set up a completely new world. I know this is the first part of a new series, but it felt just like a teaser for the actual series, being so short. A lot - most of which comes unexplained - is going on but nothing could make me feel the story or simple care.


It felt like there was a Dystopian twist given to the story, with the Currents as the only ones to be allowed to use electricity for some reason and the Islanders definitely being second-rank citizens. What this has to do with the mythology and mermaids? Your guess is as good as mine, although I think the popularity of Dystopian novels might just have something to do with it...


All in all, I don't think I will be continuing this series.


Sound of Sirens is the first book in the Tales of Skylge series. The second book is Light of the Lorelei and the third book, Fire of Fryslan is expected to be published in April.


Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!