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    Great finale to the series.

    The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea - by Kerrelyn Sparks I was given an ARC by NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. If Maeve can't have Brody for her lover, she doesn't want any man. But her true love has already been foretold by the Telling Stones. Foretold twice, much to her annoyance. The number three, and the colors green and purple. Doesn't seem to have anything to do with Brody, but she refuses to leave it up to destiny. I greatly enjoyed this book. I believe that the author, Kerrelyn Sparks, has saved the best for last. She has perhaps chosen to make Maeve and Brody the hero and heroine of the final book for the greatest revelation. In my opinion, they are underdogs, both overlooked and underestimated by everyone. Not that they are not loved and appreciated. But her sisters always see Maeve as young and inexperienced. Brody, they do value for his friendship, bravery and his ability to eavesdrop on unsuspecting troublemakers, but his friends sometimes carelessly pat him on the head when he is in his dog form. There are a lot of secrets to be revealed about these two characters. This book is the second book in the series Embraced By Magic following a 3 book series called The Embraced. Each book is set in Aerthlan, a world with two moons and magic. Each child born on the night when the moons eclipse or “embrace” has a gift of magic. In the past, these gifted children were feared and the wicked rulers of the four countries had decreed that all embraced children would be put to death. For their safety, five embraced girls were sent to the convent on the Isle of Moon where they could live in hiding. They became a family of sisters by choice. Now, Maeve's four sisters have become queens and rule with their embraced husbands. All children born with magic talents can now stay safe at home with their parents. The current danger is the coming attack from the embraced army in service to the remaining cruel members of the Circle of Five. The final face off between good and evil. Maeve loves the four older girls with whom she was raised, but at almost 18 years old they still treat her as a young child who needs to be protected from danger. Leaving her out of important meetings. Always telling her what she should do. And they keep pushing suitors on her so Maeve can find the happiness that Luciana, Brigitta, Gwennore and Sorcha have found with their husbands. None of these suitors are of any interest to her. The man who has already captured Maeve's heart, Brody, does not seem to pay her any attention. The exception is once a month when the moons embrace, he comes to visit her. Brody is a spy/investigator for the king and queen of Eberon and their allies. He has been missing for two months and no one else, besides Maeve, is even worried about him! Another complication is that, as a boy, Brody was cursed by a sea witch to be in his human form for only a short time of each day. Most of the time he is a black and white dog or other animal. The wait for this book has built the suspense and added to the enjoyment of this book. I love how Maeve and Brody use their brains and their magical powers to solve their dilemmas. I loved that the finale has all the couples working together to find a way to win without breaking the “good guy” rules. I also enjoy how all these books have had double love stories. The hero and heroine find their HEA and so do two of their friends. I read it twice and enjoyed the second time finding many “bread crumbs” leading the way. The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea is a brilliant finale to the previous 4 books found in two series set in the world of Aerthlan, books #1-3 in The Embraced series and book #1 of Embraced by Magic. This book can be read as a stand alone, however reading the previous books in order would enrich the experience of reading this book. Myself and many other readers have been enjoying the tales of the first four sisters by choice having an adventurous journey on the way to finding their HEA and Maeve and Brody complete the five happy couples - one big happy family!
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    Highly recommended paranormal love story!

    Loved reading the exciting and mesmerizing paranormal romance story. When Maeve, a selkie, goes searching for her shape shifting friend, Brody, she ends up on the island of the evil Sea Witch. Also, Brody's investigation leads him to the Sea Witch's Island. Read the highly recommended, wonderfully written, and riveting story line with captivating characters, and a must read love story.
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    Disappointing, full of cliches and awkward scenes.

    For years I've been intending to read some Kerrelyn Sparks. She was part of the big surge of vamp novels that followed The Vampire Chronicles and she was incredibly popular at the time. At some point down the line, I picked up one or two books from her 'Love at Stake' series, but they just ended up on the shelves and I never got around to reading them. So, when the opportunity to read a new title from her that also happened to deal with the whole siren theme I love so much, I signed right up. 'The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea' centers around a girl named Maeve who was raised on the Isle of Moon. Having grown up an orphan, raised in a convent with four sisters sharing her circumstances, all but she have gone on to marry men who become kings of the four great lands. As the only one who hasn't ascended to the role of queen somewhere and the only one still single, she feels like an outcast amongst them. Though she's discovered an ability to shape-shift at will, there's only one person she wants to share it with right away. Enter Brody.. the elusive, mysterious, often infuriating shifter who spies throughout the kingdoms for the four royal families. Cursed as a child by the Sea Witch and barely escaping the same fate that killed his father and brother, Brody can spend only two hours a day in his own form, which leaves him feeling destined to live out his future alone. Essentially, as he begins to investigate rumors of impending threats to the kingdoms, what he finds is shocking and turns the situation into a very personal endeavor for him. At best, this book is incredibly average. It's filled.. front to back.. with the gamut of cliched tropes. Nearly every major character we come across is paired up with someone so they all have perfect little arrangements. Each major magical ability the enemies bear, someone on Maeve and Brody's side also has. If they can't match it, they either have the perfect counter to it, or someone develops one of the two. The flaws and disruptions in their plans are so perfectly placed, that with amazing luck and all those special abilities, everything pretty much goes off without a hitch anyway. The dialogue is incredibly boring and uninspired. In fact, there are patterns to certain types of scenes the author seems to love and utilizes with more than one group of people. For example, she loves to toss two people together with mild conflicts who like each other, make their circumstances kind of tense, have them flirt in the midst of whatever is happening, and then have someone nearby them comment about the fact they're flirting while these things are happening around them. If you read this book, you'll see what I mean. The world-building is actually minimal with most of it written like a text based map, mountainous region, misty island, you get the picture. Probably the only place Sparks really put any descriptive detail was the Sea Witch's home. And just in case that isn't enough to make us groan, the smut is really awkward. Fine, Maeve's a virgin. Sure, everyone loves that cliche. Add to that, she's nearly astonished by the existence of her own body parts and how they work, as if she's never had a clue they were there or what they might do. The bedroom conversation? Nearly as awkward. If it weren't for the fact Brody can be amusing in those moments, I don't know if I could have even gotten through them. I really wouldn't suggest wasting your time on this novel. I mean, if you're trapped in an elevator for a few hours and it's the only thing in your hand, I don't know.. maybe use it to bang on the door and scream for help. (More reviews like this at Betwixt The Sheets.) (I received this title as an ARC. All opinions are mine and freely given.)
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    Wonderful conclusion!

    What a wonderful conclusion to the series! I’ve been waiting for Brody’s story since book 1 and it was everything I had hoped for! This was filled with action and adventure as Maeve and Brody work together to bring the Circle of Five to an end. There were so many twists as secrets are revealed, things I never saw coming. Add in the addition of a new trick for Brody and I couldn’t stop reading. While this was certainly laced with drama, it still had the romance that I’ve come to expect as well as the angst that kept me wondering how this couple would find their happy ever after. Nothing is predictable here which made the ending all the more enjoyable. This was a pretty fast read that included all the characters from the previous books and the continuation of solving who the true villain was, therefore I would recommend you read this series in order. With a hero and heroine that were perfect for each other and chemistry that was felt throughout the story, I fell even more in love with Maeve and Brody.
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    Love sees them Through

    Huge fan of everything Sparks writes but especially the Embraced novels. This world is filled with an in-depth world of secrets and wonderfully unique powers. Siren and the Deep Blue Sea is the long awaited story of Maeve and Brody. I cannot get into the details of this drama it can only be savored by reading yourself. Would suggest starting this series from the beginning as many adventures and characters are brought to life on those pages. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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