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Jun 18 2014

Elegy by Amanda Hocking

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Tor, 2013. ISBN: 9781447205753.
Elegy by Amanda Hocking is the latest and most likely the last instalment in the Watersong series. The novel is written with a certain poise and delicacy that makes the characters come to life in the readers mind, making the reader become involved and apart of the chaotic lives of Gemma, Harper and their friends. With chapters going between differing character's points of view, the reader gains a great spread of understanding about the happenings in Elegy and feels involved in plans and the share of information. Alleviating the mermaid-like images and sweet, gentle notions of the mythical and beautiful creature the Siren, Hocking puts in place the characteristics of underlying power and drive. Laced with magical abilities and talents, the reader becomes intrigued at every sign of a Siren transformation at the already tense kinship between Gemma and Penn and the actions of ravenous and power hungry Liv, a newly turned siren. With the essential themes of mystery, action and romance, it's hard not to be swept away by the classically written and emotional relationships found between both Gemma and Alex and Harper and Daniel. Even eccentric Marcy finds the opportunity for some companionship while they all try to translate and ancient scroll that may hold the secret to getting rid of domineering Penn, wild Liv and inert Thea, breaking the curse on Gemma once and for all.
With the beauty and suspense expressed throughout this novel, the reader will have no choice but to remain entranced and wanting more.
Sarah Filkin

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