The Red Siren (Charles Towne Belles, Book 1) by M.L. Tyndall
Barbour Publishing, Inc (January 2009)

From back cover:

Faith Westcott abandoned her shallow faith when a series of tragedies struck her family. To save herself and her sisters from forced marriages, this fiery, born-to-the-manor redhead is a lady by day and a pirate by night. How long can she maintain this dual identity before she’s caught red-handed?

My Review:

I cut the book description a little short. That hint of the plot is enough to pique the interest of anyone who enjoys swashbuckling stories – I myself read and re-read Linda Chaikin’s Port Royal series as a teen and thoroughly enjoyed all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, so when the chance to review The Red Siren for FIRST came up I snatched at the opportunity. Although I was disappointed with some aspects of it, this is not a negative review. I loved the idea and there were moments that I found myself getting into the story, and was able to identify with the characters. I’ll start with the disappointments, though. If I hadn’t been required to write a review, I don’t know if I would have finished The Red Siren. It started off promising, with Faith using ingenious trickery to lure ships to her so that she could loot them with ease and without any real violence or killing (not really practical or possible, I’d say, but a nice dream!). But somewhere along the line, I just didn’t believe in the characters or the plot anymore. Now I’m not one to sit here and pick at everything that bothered me – in fact, if a book has heart and depth, any negativities are pretty much overshadowed. But I never really felt like I knew Faith, her sisters, or Dajon, the man she falls in love with. Besides that, I kept hoping there would be more “pirate action”, but they were hardly out on the sea throughout the book.

That said, I did like being introduced to the sisters. I think Hope interested me the most – I didn’t understand her exactly, but this wasn’t about her yet. We’ll hear her story in Book 2, The Blue Enchantress (beautiful title, isn’t it?). I also loved following the story of two of the servants (one was actually Faith’s first mate) and their backgrounds – I would love to know more about them. Maybe I’m just strange, though. ;-)

All in all, I’d say you’ll either love this book or hate it. It’s a simple read, a little slow at times, but has a good message. And it has a cliff-hanger ending… smart move!

Okay, I just have to add this: I don’t like the cover – I don’t think it’s Faith at all! She’s supposed to have long, fiery red ringlets, and an attitude. I think it would have been cool if they had put her in her pirate clothes just peeking out from her plumed hat. ;-) Obviously this book did make some kind of impression on me or I wouldn’t feel that way, right? lol

Check out these other reviews of The Red Siren:

Stacey at WORD up!

2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews

Ginger at Conversations With a Stranger



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