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A life not her own—A future already decided.
Every facet of Ivy Pierce’s life is meticulously planned out and plotted. Cynical and jaded by sixteen, Ivy’s only hope is to escape the legacy she was born into.
She has a plan, a carefully thought out, feasible plan. She just has to play by the rules until everything falls into place. Unfortunately as predictable as her life can be, she never sees Ryder Sutton coming. He tumbles into her life unimpressed and untouched by her and the life she lives. He’s an enigma to her. A gorgeous, frustrating, sincere mystery and a complete phenomenon in the ugly world she lives in.
What blooms between them is a fiercely intense attraction that cannot be ignored. Even though they would both be better off without each other—Even if both their lives depend on staying apart.
+++Contains what may be considered trigger to some: Abuse.
- The Siren world is complex and disgusting, very much like sex slavery or trafficking. Rules and regulations dictate every action from clothing choice to mannerisms to love life. Nothing is for themselves. The legacy of Siren life is both a curse and plague. While Sirens have everything monetarily, they are robbed up real affection, nothing can be trusted, and how people treat them is brutally fake. Everything is manipulation. The world is seedy and corrupt. Despite the despicable nature, it’s a world that sucks you in.
- Ivy is compelling, beautiful, and broken. The past haunts her and the fact that she will hurt more people in the future torments her. Ivy wants nothing more than to escape, to protect herself and to save others from her spell. Underneath the rumors and sarcastic exterior is a girl who has been cut deeply and suffers constantly, she’s emotional from being bullied and unable to form friendships. She’s incredibly alone. The tentative way she approaches any relationship is evidence enough of just how deeply her scars are.
- Nix is terrifying. Gloriously god-like and domineering, there’s a war between attraction and absolute loathing. His command is undeniable and his lascivious looks are cringe-worthy. A stunning villain.
- Ivy’s yearning to be free from her curse is raw and angry, it’s jam-packed with chaotic, manic emotions. Ivy’s pain and hopelessness are slow agony. Every bit of guilt and regret eating at her soul is pronounced and you can’t help but sympathize with her. Her fierce protectiveness of Honor shows a whole different, softer dimension to Ivy’s character.
- Ryder is a hot, infuriating, and undeniable personality. He pushes, he crowds space, he refuses to give up on Ivy and that’s everything. A sweetheart with a bad boy look and rock god persona, he’s pretty irresistible.
- The tension builds, probably one of the most potent build ups I’ve ever come across and when it happens…fireworks doesn’t even come close. That one scene…holy hotness.
- Secondary characters are wonderfully memorable and each has an intriguing story.
- Ivy is extremely unlikable at first. Her cavalier, bitter attitude and off-hand comments make her seem like the biggest, rudest snob. It was difficult to push through the first chapter or two but as the reality of her life and expectations become clear, she grows on you.
- The story felt much longer than it actually was. Some sections dragged and were extensive when they didn’t need to be.
- The ending was abrupt and cut off unexpectedly.
In Ivy Pierce’s world, Greek mythology is reality. Sirens, like herself, use men for money, power and status; but she has the greatest gift of all. Stronger than any of the Siren’s before her, Ivy’s attraction alludes to a prophecy that could mean the rebirth of Greek gods and goddesses for our modern time.
The Fates believe she is the symbol of a new era. Her mother believes she is the key to ultimate power in their Greek circle. And Nix, her godfather and god of the sea, believes she belongs to him.
Ivy doesn’t want any part of her world or the people that demand so much of her. With the help of Ryder Sutton, her closest friend, she will fight against fate, against the expectations of her society and against the desires of a monster that will do anything to possess her.
And through it all she will deny her feelings for the one person she loves more than anything in order to protect him.
While her future crumbles around her, Ivy will go to extreme lengths to free herself from her glass prison—or drown trying.
Ivy Pierce has been to Hades and back trying to escape Nix and his evil plans to use her. After a failed attempt to save her loved ones, she was forced to leave her friends, her sister and the boy she had fallen in love with, Ryder Sutton.
And yet Olympus isn’t finished with her yet.
As Nix plots to overthrow the legendary mountain, Ivy is pulled back into the twisted, manipulative world of the Greek pantheon. Thrust into the middle of an ancient feud, Ivy will learn quickly that Nix is not the only threat to her freedom and not the only god interested in using her unique skillset to resurrect the Age of Olympus.
In a deadly game between two powerful factions of Greek gods, Ivy will have to battle both fate and the Fates in order to secure her future once and for all. She will discover new powers, fight for her friends’ lives and convince the only boy she has ever loved that he can trust her again.
In the end, she’ll learn the hardest lesson of all. This isn’t a fable or a Greek myth, her life is a love story.
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Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast “Zach & Rachel Take Over the World.”
She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.