** I received an eARC of this book to review **
Roaring by Lindsey Duga
“Colt Clemmons is an agent in a specialized division within the Bureau of Investigation—one that hunts down not just mobsters, but also monsters.
For reasons that are kept top secret, Colt is the only person who can resist a siren’s voice. But he’s never had a chance to test this ability. The last siren left in the world mysteriously disappeared years ago.
Then one night, with a single word, she reveals herself. It seems too good to be true.
And it is. Because nothing about this siren—her past, her powers, or her purpose—is what it seems…”
If you like:
- Historical Fiction (Roaring 20s)
- Morally Gray Characters
- Sirens, werewolves, dragons, etc.
Then this is the book for you!
Roaring is like Ella Enchanted meets Shatter Me meets most all supernatural creatures that you could think of set in the 1920s.
I had read Glow of the Fireflies last year and fell in love with Lindsey’s writing and world building, so it was a no brainer that I wanted to read Roaring!
I’ll be honest, I’m not one who reads historical fiction books because it’s just not the genre that speaks spot me, but I do have a soft spot in my heart for the 20s for some reason, and reading this book transported me back to that era with the flapper dresses, weapons, language/behavior, and the description of the settings! Yet, the story felt fresh without making me think of it as a story that belongs in an old worn out history book.
Eris is a young girl who works speakeasy as a singer and bartender. She doesn’t speak because she knows that her voice takes a hold of people and gives her the power to make them do as she pleases. She’s only spoken a handful of times in the history of her memory (since she can’t remember much of her childhood) until one night when a group of young guys tries to shot the bartender that helped raise her.
Well the BOI (a government group that hunts down monsters), is able to find the lost siren and send Colt to collect Eris before she can “cause harm” to society.
“I couldn’t help but admire the quality of his voice. It was a low timbre, a combination of the strings of a cello, the pluck of a bass, and the lingering bottom note of a sax.”
Colt is expecting Eris to be seductive and cunning given that she’s a siren but what he doesn’t expect to find is this quiet girl trying to lay low and avoid using her powers at all cost. He has this struggle of following his boss’s orders to bring her in and trusting his gut once he starts to realize that she means no harm and just wants to be free from hiding.
“He’d never hear me sing, so there was no effect of my gift whatsoever on him. His interest in my was just that of a guy to a gal. And it made me feel… special.”
Both Eris and Colt had a rough life growing up in orphanages just to be taken by scientists to be turned into things that they hate about themselves. They always feel like they can never be themselves in fear of their lives, and throughout the story they learn more about their becomings and the reasons behind it.
“She was another name to add to my list. Another face to haunt my nightmares. Another sin to mark my soul.”
As they travel back to HQ in DC, secrets are unraveled about the upbringing of newly created monsters, and Eris is a person of interest of several people making her and Colt’s journey back to the capital difficult causing several detours along the way.
In their journey, they see that there is more than the black and white that many want to believe the world to be. They have to deal with parts of their pasts that they would rather stay buried, but they relive those moments to not only move forward in trying to solve this complex puzzle but for the blooming relationship that is growing with each plot twist!
Happy reading until next time,
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