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Elegy (Watersong series, book 4)

by Amanda Hocking

Rated: High

Gemma has been a siren for only a few months (though it seems longer since the story fills up four whole books, which start with Wake). But she’s never wanted the cursed immortal existence that was thrust upon her, and it’s making her and her family and close friends miserable (mostly due to the evil siren leader, Penn). They’ve been searching for a way to break the curse since the beginning, and they have almost found it: they have the ancient scroll that spells out the terms of the curse. Unfortunately, they can’t read it and it does seem to be completely indestructible, as the sirens have assured Gemma. That isn’t stopping them from continuing to search, even as the stakes get higher as time ticks on and Penn creates ever more problems.

Of course, resolution finally comes at the very end of this novel. It just didn’t come quite soon enough; the books are just a bit too bloated for my taste. And the plot device in which a character secretly makes a decision to do a terrible thing to save loved ones is overused and overextended to the point of being tiresome. But the pacing otherwise is pretty good and it’s satisfying to see bad guys get their due (yes, a bit of a spoiler, but you know it’s going to happen). It’s nice to see the characters finally happy and with the people they love, too, though, again, it seemed to take a little too long. Overall, a fun set of books, perfect to pick up and breeze through for easy, entertaining reading.

Rated: High. There are four uses of strong language and a moderate amount of milder language. There is a lot of bloody violence, involving plenty of evisceration and gleeful gore. There are lots of fight scenes, with varying amounts of detail. There are also a number of heated make-out scenes that almost lead to sex, and two sex scenes, which are fairly brief, but involve teens. Definitely the strongest content-wise of all the series.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • Elegy (Watersong series, book 4)
  • by Amanda Hocking
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Young adult
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