Sirenz Back in Fashion by Natalie Zaman and Charlotte Bennardo
"In Sirenz, boarding school roomies Meg and Shar learned the hazards of making a deal with Hades, Lord of the Underworld. The wearing of a Tiffany's diamond ring in Sirenz Back In Fashion reactivates their contract, they find themselves back in his employ as sirens. And things are a little different this time; Shar is whisked off to the Underworld to play hostess as the dark god attempts to win her affections, while Meg is stuck topside, obligated to send spoiled rich girl Paulina Swanson to the Underworld. Hot gods, mere mortals and the Underworld have their secrets. Will Meg and Shar ever ditch Hades, and keep their wardrobes and souls intact?"- summary provided by author
I absolutely loved the first book Sirenz and the sequel is just as good, if not better. It was such a pleasure to read and get back into Meg and Shar's world. They're wonderful characters and I love that the chapters flip flop between their perspectives, especially since in this book, they spend most of it separated.
The humor also makes the book zip on by; any story with a good amount of humor gets my attention. I was laughing out loud multiple times during the book, especially the interactions between Shar and Hades. The inclusion of the various gods and goddesses with their larger-than-life personalities throughout the book is just such fun to read.
Overall, if you haven't checked out this series, please do! It's amazing, funny, and there's some great adventures. Perfect for the beach or pool this summer!
and here's my interview with Natalie and Charlotte:
1) How did you two get the idea for the Sirenz series? Is it difficult to co-write the books?
Originally Sirenz was supposed to be a vampire novel, but seeing how many lined the shelves, we wanted something less visited, and 'siren' popped up when we were reminiscing about Xena Warrior Princess.
It's only difficult to co-author if you don't set the ground rules first; which ranks higher--book or friendship, how will you resolve your differences on edits and direction, and can you block where you put the sharp objects when disagreements arise.
2) Will there be more Sirenz books after the third? Or will you guys move on to other co-written or solo projects?
We planned four books in the series (with the possibility of more), but will have to wait to see how Sirenz Myth Appropriated shakes out since it's going right to e-book. We are both working on a number of other projects, both solo and co-authoring, which are in varying stages of planning, writing, revisions and on submission. We'll keep you posted!
3) What is your favorite Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor?
Nat: Sizzling Cinnamon :) I really need to try the Unbearably Hot Cinnamon Bears...
4) What book(s) are you currently reading, or are about to start?
Nat: My Favorite Dress, coauthored and curated by Gity Monsef, Samantha Erin Safer and Robert de Niet, A Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree (The Jubilee is upon us!) and Chime by Franny Billingsley. Wow, just... wow.
Char: I'm reading Innocent Darkness (ARC) by Suzanne Lazear, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, and Underworld by Meg Cabot (I like to juggle depending on my mood and which is at hand.)
To find out more about Charlotte and Natalie, click on their names. For more on the Sirenz series, click here.