Title: The Wicked City
Author: Megan Morgan
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
I received a copy of this book from the author and Goddess Fish Promotions for an honest review in anticipation of an upcoming Blog Tour for the sequel ‘The Bloody City’.
Whatever June Coffin says, goes—literally. And it’s not just because she’s a chain smoking rebel. As a Siren, June has the ability to force people to obey any command she voices. But in a world where those with supernatural powers quickly become lab rats for science, she’d rather look out for herself than fight on the front lines…until her similarly gifted twin brother, Jason, is captured by Chicago’s Institute of Supernatural Research.
To save Jason, June has no choice but to enter a hidden world of conspiracy, murder—and strange bedfellows—including a widowed paranormal advocate whose memory June accidentally erased, and a fiery paranormal separatist leader. Soon the lines between attraction and strategic alliance become blurred. But in a city exploding with paranormal crossfire, and her brother’s life at stake, June will have to face her inner demons and finally take a stand.
This first instalment in the Siren Song series is a fun and intriguing read with a creative twist on Supernaturals.
The main character June is a Siren or ‘Aural Captivator’ who has the power to influence people into doing just about anything with her voice. She is brash, bold , tenacious, and rocks her punk image complete with tattoes, piercings in all the fun places, and attitude for days, like a boss!! In the beginning, I found her to be downright crude and felt somewhat alienated from her character because of that. As the story progressed however, I soon saw that there were many sides to June and that she could also be caring and emotional, and even vulnerable, which was surprising and endearing.
The other characters, particularly those who were affiliated with June, helping her to rescue her brother. were also interesting with their various abilities and this in a way that added richness, depth and complexity to the plot.
The author chose to take the scientific approach to explaining the abilities which I thought was different than most and more realistic. The language used to descibe these was simple, which left no room for confusion or befuddlement and is even believable.
I felt the pacing was steady with the occasional lag. The political intrigue between different factions integrated within led to some thrilling moments where death almost came calling and backstabbing and conspiracies abounded.
My only issue was the romance between June and Mischa. It seemed forced and unrealistic. I thought it was somewhat distasteful seeing that his wife had just died even though he doesn’t remember her. This is a personal issue though, others might be ok with this.
Apart from those minor issues, I enjoyed reading The Wicked City. I loved the twist on Supernaturals and I thought it was fresh, imaginative, and entertaining. I liked that details that seemed confusing or irrelevant at first, came together for a satisfying conclusion.
I recommend this for fans of urban fantasy and or paranormal fantasy/romance.