• Siren Calls

  • The Rise of Ares, Book 1
  • By: Jade Frances
  • Narrated by: Michelle Shure
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A search for answers. A long-held secret. A call to destiny.

If you knew your life was about to change for better or possibly a lot worse, would you still go looking for answers?

Evangeline is an orphan, with no memory of her life before she wound up in a children's home. 

Now at 18, she is free in the world, with a burning desire to unravel the mysteries of her past. What she unlocks changes her life forever.

The Fates take her out of the only world she has ever known and into the lives of the gifted. 

Is it all she ever dreamed of, or were the nightmares that have plagued her for the past 10 years about to become all too real?

©2020 Jade Frances (P)2021 Jade Frances

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sucks you in

I enjoyed both the narrator and the author.

a note on the narrator,iv listened to her before, she does a. good job I just find the pace slow for me so I crack it between 1.3 to 1.5.

the story was good, a little confusing at the beginning when she is trying to figure out what is going on and with all the vague messaging. however I do like how the story develops and am interested in out it all played out, will be listening to the next one in the series.

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Fantastic Story

I wasn’t sure what to expect about this book but I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the story and the premise of Sirens. Something I’ve not read many books that have had them in it. This was a great story with a protagonist that was somewhat predictable but she kept it interesting with her banter and whit. I look forward to hearing what happens next.

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Story sucks you in

I really enjoyed this book. All the mystery and magic I can really get my ears into. Narrator has a lovely voice and I'm looking forward to see where this exciting adventure goes..

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A gripping well-paced & creative series start

I really appreciated the pace of Book 1 in Jade Frances' fresh and inspiring series 'The Rise of Ares'. This is a first book for mne by this author and I am excited to finish this series and explore more of Jade's offerings. From page 1 the excellent narration by Michelle Shure immediately captures the attention of the listener with engaging hints and clues signposting the adventures to come and the mysteries waiting to be solved. The world-building is subtle but totally captivating as step by step, the nuances of Evangeline's enigmatic life are revealed one morsel at a time. Evangeline presents as a somewhat unformed young person, almost a cipher with so little spark and connection to her life. From the outset however, I was cheering for her and also intrigued by side characters such as Taylor and Ava and the roles they would later take in her life.

A prequel that explores more of Evangeline and Ava's backstory would perhaps be enriching and fun to read.

There was some wrap up of storylines at the end of book 1 and some dark adventures just beginning. A perfect balance: In short, I have to get my hands on Book 2 but there were no obnoxious cliffhangers.

Overall, an inspiring and fresh start to what promised to be a creative and engrossing series. This is a must read for fans (young and old) of supernatural mysteries.

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Kept in the Dark!

This is the story of a young girl who has been a orphan since 8 yrs old and no memory of the past. This 18 yr old girl is brought to a place where she is to be taught how to use her gifts, but Knowbody will tell her much always keeping her in the dark (Very Frustrating) for her And the readers. Narrator does a good job on this story.

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Phenomenal Paranormal Book

Siren Calls is my first book by author Jade Feances but it will definitely not be my last. The book is very well written fast paced book that kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters are engrossing especially with the narration of Michelle Shure who brought them to life and made the story pop. I received this book for free but I am voluntarily leaving this review. I highly recommend this book.

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Good start of series

This was a good start of series that kept my interest.
The pacing was a tad to fast in my opinion in that I wasn't able to completely connect with the characters. The world building & characters could use more depth but overall it was a good story. The narrator was great at bringing the story to life.

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Siren Calls

Fast paced, unique plot, great characters and pulled me in.
Evie is thrust into a whole new world filled with many secrets. She ended up befriending a great group of characters.
This book was well written with unique characters and storyline. Well done!! I can't wait to start the next book.

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Original & fast paced young adult novel!

This is just one of those books that draws you in fast! I’m not generally a young adult novel reader, so it says a lot when a YA novel can pull you in & not let go!
Siren Calls is fast paced, full of unanswered questions and an amazingly original plot!
Who doesn’t love a good twist when it comes to mermaids!
The YA feel fit really well for the storyline, but don’t let that fool you. There’s still plenty of major emotion and action to keep you on your seat!

In general, Jade has done a wonderful job with characters and setting description :) dialogue hits at just the right time to keep you engaged, and use of inner dialogue is really really well done-bringing you closer to Evie (the main!) and her actual feelings on the craziness that unfolds for her!

The narrator was super easy to follow, and enjoyable to listen to :)

Five stars all around! Can’t wait to read more !

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Great story!

I enjoyed this story. The characters are easy to relate to and the storyline is interesting. The narrator does a great job telling the story. I look forward to the next in the series.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 09-12-21

A call of a great story

Book 1 in the series. First time I listened to the author and narrator. I like how the author took a Greek myth , the siren , and put her own twist on this story.
Evangeline gets a huge shock when some discovered secrets. Who she really is , not a human . Not only that put she’s the last of her kind. Evangeline finds out who her mother is. She needs to unlock her powers which is locked away all her life. With some help from other sirens how long does it take Evangeline to reach some of her powers

Firect time I heard Michelle Shure. Her voice is okay . She did all the characters good

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  • Korra II Baskerville
  • 08-26-21

Baskerville Book Reviews

I wasn’t expecting much out of this book. Most fantasy stories seem to either dump you into the world or give you an entire book full of exposition and world-building. I was pleasantly surprised to find this book included some intense action scenes.

I may be a bit biased in favor of this series. I love stories that have people who fight secret wars while everybody else in the world remains oblivious. I was reminded of some of my favorite series of all time while reading this. Namely, the Vampire Huntress Legend Series, Person of Interest and, Supernatural.

It’s a great starter book to a series and has what I’m going to start calling “part 1 endings”. Where the book ends, but it feels more like you’ve just finished a chapter and need to pick up book 2 to keep going. I prefer this when reading a series vs. books where each story is a self-contained adventure.

I don’t have much to say about the narrator. She was excellent and did a great job of adding emotion to the lines. This is also a rare Audible audiobook that isn’t plagued with repeated dialogue or the clicking of a computer mouse. So bonus points for that.

I recommend this book to anybody who likes fantasy. The characters and their dialogue are well written. The story is engaging and interesting and it does a wonderful job of world building.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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  • Margarida
  • 07-12-21

Loved it

Really enjoyed this, both the narrator and the story and can't wait to see where it goes!

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  • Kindle Customer Donna
  • 07-07-21

Great storey

really enjoyed the story something a little different and great narration on to book 2

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  • E.L.F
  • 06-01-21

hear the siren calls

I loved this book! Evie is a fantastic character and remains the driving force of the narrative throughout, even when she's terrified, unsure of what's happening she is a strong character that you just want to succeed. I want to know more about her family and her past, but I also love seeing how quickly she bonds to people and sees the real them and is just accepting of it all. Despite everything she's is still open to love and friendship and making a family out of those she comes to care about.

I thought I might find the romance aspect cheesy but I really love how she holds her own against all the conflicting forces and personalities that have an effect on her life. I actually can't wait to see what happens next to the little siren as she grows into her powers!

I love the narrator for this book, she has so much heart and when Evie is hurting or scared you really feel it through her. Amazing job.

i was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • P & k
  • 05-24-21

What an adventure

What a brilliant adventure story this is of self-discovery. This book will have you gripped from the start, Evangeline is such a likeable character. I am so looking forward to the next adventure, that I am going to dive straight in. I also thought the narrator did an excellent job. Highly recommend.

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  • Cat
  • 05-09-21

An ambitious first book!

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Siren Calls is an ambitious first book of a trilogy by Jade Frances. The story centres on a young woman called Evangeline, who finds herself born with powers beyond her understanding. Things unravel as she meets an older woman at a local shop, and she begins her training as a very potent Siren.

Written in first-person view, Siren Calls is narrated purely from Evangeline's perspective. She is fun and spunky, and I enjoyed her inner monologue. She is taken through a myriad of trials and tribulations, where one revelation is bigger than the next. There is evil darkness within Evangeline, and they must find a way to deal with it before she is lost.

Siren Calls is definitely an interesting story with its world and characters, but a few things might need to be mentioned: Evangeline's lack of knowledge is understandable, but I never got why the other characters were so reluctant to inform her of what was going on. If there was a reason given, I must have missed it. A second issue is the pace of the book: it is beyond fast-paced. So much so, I ended up struggling to connect with some of the characters, and budding relationships felt a bit forced, including the number of men Evangeline seems interested in. And I'm not sure why the men in this book were powerful, whereas the women were not (or at least not properly trained).

Note: I listened to the audiobook of Siren Calls. The narrator has a good pace and flow, but dialogue was sometimes too weak, such as during heated moments.

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  • trufriends
  • 04-11-21

nightmares

when nightmares become more than just nightmares looking into a your past is more than then bargained for. An interested beginning to this series.

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  • Sara B
  • 03-21-21

Enjoyable YA Paranormal story

Siren Calls, the first book in The Rise of Ares, is an excellent start to the series. Jade Frances weaved a fabulous urban/paranormal fantasy tale that wholly captured my attention. The storyline is engaging, packed with mystery, suspense, paranormal elements, and magic. The characters are well-developed, intriguing, and capable; I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamics. Hopefully, the second book will be released soon.

Michelle Shure's narration was excellent, capturing the nuances of the characters' personalities and the intensity of the plot. All in all, this was an entertaining and enjoyable audiobook and definitely worth the listen.

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  • Kirsty Barrett
  • 03-19-21

intriguing

loved it. could really imagine the characters and voices they had. I will follow up with rest of the books as I'm intrigued to see where things go. definitely a great starter.

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