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…
My Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★1/2
Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
I went into Roaring with no expectations. I had not heard much about it, positive or negative, and requested in on a whim. Filled with action, romance, and fantastical elements, I was delighted to find Roaring to be extremely enjoyable and easy to read.
In this story, we are introduced to the main characters, Eris, the siren, and Colt, the agent, and they are immediately endearing. Eris is powerful but kind. Despite having the power to control others, she feels remorseful if she uses her power even for good. Throughout the story, we can see her inner struggle as she debates whether or not her power makes her a monster. Colt must go through a similar struggle but must unlearn everything he has been taught his whole life if he is to believe she is truly good. The romance between Eris and Colt was adorable! As they learn to accept themselves and each other, a super sweet romance develops. As I read, I could not help but root for them to admit their feelings.. Beyond that, they clearly respected each other and saw beyond the labels others put on them.
I found the world-building to be unique and compelling. Monsters and monster hunters in 1920s New York? I had never heard of anything like it before! The fact that the monsters were not common knowledge to society surprised me. For some reason, I thought it would be. It made me think of how monsters are secretly ingrained into society in the Percy Jackson series. Additionally, I thought the use of 1920s terms and slang (there is a glossary of them at the beginning of the book) was a nice touch. It helped to consistently immerse me into the setting and remind me of the time period.
I have no doubt that fans of YA fantasy/romance will love this book!