The Bloody City

Megan Morgan
The Bloody City
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Release Date
November 2015
Book 2 of Siren Song
Paranormal with Romantic Elements, Urban Fantasy

On the run…
It's been four months since the head of the Institute of Supernatural Research was murdered. But that doesn't mean June Coffin is out of hiding yet. In a world where being different can get you killed, it's best to keep a low profile. Especially for a Siren who can control other people with the call of her voice. That goes double if your powers might be inexplicably growing…

On the hunt…
But June isn't the only one trying to clear her name. There's Sam, the charismatic paranormal rights leader, and Micha, the first human on record to go paranormal. All of them must bargain with a mysterious vampire named Occam Reed if they want to stay alive.

Out of time…
As tensions increase between humans and paranormals, June must decide who to trust. If only she could hear the song inside her heart…

Book Review by LiaL (reviewer)
Jan 23, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
141 people found the following review helpful
Our tattooed, foul-mouthed Siren is back with this great follow-up to The Wicked City. June is known for many things but patience is not one of them. She is sick of hiding out. They all are tired of waiting to see what vicious attack will be next. Risks will have to be taken to try to combat the hate and violence that is corrupting the city of Chicago and only some of them will survive.

You definitely need to read The Wicked City first before diving into the sequel. Megan Morgan has a lot of new experiences for the team and that doesn't leave a lot of time to catch up on the past. It keeps the pace moving fast even when the action is a little slower this time around.

June is the Siren with lots of attitude. She hasn't changed much in terms of her attitude but is still dealing with the consequences of her injury. She has even given up cigarettes so you know how bad she really is doing physically, and giving up her addiction does not make her any more pleasant to be around. Everyone might be more in danger from an angry, bored Siren than Robbie. June is very worried about those she cares about and that worry is a heavy weight. There is more of an intensity about her in this second book than the first. She has really committed to the mission and it seems like she has accepted that she can't go back and resume her old life as a tattoo artist. She definitely tells less jokes than the first time around.

June along with Sam, Muse and Micha have been hiding out for months waiting to see what to do next in their battle for the city against Robbie and his followers. Sam is a wanted man and June feels like she needs to stay and protect him like he did when she was in need. She is still physically involved with Micha but resists when he is referred to as her boyfriend by Sam. June and Sam have a pull towards one another but she is also confused by the nature of his relationship with Muse. It definitely falls under the label of "it's complicated". These attractions among the members of the group keep it interesting.

This book introduces the Vampires of the city to the story and they are a big part of the action this time around. The author has an interesting view of vampires and they are definitely not the bright, sparkly type. They are arrogant, drug-addicted and smelly for the most part. One of them takes a big interest in June and she really didn't want another admirer or complication. The Vampires may be the only group strong enough to take on Robbie but they are pretty self-focused and not interested in being helpful unless it is in their interests. Some of them have interesting abilities and June begins to realize just how much of a threat they may be to her and the city. She also gets some revealing information about her future.

It is an intense read with lots of surprises and changes. June and the gang face complications in their battle to get the city united against Robbie and the Institute. They are forced to turn to a new group for support but that group is perhaps even more dangerous than their current enemies. Feelings intensify and change for one another and that adds a new level of complexity to their situation. It is a great follow-up to the first book and this series is turning out to be a very intriguing read with lots of surprises to come.
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