“Siren Queen” is one of those books with subtle magic. When it is introduced you think (or at least I thought), “Oh, this is a metaphor and what’s being described isn’t actually happening.” Then it becomes clear as the book progresses that no, this is a world with real, tangible magic. Movie magic, if you will.
Now, I should say that I’m not someone who is into tales from the Golden Age of Hollywood. I have nothing against them, of course but I never seek them out. If they are offered to me, I accept.
Nghi Vo is a very talented writer, and the writing is what made me like her last novel even though the plot was less than thrilling. “Siren Queen,” on the other hand, combines her skilled writing with an interesting story. Add in a dash of magic and I’m sold!