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Four sisters have become queens, rulers of all that Aerthlan's two moons embrace. The last sister will forge her own path . . . Signs and Seals Raised on the magic-seeped Isle of Moon, Maeve is used to unusual powers--and the way they fuel the politics of her world. But when she discovers an ability to shape-shift at will, she knows who she wants to share it with first. Four sisters have become queens, rulers of all that Aerthlan's two moons embrace. The last sister will forge her own path . . . Signs and Seals Raised on the magic-seeped Isle of Moon, Maeve is used to unusual powers--and the way they fuel the politics of her world. But when she discovers an ability to shape-shift at will, she knows who she wants to share it with first. Brody, the enigmatic, infuriating shifter-spy has always made time for Maeve. But it's been almost two months since she's seen him. And though no one else believes Brody is in danger, Maeve is more than ready to rescue him herself. The rumors Brody's investigating are terrifying: a secret army of magic-users, in the service of the cruel Circle of Five. But when he uncovers the identity of one of the Five, the mission becomes personal. Cursed as a boy by the Sea Witch, Brody can spend only two hours a day in his human form, a restriction that limits his future and muzzles his heart. Plus Maeve teases him for being such a pretty doggy instead of appreciating his manly charms. To win his freedom, he must take on a terrible disguise. And when Maeve finds out, she'll unleash a tempest like no other . . .


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Four sisters have become queens, rulers of all that Aerthlan's two moons embrace. The last sister will forge her own path . . . Signs and Seals Raised on the magic-seeped Isle of Moon, Maeve is used to unusual powers--and the way they fuel the politics of her world. But when she discovers an ability to shape-shift at will, she knows who she wants to share it with first. Four sisters have become queens, rulers of all that Aerthlan's two moons embrace. The last sister will forge her own path . . . Signs and Seals Raised on the magic-seeped Isle of Moon, Maeve is used to unusual powers--and the way they fuel the politics of her world. But when she discovers an ability to shape-shift at will, she knows who she wants to share it with first. Brody, the enigmatic, infuriating shifter-spy has always made time for Maeve. But it's been almost two months since she's seen him. And though no one else believes Brody is in danger, Maeve is more than ready to rescue him herself. The rumors Brody's investigating are terrifying: a secret army of magic-users, in the service of the cruel Circle of Five. But when he uncovers the identity of one of the Five, the mission becomes personal. Cursed as a boy by the Sea Witch, Brody can spend only two hours a day in his human form, a restriction that limits his future and muzzles his heart. Plus Maeve teases him for being such a pretty doggy instead of appreciating his manly charms. To win his freedom, he must take on a terrible disguise. And when Maeve finds out, she'll unleash a tempest like no other . . .

30 review for The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea

  1. 4 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea by Kerrelyn Sparks The 5th and final book in the Embraced series. Sweeping Fantasy romance. You definitely want to read the other books first to avoid spoilers. Maeve is the youngest of the girls raised on the Isle of Mist. Her four adopted sisters are all Queens of their respective lands (which we found out in each of the prior 4 books) and married to their predicted loves. Maeve is feeling a bit at loose ends. With her sisters busy with children and duties, Maeve The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea by Kerrelyn Sparks The 5th and final book in the Embraced series. Sweeping Fantasy romance. You definitely want to read the other books first to avoid spoilers. Maeve is the youngest of the girls raised on the Isle of Mist. Her four adopted sisters are all Queens of their respective lands (which we found out in each of the prior 4 books) and married to their predicted loves. Maeve is feeling a bit at loose ends. With her sisters busy with children and duties, Maeve just wants to find Brody. He’s been missing for months. She is worried and a bit lonely. Could he be in trouble or is he avoiding her because of his curse? Loved this fantasy series and a bit sad to see it end. This was a fantastic wrap up with a bonus secondary romance and most of the characters from the prior stories making cameos. A few happy tears at the end. So good.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    Wait, was all of the series this dumb? Did I somehow miss that in the first few books? I mean, humor, okay, I could handle some stupidity for laughs, but this? No. Just no. Seriously, if I wanted to learn more about emotionally-stunted, intellectually-challenged 20-year olds I would have watched more of the Kardashiasses. You know, more than my zero times of ever watching it. Huh, so I've been missing this kinda thing? Maybe I need to reevaluate my stance. This book is the final culmination in a lo Wait, was all of the series this dumb? Did I somehow miss that in the first few books? I mean, humor, okay, I could handle some stupidity for laughs, but this? No. Just no. Seriously, if I wanted to learn more about emotionally-stunted, intellectually-challenged 20-year olds I would have watched more of the Kardashiasses. You know, more than my zero times of ever watching it. Huh, so I've been missing this kinda thing? Maybe I need to reevaluate my stance. This book is the final culmination in a long series that had the first 3 books published by one place, and then a long break, and finally these last two. I can with all honesty say now, after reading them all: Not worth it. It's like if some cool fantasy, like Lord of the Rings for instance, that you really enjoyed suddenly puts out a crappy story where some dude is telling riddles to a troll for half that movie. Or a super great trilogy of space pirates and princesses that gave you fantasies of a young Han Solo turned around and gave you a racist kid-racing movie with the most annoying fictional character in all of the fictional character universe. The internet has been reading my diary again. Jar Jar Binks was the greatest sin against humanity ever! #IsaidwhatIsaid. #NeverForgiveNeverForget So, this book is about a stupid girl who is in love with a dog-boy even though they've never actually spoken to each other in human form. She does incredibly stupid things and gets captured. Then, idiotic Home Alone-worthy battles happen with an army of children taking out a fleet of armed guards. Idiot girl and dog-boy find out their true identities and Deus Ex Machina, they save the world. Oh grumpy cat, you were too good for this world. It sucked.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

    The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea is the final book in The Embraced series by Kerrelyn Sparks. This one features the youngest sister, Maeve and our spy, Brody. This is a bittersweet end for me, but what a sweet and mystical journey it has been. I’ve loved almost all the books in The Embraced series. They have captured me with their magic and exploits. I have to point out the cover for The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea. I love it! It’s perfect for Maeve’s book. I’m also thrilled to finally be getting The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea is the final book in The Embraced series by Kerrelyn Sparks. This one features the youngest sister, Maeve and our spy, Brody. This is a bittersweet end for me, but what a sweet and mystical journey it has been. I’ve loved almost all the books in The Embraced series. They have captured me with their magic and exploits. I have to point out the cover for The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea. I love it! It’s perfect for Maeve’s book. I’m also thrilled to finally be getting Brody’s story. Ever since book one I’ve wanted to know more about the spy who can only be human two hours a day. Sparks weaves another magical tail completing the overall arc and bringing peace to the realms. We are treated too many surprises along the way; especially the one about who Brody is and who Maeve’s parents are. I loved learning about both these characters and what happened to them and who they truly are. I would tell, but that will ruin the revelations and adventure. All I can say is many things come to light and you won’t be disappointed. Maeve and Brody’s romance is sweet and adorable. He’s been avoiding her except for one night a month when Maeve must turn into a seal. Now that things are coming to a head with the Chameleon and The Circle of Five these two find themselves together and putting all the cards on the table. No more hiding from the past or each other. The overall arc runs throughout the series and is completed here. We learn who the last two in The Circle of Five are and we learn who the Chameleon is. We also learning about the evil Embraced army and it will blow your mind that they aren’t what we have been lead to believe. All of our favorite characters throughout the series come together to finish the war that has been coming and end The Circle of Five. We see them work together and what happens at the end will have your emotions singing. We also meet a few new characters and a sweet side romance besides the main couple; Maeve and Brody. The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea weaves a sirens song. It’s entertaining, funny, romantic, a little sad, but most of all it’s a beautiful end to a magical series. **Note: You need to read the series in order. Book 1: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days Book 2: So I Married a Sorcerer Book 3: Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon Book 4: How to Love Your Elf Book 5: The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea Rated: 4.5 Stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mei

    I don't know... maybe this was not the right moment to read this book... I skimmed because I was annoyed with almost every action and thought our MCs had... It was soo juvenile and idiot that I wanted to screem and was rolling my eyes almost constantly! I give this 2 stars just because the Embraced story is finished and I don't have to read another book like this!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    I want to be Embraced… There is something exhilarating about coming to the end of a book or series and knowing that everything has come together perfectly. While it did take me a wee while to get sucked into The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea, once things started to happen, I couldn’t stop. I even downloaded it to my phone to get a little sneaky reading in here and there. So much sneakier than dragging around my big and cumbersome Kindle. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Kindle but it’s definitely my ‘ I want to be Embraced… There is something exhilarating about coming to the end of a book or series and knowing that everything has come together perfectly. While it did take me a wee while to get sucked into The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea, once things started to happen, I couldn’t stop. I even downloaded it to my phone to get a little sneaky reading in here and there. So much sneakier than dragging around my big and cumbersome Kindle. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Kindle but it’s definitely my ‘at home’ device for reading. Anyways… I loved seeing all of the pieces fall into place and getting the shock of my life when the surprise unveiling of royalty took place. Knock me over with a feather, I did not see it coming. All of the royalty in this series are down to earth and very likeable. A little like the young English monarchy – they appear friendly, approachable, and almost normal. Sure, they have guards, servants, and minders, but they also appear to be willing to get their hands dirty. In this story, I think they are normal because they haven’t been hiding in their castles while someone else deals with problems. They have had to face and fight their enemies while also keeping their loved ones safe. I loved getting to know Maeve and Brody better… while they got to know each other better. It does take time for them to trust each other and the feelings that have always simmered between them. If anything, they’ve had to learn to trust that the feelings won’t disappear once all of their secrets have been exposed. Brody is not sure he wants Maeve to sacrifice her life with someone cursed. Maeve is sure that her family baggage will make him run for the hills. Communication is the key, and once it’s all out on the table they realise that their love for each other will conquer all obstacles. The second half of The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea was fast-paced, exciting and highly informative. Sure, stuff happened in the first half but I admit that it didn’t have my heart pumping as the second half did. I have really enjoyed reading The Embraced series. Their world was easy to imagine, the characters were original, lovable, and determined to bring peace, and the love stories were sweet. I highly recommend giving this series a try, but you must…start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. Stacey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Claire Robinson

    5 - "The pen is mightier than the sword…" Stars! The Embraced / Embraced by Magic series is how I discovered Kerrelyn Sparks and having read and loved all five books I know that this is an author I’ll be looking to read more from in the future. All books have been heavy on story, world-building and character development and each one was an absolute pleasure to read. "Finally. After all these years, we will have justice…" You need to have read the previous four books from the series to understand ev 5 - "The pen is mightier than the sword…" Stars! The Embraced / Embraced by Magic series is how I discovered Kerrelyn Sparks and having read and loved all five books I know that this is an author I’ll be looking to read more from in the future. All books have been heavy on story, world-building and character development and each one was an absolute pleasure to read. "Finally. After all these years, we will have justice…" You need to have read the previous four books from the series to understand everything that is going on in this one, Brody and Maeve have featured in all previous books as secondary characters that-said, because the books have all offered such depth and vivid story lines you know them almost as well as the characters each book was actually focusing on, although the author kept back some really great surprises for The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea. This story is the climax, the culmination of all the sub plots that have been playing out, the Aerthlan world has slowly started to embrace peace as each kingdom gains a new King & Queen and the enemies vanquished. But the Chameleon is still at large and not all of the enemies are known as yet. They’d come a long way from being orphans at the convent on the Isle of Moon… I’m not going to delve into the plot, it would risk giving spoilers and I think one of the things that has made this series so enjoyable for me was the discovery of each twist and turn as I was reading it and not because I’d found out beforehand. The humour, heart, heat and everything you expect from this author and this series are still very much included, and if like me you have had a soft spot for Brody since the beginning, you are going to love his and Maeve’s book. "We can't always control what fate has in store for us..." ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    1-Click Addict Support Group

    Fantastic end to the series! Oh, I didn’t want to read Maeve’s story. I knew this would be the end of the series and I loved this fantasy world so much! But, I also couldn’t wait for Brody’s story to finally be told – it was a long time coming! – and he and Maeve were magic together… Which worked out pretty good considering this fantasy world was full to the brim of all things out of this world. Sea witches, Seers, children – and armies – with magical powers. The came together for one final battle Fantastic end to the series! Oh, I didn’t want to read Maeve’s story. I knew this would be the end of the series and I loved this fantasy world so much! But, I also couldn’t wait for Brody’s story to finally be told – it was a long time coming! – and he and Maeve were magic together… Which worked out pretty good considering this fantasy world was full to the brim of all things out of this world. Sea witches, Seers, children – and armies – with magical powers. The came together for one final battle where all the kingdoms were at stake. Sound fun, wild and full of unexpectedness? Throw in shifters, romance and royalty and you have this series – and story – in a nutshell. It is, however, impossible to pigeon-hole really. These are anything but cookie-cutter reads and Maeve and Brody’s was no exception. Both determined to find truth, with a good need for revenge mixed in as well, their journey was full of ups and downs as they found more than they bargained for. Along with a romance that had been percolating from afar for way too long, their not so sudden courtship was fraught with intrigue, drama, humour and even sweetness. And lots and lots of magic… Like I said, hard to pigeon-hole with so much going on but so much to savour as the plot revealed itself one delicious chapter at a time... Great way to end the series! ~Diane, 5 stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    *ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review* Overall this is a very light beach read. Nothing heavy really gave me nods of the light paranormal romances that were popular in the early 2000’s. I liked the plot overall and the embraced magic system. The world was intriguing. I really wanted to love the book because the blurb grabbed my attention. However the character development and the dialogue was not done well. The dialogue was stilted and didn’t flow well. While it pushed the *ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review* Overall this is a very light beach read. Nothing heavy really gave me nods of the light paranormal romances that were popular in the early 2000’s. I liked the plot overall and the embraced magic system. The world was intriguing. I really wanted to love the book because the blurb grabbed my attention. However the character development and the dialogue was not done well. The dialogue was stilted and didn’t flow well. While it pushed the plot forward it was lacking. I’m not a fan of the naive virgin trope so Maeve was a bust for me as a heroine. While she is very idealistic and always does the right thing, she’s a very one dimensional character. Brody seemed more emotional and his actions seemed to be backed up by his development. The villain was utterly idiotic and it makes no sense that she was able to cause the chaos she did. Then being duped so easily by Maeve and Brody’s light manipulation. All in all very predictable light fantasy romance read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Layna Snow

    What a great end to the sister's stories! I wondered how Maeve's story would go. Her sisters were all queens of countries, and that left her out of things. She was the baby, and hated that they treated her that way. What was worse, Brody, the person who she felt closest with, was missing! And no one seemed to worry! Determined to figure out things on her own, and find the man that she loved, Maeve ventures out on her own. Maybe if she can figure out where the Embraced army is she'd find Brody. But What a great end to the sister's stories! I wondered how Maeve's story would go. Her sisters were all queens of countries, and that left her out of things. She was the baby, and hated that they treated her that way. What was worse, Brody, the person who she felt closest with, was missing! And no one seemed to worry! Determined to figure out things on her own, and find the man that she loved, Maeve ventures out on her own. Maybe if she can figure out where the Embraced army is she'd find Brody. But she finds her past, present, and future instead! Loved this book! And I love how we get to see the ending of the sisters stories, as well as the other embraced!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty Hendry

    Thank you Netgalley for the eARC. The siren and the deep blue sea is the 5th book in the Embraced series. Maeves sisters are now all queens in their own countries leaving only Maeve unmarried. She has plenty of potential suitors but the man she wants has been missing for two months and rumors of an embraced army have surfaced. The book focuses on Maeves journey to find Brody and the location of the embraced army. I really enjoyed this book. I fact i couldnt put it down and finished it in one night! Thank you Netgalley for the eARC. The siren and the deep blue sea is the 5th book in the Embraced series. Maeves sisters are now all queens in their own countries leaving only Maeve unmarried. She has plenty of potential suitors but the man she wants has been missing for two months and rumors of an embraced army have surfaced. The book focuses on Maeves journey to find Brody and the location of the embraced army. I really enjoyed this book. I fact i couldnt put it down and finished it in one night! It is magical. full of twists and the main love story is great. Though the instalove between the other two prominent characters was a bit much for me. The book is well written and captivating. 4 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Questian

    The last book if the series, and i am sad that it had to end. So beautify written and so entertaining . What ever books Ms. Sparks would write. I will diligently wait for it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marielle Authier

    Expected publication: August 25th 2020

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ann Lorz

    Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: http://www.romancingthereaders.com/20... I think for most of us this book is a long time coming. Most of us who have enjoyed this series couldn't wait for Brody's story. Oh, and Maeve's story too. What can I say, Brody, stood out to me as a more interesting character. Not that I don't like Maeve because I do, she just didn't stand out like he did. And really that's a good thing. Makes the story more interesting because you want to know more about Brody and Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: http://www.romancingthereaders.com/20... I think for most of us this book is a long time coming. Most of us who have enjoyed this series couldn't wait for Brody's story. Oh, and Maeve's story too. What can I say, Brody, stood out to me as a more interesting character. Not that I don't like Maeve because I do, she just didn't stand out like he did. And really that's a good thing. Makes the story more interesting because you want to know more about Brody and you cheering him on and you also like Maeve and want her to be happy I have to say I really enjoyed the twist in the story. I won't tell you more because I really want you to learn it yourself but I will say that it has to do with Maeve and her mother. I bet you can't wait to read it now. This is a good action-packed story that has you cheering on both Brody and Maeve. I'm so glad these two found a way to stick together and fight together. We learn so much in this story and I'm happy that Maeve went looking for Brody. I really enjoyed this story and was a little sad that the series has come to an end but I'm looking forward to what comes next from this author. Follow me on: https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe... https://twitter.com/Romancingreader ARC received for an honest review

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    What an incredible book this turned out to be!!! I just adored it in every way. A epic finale to love and adore!!! Full review to come closer to publishing date

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carvanz

    What a wonderful conclusion to the series! I’ve been waiting for Brody’s story since book 1 and it was everything I had hoped for! This was filled with action and adventure as Maeve and Brody work together to bring the Circle of Five to an end. There were so many twists as secrets are revealed, things I never saw coming. Add in the addition of a new trick for Brody and I couldn’t stop reading. While this was certainly laced with drama, it still had the romance that I’ve come to expect as well as What a wonderful conclusion to the series! I’ve been waiting for Brody’s story since book 1 and it was everything I had hoped for! This was filled with action and adventure as Maeve and Brody work together to bring the Circle of Five to an end. There were so many twists as secrets are revealed, things I never saw coming. Add in the addition of a new trick for Brody and I couldn’t stop reading. While this was certainly laced with drama, it still had the romance that I’ve come to expect as well as the angst that kept me wondering how this couple would find their happy ever after. Nothing is predictable here which made the ending all the more enjoyable. This was a pretty fast read that included all the characters from the previous books and the continuation of solving who the true villain was, therefore I would recommend you read this series in order. With a hero and heroine that were perfect for each other and chemistry that was felt throughout the story, I fell even more in love with Maeve and Brody. Dual POV Safe (view spoiler)[no ow/om drama; h virgin; H celibate since meeting h years ago (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    Finally we get to know more about Brody , a man cursed to only be in his own body for two hours a day. No one knows who he really is and he’s absolutely kept to himself the knowledge that like the evil Chameleon he can assume the form of humans too ! No to most Brody is just a cute and dare I say pretty dog who makes the perfect spy. Maeve doesn’t want to sit on the sidelines anymore and she’s desperate to locate her missing friend Brody. She doesn’t care what the Circle of Five are plotting beca Finally we get to know more about Brody , a man cursed to only be in his own body for two hours a day. No one knows who he really is and he’s absolutely kept to himself the knowledge that like the evil Chameleon he can assume the form of humans too ! No to most Brody is just a cute and dare I say pretty dog who makes the perfect spy. Maeve doesn’t want to sit on the sidelines anymore and she’s desperate to locate her missing friend Brody. She doesn’t care what the Circle of Five are plotting because Maeve has a plan of her own but her journey takes her to a hideous discovery about herself and just where she came from ! This the final book in this series about the Embraced ticked so many boxes. The Circle of Five and the Chameleon who has featured heavily in previous books finally get their comeuppance. I loved Brodys backstory which was a completely surprising . The evil Embraced army turned out to be nothing at all like I was expecting which was a wonderful surprise. Plus all my favourite characters returned with glorious effects. It’s funny ( keep an eye on Nevis !) , it’s romantic and even a little sad but most of all it was a thoroughly entertaining end to a series that I have truly enjoyed. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea is the final story in the Embraced series. The story centers around Maeve, a selkie and the youngest of the Embraced sisters. Brody has missed their monthly swim twice, which has never happened before, and Maeve is certain something is wrong. When she hears that Brody is investigating a terrifying rumor that the Circle of Five has amassed an Embraced army to take over all of the kingdoms, Maeve determines to find him. Maeve knows this search will be difficult. Beca The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea is the final story in the Embraced series. The story centers around Maeve, a selkie and the youngest of the Embraced sisters. Brody has missed their monthly swim twice, which has never happened before, and Maeve is certain something is wrong. When she hears that Brody is investigating a terrifying rumor that the Circle of Five has amassed an Embraced army to take over all of the kingdoms, Maeve determines to find him. Maeve knows this search will be difficult. Because of a curse, Brody can only remain in human form for two hours a day and must spend the rest of the day in a different form. However, Maeve’s journey leads her to the island of the infamous and evil Sea Witch, who is connected to Maeve and Brody in more ways than one. The couple must deal with the shocking secrets learned on the island, and they must defeat the Sea Witch if they ever hope to have Brody’s curse lifted. This is an epic conclusion to a wonderful series. In typical Kerrelyn Sparks fashion, the story is immersive with vivid detail, interesting characters, sharp dialogue, and a well-paced plot. I love that we finally learn more about Brody’s past and what led to his curse. I also love that Maeve and Brody finally were able to admit their feelings for each other. Maeve is a wonderful protagonist. Brave and fierce, she is tired of feeling left out. She wants to take charge of her life and her love, but she won’t sit on the sidelines and wait for something to happen. Connected by their mysterious pasts and their shifting abilities, Maeve and Brody have loved each other for years, but they both held back their feelings. You can feel the tension, longing, and unfulfilled desire in each of their interactions. Their love is palpable and makes for a deliciously intriguing read. I also want to comment on the other romance in the novel. Princess Elinor and Nevis are an unlikely yet completely perfect pair. Their awkward flirtations in the midst of some very intense situations are sweet and comical. To see Nevis, a man who is calm, cool, and collected under the most stressful of circumstances, stumble and fumble over Elinor, who, in turn, teases and flirts, endears me even more to their characters. The antagonists in the story are also dynamically developed, which makes their vile nature even more apparent. It is clear that the evil Circle of Five and the Chameleon are the antitheses of Maeve, Brody, and their friends. Cruel, heartless, and greedy, they will stop at nothing to gain power, even if it means hurting, using, and betraying people. I loved seeing all of the major characters from previous books work together to defeat the villainous threat that hangs over them all. In addition to the well-developed characters, the story is a fascinating page-turner. Filled with action and adventure, the story builds up to an epic showdown between good and evil. Shifters, dragons, betrayal, Embraced kids, curses, witches, and more add to the fantastical world and well-constructed plot. I can’t recommend this series enough! Thanks so much to Netgalley and Kensington Books for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    When two months go by without word from the shape-shifter spy, Brody, no one seems perturbed—except for Maeve, the youngest of the five embraced sisters who always had a special bond with him. Maeve goes in search of him, unaware that this course of action will lead Brody and her into a world of peril and painful secrets. Side-note – Although this appears to be book 2 in a new series, it’s actually a continuation of the series before it called, Embraced. But all the books in these two series can When two months go by without word from the shape-shifter spy, Brody, no one seems perturbed—except for Maeve, the youngest of the five embraced sisters who always had a special bond with him. Maeve goes in search of him, unaware that this course of action will lead Brody and her into a world of peril and painful secrets. Side-note – Although this appears to be book 2 in a new series, it’s actually a continuation of the series before it called, Embraced. But all the books in these two series can also be read as stand-alones as the author’s segue is easy to follow. I have to say upfront, I loved the plot-line of this story. So many secrets and conflicts had me turning the page and unwilling to stop reading. Kerrelyn Sparks crafted a compelling story with dashes of humor that made it a boatload of fun to read. I only read one book in this series but the author’s segue was easy to follow and her writing style a pleasure to read. The main characters each had complicated back-stories and secrets hiding in their pasts, waiting to blow in their faces. The romance was in equal parts sizzling & funny. The side-characters were hilarious, making me laugh out loud numerous times from their witty comments. After I finished How To Love Your Elf, I thought for sure Kerrelyn Sparks couldn’t possibly top it but I was wrong. The Siren And The Deep Blue Sea was a delightful read with side-characters that left me grinning and satisfactory resolutions to all the stories in the Embraced and Embraced by Magic series. *Thanks to the publisher, Kensington Books and NetGalley for the ARC. https://nomadicworlds.wordpress.com/2020/08/18/arc-review-the-siren-and-the-deep-blue-sea-embraced-by-magic-2-by-kerrelyn-sparks/

  19. 4 out of 5

    Permanently_Booked

    YES! This! I cannot explain how much I loved the Embraced Series. This is the final book and it is everything I wanted it to be. Humorous, sultry, action packed and graceful closure. I’ve seen some reader’s claim books or series as their guilty pleasure reads and this is hands down mine. Maeve is the last of the five orphaned sisters to find love and have the telling stones speak true. This is her story and the finale to hunting down the Circle of Five and the Embraced Army. The magic system is YES! This! I cannot explain how much I loved the Embraced Series. This is the final book and it is everything I wanted it to be. Humorous, sultry, action packed and graceful closure. I’ve seen some reader’s claim books or series as their guilty pleasure reads and this is hands down mine. Maeve is the last of the five orphaned sisters to find love and have the telling stones speak true. This is her story and the finale to hunting down the Circle of Five and the Embraced Army. The magic system is easy to follow in all the books. Occasionally it may seem things are a little too easy for the MCs but honesty this is fantasy romance and happy endings are almost always expected… almost. The world building is beautiful and simplistic. Set in a time of kings, queens, castles, islands and pirates. The best part is the characters. Each book is one of the five sisters finding their one true love and the battles they have with embraced powers and war struggles. The heroines are brave and sassy and Maeve is no different. I loved her persona just as much as the other sisters. Sparks did a wonderful job closing the chapter on these characters in this book. I even got a little misty eyed at the end. My only drawback was the ending seemed a tad rushed but not enough to take anything away from my enjoyment. If you like pirates, dragons, elves, magical powers, sirens and some sultry scenes. I HIGHLY recommend this entire series to you. Now if only each book had a similar cover scheme like the new ones, my shelves would be complete! Thank you Kensington and NetGalley for the advanced ebook copy. All thoughts are solely my own. One final note, the first three books I also listened to on audio. They are excellently narrated and I can still hear the accents in my head as I read the final two. Whether audio or physical, I am sure you’ll adore these girls as much as I did.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    An amazing end to a fun fantasy romance series! Finally, the last of the embraced sisters of the Isle of Moon gets her happily ever after.... and it's with Brody! *sigh* I've been wanting Brody to get his happily ever after too. How awesome that Maeve and Brody get together. Yay! (no spoilers here, if you read the blurb, you figure it out.) Finally, finally, finally we get the conclusion of the Embraced/Embraced by Magic series. So much happens here. We get the deets on the remaining circle of 5 An amazing end to a fun fantasy romance series! Finally, the last of the embraced sisters of the Isle of Moon gets her happily ever after.... and it's with Brody! *sigh* I've been wanting Brody to get his happily ever after too. How awesome that Maeve and Brody get together. Yay! (no spoilers here, if you read the blurb, you figure it out.) Finally, finally, finally we get the conclusion of the Embraced/Embraced by Magic series. So much happens here. We get the deets on the remaining circle of 5 members. Their origin story. We get more on the Seer. Who Maeve's parents are. Who Brody's parents are. Brody's origin story. How the rest of the sisters and their broods are. We follow up with secondary characters and meet more Embraced children. And finally, we get Maeve and Brody- the whole story. *sigh* Closure, we get all the closure. (Nothing grinds my gears like leaving holes open or ending with a...) The story was fun, fast-paced, packed with mystery and adventure, and more than one lurve connection. I will say that it did feel like the romance or connection was a bit lost in the over-arching story and mystery. But again, we got so much closure going on, it was ok! You absolutely will be lost if you read this as a stand-alone or out of order. I absolutely recommend this series for lovers of paranormal/fantasy romances! *ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maranda

    Huge fan of everything Sparks writes but especially the Embraced novels. This world is filled with an in-depth world of secrets and wonderfully unique powers. Siren and the Deep Blue Sea is the long awaited story of Maeve and Brody. I cannot get into the details of this drama it can only be savored by reading yourself. Would suggest starting this series from the beginning as many adventures and characters are brought to life on those pages. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books v Huge fan of everything Sparks writes but especially the Embraced novels. This world is filled with an in-depth world of secrets and wonderfully unique powers. Siren and the Deep Blue Sea is the long awaited story of Maeve and Brody. I cannot get into the details of this drama it can only be savored by reading yourself. Would suggest starting this series from the beginning as many adventures and characters are brought to life on those pages. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    Maeve is the youngest of the “Embraced” sisters and after years of seeing her older sisters find love. become wives, mothers and Queens, it is finally Maeve’s turn for a HEA. I loved Maeve and Brody’s story, which is a well written, action packed, exciting read, but there is just no way to review the plot of this book without ruining the enormous twists, turns and surprises – but suffice it to say, the Embraced series concludes with an epic bang! The reader will learn who the started the Circle o Maeve is the youngest of the “Embraced” sisters and after years of seeing her older sisters find love. become wives, mothers and Queens, it is finally Maeve’s turn for a HEA. I loved Maeve and Brody’s story, which is a well written, action packed, exciting read, but there is just no way to review the plot of this book without ruining the enormous twists, turns and surprises – but suffice it to say, the Embraced series concludes with an epic bang! The reader will learn who the started the Circle of Five and why, you will learn more about Brody’s past and his curse, you will find out who Maeve’s parents are and what that means to the other sisters, you will learn who the Chameleon really is, you will finally learn about the Embraced army, there will be sea battles, exploding fish, house cats, tigers, cameos with all the sisters and their husbands, a sweet secondary romance, warm love scenes, surprises, shocks, an epic battle to determine the fate of Aerthlan once and for all and finally a HEA that may or may not break a curse! After reading the other “sisters” stories and being completely enchanted and blown away, I didn’t believe that Ms. Sparks could surprise me or outdo her previous success, so I prepared myself to be let down by the finale and just hoped I got a few answers – I am happy to say, I was WRONG – very, very, very wrong – not only did Ms. Sparks give me answers – she answered questions I didn’t even think to ask! Maeve and Brody’s story is the crown jewel in the Embraced/Embraced by Magic series – if you haven’t read the previous books and you enjoy the fantasy/paranormal/magic sub-genre of Historical Romance – you must read this series – preferably in order starting with How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days – I loved this book and I highly recommend this series – you could read this book as a stand-alone title, but seriously, do yourself a huge favor and read all the books in order – it will just enhance the ending for you! *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Maeve is the youngest unmarried sister of five Embraced women on the Isle of Moon.  All of them grew up in a convent as sister but are not blood related as we find out Maeve's parentage in this book. All of her sister's had Embraced gifts and were married to Kings on different islands.  [I have not read the other books and didn't feel lost due to this which is great. But I also want to hear the other couples love stories now so will have to add them to my TBR]She starts her story being worried a Maeve is the youngest unmarried sister of five Embraced women on the Isle of Moon.  All of them grew up in a convent as sister but are not blood related as we find out Maeve's parentage in this book. All of her sister's had Embraced gifts and were married to Kings on different islands.  [I have not read the other books and didn't feel lost due to this which is great. But I also want to hear the other couples love stories now so will have to add them to my TBR]She starts her story being worried about a shifter named Brody who is always there during the full moon when she shifts with her Embraced gift as a Selkie but he's been missing for 2 months.  He's been away on a secret mission for King Leo.  When she finds him you feel their chemistry immediately.  He is cursed to animal form but for 2 hours a day when he can be in his human form.  So his adoration for Maeve is expressed in surly annoyance to try to get her to avoid him but she is too drawn to him. But he also can't hide his adoration of her and she knows it. She forces her way into trouble, gets abducted, finds her parents, loses her parents, finds an Embraced Army, makes a lot of new friends, finds some new powers and might get some other types of actions (wink wink). I liked the two romances in this book.  Both male characters didn't think they were good enough for the females.  It was rather sweet and the ladies had to shake them a little to make them see reason.  I would say that Maeve and Brody weren't a slow burn but I don't know what they may have been doing in other books lol. I recommend for those who like fantasy adventure, intrigue and romance.

  24. 5 out of 5

    LAB☺

    (ARC provided by NetGalley) This was a fantastic finish to this magical series. There was less humor and a slightly more serious story this time around, but the pace kept me engaged from beginning to end. Brody and Maeve were a great couple, each showing their courage and devotion to each other, and their bravery to stand up to the remaining members of the Circle of Five. I loved that we saw perspectives and side stories from other characters to bring the story together. The ending was fantastic, (ARC provided by NetGalley) This was a fantastic finish to this magical series. There was less humor and a slightly more serious story this time around, but the pace kept me engaged from beginning to end. Brody and Maeve were a great couple, each showing their courage and devotion to each other, and their bravery to stand up to the remaining members of the Circle of Five. I loved that we saw perspectives and side stories from other characters to bring the story together. The ending was fantastic, with all the kingdoms joining together for the final battle. Leo almost broke my heart a few times, but so glad he was finally able to enjoy some peace at the end. This is a fun, romantic fantasy series that was consistently entertaining from beginning to end.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sana Zameer

    I've loved this series from the very first book How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days and am feeling sad reading the final book of this fantastic series as it comes to an amazing end. The last is about Maeve and Brody and nicely ties up the series with all the other secondary characters making cameo. The five orphan sisters have come a long way and I've very much enjoyed their journey. I wish there was more stories to be told and hope that Kerrelyn Sparks would some day return to this fantastic worl I've loved this series from the very first book How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days and am feeling sad reading the final book of this fantastic series as it comes to an amazing end. The last is about Maeve and Brody and nicely ties up the series with all the other secondary characters making cameo. The five orphan sisters have come a long way and I've very much enjoyed their journey. I wish there was more stories to be told and hope that Kerrelyn Sparks would some day return to this fantastic world of the Embraced.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carla Derrick

    This whole series has been amazing and just as great as Kerrelyn Sparks Love at Stake series. From the first book to the last I have become engrossed from the first page. Every single book has been a four to five star rating and this one is most definitely one of my favorites in the series. Maeve and Brody have stepped around each from years. Their chemistry has been potent from the beginning and it was a enjoy to see them come together at last. Brody has lived a hard life since the age of ten. This whole series has been amazing and just as great as Kerrelyn Sparks Love at Stake series. From the first book to the last I have become engrossed from the first page. Every single book has been a four to five star rating and this one is most definitely one of my favorites in the series. Maeve and Brody have stepped around each from years. Their chemistry has been potent from the beginning and it was a enjoy to see them come together at last. Brody has lived a hard life since the age of ten. He has lived with an interesting curse and doesn't believe he is worthy of Maeve. Maeve is stubborn and knows what she wants. She is definitely a character who beats to her own drum and is a great heroine. There is also a nice side romance that takes place, but it doesn't take away from the main story. This last book of the series ended wonderfully. I do suggest that one reads the series in order to enjoy the whole experience because there is a lager story arc contained within each romance. I can't wait to see what Kerrelyn Sparks rights next. She is always an auto by for me. I received this ARC via Netgalley and all opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    This book was an amazing end to a great series. Sparks is one of those authors I buy every book from them. I cant wait to see whats next.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kaye

    Book 5 regarding the girls raised on an island in a convent. Each one has a special power and comes from a different race of people. This is the last one of the girls to find her family and her husband to be. Maeve was always the youngest and always felt a little left out. She has the skills to talk with sea creatures and can change into a seal. She has had a crush on shifter Brody for a long time, and while he feels for her too he cannot allow himself to love someone unless he can remove the cu Book 5 regarding the girls raised on an island in a convent. Each one has a special power and comes from a different race of people. This is the last one of the girls to find her family and her husband to be. Maeve was always the youngest and always felt a little left out. She has the skills to talk with sea creatures and can change into a seal. She has had a crush on shifter Brody for a long time, and while he feels for her too he cannot allow himself to love someone unless he can remove the curse. He can only be human 2 hours a day. I have read all the other books so I could easily follow along, but you might struggle a bit if you are coming in new. Highly recommend this series though, and have admired this author's work for a long time. Had a hard time putting this one down, and sad to see the series ending. Look forward to her next one to come.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura DeSimone

    The final book in the Embraced Series is one of the best. With many questions answered in regards to Brody and Maeve’s origins, and secrets revealed about other characters in the story it was a fitting end to a wonderful series. I highly recommend this book to all the fans of the Embraced.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sheralee

    ARC gratefully received from Netgalley. Please note this did not impact my review. Well The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea saw the conclusion of the five sisters story (of love not birth) and the overall arch of the series. This book was ultimately about redemption and forgiveness which we saw with Maeve and Brody, the Seer and also one other male character from an earlier book (no spoilers here, sorry!). I enjoyed this final book and how all the pieces and characters were featured in some way. Was ARC gratefully received from Netgalley. Please note this did not impact my review. Well The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea saw the conclusion of the five sisters story (of love not birth) and the overall arch of the series. This book was ultimately about redemption and forgiveness which we saw with Maeve and Brody, the Seer and also one other male character from an earlier book (no spoilers here, sorry!). I enjoyed this final book and how all the pieces and characters were featured in some way. Was it my favorite book from the series?, no but you had to admire the tenacity and commitment of Maeve and Brody. As always, the author presented a fast paced, enjoyable read. I confess I hope there is a prequel written for the Seer and his first love (will make sense as you read the story). Would I recommend this book, yes but as part of the overall series. I think you would miss out on the overall story arch and character development if you read as a stand alone. The good news is the other four books are fabulous.

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