Book Review

Princess Ben

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Princess Ben short for Benevolence is orphaned after the assassinations of her uncle, the reining king, and her mother, her father’s body is not found. As the last remaining member of royal blood, Ben is forced to move into the castle and endure her aunt, Queen Sophia. Sophia insists that Ben act like the princess she should and insists that Ben learn to dance, sew, proper penmanship, and control her appetite. She later learns these “lessons” are to make her appealing to a suitor, so that the queen may marry her off! Once Ben learns of this notion, she is anything but cooperative. The Queen, upset by Bens actions locks her away. But in her moment of despair Ben discovers a room that may be her escape from Sophia and an unwanted marriage, perhaps even provide vengeance for the death of her parents.

After reading Murdocks’s other books, I was expecting a lot from Princess Ben. Not only did this book meet my expectations, it extended far beyond them! It is beautifully told in a way that only Murdock can. She is able to create such characters that you can’t help but admire. The growth that Ben undergoes throughout the story only increased my admiration for her. The plot was beyond captivating!! It was full of magic, adventure, and fantasy!!! I absolutely recommend this book!!! I can’t wait to read more from Murdock!



The Winner!

Yay!! What an awesome contest. A HUGE thanks goes out to Alexa Young for stopping by for a guest blog and for giving away her flawsome book, Fenemies! I didn’t have an extra person around today to do a drawing, so I used the random number generator and picked three numbers! The three numbers that were chosen were 26, 33, and 11. I matched the numbers with the corresponding comments and came up with these three names!!!


Laci &


Congrats to the winners!! These three lucky winners will get a signed copy of the book Frenemies!! Please email me your information at thestorysiren@hotmail.com , so that I can pass it along to Alexa!! You have 72 hours to email me, otherwise I’ll draw another winner.

For everyone else, I’m sorry I don’t have more to give away, but don’t fret! I have another contest going on! Sign up to win a signed copy of Frostbite by Richelle Mead!!


New Reads!

There are some awesome releases for today!!

♥ The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
♥ Better Latte Than Never by Catherine Clark

♥ The Interns: Fashionistas by Chloe Walsh
♥ Temptress Four by Gaby Triana
♥ The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
♥ Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
♥Lucky by Rachel Vail
You can check out my review for The Compound here. And Gaby Triana will be stopping by on Thursday!!


Contest: Frostbite!!

Here is the contest information for the signed copy of Frostbite by Richelle Mead!!! Frostbite is the second book in the series. The first book is Vampire Academy, if you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you do, very soon!

If you want to be entered to win Frostbite you can simply leave me a comment below. It always helps if you enter your name or a nickname with your comment. Or you can email me at thestorysiren@hotmail.com with Frostbite in the subject line. I will only send out a confirmation email for those who email me. As usual if you help me spread the word you can be entered an additional three times. You don’t have to have a blog to spread the word, I’ll accept mentions on MySpace or Facebook. Just be sure to leave the link so I can verify it, either in the email, or on the comment! The deadline for the contest will be Friday, May 9th at midnight (eastern time). Good luck!



Author Signing: Richelle Mead

I went to see Richelle Mead today!! I went to see Richelle Mead today!! Yes, you heard right! I went to see Richelle Mead today! Okay, sorry but I was really excited to go see her, besides the fact that this was my first author signing, Richelle is a really awesome writer!

Anyway, the trip today went something like this. I picked up Laci around 11:15, she takes a long time to get ready, so I had to wait around until she straightened her hair. So we didn’t actually leave until around 11:35, but that is okay, I know she takes forever so that was why I picked her up early.

The drive there was pretty uneventful, which was fine with me. We drove approximately 140 miles to Ann Arbor. It was about 2 hours and 10 min. I even found the book store right away! Thank you Garmin. Speaking of my Garmin GPS, Laci and I named the it, Susan.

We made it to Nicola’s Books a little early, so we got to look around in the store. Which is pretty nice by the way! I even found a signed copy of Ironside by Holly Black for five dollars! Can you believe that and it was the hardcover! Laci hasn’t read Richelle’s books yet, so I bought her a copy of Vampire Academy and Frostbite, so she could get them signed. I also got another copy of Frostbite signed so I could give one away here, and a copy of her adult paranormal series Succubus Blues, which I’m very excited to read! We killed time looking around the store waiting for 2:30 to roll around.They had an area set aside for Richelle and some chairs for people to sit in. Well, as we were browsing we looked over and who would happen to be there, but Richelle, so we ran over! Okay we didn’t really run, over because I was a little nervous/excited! But we did make it over and took our seats and Richelle signed our books, and told us to stay and hang out if we wanted. Of course we wanted to!

We meet some other cool readers as well! Shout out to, Jenny, Hayden and Julie! It was an intimate setting which was very nice. We actually got to talk to Richelle about her books and other YA vampire books. She is very nice! And she has beautiful red hair!

We hung out with Richelle for an hour and then she had to go….. so we went off to grab a bite to eat. We asked Susan (GPS) if there were any Quiznos around, mmmm Quiznos! And she found us one about a mile away. Too bad it wasn’t opened and looked like it was possibly out of business. I remembered there was a bagel place over by the book store that looked pretty good, so we headed back over there, well that place closes at 3! So we settled for McDonald’s. While we were waiting on our order this lady came in and returned her huge bag of food, basically ripping the employees a new one! I try not to complain at the food service workers, because I know the job stinks. Anyway we should have listened to the lady, because they totally messed up our order!! Good thing I wasn’t really in the mood for McDonald’s. I will say that they did have a really nice bathroom. With a big “M”. GO BLUE!

And that was it for our adventure! We made the 140 mile trek back home and I pulled into my drive at about 6:30. I can’t begin to tell you how very cool Richelle is, if you ever have a chance to go see her, go!

I’ll be having a review for Frostbite up soon! You can check out my review for Vampire Academy. As I mentioned before, I did get a signed copy of Frostbite that is up for grabs! I’ll be posting the specifics of the contest tomorrow! And don’t forget I’m still giving away three signed copies of Frenemies by Alexa Young!!!

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