Sirens in Australia | LOVE, LIE, REPEAT REVIEW

LOVE, LIE, REPEAT.
CATHERINE GREER.

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Writing Style/Quality: 5
Plot: 4
Characters & their development: 5
Originality: 2
Pacing: 4
Personal enjoyment: 4
Final rating: 4
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WHAT I LIKED
-the morally grey characters
-the plot twists
-the writing style
WHAT I WAS MEH ABOUT
-the plot lacked originality
WHERE DID I GET THIS BOOK FROM
Penguin Random House NZ
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GOODREADS BLURB. 

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MY THOUGHTS. 

The character development in this novel was very interesting. We are presented with morally grey characters. There is only one character who is truly good, and the rest are all shades of grey darkening into black. I think the most corrupt was the MC Annie as she was willing to do literally ANYTHING, to keep her sirens together. It made for such an interesting change. 
There was a LGBTQIA+ character, who, gasp, didn’t get killed off! Ash admitted to Annie that she was interested in women, and thank god, even with how horrible Annie was, she still loved and supported her. Ash is also on anti depressants, like Annie used to be. There is a positive representation that taking them is okay, but I wasn’t a fan of the fact that Annie detested going to ‘shrinks’ I think more could have been done there to let young adults know its normal and okay to go to Councillors or therapists. 
However there was a character with an eating disorder, and while the MC  mentions that the way they are treated by food, i.e their mothers snide comments, are bad and that they should be left to eat whatever they want, there was never really a healthy resolution. 
speaking of the parents, they’re some of the worst ones I’ve ever read about in YA. They force their children to preform and have turned them into divas. These girls worry about getting fat, about not being perfect. All because their parents have pushed an ideal on them. While I normally prefer a positive representation of adults in YA, this was a good reminder of what we see on the outside, isn’t always what’s really going on. 
The story was quite cliche, I’m sure we’ve all heard it before, a young prom queen doesn’t have everything she wants, so she’ll make damn sure she gets everything she wants. While there were some intriguing changed aspects to the story, overall it really felt like something I’d read a million times before. 
However, when you add the good and bad, it left me super confused. I went from loving this novel, to hating it on the next page. My opinions towards this book were constantly changing and that was really weird for me. I found that I adored certain aspects of this novel and detested others which left me in a state of limbo.
I was constantly surprised however. There were about, 3 or 4 major plot twists, and I didn’t guess a single one of them. It really made for a refreshing aspect because I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen, and then I was always proved wrong.
Overall, I was satifised at the end of the book. The morally grey characters got the endings that really fitted with their characters and the arcs layed out for them. The last scene was a miss for me, but I understood what it signified and felt it was an important addition.
I’d recommend this to lovers of YA mysteries and contemporaries.
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