Review: Sirena




Journey Press
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Format: eArc
Number of Pages: 181
Where I acquired the Book: I received an e-ARC of this novel from Journey Press. This doesn’t affect my view and it is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinions on this book.
Published: September 30th 2021
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One starship, six friends, 10,000 lives in the balance

Young captain-for-hire Kitra Yilmaz has gotten her first contract: escort the mysterious Princess of Atlántida beyond the Frontier and find her a new world. It’s a risky job, fraught with the threat of pirates, dangerous squatters, and rising romantic tensions.

Still, Kitra and her crew are up for anything — until they find a lush world, perfect for settlement… with an enormous ghost ship already in orbit.

What secret does the crippled vessel hide? And is Kitra ready to take responsibility for its precious cargo?


When I was offered this book to review I jumped at the chance. The first book in the series Kitra (you can read my review here) was a thrilling, young adult science fiction novel, and I couldn’t wait to find out what the sequel had in store for us.

One of the things I did struggle with while reading Kitra was the character development. But in this book we got to know the team a lot better, and that really helped to pull the story together.

We also have the addition of a new character, the Princess of Atlántida, and the dynamics between the princess and the group were a lot of fun to witness. To make things even more awesome, she’s in a wheelchair (well, a flying space-age version of a wheelchair), and this just added another level to an already majorly diverse set of characters. Gideon represents different races, gender, backgrounds, religions and sexual orientations in his series. And now there’s this awesome, bad-ass wheelchair bound princess too.

I did find the book a little slow to start, but as soon as the crew embarked on their quest to find the Princess a new world, the story really found its feet.

The world building is fantastic, I love how Gideon explains the science as we go along, it really helps us to understand the world we are exploring. Their adventures were also really exciting to read, you didn’t know what was around the corner, and the stakes were so high in this book. As the description mentions; there’s 10,000 lives in the balance, and that made for some tense, but thrilling reading.

And can I just also add… this book is illustrated, the art really helps bring the characters and the world to life!


Sirena is a cross-universe novel, full of high stakes, found family and fantastic puns. It’s perfect for fans of Becky Chambers and anyone wanting a quick read that’s packed full of character and adventure.


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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