The way the cover feels is the way the story feels—alluring and dangerous. I loved Nghi Vo’s other books, her novellas and “The Chosen and the Beautiful,” so I was really looking forward to this, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s exciting, it's queer, it's magical and monstrous and has a setting to die for. It has a main character who’s ambitious and who I wanted with every fiber of my being as a reader to succeed. "Siren Queen" is very character-driven, and I can see people not having as good of a time with this book if they’re more into plot-driven books. You're also kept a bit at arms length with Luli, but it serves the tone of the story better in my opinion.
I love where the story goes, and how it ends. I wasn't completely hooked right from the start; it might’ve taken around 30 pages to really get into the story, but from that point I didn’t want to stop reading and finished it in two sittings.
This book is stunning. I'll read anything Nghi Vo writes in the future.