Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: June 4th, 2013
Recommended Age: High School
Elegy was a fantastic conclusion to the Watersong Quartet. I read this entire series this summer, and I loved getting to see what would happen next in each one. I really love all these characters, and the entire storyline. This book does a great job at wrapping up the entire story for all of the different characters. Now that I have read and loved this series, I may have to check out some of Amanda Hocking's other books.
SPOILERS FOR THE EARLIER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
The sirens continue to be evil in this book, especially Penn and the new siren, Liv. Liv was supposed to be Gemma's replacement, but she became Lexi's replacement instead after Penn kills Lexi. Liv is like Penn, but a lot crazier and more murderous, and Penn's already pretty bad. Liv loves being a siren, and she feeds constantly. She's not careful enough about making sure no humans discover the sirens. Despite her craziness, Penn still prefers her to Gemma because Liv is crazy and difficult, but she likes being a siren, and she can see Penn's side of things. By the end of the last book, Thea had really changed her mind and questioned being a siren. She realized that her sister, Aggie, had been right in trying to end the curse. When she handed over the scroll, it really showed that she had a complete change of heart. Despite her change, she still cannot help Gemma kill Penn since Penn is still her little sister, and she can't bring herself to hurt her.
The romance between Harper and Daniel is tested in this book because Daniel has made his agreement to sleep with Penn. Of course, he decides that he doesn't want to tell Harper about his agreement because he knows she'll try to talk him out of it. He has the right reasons for agreeing to do it with Penn, but it is the wrong thing to do. He only agrees because he loves Harper and doesn't want harm to come to her. When Harper finds out about the deal, she is more mad that he didn't tell her than she is about what he was planning on doing. I don't want to say too much about Harper's and Daniel's romance to avoid spoiling it, but I will say, the last two pages of the book are awesome.
Because this book is told in multiple 3rd person perspectives, characters who aren't Gemma and Harper still get to play an important role in the story. Marcy has become an interesting character, and she has changed a lot since we first meet in Wake. Gemma and Harper realize that they don't know very much about her when she mentions some things from her high school years. Also, Marcy and Kirby made a good couple. Alex begins to overcome what Gemma's siren song did to him. He is no longer messed-up from it, and he knows he still loves her. Gemma's and Harper's dad, Brian, is now in on the whole siren thing. It was interesting to have him know about it since it had been kept a secret from him throughout the 1st three books.
If you like YA paranormal and the Watersong Quartet, read this book.