What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Monday, August 22, 2011

Siren by Tricia Rayburn

Don't ya just love Amazon Recommendations? I do, though my wallet doesn't...that's where I found this book. I'd never read a book about Sirens before, so I was excited to dig into it. Summary from Goodreads: Vacationing in Winter Harbor, Maine, is a tradition for Vanessa and Justine Sands, and that means spending time with the Carmichael boys. This summer, Vanessa is determined to channel some of her older sister’s boldness, get over her fear of the ocean, and maybe turn her friendship with Simon Carmichael into something much more.

But when Justine goes cliff-diving after a big family argument, and her body washes ashore the next day, Vanessa is sure that it was more than an accident. She is more certain of this, when she discovers that her sister was keeping some big secrets and Caleb Carmichael’s gone missing. Suddenly, the entire oceanfront town is abuzz when a series of grim, water-related accidents occur, with the male victims washed ashore grinning from ear to ear.

Vanessa and Simon team up to figure out if these creepy deaths have anything to do with Justine and Caleb. But will what Vanessa discovers mean the end of her summer romance, or even life as she knows it?

What I liked: 1) Simon. I adore geeky, studious guys. 2) The location - imagining myself in Maine, where the summer weather is maybe 70 degrees was quite a change from the 110 degrees we're having here in Texas. I loved how vivid and lively the scenery was in the story. 3) Sirens. I'm enjoying branching out on my paranormal creatures. It's not all vampires and wizards anymore. I don't know much folklore about sirens, mostly what you get from The Odyssey, so I found this very enjoyable. 4) Light and easy to read. The book was 344 pages, and I read it in a matter of hours. It was interesting enough that one I dove in, I didn't look up again until I'd finished.

What I didn't like: 1) The plot felt a little choppy. There could have been more flow to the overall story. Sometimes I felt like there were just little holes, or skips, and it interrupted the plot. 2) I understood what was going on, but it just seemed like the main characters, Vanessa, Simon and Caleb weren't fully understanding what they were learning at some points. Like in a B movie, you know who the killer is, but the "hero" just walks right into a trap?

Overall thoughts: If you love paranormal stories, but want something new, this is the book for you. It's not the general wizards, vampires, faeries, but has thrown a new breed into the mix with the Sirens. There are some fun characters, and it's definitely an intriguing plotline. I have book 2, Undercurrent in my TBR pile, and I'm excited to dig into it.

My rating: 4 shots


  1. Lol another geeky character named Simon! Maybe he was inspired from TMI? <3

  2. Been wanting to read this one for a while - love the cover of this copy! Haven't read anything about sirens before either, so I'm intrigued.

  3. Wow what a beautiful cover! And good to hear it's a good story too :D

  4. i am dying to read this book i fell in love with the clover a while ago.. kindda sucks the story didnt flow

  5. I definitely want to read this book, mainly because I too havent read much about Sirens. Im intrigued

  6. Hi y'all! Sorry I haven't been able to comment back - I've been pretty sick and dead to the world. Then I had to catch up on all the work I missed! I hope you all get a chance to read this one. I have the second book sitting by my bed hopefully to read soon!

  7. Great review! Sirens intrigue me and this book has been on my list for awhile. Isn't there a sequel out? I think I saw it when I was sale hunting at the local Borders.

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