Siren (Siren Trilogy Series #1)

Siren (Siren Trilogy Series #1)

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by Tricia Rayburn
     
 

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Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything—the dark, heights, the ocean—but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge.  That is until Justine goes cliff diving one night near the family's vacation house in Winter Harbor, Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.

Overview

Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything—the dark, heights, the ocean—but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge.  That is until Justine goes cliff diving one night near the family's vacation house in Winter Harbor, Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.

Vanessa's parents want to work through the tragedy by returning to their everyday lives back in Boston, but Vanessa can't help feeling that her sister's death was more than an accident.  After discovering that Justine never applied to colleges, and that she was secretly in a relationship with longtime family friend Caleb Carmichael, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor to seek some answers.

But when Vanessa learns that Caleb has been missing since Justine's death, she and Caleb's older brother, Simon, join forces to try to find him, and in the process, their childhood friendship blossoms into something more. 
Soon it's not just Vanessa who is afraid.  All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes home to a string of fatal, water-related accidents . . . in which all the victims are found grinning from ear to ear. 

As Vanessa and Simon probe further into the connections between Justine's death and the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance, and that will change her life forever.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After fearless and beautiful 18-year-old Justine Sands dies after jumping off an ocean cliff at her family's Maine summer home, her grieving younger sister, Vanessa, is certain it was neither suicide nor an accident. Teenage Caleb, who was with Justine that night, is missing, so Vanessa joins forces with his older brother, Simon, to find him as well as answers to the mystery. At every turn, however, a vicious girl named Zara obstructs their path. Why does Vanessa get searing headaches when Zara is near? And what do strange weather patterns have to do with the string of deaths that follow Justine's? Part romance, part mystery, Rayburn's (the Maggie Bean series) tale is a solid supernatural thriller, but it doesn't coalesce into anything more than the sum of its parts. Not all of the plot threads are well resolved-- for example, it's never clear why Vanessa is sometimes able to hear her dead sister speaking to her. Vanessa's dry-eyed, obsessive grief keeps sympathy at a distance, and her feelings for Simon don't have much heft. Ages 14-up. (June)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Vanessa Sands has always depended on her older sister Justine's fearlessness and looked up to her. The two always enjoy their summer trips to Winter Harbor, Maine, and hanging out with the Carmichael brothers—Caleb who is in love with Justine and Simon who is in love with Vanessa. Then Justine dives off a cliff and dies and Caleb disappears. Vanessa discovers that Justine had secrets and that their beloved summer town has its own mysteries as male victims are discovered dead along its shores with a smile on their faces. Through a summer job, Vanessa meets the Marchand family and learns that they are more than just beautiful women. Vanessa must stop a town full of Sirens before they can claim more victims. Nicola Barber narrates Tricia Rayburn's suspenseful tale (EgmontUSA, 2010), giving the female characters haunting voices to match their true natures. She changes her tone as Vanessa matures from an innocent victim to a brave survivor. Rayburn has created a believable story about the seductive powers of sirens that are related to meteorological events in the town. Her characters are well fleshed out and the villains are chilling. Give this to listeners who want a break from the usual vampire, werewolf, or angel story. The shocking twist at the end is sure to generate conversation.—Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606840740
Publisher:
EgmontUSA
Publication date:
07/13/2010
Series:
Siren Trilogy Series, #1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.19(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Tricia Rayburn is the author of the well-reviewed middle-grade Maggie Bean series. She lives on Long Island with her fiancé. Siren is her first novel for young adults.  Visit her online at www.triciarayburn.blogspot.com.

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Siren 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 119 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Vanessa Sands and her older sister, Justine, are very different, but very close. Justine is the daredevil and loves to be in the spotlight and the center of attention, while Vanessa is afraid of everything. One night, after a family argument, Justine's fearless ways end in a tragic accident. Her body is found washed ashore after a cliff-diving accident near her family's vacation house in Maine. But Vanessa doesn't believe that her sister's death was just an accident and she sets out to prove it. She soon learn that her sister was not who she thought she was and had been keeping secrets from almost everyone, except her boyfriend and childhood friend, Caleb (who is now missing). Meanwhile, other bodies are now washing up on shore. Vanessa is sure that this is no coincidence and that there is some reason for all of these deaths. With Simon's (Caleb's brother's) help, they uncover the secret to what is happening in the town. And while she is finding that she has feelings for Simon, she is also discovering that her family has a secret of its own that she never dreamt of. SIREN is a unique and interesting story. Right from the first chapter, I was hooked! I felt that the writing flowed so well and I flew through it. I have only read a couple of books about mermaids, but I don't think any of them had been about Sirens. The story just enthralled me and there were a couple of twists, which I always love. I really liked all of the characters. I thought that they all had depth to them and seemed real. I found myself rooting for the main characters, and even the secondary characters. The only thing that I didn't like is that there seemed to be some loose ends at the end of the story, but I won't say what so that I don't spoil it. I'm not sure if this book is going to be part of a series or not, but I sure hope so!
peaceloveandpat More than 1 year ago
The first chapter of the story introduced me to Vanessa and Justine Sands. Two sisters who spend their every summer at Winter Harbor. People have high hopes for Justine, she was to set foot and study at Dartmouth that coming school year, her younger sister looks up to her. She's beautiful, clever, fearless and the perfect sister. Whereas, Vanessa (the younger sister) was a wimp. I'm sorry... but she really is she's afraid of the dark and gets paranoid that a vampire or some monster is waiting for her to fall asleep and then snatch her or kill her, she's afraid to speak her mind, etc... It's not that she's insecure she was just plain scared. This particular summer she promised herself to be bold. To start off, she promised herself to actually jump when Justine and Caleb go cliff diving at Chione Cliffs the next time. But time has ran out to do anything bold together with her sister. After Justine argued with their mother about her adventures and about hanging out with Caleb she stormed out of their cottage and the next day was found dead. The newspaper and the people in the area ruled it out as a suicide. Distraught, guilty and missing her sister Vanessa did not believe that Justine would do that, she's an adrenaline junkie not a moron and definitely not suicidal, she would know better than to cliff dive at night. She could not believe any of it. She is not really thinking murder but there is something that she cannot put her finger on it. What happened to her sister she's not satisfied with it. So she decided to go back to Winter Harbor to investigate. This is when I started warming up to her... Before Justine died, Vanessa could smell the scent of salt water on her skin and for some reason that got imprinted on her mind, especially right after she died. It was like following her. Was it Justine? Or is it her inner wimp trying to scare her? Then she started seeing a light too and then other images and sometimes voices that sound like Justine. I find this really interesting because if I were as wimpy as her I would immediately thought of a ghost but she never seem to think that way at the beginning. Or maybe when someone close to you dies even if they are haunting you, you wouldn't get scared? hmmm... So anyway her first investigation will be to talk to Caleb and see if her sister was hanging out with him that night but he wasn't there, his older brother Simon said he's been missing since the day his brother talked to the police. Where could he be? So Simon & Vanessa set out to find the missing Caleb. At the course of their search male bodies started getting ashed ashore, drowned with a creepy grin on their face, like the cause of their death was worth it. The creepy story is of course with a supernatural cause, what kind of a supernatural creature it is? you'll have to find that out yourself. I like the book despite some loose ends and unsatisfactory ending. There is a romance but the story does not revolve around it and that suited me fine. It has a haunting tale full of unexpected twists. Is this a series? because I'd love to find out what happens next.
katarinasmama More than 1 year ago
You know that feeling when you find a book that hooks you from its very first chapter? That is exactly what happened to me when I started reading SIREN. Tricia's description of Winter Harbor, Maine and her well written cast of characters pulled me in like some bewitched tide. Before I knew it, pages kept turning, hours had passed and I was closing the last page of the book with a satisfied smile much like the victims found on the shores of Winter Harbor. At the heart of the plot is a mystery -- a string of unrelated deaths where the victims are found with frozen smiles on their faces. The only victim who was not smiling was Vanessa's sister, Justine. And now, Justine's boyfriend, Caleb, is missing and more bodies keep washing up. Vanessa, who is scared of everything -- the dark, the ocean and even her feelings for Caleb's geeky brother, Simon, finds the courage to help Simon search for Caleb. I loved her journey as she faces her fears and finds the determination to find the answers to mysteries that are as deep as the water which surrounds Winter Harbor. I know we've been talking about good Summer Reads lately. Just think of it, Mundie Moms, here's a seaside mystery which begs to be solved. Surrounding the intrigue is a delicious mythology which moves in and out of the plot until, in the end, it all begins to make sense. Now, I also need to mention that most Good Summer Reads have a romantic subplot and the romance in SIREN will tug at your heart and make you think of your own first love -- awkward, emotional and yet so very, very right . So don't wait, pick up SIREN and put it in your beach bag. You will find yourself happy that you made the journey to Winter Harbor and dropped in just in time to get swept away by its secrets.
acsimps More than 1 year ago
I was excited to discover that Siren had hit the shelves a little early. Siren which is set to release tomorrow July 13th made it to my local Borders a little early so I snatched it up immediately and devoured it this weekend. Siren was a welcome change from my usual paranormal topics. It seems like a lot of books I have been reading lately are about vampires, werewolves/shape shifters/immortals etc. so murderous mermaids was definitely a change. Tricia Rayburn has delivered a great story with characters you can really connect with. The heroine of the story is Vanessa Sands. Vanessa is your typical seventeen year old girl except that she is afraid of everything. Even the water that she used to love now terrifies her. Vanessa seeks comfort from her older sister who has always looked out for her. Justine is beautiful and fearless, everything that Vanessa wishes she could be. When Justine's body is discovered, the authorities determine that Justine is the victim of a tragic cliff-diving accident. Vanessa is not convinced because while Justine is fearless she is not stupid. Something happened that night and Vanessa is determined to find out. Her only lead is Caleb, Justine's boyfriend. But when Vanessa seeks Caleb out, she soon discovers that he disappeared right after Justine's death. Caleb and Justine were crazy about each other. Is it his grief over losing the love of his life that drove him to run away or is it someone/something else that he is running from. Vanessa teams up with Simon, Caleb's older brother so get to the bottom of what is happening in Winter Harbor. The bodies of men keep washing up on the shores of Winter Harbor grinning from ear to ear. Simon is looking into the strange weather conditions and Vanessa is looking into an even stranger family. As they get closer to the truth, Simon and Vanessa also get closer to each other. Sometimes when you are seeking answers you discover things you never expected and never wanted to know. I loved the romance in this book. The attraction between Simon and Vanessa is intense at times (which I love). I will say that there are some things that are left unexplained in the story, but I hope that means that there will be another book on the way. Siren was a quick read. I lost some sleep last night because I refused to put it down until I had read every last word. I highly recommend it!
MMRoethig More than 1 year ago
What a page turner!!! This book was very hard to put down and was well worth the time. The characters were well developed and the story line hooks you from the start. The best part is how clean the book is. I can't wait for a sequel and look forward to many more books from this author!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the book is soooooooooooo good love the cliff hangers and the action and romance . And don't get me started about the ending. A word of advice, read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
megpie93 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book! You should read it.
Emily13years More than 1 year ago
i loved it. this book had a lot of thought put into it. my cousin is going to marry this author's sister. i am not kidding. he really is going to marry tricia rayburn's sister.
Alisa Mendoza More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WILL LEAVE YOU WANTING FOR MORE! THIS BOOK IS FANTASTICALLY WRITTEN, ADOREDD ALL THE CHARACTERS, AND HOPE THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL!! I CAN TRULY SAY I HAD NEVER ENCOUNTERED A STORY TOPIC SUCH AS THIS. YOU WILL NOT REGRET BUYING IT! THE ONLY THING THAT COULD HAVE POSSIBLY MADE THIS BOOK BETTER IS THE PROMISE OF A SECOND. LEAVES OFF ON A DEVESTATING CLIFF HANGER THAT LEAVES YOU WITH SOME PRETTY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS.
Judy Browning More than 1 year ago
I really liked the book and with the author the unexplored topic of sirens, it made the book so much more interesting because the writing made you believe that if sirens were to exist,this is how they would act. I reccomend this book to anyone who hasnt read it yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rebecca Christian More than 1 year ago
Good book, I really enjoyed it but it could have been more descriptive... The ending was ok but i would have liked to see more and her telling Simon what she really was then getting together instead of not being clear about them but it was still good
KatlynMae More than 1 year ago
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Heidi Rosenleaf More than 1 year ago
i liked it it really drew me in
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Ummmmmm, is there a sequal?? And if so could I read it....like now..... This book was great! I loved reading every part of it. From the very first word on the page to the last word, this book had me holding my every waking breath. It caught me, making me read this in one day. Yeah, thats how fast I devoured this. After Vanessa older sisters passes she leave going in search of some answer to her sisters death. Vanessa is all of a sudden is witnessing death occuring by the ocean.Sailors found at the shore with nothing but a wide grin on their faces. With the help of a neighborhood boy she knew all of her life, Simon, they set out and pursue what they never though could ever exist. Vanessa is one character I could relate too. Like her, I am afraid of trying new or scary things. I rather stay where it is safe. Vanessa has never been brave before and well, she finds herself having to things she never dreamed of in order to find out what happen to her sister. The romance in this book was just right. I like to read how it blossomed between Simon and Venessa, they fit just right together. Now the ending, Tricia goes out with a bang leaving my hanging and wanting more! The last sentencce left me breathless and well angry. Sorry Tricia! Its that well, I want to keep reading to know what happen with Vanessa, but I guess I will just have to wait and see. If you have not read Siren you should. Tricia did a great job writing this. There were no curse words, but there was one sexual scene. Not in total description but enough to know to figure out whats going on. Other than that. The book was great!
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
SIREN, by Tricia Rayburn, is a thrilling tale about the events surrounding the mysterious deaths in a Maine vacation town. Rayburn opened my eyes to the wonderful world of the mythological siren. My previous encounters with sirens in books have only been limited, so I was excited to delve into this book and explore these fascinating creatures. From the synopsis, I anticipated the death of Justine and the disappearance of Caleb. But within the first chapter I was already connected with them, that when the time came for these tragedies, I was downright depressed. I was captured by Vanessa's love for Justine and the budding romance between her and Simon. The characters came to life on the page, and I felt that Justine was taken away from me too soon as she was from Vanessa and her family. Vanessa's love for her sister drove her to dig deeper into the bizarre deaths of Winter Harbor, but she ended up uncovering a secret that changes everything. I really enjoyed the way Rayburn slowly unraveled the story to keep the tension high. And when she made the big reveal, I have to say I was very surprised. The characters in this book really added to the dynamic. They all had secrets and it was surprising when all of their secrets weaved together. Vanessa was a great character. She started off afraid of everything but eventually she faced her fears and became selfless in her journey to help Simon find Caleb. Vanessa and Simon were adorable together. Their relationship blossomed from time and growing up together. At times I felt bad for Caleb, he just had his heart broken which made him vulnerable and weak and the perfect prey. I thought the ending of this book was bittersweet and absolutely perfect. It left me wanting more but also feeling content. I am very excited to read the next installments.
pagese More than 1 year ago
This book caught my eyes by the cover and the description. Having a particular fondness for the ocean, and the idea that this book was somehow about mermaids, it became a must read for me. While, not entirely true, mermaids is close to what the supernatural creatures truly are. It didn't take me long to figure out what was involved (the book title alone is a fairly valuable clue). Vanessa was interesting as the main character. It's not very often the main character is not overly confident, has fears, and doesn't come across as whiny. She strikes me as someone everyone wants to know, but no one truly does. I liked that because I think it helps show her devotion to her sister, her parents, and to Simon and Caleb. I liked Simon, but sometimes his scientific babble got on my nerves a little. I could see how the storms in the area intrigues him though. I just wished he would have tried to be a little bit more down to earth about it. I loved how Caleb proved how much he loved Justine. I was under the impression it was just a summer (or every summer) fling, but by the end of the book I fully understood just what Justine and Caleb meant to each other. Paige was a fun secondary character. She's a little naive though in the grand scheme of things. It's a lot for her to not have notice. The story itself had a lot of mystery woven in. It almost felt like a who done it with a supernatural twist. There's a lot of clues, tracking, sneaking around, etc that gives it that mystery feel. Vanessa has to add it all up and think outside the box to figure out what is going on. In solving the problem of what was trying to destroy the town, Vanessa discovers who she really is. I didn't see it coming, but I still wonder about it. It seemed to easily put together. The ending also seemed a little to scientific for me. It also felt rushed. There is room for a sequel, and I would be more then willing to see were the author takes this next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read!
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wordforteens More than 1 year ago
I shall now summarize Siren in 140 characters or less. Girl goes to summer house with sister and boys. Sister dies. Girl returns to summer house to find out way. Siren related chaos ensues. Okay, okay, there's more than that, but that was for those of you who didn't want to read the massive summary that's on the back of the ARC. I enjoyed it. A smart reader can figure out the plots as they move along in the book - I had an idea of who (because we all know what) is killing the men and what Vanessa's connection to her really was about one third of the way into the book. I knew what would happen with her and Simon. I had a sense about what Caleb had to do with it. As for the antagonist's sister and mother, I was surprised - as was I surprised by what Betty played into it. I didn't really like the explanation as to how sirens were able to live among the humans - bathing in sea water/relying on salt - and how it became more necessary as they developed, though I accepted it. I thought all of the characters were rather well developed, though Vanessa's constant lingering fear got to be a bit annoying at times. (Seriously. You've been through hell. 'Boo' shouldn't scare you.) The only unanswered question was how Justine was communicating to Vanessa. Was she a ghost? A spirit? Was it her own sub conscience? It's not really explained. All in all, a good read, though; it was nice to read about sirens, which I don't often read about. (Though my friend Liz just brought a siren-esque character into our RP. I wonder if he needs salt water to live?)
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Roya16 More than 1 year ago
Round characters, mythically enchanted, and an ending that leaves you craving the next in the series. I'd highly recommend it to a friend. The only reason I give it four stars is because some parts dragged on for me.