Siren (Siren Trilogy Series #1)

Siren (Siren Trilogy Series #1)

by Tricia Rayburn

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Overview

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 what Vanessa discovers might mean the end of her summer romance, and life as she knows it. 

A chilling, gripping paranormal romance, Siren will make you think twice before your next trip to the beach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606842126
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publication date: 05/10/2011
Series: Siren Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.11(h) x 0.98(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tricia Rayburn is the author of the well-reviewed middle-grade Maggie Bean series. She lives on Long Island with her husband. 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. 134 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.
thehidingspot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I consider myself lucky when I say that I was able to read SIREN months before its release. In fact, I picked it up based solely the title and cover art, before I'd ever even heard of it. I had no idea what to expect, but soon found myself completely immersed in the mystery and romance of Rayburn's phenomenal YA debut.It isn¿t hard to guess what the novel is about, given the description and title, but that doesn¿t stop Tricia Rayburn from writing a compelling mystery with a great love story. Sure, the reader knows that there will be mysterious deaths and Vanessa's relationship with a childhood friend will most likely grow into something more, but the lack of mystery is made up for by the superb writing and characters.When I hear "siren," the first thought that pops into my head is mermaids. Ariel from Disney¿s The Little Mermaid to be precise. Sirens are not mermaids, which Rayburn makes abundantly clear. There are very few YA novels that involve honest-to-goodness, homocidal sirens, but, if they're anything like Rayburn's, I wish there were more. I'm hopeful that Rayburn will further explore siren lore in her future novels; in SIREN the history and motivations were mentioned, but I would love to see further exploration.Despite the obvious spoilers about the mysterious deaths, Rayburn still keeps readers on their toes. While it is quite obvious who is killing these men, the why isn¿t so clear. In addition, Vanessa¿s sister dies under mysterious circumstances, adding an unexpected twist. Justine¿s death can't be pinned on the sirens as easily as male deaths.Apart from the supernatural plot line, SIREN is also a great coming-of-age story. Vanessa grows significantly throughout the novel as she discovers more about herself, Justine, and the history of Winter Harbor. I found her relationship with her late sister to be particularly interesting; there was so much more to the sisters¿ story than I had anticipated.And then there¿s Simon. SIREN's description boasts a burgeoning relationship between Vanessa and Simon, which, of course, caught my eye. I definitely like romances where "friends" find themselves becoming "more than friends" and Rayburn writes the evolution wonderfully. There's just the right amount of tension and denial and confusion.
AmberFIB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Siren, and it kept me hooked from the very beginning. Rayburn jumps right into character development by allowing the reader to get to know Vanessa and her deepest darkest fears right away. Instead of Vanessa saying, "oh, I have deep dark fears," she relays stories of how she's been afraid of silly things, such as the dark, and how her sister always tricked her into not being afraid anymore. These stories in place of a statement is what I mean when I say showing instead of telling. Rayburn does an excellent job of showing the inner workings of Vanessa's mind in this novel. However, the emotional showing is a little bit lacking. She doesn't talk about physical reactions, and instead just says things, such as, "I blushed." Saying she felt the heat crawling up her neck and into her face or something to that effect would have been a more compelling way to word it. Overall, though, Siren is an excellent read, and the writing is definitely top notch. Vanessa is a likable character, and while her fears get a bit annoying sometimes, she's still somewhat easy to relate to. I mean I'm not scared of the dark and haven't been since I was maybe three years old, but I do have irrational fears (bugs, for example), just like we all do. Vanessa just seems to be a bigger pansy than most. She's a goodhearted character, though, and that shows in every page of the book. She's also fairly independent and strong, even though she is a scaredy cat.Simon is a terrific character. One of the things that kind of bugged me in this novel is that I still have no idea what Simon looked like. Rayburn never described him that much. I know he's tall, has filled out, and wears glasses. Past that, I don't even know what color his eyes were. This caused me to keep reinventing how he looked in my head, which sidetracked and confused me. Some people like the vague character descriptions, but for the leading man, I do not. Vanessa's vague descriptions were fine, even though I knew more what she looked like than Simon. I can see the purpose of not describing the character whose POV we are reading because then any reader can picture herself in the narrator/main character's place. For the leading guy, though, I feel like there needs to be at least a general description. Eye color and hair color are a must for this, in my opinion. There wasn't a lot of action in Siren, but there was a lot of mystery. I had quite a few things figured out early on, but there were a few surprises as well. Authors don't surprise me very often, so I enjoyed the feeling of actually not knowing what was going to happen next sometimes. This novel was more suspenseful and mysterious than action-packed. The plot was complicated, but I never felt lost or confused. Rayburn did a terrific job of explaining the world she created without reciting the facts like a list of rules and regulations. She showed us a lot of the rules instead of telling us, and I'm sure you guys know by now that I like showing and not telling. The ending tied things up nicely, but left some questions unanswered for the sequel.The pacing was pretty spot on. The story was fast moving without feeling rushed. I didn't feel like the book ever lagged, and I was interested until the very last page. Siren is a terrific story of mermaids, mythology, love, and loss. It's a fantastic book, and I can't wait to read Undercurrent.
sithereandread on LibraryThing 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.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another one of those ARC¿s I got from a conference I was at this year, but this one is signed, bonus! Anyway, let me just tell you one thing right off the bat that I loved about this book, there are no vamps or wolves running around. Yay for something new! Before you throw things at me, let me clarify. I love the bloodsuckers and the canine howlers, but every book I read can¿t be about them. I need a break and this book was that breath of fresh air for me. I had it in my ¿to be read¿ pile until my friend James read a little snippet of it for his Fragment Friday on his blog and that¿s when I said ¿hey, that sounds sweet!¿ So I found it on my shelf and proceeded to read.The mythology behind this story was so interesting, because I don¿t think I have read any other books out there that delve into this particular paranormal phenomenon. I think it is pretty obvious what the ¿mythology¿ in this book is about but just in cause you don¿t know I am not going to say what it is. I will just say it is not something I have read about in YA before and I liked that it was a fresh outtake on the paranormal. It was fascinating to learn about a whole new world. With no vamps running around, you don¿t have any frame of reference for the paranormal in this book. It was nice to learn about the lore right along with the characters and not have any preconceived notions going in.One thing I learned through this book is Tricia is good with surprises. I thought I had the mystery figured out so I was waiting for the characters to catch up with me and see their reactions. I did not expect to be the one caught off guard. Looking back I see the signs there that I think I was just passing off as coincidence. Lesson learned, pay attention! I liked that Tricia left some of the twists for later in the book and not everything was just laid out for you in the beginning. Kept me on my toes as I was reading, which was gratifying.Watching Vanessa and Simon try and make sense of their feelings was amusing. They have been friends for such a long time and Vanessa is not sure she should blur the lines between friendship and relationship. I do think by having them be friends first though, it did make the relationship flow more naturally. It wasn¿t ¿oh, I met this really hot, mysterious, guy and now were dating!¿ Vanessa has known Simon for years. There is a foundation already in place for them to build on.While the relationship between Simon and Vanessa was a big focus, there was also a large emphasis on Vanessa and her sister Justine. While Vanessa dives deeper into the mystery that surrounds her sisters death she starts to learn things she almost wishes she didn¿t know. It also brings up a really good question, how well do you know your loved ones? What are they really thinking and doing when you are not there? Those are questions Vanessa and Simon search for answers to and are not so sure they are going to like what they find.As the pages started to run out I was so sad, because the events leading up to ending left so many more questions than answers. Which I am of course not going to delve into here because that would ruin the story, silly. I am hoping these unanswered questions will mean that a sequel is on the way. I could not find anything about one online, but I am going to hold out hope. Siren brings sparkle to the YA genre with originality and mystery. It is something different for this genre and I hope Tricia will keep going so we can get to visit Winter Harbor again.
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first book featuring sirens/mermaids. It was an interesting concept and the mystery surrounding the plot wasn¿t too bad. The plot itself was not too bad and the setting suited the story. There was just one problem, and that was the characters.I couldn¿t begin to like the characters, even if I tried. They were bland, they were uninteresting and if it hadn¿t been for the plot being slightly interesting, I probably wouldn¿t have gone further into this book. The supposed romance featured in the book wasn¿t that great either - I suppose because the characters weren¿t that interesting to begin with. The romance seemed forced, and artificial, and they both acted in a very robotic nature. The plot was in between. At times it was interesting, at other times, there¿s a lull and it tended to drag. I liked how Vanessa was uncovering secret after secret regarding her sister, and the ending did make up for some of the shortfalls - although I still remain not satisfied with the way the characters were done.I will be reading the sequel to this, but am not in a big rush to go out and get it. The book was an okay read, but it could have been made much better, especially when it came to its¿ characters. This is the type of book where good character creation would have made the book much better and more fun to read.
katiedoll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Siren completely pulled me in (pun intended) and took me for a creepy thrill-ride of epic proportions. I absolutely loved every minute of it.First off, I loved the refreshing new paranormal creature. Sirens are something often mentioned in a lot of books lately, but until now, I¿ve never actually read an entire novel about them. Tricia managed to pull off educating us and scaring us at the same time- something that I appreciated a lot.Aside from the creepy mystery that involves the random but consistent murders of local men, another thing I loved were the main characters, Vanessa and Simon. Their once friendship turned budding romance was so enthralling and sweet compared to the darker parts of the book. And not only is their relationship appropriately written, but the maturity of the characters themselves was as well. In the beginning, Vanessa started off an average teenager. But with her sister¿s death, the introduction of a few characters with less than good intentions and the discovery of her family¿s history, she grows up and it¿s so good that it leaps off the pages.It kept me guessing until the very end, dropping occasional hints and clues every now and then. Despite the romance and paranormal, I feel like it was a genuine mystery and it just plain entertaining in all aspects to read.Overall, Siren has earned a spot on my ¿favorite¿ shelf. Scary and engaging with action, suspense, mystery and a must-read romance, it¿s everything that paranormal fans will love. I definitely recommend checking this one out!
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fraidy-cat Vanessa¿s gregarious older sister Justine goes cliff-diving after a family argument. When her body washes ashore, everyone thinks it was an accident, but Vanessa thinks there¿s more to the story, especially when she discovers things that Justine had been hiding from them all, and when Justine¿s sort-of boyfriend, their family friend Caleb, goes missing.But soon other worrying things begin to happen in Winter Harbor, Maine. Bodies of grinning men begin washing ashore at an alarming rate, and Vanessa¿s new friend¿s family seems to be keeping secrets. Together with Simon, Caleb¿s meteorologist older brother, Vanessa is determined to seek out the truth. But what she discovers may be bigger and more dangerous than she can handle¿SIREN was a surprisingly heartfelt supernatural YA debut. It elegantly combines ocean myth with relatable human troubles for an interesting and absorbing read.Though the plot unfolds slowly, Tricia Rayburn accomplishes a lot when she makes Vanessa into an actually sympathetic protagonist. Despite her self-acknowledged fears (unlike many other YA paranormal romance heroines, who don¿t realize they¿re irritatingly passive about everything), Vanessa¿s attachments to the people she loves drives her to stretch her boundaries and take risks for their sake. I found her believable and likable; in real life she¿d be that reserved classmate who¿s hard to get to know but worth the effort to befriend.Ironically enough, SIREN¿s strength lies in its humanity. I found myself caring very much for the main circle of characters. The brothers, Caleb and Simon, are worth their weight in hardcover. Even though it¿s Vanessa¿s story, Vanessa¿s journey, Caleb and Simon don¿t exist merely as errand-boys for her mission: they have personalities and passions of their own, too. Additionally, Vanessa¿s relationship with her parents, while not the central focus of the book, is a lovely touch, from her easygoing banter with her father to tensions with her austere mother.Sadly, the best part about this book¿s supernatural element may be its novelty. For the sake of leaving you with a (mostly) clean slate, I will just say that the book is not exactly about mermaids, but something related. There¿s tremendous buildup for the supernatural aspect, and I found its history within the novel¿s world to be well done. However, in the ending, everything¿and I do mean EVERYTHING, pretty much all the subplots¿comes together so handily, so effortlessly, so¿ ¿climax-ily,¿ that I found my eyes bugging out, unable to believe that it had ended like that, so perfectly, so disappointingly. The ending requires a whole heap of suspension of disbelief, and I really struggled with it.Overall, however, SIREN was an entertaining read that took me away entirely for a few hours. The ending leaves open the possibility for a sequel, and I definitely would not mind seeing what else Tricia Rayburn has for us regarding Vanessa.
lyricaltwin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had heard some mixed reviews about this, but I bought it and I fell in love with it. A dark siren story, a far cry from the typical light mermaid/siren story, this was great. Great ending with a fantastic twist at the end leaving me thirsting for the second.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A decent adaptation of the siren myths. The love story is sweet and the twist on the story is fascinating, but that's the only part. In the end, the book was okay, but not anything special. It does mean, though, that it's the second modern retelling of siren myths that I've read (the other being Ripple by Mandy Hubbard and that's a much better book) recently.