Jule Welsh can sing. She enthralls people with her bel canto voice. But it takes more than practice to reach her level of exquisite song; it takes siren's blood running through her veins. Jule is starting her senior year at Cougar Creek High when her relatively normal world begins to resemble a roller coaster flying through a carnival scare house. Her mother is diagnosed as insane and committed, a psycho-stalker is snapping pictures of her to put into his homemade Jule-shrine, her voice is suddenly putting people into comatose trances, oh and the gorgeous new guy in town, Luke Whitmore, is interested in her . . . but also wants to kill her.
|Publisher:||Spencer Hill Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical and YA paranormal romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology, much to her English professor's dismay, and was a 2009 Golden Heart Finalist.
When she is not picking her teen's brain for authentic attitude and finding time to write, she is usually found educating women on ovarian cancer symptoms. Ms. McCollum has recently slain the cancer beast and resides with her very own hero and 3 kids in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
'Siren's Song' is a totally enthralling young adult fantasy/paranormal novel that had me in it's grip from the very first words. It follows our heroine, Jule, who just happens to be a siren. Everything is going normal - as normal as it can get for someone like her who's a senior in high school - until everything turns upside down. Her mom is taken away because it's determined that she's insane, there's a creeper taking pictures of Jule for his stalkerish shrine to her, and now her voice is having a huge effect on people in town - like putting them in trances. On top of all this mayhem, there's a hot guy who just moved into town, Luke, and he likes Jule - but he wants to kill her too. What is Jule going to have to do for her life to go back to normal? Why does Luke want her dead? Will she be able to figure it out before everything breaks into complete chaos? I found this to be an awesome mix of paranormal and thriller - two of my favorite genres. The story is full of crazy things going on that keep the reader guessing at what's truly happening until the end. I loved Jule as the heroine of the book. She's smart, down to earth, and determined - and also a siren. I enjoyed the mythology aspect of the story and all the details that the author included about sirens and their lore - I thought it was really fascinating and brought a new layer to the book that wouldn't have been there otherwise. Jule is faced with tons of obstacles throughout the book, some of which are scary and nerve-wracking, but she plunges head on without question in order to do what's right and set things back to how they should be. The author intertwined several genres in the book - namely paranormal, fantasy, and thriller - along with mystery, action, mythology, romance, and adventure, so it really has something to offer everyone and can't really be defined by strict genre labels. The plot was well thought out with a natural flow and vivid details and descriptions - all of which kept me burrowed in the pages until the very end. Overall, this is a great YA book that blends several genres - especially thriller and fantasy/paranormal - and I very highly recommend it to all readers. It's original and exciting with a bit of something for everyone. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
An engaging, sweet, and truly lovely YA paranormal romance, Siren's Song was a fantastic read. I absolutely loved this book. From the sweet romance, to the shocking secrets, this book was wonderful. Loved it! Jule was a great heroine. She was strong enough to hold her own in a difficult situation and clever enough to know when sacrifices were necessary. I appreciated that she was smart enough to consider anything when it came to finding out who was behind all the chaos and listened to her instincts. I really liked her. She was a lovely character. Luke was also wonderful. He was very sweet and determined to keep Jule safe, even if it was from himself. He was in a difficult situation, to say the least, but he was determined to make the best of it. I thought he was just adorable. The romance was lovely. Jule and Luke were so sweet together. It was obvious how much they cared for each other and I liked how they were both willing to fight for each other. They were a perfect couple. The whole history of the Sirens and the cursed ones was interesting and delightfully original. It was well explained and the secrets hidden in its history kept me guessing. The plot was well paced and I was hooked then entire way through. I wish Jule had been able to figure out Luke's situation earlier, because her lack of knowledge made the beginning a bit slow. But, it wasn't a big problem. There were tons of secrets revealed along the way that I never saw coming. And, I never suspected who the culprit turned out to be. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. Siren's Song was a brilliant YA paranormal romance. I loved this book and I really enjoyed reading it. The romance was sweet, the secrets were shocking, and the story and fantastic. YA lovers, this book is a must read. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Siren’s Song is a bewitching novel. Like the Siren’s of lore, McCollum’s writing will draw you in and never let go. The Siren theme is a well used one but McCollum weaves a unique story all it’s own. Jule is a teenager whose life has been recently turned upside down. Her mother is battling mental illness and the worries of regular teenagedom are interwoven with her mother’s celebrity and all the crazy that brings. It’s clear there is a real family connection between Jule and her parents. I enjoyed learning their family dynamic and was delighted that the protagonist had a good family. The idea that someone’s singing can be so beautiful that it holds people captive is a more realistic concept than people might think. Music is an integral part of our daily lives. It’s our muse when we need inspiration. It’s our therapist when we need to work out emotions. Music already has the ability to elicit a wide range of emotional responses as well as assist the listener in recollecting memories. The idea that it can hold our minds is very believable and brings a realness to the story. That thread of realness carries the paranormal aspect of the story. It assists the mind with imagery through out the story and keeps the words flowing at a nice pace. This is a story you will definitely get lost in. I know I did. The play between Jule and Luke is riveting. The romantic in me loves the idea of perfect matches. The tug o’ war these two go through is heart wrenching and I found myself getting more and more caught up in the story as I read. I even found myself invested with the supporting characters and their plight. At one point in the book Matt hits on Jule and tells her “she has options”. This is the only conflicting thing I found in the book. She doesn’t actually have options. She is only one person’s siren. It’s not one size fits all. I would like to see McCollum explain that passage. In my opinion, it pulls away from the story and confuses the reader.
I just finished reading Heather McCollum’s book, Siren’s Song. I was intrigued right from the start, trying to figure out who was the “bad guy”. The book took several turns, and kept me guessing almost until the end! It is a romance between two teens, but can they really be together? I truly recommend this book and am so excited to see there are more in the series! I can’t wait to check out the next one, Broken. I love when I find an author that I like and discover they have more books! Keep them coming!