Sunday, 22 April 2012

Review: Siren by Tricia Rayburn

Siren (Siren, #1)Reviewed by Gina
Date Read: March 18th, 2012
Date Published: May 10th, 2011
Publishers: EgmontUSA
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Blurb: 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. 

This was quite a good read. Not a five-star rating because the main character Vanessa did annoy me a little as she was kind of weak and I prefer my main characters to be strong. But the story was great and I haven’t really read a lot of mermaid books before and this was really good.

Vanessa looks up to her sister Justine but when she dies Vanessa knows something is up. Men have been washing up on the shore with no explanation apart from the fact that they died and the expression on their faces. Vanessa knows they aren’t accidents so she calls upon Caleb, who used to date Justine, and Simon, Caleb’s brother, for help but the amount of bodies on the shores are rising and Vanessa realises she is running out of time.

Secrets just kept being uncovered in this book and overall I liked the story of the Sirens. It was good and spooky in some places and I liked that things kept being thrown my way as it made it interesting. The characters were good, not the best I’ve read, but even the small ones were funny at times and had good personalities.

I enjoyed reading another novel about Sirens and I am beginning to like them more and more, even though this is only my second one. It’s a changed from vampires, werewolves, faeries and angels. I liked the romance between Vanessa and Simon but the ending shocked me a little because I didn’t expect it at all. I had an idea that something big would happen but not that. It’s set me up for the second one which I will be buying soon.

In conclusion this book was a great read and I am looking forward to the next. I would recommend this book to people who love the supernatural and want a little bit of a change.


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