Monday, July 26, 2010
Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything—the dark, heights, the ocean—but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been ther...more 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 Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.
Though her parents hope that they’ll be able to find closure back in Boston, Vanessa can’t help feeling that her sister’s death wasn’t an accident. After discovering that Justine was keeping a lot of secrets, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor, hoping that Justine’s boyfriend might know more. But Caleb has been missing since Justine’s death.
Soon, it’s not just Vanessa who’s afraid. All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes host to a string of fatal, water-related accidents in which all the victims are found, horrifically, grinning from ear to ear.
Vanessa turns to Caleb’s brother, Simon, for help, and begins to find herself drawn to him. As the pair try to understand the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance—and will change her life forever.
A seductive paranormal romance full of unexpected twists, Siren is certain to make a big summer splash.
I thought this was a good book! To my knowledge, there really hasn't been many, if any, tellings of sirens in YA and that made this book unique. I loved Vanessa's voice. I find that in YA, a lot of heroine's can be annoying and whiny *cough* Bella *cough* but that wasn't at all the case with Vanessa. The story revolves around Vanessa trying to find out what really caused her sisters death, and the deaths of many men in the small little town. Simon is there to help her along the way.
Onto the romance part, I felt that Simon and Vanessa's relationship could have been more developed. I didn't really understand what drew them together, other than that they had known each other their entire lives. There wasn't much chemistry. Their love just didn't seem real to me. That being said, mystery wise there were many twists and turns in this book that kept me guessing until the very end and I still had unanswered questions when the story was done. Also, I have to say, I was so not a fan of Zara. There were times when I wished I could be Vanessa for a second and give Zara a piece of my mind!
Overall, I thought this was a unique story and I definitely would buy the sequel, if there is one. I give this book 4 stars! =)
Posted by Bailey at 12:57 PM