Monday, July 19, 2010

Siren by Tricia Rayburn

Grade: B

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 strong 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 tries to understand the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance—and will change her life forever. (

Character Development: 5/10
Originality: 5/10
Overall Enjoyment: 7/10
Ending: 5/10
Voice: 6/10
Plot: 7/10
Setting: 9/10
Total Score: 44/ 70

Age Appropriate?
Language: Some cussing
Drugs, Alcohol, etc.: None that I can recall...
Sexual Content: The before and after of teenage sex, pretty clean; teenage pregnancy.
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Mysterious deaths, creepy sirens, etc.

Siren is an entertaining summer read with a bit of spookiness, a splash of romance, and a coming of age tale... yeah, yeah, yeah... you've heard this all before.

Here's the thing: Siren is a fun book. I enjoyed reading it. There wasn't really anything bad about it. But there wasn't anything great about it either. The problem was my over-familiarity with stories like this one. It didn't offer any intriguing angle, depth, unique and developed character, anything that made me say... wow.

It was too predictable for my taste. Of course, it is somewhat a mystery book, so yeah, there were a couple of things that I wasn't completely expecting, but the overall gist of the story I could get after reading the first chapter and the synopsis. Simple as that.

The book wasn't bad by any means though, and if it seems your type, I definitely suggest that you give it a try. Here's what I did like: a monster story where the monsters are actually monsters, not misunderstood and essentially good creatures that inevitably fall in love with the main character. The setting was great. The cover is super awesome and the play on siren mythology was cool. So by all means, read it if you think you'll like it.


1 comment:

  1. Good but predictable? Thanks for breaking it down. Great review. I'm still crazy to read it.


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