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.
Book: Siren by Tricia Rayburn
Release Date: July 13, 2010
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Siren, #1
Free or Purchased: Library
Rating: (5 Zombies)
Wow. Siren was truly a wonderful book. I loved it so much that I can't even think of anything about it that I didn't like, so I guess I'll just talk about the parts that I thought were more awesome than the rest, which is really saying something, since the whole thing is just so awesome. And if that wasn't a run-on sentence, then I don't know what is.
First off, I really loved the main character, Vanessa. She was very phobic of pretty much everything, but she still managed to be a strong, easy-to-relate to character, and it was great to get into her head for a couple hundred pages. Even though she considered herself weak, Vanessa's inner strength was shown over and over again throughout the course of the story, and it was amazing to watch.
Simon, the love interest, was very lovable and fun to get to know, despite his relative lack of page time, and I hope that he and Vanessa will get another book to further explore their relationship. I really want to know how this one turns out, but I'm not sure there will be another book. Please, please, please let there be another one! I've heard both yes and no.
The actual writing was haunting and lyrical, with the perfect amount of description, so that you aren't bored by pages and pages of flowers and cobblestones, but you also have a clear picture of Vanessa's environment. It makes the book so much easier to follow, despite the relatively complex plot.
Siren was the perfect example of a good romantic mystery, and it kept me guessing until the very last page. Thanks, Tricia Rayburn, for a fabulous novel! This is one of the books that just stays with you, and if we readers are lucky, we might get another one.
P.S. I will gruesomely murder anyone who says that there won't be another book. Don't try me DX