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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

REVIEW: Undercurrent by Tricia Rayburn

The sirens are back, but Vanessa may be the biggest threat of all. . . .
Nothing has been normal since Vanessa Sands learned that her sister was murdered by sirens—femme fatales of the watery depths—and that everything she believed about her family was a lie.

Her boyfriend Simon’s been the only person Vanessa feels she can really trust. But now there are some secrets she can’t tell even him. And when Vanessa finds herself in the sights of Parker, Hawthorne Prep’s resident charmer, she needs someone to confide in more than ever. Doubting her relationship with Simon, unsure of Parker’s intentions—and of her own—and terrified by what she’s learned about herself, Vanessa has never felt so alone.

But personal problems must be put aside, because the Winter Harbor sirens are back for revenge. Now, Vanessa must face her past and accept that she is just like her enemies—every bit as alluring, every bit as dangerous.

The eagerly anticipated second novel of the Siren trilogy, Undercurrent is a seductive paranormal romance that will leave you breathless.

Book: Undercurrent by Tricia Rayburn
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult
Series: Siren, #2
Obtained: Purchased from Amazon
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It took me a while to get into Undercurrent because of how mind-blowingly amazing Siren (the first book in the series) was. I was having trouble because I kept expecting that it would be better than the first book, but it really wasn't. That isn't to say that it wasn't good, though, because it was. Just not quite as good as Siren.

I think that one of the biggest problems I had with Undercurrent was that it left the mysterious, whimsical setting of the first book in exchange for a more real-world school setting that didn't thrill me. The setting was one of the best things about Siren, and I understand, logically, why it had to be changed for most of Undercurrent, but that doesn't mean that I was happy about it. It could have been handled better, in my opinion.

Now, on from the worst part of the book to the best: the deeper relationship between Vanessa and Simon. I didn't feel like their relationship was explored at all in the first book, but Undercurrent really delved into the intricacies of their romance, and I loved how fleshed out it was. I can't wait to see where they go as a couple (if they even do), and how they will resolve the issues they've developed lately.

I missed Caleb, Simon's younger brother, since he wasn't in it much and I loved his character in the first book, but that was a fairly minor complaint.

If you've read Siren, I definitely recommend that you pick up a copy of Undercurrent, and if you don't come into it expecting a repeat of the greatness of the first book, then it will be a fun, enjoyable sequel, but not groundbreaking.