Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Siren by Tricia Rayburn

Title:  Siren
Author:  Tricia Rayburn
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher:  Penguin  
Publication Date:  2nd August 2010
ISBN: 9780143204497
Stand alone or series: Series
Pages:  360
Book Received from: Publisher
First Lines:  My sister Justine always believed the best way to deal with your fear of the dark is to pretend it's really light. 

Synopsis:
Vanessa Sands returns to Winter Harbor to find out why her sister Justine leaped to her death. When Vanessa learns that Justine's boyfriend Caleb is missing too, she and Caleb's older brother Simon join forces to find him. As Vanessa and Simon spend time together, their relationship grows from childhood friendship to something more.
Winter Harbour is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes home to a string of fatal, water-related accidents. The phenomenon hits close to home with Vanessa. The deaths bring to the surface the root of her fears, and a secret she's kept for years. As the bodycount mounts, will she and Simon survive the dramatic climax?

My Thoughts
I'm always the last person on the bandwagon when it comes to books everyone's talking about and loved.  I'm not sure why that is.  I guess maybe because I don't want the hype to ruin the book if I decide to read it.  It's like with movies, you see all these great scenes on a preview (or told about it by someone who completely loved it)and you go to watch it and they've used all the good scenes from it in the preview and the movie is quite boring.  Because you were so hyped up you go in with these high expectations that it's the bees knees and leave disappointed.  Well I guess I'm trying to say this is why I hadn't read Siren until now.  Silly me!

Siren has got that eerie, mysterious feel all throughout reading.  It kept me guessing the whole way through and I had trouble putting it down to get stuff done.  In the end I gave up everything else and kept reading.   

Vanessa is a really likable character.  Her fear of various things and lack of confidence really helped in creating a down to earth character I could relate to.  I also really liked Justine but as the synopsis reads, she doesn't stick around for long.

Overall, a good quick read for those who are into the paranormal suspenseful stuff.  I can't wait for Undercurrent second book in the series to come out next year.

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