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Review: “Siren,” Tricia Rayburn

October 4, 2010
Review: “Siren,” Tricia RayburnSirenby Tricia Rayburn
Series: Siren #1
Published by Egmont on July, 2010
Genres: Mermaids / Selkies
Pages: 352

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.

If I could give a 3.5/5 I would! I really enjoyed Siren, though what stops me from giving it a higher rating was the anti-climactic ending.

I’ve been excited about Siren since I first heard about it! I’m a sucker for anything related to mermaids or selkies – as I’ll say later, there needs to be more of them in YA fiction.

The story was fantastic and the mystery keeps you reading. You genuinely want to know more about Justine’s death, the weird Marchand family and why Justine seems to still be ‘talking’ to her sister, Vanessa. If a good mystery isn’t enough to keep you flipping pages, the relationship between Simon and Vanessa will definitely keep you reading along.

Winter Harbor is magical. It’s exactly why I want to visit New England someday. I love the idea of Summer getaways! There are loads of great characters who live among the pages of Siren, and I feel Tricia Rayburn has really fleshed them all out in a likeable way.

As mentioned in my summary, what keeps me from giving this novel a higher rating is the anti-climactic ending. I felt as though we’d spend 330 pages trying to decipher the mystery, only to have it all revealed in the last 20. It felt rushed and I had to keep re-reading paragraphs to get my head around what had just happened. I also didn’t understand how Vanessa had escaped the ice-bomb until it was roughly explained they had to pick away the ice and free her?

I’m still trying to digest, since I just turned the last page a few moments ago.

Was Zara helping Vanessa detonate the tank in the end? Why did Raina seem to like Jonathan so much even though she (or Zara) killed them? Why did Zara kill every guy who said he loved her? What was the relevance of the word ‘boo’ that Justine and Zara both said to Vanessa?There are still so many questions I feel were unanswered or not explained well.

I enjoyed the story, though, and will definitely be keeping an eye out for Undercurrent, the next in the series which comes out 2011.

Recommended to: Fans of mermaids and sirens (seriously, there needs to be more of them in YA fiction NOW!)

About Tricia Rayburn

Tricia Rayburn lives on eastern Long island with her fiance and crazy shih tzu. She tries to eat vegetables instead of candy but, in her weaker moments, loves Reese's Pieces.

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