Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Siren ( Siren #1) By Tricia Rayburn


Vacationing in Winter Harbor, Maine, is a tradition for Vanessa and Justine Sands, and that means spending time with the Carmichael boys. This summer, Vanessa is determined to channel some of her older sister’s boldness, get over her fear of the ocean, and maybe turn her friendship with Simon Carmichael into something much more.

But when Justine goes cliff-diving after a big family argument, and her body washes ashore the next day, Vanessa is sure that it was more than an accident. She is more certain of this, when she discovers that her sister was keeping some big secrets and Caleb Carmichael’s gone missing. Suddenly, the entire oceanfront town is abuzz when a series of grim, water-related accidents occur, with the male victims washed ashore grinning from ear to ear.

Vanessa and Simon team up to figure out if these creepy deaths have anything to do with Justine and Caleb. But will what Vanessa discovers mean the end of her summer romance, or even life as she knows it?

Published July 13th 2010 by EgmontUSA

I read Siren before I started blogging so I never came around to posting a review for it.

However, when I mentioned Undercurrent (Siren #2) On My Wishlist #2  I realised that a lot of people had never even heard of Siren! And their response to the summary of Undercurrent was extremely positive.

So I decided to post the review on Siren before I post the Undercurrent review.

Siren captivated me from page 1. Tricia Rayburn’s writing was fluid and soulful. It flowed effortlessly and I was sucked into the story.

The plot was brilliant and mythical sea creatures are like a breath of fresh air in young adult paranormal fiction which is flooded with vampires, witches and fallen angels.

Siren in fact is the first urban fantasy I have given 5 stars!!

The mystery and suspense kept me turning the pages and I also loved how the romance didn’t start out intense and took time to build up. It made it so much more believable.

Vanessa was an amazing protagonist. She was unique and had a lot of emotional depth. I could relate to her at times like when she was scared of things and I guess it made me love her all the more. All the characters were well-developed.

The setting was perfect. Winter Harbor was creepy and alluring at the same time. The entire town was filled with secrets.

One of the best paranormal books I have read.

I was completely swept away. It was pure escapism.

Siren was tantalizing and flawless.

Go read it NOW!

Check out this book trailer!

Similar Books: Sea Change By Aimee Friedman  


  1. so enthusiastic!! I haven't read this yet but your review makes me want too.

  2. This book keeps popping up in so many must read lists and all with great reviews. I really want to read it now, as I have a love of the sea and its mythology and this seems perfect!

  3. The fact that you rated this five stars immediately makes me want to read it, but I am also intrigued by the cover and the fact that this book deals with sirens (I'm hoping their of the Greek variety - I love mythology). And I totally agree, there are way too many vampires and angels and werewolves and witches in YA fiction these days. It's nice to have something else, especially if it's well written and compelling. Winter Harbor sounds perfectly creepy, and I'm excited to meet Vanessa, especially since you've promised that she's unique. Definitely adding this to the to-read pile (this pile is growing so large!). Thanks for the review!

  4. Wow, you must've REALLY loved it! Now I'm super eager to pick it up. I've heard some iffy things about this book, but your review blows it all away. Great review!!

  5. I did love the book!
    I would eat up anything set up in a beach town filled with secrets!

  6. Wow sounds great! I love anything paranormal that isn't "traditional" paranormal...you know vamps, weres, and that sort of thing. This one definitely sounds like something I should try!

  7. I have this in my TBR pile, I love Greek Myths and I can't wait to get to this one.

  8. This book sounds really good! I haven't actually really read any books about sea creatures so I like that this one would be a good one to start with!

  9. I have this book! Will be reading it after my exams... =)


  10. So, the covers are gorgeous, the writing is apparently gorgeous, and the trailer is gorgeous. I need to read this book. Also, sirens! I love sirens!
    Thank you so much for this. Now I have another book on my to-read list! :D

  11. I loved this book. It had most of what I was hoping would be in the sequel. We get to see how Simon and Vanessa's relationship is going a short while after all the craziness they went through. Vanessa is now a full blown siren and is struggling with unexpected side effects of that. Can a siren have a steady boyfriend? That seems to be the question that carries on throughout this book and will into the next. Vanessa has so much going on in her life: loss of a sister, the sirens, her transformation into a siren, and the mystery of her biological mother. She wants to share it all with someone. She wants to tell Simon the whole truth, but she's afraid once she does it'll all be over.

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