Monday, August 2, 2010

Siren by Tricia Rayburn

Siren by Tricia Rayburn.
Publisher: EgmontUSA.
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 Winter Harbor, Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.

Vanessa's parents want to work through the tragedy by returning to their everyday lives back in Boston, but Vanessa can't help feeling that her sister's death was more than an accident. After discovering that Justine never applied to colleges, and that she was secretly in a ..
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Siren completely pulled me in (pun intended) and took me for a creepy thrill-ride of epic proportions. I absolutely loved every minute of it.

First off, I loved the refreshing new paranormal creature. Sirens are something often mentioned in a lot of books lately, but until now, I’ve never actually read an entire novel about them. Tricia managed to pull off educating us and scaring us at the same time- something that I appreciated a lot.

Aside from the creepy mystery that involves the random but consistent murders of local men, another thing I loved were the main characters, Vanessa and Simon. Their once friendship turned budding romance was so enthralling and sweet compared to the darker parts of the book. And not only is their relationship appropriately written, but the maturity of the characters themselves was as well. In the beginning, Vanessa started off an average teenager. But with her sister’s death, the introduction of a few characters with less than good intentions and the discovery of her family’s history, she grows up and it’s so good that it leaps off the pages.

It kept me guessing until the very end, dropping occasional hints and clues every now and then. Despite the romance and paranormal, I feel like it was a genuine mystery and it just plain entertaining in all aspects to read.

Overall, Siren has earned a spot on my “favorite” shelf. Scary and engaging with action, suspense, mystery and a must-read romance, it’s everything that paranormal fans will love. I definitely recommend checking this one out!


  1. I've definitely never read anything like Siren before, so I was captivated. It was actually really good :) Great review!

  2. I read this and loved it too! I can't wait for her sequel! My thoughts are posted HERE. :)

  3. I totally agree. Original premise/creatures, wonderful characters, creepy mystery! Great review!

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  4. I'll have to check this book out!! :) Thanks for the awesome review.

  5. Can't wait to read this, it sounds so good :)

  6. Great review. I really want to read Siren. It sounds fantastic!

  7. I would not have had a clue what a Siren was until I started reading Beautiful Creatures...and I LOVE the Siren character in that book, so I can only imagine how cool a whole novel based on a siren could be!

    Thanks for the review - I'm adding this to my TBR list!

  8. Thanks for your review, I've been looking a this one for awhile now, but I still need to pick it up :)

  9. This looks so good, I can't wait to read it and thanks for the wonderful review!