Monday, August 8, 2011

Undercurrent by Tricia Rayburn

Undercurrent (Siren #2) by Tricia Rayburn.
Publisher: Egmont USA.
Pages: 352.
Warning: This book contains spoilers of the first book. Read at your own risk.

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.
I absolutely loved Siren, but Undercurrent kind of blew my mind. The second installment in this powerful trilogy is ten times more dark, dramatic and intense, but still holds on to the beautiful terror and mystery that Siren introduced.

The pace is a bit slower in this one. In Siren, the story seemed to have a clear focal point. Vanessa and Simon knew what they were looking for and knew what they were doing. But in Undercurrent, things seem kind of blurred. It bothered me at first, I admit. But as I continued to read, I grew less and less bothered. Vanessa's struggle with being a siren, her frequent hallucinations of Zara and Raina, and the unraveling past of her biological mother are mysteries of their own. And they all come together for an intense and wicked ending that has me dying for the third book as soon as possible.

If I could only have one complaint about Undercurrent, it'd be the addition of Parker. I definitely understand the importance of his character and why he was necessary, but I think this is one series that could have done wonderfully without a love triangle. I might just be a tad bitter considering how much I'm Team Simon, but I couldn't help wishing that Parker would be the victim of a siren's attack at some point in the story. (I'm evil, I know)

Overall, Undercurrent is an explosive follow-up to Siren that kept me on the edge of my seat with every page that I turned. The sirens are back and angrier than ever and Vanessa's battle to keep not only them but her own siren, from harming others is one that will stun, entertain and scare you at the same time. If you're a fan of Siren, pick this one up ASAP!

Other reviews for Undercurrent:
i swim for oceans.
I Just Wanna Sit Here And Read.

2 comments:

  1. TOTALLY with you on the Parker thing. Team Simon! Great review. :)

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  2. 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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