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Siren (Siren, #1)Book Synopsis:

Siren #1
Published Jan 2010 by EgmontUSA
Fantasy, YA | 344

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 what Vanessa discovers might mean the end of her summer romance, and life as she knows it.

Book Review: ★★★★

Being in the mood to read a good mermaid book I found Siren through Goodreads and was really caught by the beautiful cover and the description. It sounded almost like a murder mystery and I really wanted to read it. The story was a bit slow in that you don’t really find out the whodunit till near the end. Regardless I liked every minute of reading the novel. I liked getting to know Justine before her untimely death and reading about how Vanessa, her sister, copes with it all. The mystery portion was very well done. We slowly learned new pieces of information while even more bodies continue to wash on shore. The end and the big reveal was really well done. I didn’t see some of the big twists and am really excited to see where the second book leads us.

I really liked the characters as well. Vanessa was very shy and scared but was still very determined to learn why Justine had gone back to the cliffs in the bad weather. I liked how she grew through the story and built up the courage to do things that needed to be done. I also really liked how after she overcame one of her huge fears, she still admitted that it didn’t solve all her issues. She was still afraid of certain things and I liked how it wasn’t ‘oh now she’s perfect and will always be strong’. I liked how Rayburn made it realistic and show that it’s a slow change but a change nonetheless.

I also loved the Carmichael boys. I loved Mr. Science-Guy and the adventure boy. I loved Paige and her upbeat nature and loathed Z and her over-controlling issues. Each of the characters were unique and very well done.

Overall it was a really good book and I’m already looking to buy the next few books in the series.