by Tricia Rayburn
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.
Soon, it’s not just Vanessa who’s afraid. All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes host to a string of fatal, water-related accidents in which all the victims are found, horrifically, grinning from ear to ear.
Vanessa turns to Caleb’s brother, Simon, for help, and begins to find herself drawn to him. As the pair try to understand the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance—and will change her life forever.
A seductive paranormal romance full of unexpected twists, Siren is certain to make a big summer splash.
Siren essentially has everything you could want in a story. It has a mystery, a romance, a gothic vibe, a tragdey, the paranormal, an intriguing locale. Honestly, I could get lost in the world of Siren and never come out of it.
I got pulled into Vanessa's story, her feelings and emotions drew me in and wouldn't let me go. I was turning the pages frantically wanting to know what was going to happen and just how it was going to end.
From the very first chapter we're shown how important Vanessa and Justine's relationship is. It's haunting to read about, those first few chapters where we have so many questions and so little answers. All we have is Vanessa's raw emotion to pull us into the story and you're hooked from there.
I was dying to know what was going on in Winter Harbor.
The string of random deaths and constant storms added a sense of urgency to the novel while creating that haunting aspect that literally had me unable to put my book down. Winter Harbor seemed like the perfect small town where something like that would occur.
I loved Simon and Vanessa's relationship and the gradual transition they had from friend to something more. It was sweet and Simon was such an amazing character. He was protective without being overly so, and he was genuinely a good guy. I loved that about him.
It was amazing to watch Vanessa's growth from the first page to the last. She goes a long way from the scared insecure girl she started out as and I loved watching her growth process.
There's just so many things I could say about this book! I loved it and I can't wait for the sequel.
I have so many questions that need answering, plus I'm already missing Simon and Vanessa.
Next summer could not come soon enough...