Title: Siren's Storm
Author: Lisa Papademetriou
Genre: Teen Fiction, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publication Date: July 12, 2011
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13 Book: 9780375842450
Source: I received a copy of the book for review from the publisher. This is my honest review!
Siren's Storm by Lisa Papademetriou
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A year ago Will went sailing with his brother, but only he made it back. Now a year later, Will still has no memory of the events of that night, only the scars remain. His best friend Gretchen seems troubled too, her sleepwalking is getting worse, and she seems to be keeping something from him. When a new girl arrives in town, Asia, who is something of a mystery, Will begins to suspect that there is more to her than meets the eye.Siren’s Storm was a difficult novel for me to get into at first. The beginning is a tad bit slow, but the pace quickens somewhat as the novel progresses. The mystery is intriguing and this book isn’t your common place supernatural story—there is definitely some mythology, and thought put into creating a believable novel.
The setting is exquisitely detailed. You feel like you know this little beach side town and that you have lived there. While some of the characters are a bit stereotypical, you run into those that really shine, and are people you want to know. Will and Gretchen were both believable and well developed characters.
As I stated earlier in the review, the beginning was a tad bit slow and the pacing increases as the novel nears the end. The problem is that the ending feels a tad rushed, and perhaps not as well developed or explained as the rest of the novel. I ended with questions at the end, that still needed answers. This perhaps opens the door for a sequel, but leaves the reader feeling a little frustrated.
Overall this is an exciting mystery and an incredibly original novel. I especially loved the sea captain’s journal and the history combined with the mythology. I hope there is a sequel because I really want to see explanations for some of the events in the ending. A nice summer read, with a tad bit of darkness on the side. Enjoyable.
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