Undercurrent: A Siren Novel
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Undercurrent: A Siren Novel (Siren #2)

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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...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by EgmontUSA (first published June 27th 2011)
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Yes, Vanessa Sands, did you?

So, we continue our fabulous siren journey. Vanessa has turned into a siren and because of that, she attracts the attention of every guy out there. Because of that, she thinks her boyfriend Simon doesn’t really love her and breaks up with him. That’s convenient, now she doesn’t have to tell him what she really is and he’ll be out of the way! Enter second love interest Parker King and thus love triangle, because that’s exactly what this book needed (hint: sarcasm). It...more
Mizuki
To: all YA novel authors
From: Mizuki

Dear YA authors:

Would you guys please get on with the PLOT and leave those annoying silly teenagers' romance melodramas of yours behind for good!?
Jena
Aug 15, 2011 Jena marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Thank GOD this is set to release in FEB... I still don't know if I can wait that long! SIMON<3
Joy
Unacceptable.

I got to page 64 and completely gave up. Unlike the last book, the fact that there were mermaids couldn't save it this time. I thought I would give this series another chance by reading the sequel to the first, but it was a really really bad idea and now, I'm seriously regretting it.

The introduction was horrible. I didn't even know who was who at first, especially Simon. At one point the author was talking about some random tour guide and then a second later, she just throws in the...more
Tiffany (About to Read)
I love Tricia Rayburn’s writing—it’s just so engaging. Undercurrent was even better than I thought it would be. The mystery aspect was just as thrilling as Siren, if not more so, and I finished it within 24 hours.

Undercurrent takes place at the beginning of the school year (shortly after where Siren ended). We see Vanessa’s struggle with her changing body now that she is a full siren. Not only does she have to deal with the physical demands of constantly needing saltwater, but she also commands...more
WilowRaven
Undercurrent picks up only a short time after Siren ends. I really love when sequels do this. I don't like missing out on anything so it was refreshing to be put right back in the action, so to speak.

Overall though, I have to say I was a little disappointed. I absolutely loved Siren and I couldn't wait to read the sequel. But...well...I didn't love it. There were parts that I loved and there were parts that I hated and everything else fell a little flat. The writing itself was very well done and...more
Elizabeth
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Sophie Riggsby
* published on Page Turners Blog on 7/28/2011*

Oh Tricia Rayburn, how I adore you. I loved Siren but the sequel has left me a little speechless. Tricia not only explained the mysteries that were left unresolved in Siren, but she churned them around like the most dizzying whirlpool, and after finishing the last page, I feel like I still have very unsteady sea legs. What I love about the plot choices Tricia made is how quietly she brings the reader along until about half way through the book when t...more
Kathryn
WOW!! I was blown away with the first book Siren, and I was blown away with the second one Undercurrent. This series is FANTASTIC!! Vanessa is a great heroine that I have enjoyed reading about. Her struggles and growth throughout the books captures you and before you know it, you have finished he book.
In Undercurrent, Vanessa is dealing with being a siren, yet she doesn't let anyone know and with this info, here lies the struggles she deals with throughout the book. I absolutely love Simon and...more
Katie
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...more
Guitar Chick
I did the unthinkable. I read the sequel to Siren, one of the most disappointing books I've read.
But in all honesty, it's a definite improvement over the previous installment. Granted, that doesn't take much, but this book was readable.
Undercurrent still is not a stunner though. In fact, there were still bits where I just kind of skimmed over everything.
I know authors think that by adding tons of crazy boy drama that they're making their book appeal more to the teen demographic, but really it ju...more
Jessica Day
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Liz
I actually liked Pulse more than its predecessor, Siren. A lot of people have said there was too much boy drama, but I guess I must be a fan, because I really enjoyed it. I think there was a great mix of drama and mystery in this one, with the same eerie vibe from book one, and while I wasn’t happy with a few of the old characters, I loved finding out about some of the new ones.

Vanessa was a changed person in Pulse. Though she tried to go back to living her old life, the transformation her body...more
-k The Lady Critic
Another mermaid novel for summer and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. I was so happy when I picked up a copy of this novel while at BEA. I had wanted to read Siren (the first novel) for a while and with obtaining this novel it gave me the push to go out and buy the first so that I could read them together. Of course, now I have to wait probably a year or more for the third novel in the trilogy...

Reading this second novel right after the first definitely had its perks. First of all, since Undercurren...more
Kami
First off, there will be some spoilers throughout this review but I am not going to tag every single one so be warned. If you don’t want to know what happens, don’t read any further.

The sequel to Siren was essentially an information guide before the third book is released. Not a lot of real action happened in this book. There was a lot of information and plot development. Much of it was about how Vanessa was changing and how she tried to understand the changes. There was also the resurgence...more
Hazel
The first book was more intriguing as it was the first time I was exposed to men grinning in their deaths and plot about songstresses of the sea. Undercurrent is more of Vanessa coping with who she really is and realising more things about her abilities and her messy background. Of course, the twists in the book was what captured me as a reader and this book was good. I kept reading for hours till I finished the plot as I especially do not like to hang in the middle of a plot with creepy smiling...more
Mirjam
Undercurrent is the much anticipated sequel to Tricia Rayburn's YA-trilogy Siren. The book starts off with Paige living with the Sands. Things are a little tense with the Sand family who are struggling with their loss. Each family member has a different way of coping. Vanessa is a bit frustrated with her mother's way of coping by returning to happier times, especially when she is desperate to make her parents come true about her parentage. On top of that Vanessa is still determined to break up w...more
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
The summer's over, and it's back to real life in Boston for Vanessa Sands, but her real life has drastically changed since her sister's death. Joined by her best friend, Paige, Vanessa has returned how to a life of hidden truths, dangerous secrets and a new sense of self that is scarier than she could ever have imagined. She's beginning to question who she really is, who she can really trust and where her place is in the world. But when mysterious deaths begin turning up again, Vanessa and Paige...more
Jessica Dillon
Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed the sequel to Siren. Undercurrent picked up where Siren left off. I love the unique story line with Sirens. I have only ever read one other book with the same topic. Vanessa is an awesome main character. I find her very relatable. I couldnt understand why she just couldnt be open and honest with Simon. It was obvious how much he cares for her. I was mad at her Dad (Big Poppa) for the majority of the book, but find myself actually liking him at the conclusion. The...more
Danielle
May 06, 2012 Danielle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Danielle by: Lexi
One of my best friends first introduced me to the Siren series a while ago and I really enjoyed the first one. This book, however, disappointed me a bit.

It takes place where Siren leaves off, which was great. There were parts I liked, and others I didn’t, and some I just hated. My friend warned me that I would get pretty frustrated with Vannessa, and at first I didn’t understand why, but then, I did.

One thing that I absolutely loved in Siren was Vanessa and Simon’s relationship. Simon is such...more
Kate (VerbVixen)
I found Undercurrent, the sequel to Siren, to be somehow darker, scarier than the first book. I found Vanessa’s growing confliction as she lies to hide what she is from the ones she loves is the core of the plot. Even more details about what being a Siren requires unfold within this story; the new boy Parker isn’t Simon but he’s endearing nonetheless. As a reader, we know that evil is coming for her, but not what they plan. I reveled in this sense of foreboding. Some of the plot twists were pred...more
Shanna Dunlap
The story continues as we follow Vanessa through her senior year after the horrific summer where she lost her sister, found out there were mermaid monsters called sirens trying to get away with murder, and also turning into a siren herself. Vanessa is trying to get a hold on her powers while at the same time trying to keep the fact that she is a siren a secret from her boyfriend. The sirens Zara and Raina turn up alive and they are back for revenge. Can Vanessa figure out how to stop them again...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I finally picked up the next book. I read the last book and I really enjoyed it.

Plot: This story follows what happen after the last book. So I recommend that you read the first book. Vanessa is learning the truth behind her parents and her birth. The plot moves at a steady pace that gives the reader time to piece things together. There is plenty of drama created so the reader is always entertained if not by sirens then by secrets that Vanessa uncovers.

Love/Friendship: I’m so sad with the way it...more
Laura
Oct 15, 2010 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
maybe this will improve it. but i don't hold much hope
Karli Kittine-Ulaszek
Cant wait for the third and final book!
Vanessa
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Dopo aver impedito il malvagio piano delle sirene e aver congelato la baia, intrappolandole tutte, Vanessa torna in città con una nuova consapevolezza: anche lei è una sirena, è nata dalla relazione clandestina di suo padre con una di loro. Nonostante questa scoperta, cerca di portare avanti una vita normale, ma dentro di lei si affollano dubbi e paure. Simon la ama davvero o è solo influenzato dai suoi poteri? Chi era sua madre? Che fine ha fatto? Ed è da...more
Alison
The first book in this series (Siren) was soooooo good! It completely blew me away with its uniqueness and addictive storyline and style of writing. And so I had high hopes for the second book, Pulse. Unfortunately it did not deliver. And I’m so sad about this.

Pulse continues several weeks after Siren left off. Vanessa is back at school and dealing with the events of what happened at Winter Harbour with the evil sirens and the consequences that came along with that – i.e. Vanessa transforming in...more
Yuko86
Secondo volume della trilogia Siren, Il richiamo della sirena soffre del classico complesso del volume intermedio di trilogia, il cosiddetto “volume di passaggio”.

L’azione, specialmente nella prima parte del romanzo, viene ridotta ai minimi termini. Fuoco centrale della narrazione sono le sensazioni e i pensieri di Vanessa, che ora non riesce più a riconoscersi e a capirsi. Dopo aver infatti scoperto la sua vera natura, dubita di chiunque le stia attorno: come puoi essere sicura che le persone t...more
Caitlin
Rayburn’s style of writing is choppy and tends to build up to a climax that doesn't impress. There’s a lot of extraneous information that I don’t really need, and then the story will suddenly leave out huge pieces of general information. The story often jumps ahead and takes for granted the reader’s ability to understand the writer’s intent. I’m sure Rayburn assumes we know what’s happening or that we’ll catch up, but it just leaves me (needlessly) confused. Instead of marveling at a plot twist...more
Emma (BelleBooks)
Undercurrent is the second book is the Siren series and picks up a few months after the events in the first book, Siren.
Vanessa and her family are safely back home and away from Winter Harbour. Paige having lost most of her family has moved in with them as well.

This time around the focus is on making sure Winter Harbour stays frozen so that the sirens don't re-appear.
Along the way there is a lot of boyfriend drama between Vanessa and Simon. She doesn't know if he really loves her any more or if...more
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