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The Siren Song (The Cronus Chronicles #2)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  1,734 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews

Inside an ordinary middle school in an ordinary city, a small redheaded eighth grader is doing something very ordinary, indeed.

Ever since Charlotte Mielswetzski and her cousin, Zee, saved the world, life has been rather ordinary. Ordinary, that is, if you call being ultramegagrounded (in Charlotte's case) or treated as if you might fall to pieces (in Zee's case) ordinary

Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
If anyone could take on the Greek gods by herself, it's Charlotte Mielsweatski. She proved that she was more than capable in The Shadow Thieves, and now she's taking on the all-powerful Lord of the Seas, Poseidon. But, you see, he picked the fight. Poseidon is a very vain god, full to the brim with his own self-importance, and he is annoyed that Charlotte and her cousin, Zee (short for Zachary), kicked the pants off his evil descendant Philonecron. So, he decides he's going to make Charlotte pay ...more
Mar 23, 2010 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the first book in the Cronus Chronicles series was fairly lackluster, I'm glad I decided to pick up "The Siren Song" as well because everything picks up in this book. Charlotte and Zee are engaging characters, especially the former, and they experience some interesting and delightful character growth in "Siren Song." The snarky, matter-of-fact narration style is what exactly what I enjoy about children's books, and I found myself laughing out loud at several points during the book. Unli ...more
Eh. Just eh. Cute character but not a great plot. I actually thought it was a little bit better than the first book, but not terrific. I can't pinpoint my dissatisfaction, but part of it is that the age range intention is still odd. Is isn't complex enough for the age of the kids on the story, but some of the ideas are more advanced than I'd expect or want tweens to be reading. Once again, I just have to say that if this book intrigues you at all and you haven't read the Percy Jackson series by ...more
Milky Etoile
Jan 30, 2009 Milky Etoile rated it it was amazing
In this installment, Anne Ursu brings us back to the normal world...only to throw us into the sea this time--almost literally. Including the frustrations, experiences, and the infatuation of our 13-year-old heroine was a great decision. It is wonderful how the author managed to use a somewhat cliche personality of a power-seeking antagonist and spun him around to make him even wackier and intelligent at the same time. Also, this book certainly gives us a view of what those widely-known mythologi ...more
Jan 01, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-literature
The second in the series and just as delightful as the first. Charlotte and Zee are both grounded at the beginning of the book, completely oblivious that Poseidon is very angry at mortals for embarrassing his grandson, Philecron the way they did. This plot involves more of Charlotte which is great because she is very sarcastic and funny. Full of adventure and information about Greek mythology, this is a one doozy of a book. I don't know why this isn't as popular as the Percy Jackson series becau ...more
Nov 27, 2010 Sophia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm so impressed with this series. It's funny, frank, exciting, enticing, and the characters are strong, believable, and (in Charlotte's and my case) relatable. I haven't read a book so... ________________________ (I can't find a suitable word) in a long
time. One of my favorite series' of all time. This book was actually better than it's predecessor.
Jan 11, 2009 Jaemi rated it really liked it
fter returning from their successful mission to the Underworld, Charlotte and Zee have returned to life as usual. Minus the nightmares/generally strange dreams, and the fact that Charlotte isgrounded forever, because it turns out, once you learn that the gods are real, lying to your parents just doesn't work anymore. Life is just too real for that. Still, it's not all bad. When a cute new boy moves to town, and seems to have an interest in Charlotte, it's hard not to feel at least a little uplif ...more
Ussama NDow
Feb 29, 2016 Ussama NDow rated it really liked it
The title of this book is The Sirens Song by Anne Ursu, which is a fictional book. The main characters are Charlotte, and Zee. The main plot was that after they saved the world, in the first book, Poseidon thought that it was foolish that mortals could defeat a demigod, so he wants revenge, and Zee and Charlotte have to try and not die, but at the same time try to get Poseidon to leave them alone. I thought that the book was good, because it had action throughout the book . The characters had to ...more
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Actual Rating : 3.3 / 5

Equally as interesting as the first, I suppose, with little to no improvements made. Actually, if anything, the book seems a little out of place with having Zee on the cover (of my book version, anyway), because he's hardly in the story as much as Charlotte. Really, his role only comes into play near the end. Anyways, with Philonecron back, I was a bit relieved that he wasn't entirely out of the picture, since he made such a decent villain i
Dec 05, 2009 Athena rated it really liked it
I love this book, Charlotte and Zee are back on another hard-hitting adventure, and it is just amazing, blew my mind!! Ann Ursu (author of book) grabs a story, looks into your heart, and puts it into a book. I would recommend this book to ANYONE who loves a great story! I know the cover to the shadow thieves is wierd, but, read it! I did, and now I loveit,I just love it! 5 stars from me!!!!! (applause)!!!
Athena Patornai
Aug 27, 2009 Fashiongirlgoldberg rated it really liked it
This was definitely a good book. Unfortunately I've never enjoyed books that involve sea monsters (because there's always a gross part, but this was pretty good. Some parts seemed a little to much like the first one for my liking but it still had it's moments. I definitely think that the first was better but this wasn't bad.
En definitiva me gusto mas que el primero, sigue sin embobarme como me gustaria pero definitivamente si es mejor.
No tengo mucho que comentar; los mismos personajes se vuelven a ver envueltos con problemas de los dioses, ahora con el segundo dios mas poderoso: Poseidon.
Mar 27, 2016 Derek rated it really liked it
While not up to quite the same standards of THE SHADOW THIEVES, the sequel is still an entertaining adventure. Following the events of the first book, Charlotte and Zee find themselves mixed up in even more mythological trouble. This time, they've managed to tick off Poseidon (the second most powerful God in the pantheon!) and find themselves allied with a mysterious classmate.

The narrative tone is very similar to THE SHADOW THIEVES, and it's nice to see the characters again. Very recommended fo
Barbara ★
Well after reading The Shadow Thieves, I wasn't sure I was going to continue this series - it's just too childish. But once again I needed a "U" author so I figured what the heck. I enjoyed this one better than the first since there weren't as many mythology info dumps. Though mythology still plays a huge role.

In The Shadow Thieves, Philonecron tried to overthrow Hades by stealing children's shadows and Charlotte and Zee stopped him. Now Philonecron is in the Upperworld and out for revenge again
Feb 07, 2013 Santhoshini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Siren Song
By: Anne Ursu
448 Pages
Date Finished: 1/22/13

The Siren Song is an adventurous book, exploring Greek mythology, mainly about, eighth grader, Charlotte Meilswetski. Charlotte's life is miserable. Her parents have grounded her since they think she snuck out at night, but really she was out saving the world from evil Philonecron, with the help of her cousin Zee. Since Charlotte practically can't do anything at all know under her parents strict rules, her life becomes worse when h
Oli Ross-musick
Nov 07, 2013 Oli Ross-musick rated it really liked it
I was a little disappointed to say that this sequel was not quite as magical as the first. I would have liked to see more of Zee and also a little more of Philonecron as well given that he is the main villain. Also there is the question of Mew. The last book's monologue left me with all sorts of realizations and anticipation of what was to come and I think given who Mew really is we should have seen more of her in these future books. Then there was the ending, though it was a little more wrapped ...more
May 28, 2012 Shel rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Ursu, A. (2008). The Siren Song. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Reader.

430 pages.

Appetizer: It's been several months since Charlotte and her cousin Zee traveled to the underworld to prevent a revolt against Hades and Charlotte is still grounded for having been out all night. Her cousin Zee's parents are being overprotective as well. And Charlotte feels certain that she can get through anything as long as her cousin is by her side, but when Zee starts behaving strangely, Charlotte isn't so su
Oct 14, 2013 Ashley...(BookNerd) rated it really liked it
This book was great! I liked it better than the first book. It felt more original with a less predictable plot line and some pretty good surprises. I love the narration, where the narrator almost talks to you at some points, even giving a few chapters a different format. The Greek myths are played with, so they are not formal, but more fun and giving new life to old characters.
The protagonist, Charlotte, is very likable, but is also a fiery tempered red head (not exactly original).
Though I lik
The Possum didn't seem to need a refresher on the first book, but the PandaBat did. I was amused by what's been going on in Charlotte's life. The therapist scene is killing me.


Things are getting interesting. The American History cruise is killing me.


Last night reading took us to the Mall with Zee and filled in a bit of back story since the first book. Ursu delights with her humor and keen observance of middle-school kids. Charlotte, Zee, and Maddy, as well as their parents, are all finely
Jun 07, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
I read the first book a few years back and when I past by the second book in the library I just had to read it. I loved the first book, which is better than this one. There's plenty of humor and I'm all for Greek myths, but I prefer the Underworld to this adventure. While the main point of the story appears to be defeating Philonecron himself, but the book is focused on stopping Ketos from eating a cruise ship. Ketos is going to eat the ship because Charlotte and Zee defeated Philonecron in the ...more
Sep 14, 2007 Mike rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans
Completed. Instead of doing work I should have been doing, I finished up after work at the cafe. It picked up certainly and carries better when read in a big chunk. Anne does a really good job at keeping her frame of reference as a 13-year old girl. Maybe that isn't so hard for her. ;) But it's great fun having action sequences battling mythological Greek monsters and still pausing to realize how embarassing a situtation is.

old entry...

This is the second of a series of books about Greek myths in
Susan Christopher
Mar 06, 2013 Susan Christopher rated it it was ok
It's I'd a follow up to The Shadow Thief. Once again, Charlotte and Zee are attempting to save the world as Charlotte is held captive on a fake cruise and Zee is held captive by Philonecron to serve as his son and heir in ruling the universe. As fate has it they are able to escape several attempts on their lives, however Phil is able to steal Poseidon's power are create havoc in the Mediterranean. It's book is a bridge between one and three in the series and while moves forth the story line of t ...more
Jun 22, 2007 Beth rated it it was amazing
While I really liked the first book in the series, I found this one much more delightful. The characters are still real. Charlotte is a real young teenager, fighting with her parents over responsibility and freedom, even amongst the fantasy of the story. There's plenty of good mythology lessons in there, and even as an adult, it was fun to read. The story was fast-paced, but not so much as to leave the reader confused and overwhelmed. I found myself feeling "lost" at the end of the book, because ...more
Mikel Murillo
Feb 15, 2016 Mikel Murillo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un principio que te introduce de lleno en la lectura, mucha acción conforme la historia avanza, y una original trama conforman un libro que debería ser leído.
Feb 24, 2012 Meg rated it really liked it
I think I liked this one a bit better than the first in the series. It's interesting reading this series next to Rick Riordan's. There is a vast difference in the way the Greek gods are handled in the two. The stories are about equally entertaining but Anne Ursu has the edge in writing style. She’s got a great sense of sarcasm and humor.

This was a great continuation of Charlotte Mielswetzski’s story. She takes on Poseidon, a Siren, the familiar Philonecron, even the absolute unreasonableness of
Feb 27, 2008 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I absolutely loved the first book in this series, The Shadow Thieves--really great young adult fantasy adventure of the sort I would have swooned over at age 10. This second installment, though...pretty much fell flat. The main character gets all angry and adolescent, a la Harry Potter, but unlike Harry does not manage to stay likeable, and her parents (whose un-young-adult-novel-ish three-dimensionality in the first book was very refreshing) were diminished to dumb parental one-liners. The conc ...more
Karem Gutierrez
Jul 01, 2015 Karem Gutierrez rated it did not like it
I didn't like it at all. I think is because i haven't read the first book yet, but i don't care. I'm not going to waste my time reading it. #sorrynotsorry
Jan 08, 2013 Vera rated it really liked it
Oliver liked book 1 so much (and I did, too) that I got him books 2 and 3 for Christmas. Even though we aren't done with The Amber Spyglass as our bedtime book, we HAD to start this one on Christmas.

Finished reading it aloud tonight and had to restrain ourselves from starting Book 3. The action was a little slow to start but we got sucked in and it was fun. The young person sarcasm was less tiresome than Book 1. I have to say of all the bedtime books we've read aloud, I have enjoyed this series
No esta mal la adaptación de la mitología griega adaptada a lo que sería un mundo actual, pero aun así no me termina de enganchar.
May 15, 2013 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where the first book was split between Charlotte and Zee, this one is all about our girly red headed girl Charlotte. She's gotten grounded from that little misadventure of saving the Underworld and if that isn't punishment enough her parents (read dad, Mr. Mielswetzski) decides to take the family on a history cruise he's won.

Zee goes from cousin to stranger, and Charlotte - with the lack of contact from Mr. Metos - feels very alone and ordinary.

Until the siren starts to sing...

Than it's a race
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Anne Ursu's most recent book is BREADCRUMBS (HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press), a modern–day fairy tale for middle grade readers. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," BREADCRUMBS is a story of a Minneapolis girl who follows her best friend into a strange fairy-tale woods, and discovers there that fantasy is no escape.

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“The halls were empty. Charlotte had missed the first bell and would be late, again. Her homeroom teacher would ask her for an excuse and she would say, 'Overwhelming feeling of dread.' That was going to go over nicely.” 14 likes
“This morning, as Charlotte approached the brick facade of Hartnett, she found herself overcome with a great sense of dread. It hit her with a strange and sudden force, and she had an overwhelming urge to turn back, get into bed and not go out for about three weeks. She stopped in her tracks. The feeling itself was alarming to Charlotte - was she sensing something? Something dangerous? And was it something supernatural or just middle school? Sometimes it was hard to tell the difference.” 9 likes
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