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Siren (Siren #1)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  6,464 ratings  ·  565 reviews
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 Winter Harbor, Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.
Vanessa's parents want t
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by EgmontUSA
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Flashy-eyed women in Winter Harbor, grinning male corpses washed onto the beach, a dead girl whispering things into her sister's ear ... a stunning secret to be revealed. Wow.

Let's get this out of the way quick and dirty (after having endured 154 pages): I do not recommend this book, not even to mermaid-lovers, because ...

- The plot is so very disconnected. Things happen without the reader being "informed". For instance you switch from the scene in which Justine storms out of the beach house to
EDIT: Gave the book another star because it still has a book-length plot, however small, and the romance is not the main focus. It far exceeds other YA books in that aspect, but only that aspect.

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Tricia Rayburn's 'Siren' will now be called 'Mermaid' to avoid confusion.

The Sirens from Greek mythology were 2-5 bird women (or just women) that lived on rocky islands. I don't think a name is ever specified. They lured sailors to their death with their a
Kristi-The Book Faery
4 hearts for Siren!

Siren intertwines the mythology of mermaids who could sing sailors to their deaths on rocky shores with modern day sirens in Winter Harbor, Maine.

The sleuthing of a grieving sister, Vanessa and her friend/romantic interest, Simon, explore numerous strange deaths and extremely bizarre weather that is happening on Lake Kantanka in Winter Harbor, Maine. When Simon's younger brother, Caleb goes missing right after Vanessa's sister (and Calebs girlfriend) Justine plunges from a cl
In the end, I am glad I am finally done with this book. Seriously, I expected so much more from this book and in the end, Tricia Rayburn didn't come close to my expectations. Which weren't that high to be honest. I just wanted to read an exciting story about sirens. And I got nothing. Well, not enough.

The beginning is slow and confusing but well, it could improve right?! Well, it didn't. The problem is that the blurb practically does reveal all until page 250 or so. From there on, the book final
I wasn't sure what to think about this at first. I love books about mermaids and other sea people and I love mythology, so I was intrigued by the description of this book. The book started off a little slow and confusing for me, but eventually I got into it and I'm glad I stuck with it. The story is great, and it doesn't portray sirens as just the villain or just the hero. It's not just one girl fighting a group of sirens. It's about her relationships with some of them, positive and negative. Sh ...more
Sara Grochowski
I consider myself lucky when I say that I was able to read SIREN months before its release. In fact, I picked it up based solely the title and cover art, before I'd ever even heard of it. I had no idea what to expect, but soon found myself completely immersed in the mystery and romance of Rayburn's phenomenal YA debut.

It isn’t hard to guess what the novel is about, given the description and title, but that doesn’t stop Tricia Rayburn from writing a compelling mystery with a great love story. Sur
I have to admit, I'm glad I got this one from the library. I'd heard some buzz about it and was excited to read it, but it ultimately felt really flat to me. I love a good teen paranormal read, but this one felt underdeveloped with boring characters that I couldn't bring myself to really care about. I found the lack of parental supervision when something so horrific had just happened to be completely unrealistic, and I was bothered that Vanessa, who had never kissed a boy before, went from kissi ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
What a great read. I didn't except to be so swept away by the story. (that was for you Sophie) LOL

I didn't except to enjoy Siren as much as I did. I'm not a huge mermaid/siren fan, but Tricia Rayburn has presented such a fantastic mythology and a beautiful, vivid setting that I am changing my tune. I absolutely enjoyed reading Siren. I was hooked from the get go with the setting being in Maine. It's beautifully described and adds a lot of elements and feelings to the book.

I really enjoyed the ch
Carol Rubens
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It wasn't as fast paced as other books I've read, but at the same time it kind of was, but in a different way. Which I know doesn't make any sense whatsoever. It didn't have a ton of battle scenes, the romance throughout wasn't as intense as in most books. But I think I liked that more, because it seemed more realistic, like kind of a break from how books these days are. And I liked that at the end, Vanessa said that even though she jumped, she was still scared - ...more
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Savannah (Books With Bite)
Ummmmmm, is there a sequal?? And if so could I read now.....

This book was great! I loved reading every part of it. From the very first word on the page to the last word, this book had me holding my every waking breath. It caught me, making me read this in one day. Yeah, thats how fast I devoured this.

After Vanessa older sisters passes she leave going in search of some answer to her sisters death. Vanessa is all of a sudden is witnessing death occuring by the ocean.Sailors found at th
Wow, I'm so glad I read this book. It's definitely on my top favorite books list. I'm even more excited that it's a trilogy because Siren definitely leaves you wanting to know so much more. I didn't think I was going to read this book in one day. I was really wrong. Right from the beginning I am so curious as to what is going to happen. It's one big mystery book and that's why I loved it so much. There was so much mystery that WASN'T predictable, there was summer love, and love for your family a ...more
Kater Cheek
This was another ARC I scored last month; the book isn't going to be on the shelves until June.
Siren starts out as a typical teen summer romance, where two brothers and two sisters spend their last summer together before college, at Winter Harbor, a sunny Maine resort town where both families have houses. The first chapter was so sappy and typical that I almost put it down, but then the main character's sister dies a mysterious death.
The rest of the novel revolves around the main character try
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
After I reached page 40 in this book I remember looking down at the page number and being amazed that I had learned so much about our characters and the story in that number of pages. After that, I would find myself trying to keep on task doing something else but wandering back to Siren to read more.

Our main character, Vanessa, gets involved in a mystery of sorts, which keeps you guessing as the reader for the entire thing. As you may have guessed, the title does play a role, but since it has el
I really enjoyed this one. It was definitely different. It looks like there could be a sequel. Can't wait to find out!
Right off the bat, I have to say I hate this cover! I wish it could have looked more modern or more real. There is just something about it I really don't like, but I'm glad I gave it a chance anyways. Anyone who knows me, knows my favorite kid movie was "The Little Mermaid". Ariel covered my room, she was on by bed, on the walls, the toys were everywhere. I still know every word to "Under the Sea' and "Part of your World" and I still adore the movie. I try to force it on my poor little 3 year ol ...more
Lori (Pure Imagination)
Mar 17, 2010 Lori (Pure Imagination) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lori (Pure Imagination) by:
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I was really excited to read a book about mermaids. I have been saying for years that there are not enough books out there about merpeople! Was I satisfied with this much anticipated mermaid book? Ehh....

The story revolves around Vanessa and her attempts to solve her sisters mysterious death. The book is just that, mysterious. From page one. So that kept me interested but the plot seemed to move super slow to me. It wasn't pull you hair out slow but just slow enough to annoy me....just a little.
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Siren by Tricia Rayburn is one creepy book. I mean, you would think mermaids aren’t exactly creepers as they swim around signing about how they ‘want to live out of these waters and spend a day warm on the sand.’ Sirens, on the other hand, are MEAN. They sing and lure people to their deaths. They do not want to be part of our world. Well, anyways, Siren by Tricia Rayburn opens with seventeen year old Vanessa Sands being Chuck
I was given Siren by Tricia Rayburn this past weekend. I started off a little skeptical however when I finished it in under 24 hours it was love. Tricia Rayburn crafts a unique story about family and dealing with loss while trying to figure out who or in some cases what you are. The description of Winter Harbor reminds of me places I used to vacation in Maine and being a New England I am so happy someone got it right!

The story revolves around Vanessa, a girl who is afraid of everything, her fear
Three words, best-book-EVER!! I absolutely adored Siren, I devoured every word from the beginning to the end. Tricia combined the mystery and romance so perfectly, the story fit together like a jigsaw. I love the way Tricia added her own spin to the mythological creatures, sirens and disguised them as everyday people.

I was really happy when the story started off with mystery at the very beginning, i hate it when you have to read a book all the way to the middle to even start getting interested.
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Vanessa Sands and her older sister, Justine, are very different, but very close. Justine is the daredevil and loves to be in the spotlight and the center of attention, while Vanessa is afraid of everything.

One night, after a family argument, Justine's fearless ways end in a tragic accident. Her body is found washed ashore after a cliff-diving accident near her family's vacation house in Maine. But Vanessa doesn't believe that her sister's death was just an
Steph Su
SIREN was a surprisingly heartfelt supernatural YA debut. It elegantly combines ocean myth with relatable human troubles for an interesting and absorbing read.

Though the plot unfolds slowly, Tricia Rayburn accomplishes a lot when she makes Vanessa into an actually sympathetic protagonist. Despite her self-acknowledged fears (unlike many other YA paranormal romance heroines, who don’t realize they’re irritatingly passive about everything), Vanessa’s attachments to the people she loves drives her
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Siren is the story about a teenage girl, Vanessa Sands, living life in the wake of losing her sister to a tragic and untimely death. Justine was always the bright, vivacious, and fearless sister. Vanessa (Ness) was cautious, curious, and above all, she was smart! (It's so rare to see a smart teen female protagonist, eh?!) Along with Simon, the protective, geeky, and saccharin-sweet love interest, Ness uncovers Winter Harbor's deadly secrets and seeks to discover what really happened to Justine.

An emotional supernatural mystery with a soft spot for family.

It began establishing the relationship between Justine and Vanessa and how important the setting will be for the story. And then melts away into the incident that will change their lives forever.

The story revolves around Vanessa's search for answers surrounding her sister's death, uncovering hidden secrets along the way that eventually reveals something that would or could call for a second book.

After reading the book I realize that I
I was very excited to learn I would be reading and reviewing Siren. Many great things have been said about this Tricia Rayburn novel and I wanted to see for myself.
I was hooked from the first chapter.
There are not many mermaid/sea creature reads out there. So, Siren was a cool drink of (salt) water to what has been floating around YA. For those of you who want to read something different that also holds your favorite reading elements (love, lose, etc), you need to pick up Siren.
From chapter 1,
Samantha-Ellen Bound
I quite liked the writing. The prose is nothing special but it does what it should and I kept my cringing to a minimum. Of course there are typical para-romance tropes but that’s to be expected. I didn’t quite believe the plot point about ‘freezing Winter Harbour’. And I didn’t like when Vanessa’s Mum told her she was always the beautiful one, she has always had it all but just couldn’t see it; guys have always loved her etc etc. That felt a little bit indulgent. Some reviews I’ve read had expre ...more
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Nope. Couldn't finish this halfway through. Impossibly boring. What mystery?

The majority of the book deals with Nessa's grief and her coming to terms with her sister's mysterious death through running away from her life and living alone. I can't believe her parents would allow their under-aged daughter to do that, no matter how much they're grieving themselves. There was more about Nessa being a waitress/dealing with Queen Bee Waitress than of her being enmeshed in whatever mystery. Yet another
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Tricia Rayburn lives on eastern Long island with her fiancé and crazy shih tzu. She tries to eat vegetables instead of candy but, in her weaker moments, loves Reese's Pieces. The Melting of Maggie Bean is her first novel.
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“And then you run. Because the only thing worse than her being gone is that you're still here.” 44 likes
“You know when you're floating on your back in the lake, the water rises and falls against your ears? So that for half a second you can hear everything around you and then for the other half a second everything's muted? It almost feels like your suspended between two worlds.” 36 likes
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