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Secret of the Sirens (The Companions Quartet #1)

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When eleven-year-old Connie is sent to live with her eccentric aunt by the sea, she’s not expecting anything great—not to make friends with Col, the coolest guy in town, and certainly not to discover that mythical creatures still exist, that an ancient society has protected them for centuries, and that a dark and treacherous force is lurking in their midst.
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Two Lions (first published 2006)
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Miss Clark
Book One of the Companions Quartet. Eco-fantasy. A sometimes overtly environmental propaganda mixed with all sorts of mythic creatures and their human companions.

Connie, aged 11, is a petite, black-haired girl who is essentially a loner and an outcast. Because of her uncanny connection to animals and her ability to communicate with them, Connie has become isolated from everyone around her, including her parents and younger brother. In fact, her parents seem to regard her as more of an inconvenie
Slow paced, but very enjoyable to read! I LOVE reading books about mythical creatures, and how they're displayed in each story.

...And I REALLY loved how they were displayed in Secret of the Sirens! If you got this book thinking you're going to be reading about 'mermaids' ('cuz of the title, 'sirens') I SHALL HAPPILY DISAPPOINT YOU BY SAYING THIS: THIS BOOK IS NOT ABOUT MERMAIDS! It's about Sirens! REAL Sirens! Bird women! HECK YEAH! It's about time someone writes about these awesome creatures. T
Dec 22, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is one of my favorite books, if you like books like harry potter, or Fablehaven , then you will like this book, if you have read this book and liked it, and haven't read fablehaven , or harry potter, then I recommend those books. Read the rest of this series they are all great
I have to say, the characters in this world were an odd bunch! Picking on someone just for having two different coloured eyes. Where I come from, people would probably think that was brilliant. Shame on them for calling someone a freak just because they like animals. I'm certainly glad I don't live where ever Connie was from. It sounds quite strange. I'm glad people in real life are much more appreciative of odd things usually, and not that demented. It seemed like Connie was the only ordinary p ...more
Jul 09, 2015 Fatemeh rated it really liked it
دومین مجموعه ی جولیا گلدینگ عزیز که تو ایران ترجمه و چاپ شد.
اگرچه کتاب از سنم گذشته بود :دی ولی ازش لذت بردم. داستان خیلی ساده ست، رمان کودکه نهایتا. منو خیلی یاد آشیانه افسانه براندون مول انداخت که من یقینا فضای اون رو بیشتر دوست داشتم.
ایده خیلی نویی نداشت، موجودات طبیعی در حال خطر و انجنمی که برای نجاتت اونها تلاش می کنه. اگر می خواین بخونین، حتما قبل از دبیرستان بخونین. و البته، قبلش کتاب های خفن تری مثل عطش مبارزه نخونده باشین! وگرنه اصلا داستان بهتون نمی چسبه.
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Nov 01, 2009 Belen rated it it was amazing
Secret of the Sirens by Julia Golding is a book about a young girl named Connie Lionheart who is sent to live with her eccentric Aunt Evelyn in Hescombe. When she arrives she learns of the mysterious Society, a group that her aunt has joined that seems extremely involved with animals and the environment. When Connie tries to take the test to enter, everything gets rather crazy and she learns she has powers she never would have dreamed of. Now Connie is a unique member of the Society for the Prot ...more
May 21, 2012 Lauren rated it it was ok
Shelves: favorite-authors
Kind of dumb. I'm barely staggering to finish at this point. A couple of issues:
A) It's a FREAKING SEAGULL!!! Get over it!
B) Hardly any charecterization past the initial labels she manufactured for all her characters.
C) almost no physical description of the human characters, though the imagery on the mythical creatures is very nice.
D) She is missing something obvious. Kullervo is a shapeshifter. This is not usually just used for impressing people. it is the ultimate spy power. Kullervo could
Jul 21, 2008 Hana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children
Secret of the Sirens is an enjoyable environmental fantasy for young readers. What happens when Connie Lionheart realizes that she has a unique talent? She finds herself in danger because she is a rare Universal Companion to animals—she can communicate with all animals, real and mythical. The reader will encounter mythical animals such as sirens, weather giants, dragons, dwarfs, unicorns, pegasi, and more. Because Connie is so unique, a powerful enemy takes an interest in her and is trying to ge ...more
Apr 06, 2015 Taryn rated it really liked it
i read this like 4 years ago but I reread it and its really good! The whole series was great because it had that element of Greek Mythology while dealing with a 21st century issue.
Zara Gooding
Sep 12, 2015 Zara Gooding rated it liked it
If I was being really nice then I would give this 3.5 stars but its more a 3. I remember reading this series as a kid and loving it but now as I read this as an adult I can see the plot holes. Its a quick read and clearly a kids book.
however the idea is amazing and its so lovely to see companions and mythological creatures in a novel thats set in modern times. I will eventually go over the whole of this series again because despite its flaws its a very sweet series, full of the love of animals a
Nathan Dehoff
Feb 15, 2015 Nathan Dehoff rated it liked it
Every time I look at my recommendations on Amazon and Goodreads, I realize just how many fantasy series featuring concepts from classical mythology there are. I've enjoyed several of them, but it can sometimes be difficult to pick out the ones that are worth reading. In this case, this first volume of the Companions Quartet was on sale in the e-reader edition, so I decided to check it out. I found that it moves a little slowly sometimes, but overall it was a pleasant read. A girl named Connie le ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Aelvana rated it liked it
Connie Lionheart has always had a hard time fitting in due to her relationship with animals. Sooner or later, some creature will do something that gets her into trouble. But when she moves in with her aunt, she learns she may have a greater gift than she suspected. Her aunt is a member of a Society dedicated to protecting mythological creatures, and right now the local sirens are angry about the new oil company who's setting up in their harbor . . .

I liked several things in this book. Although C
Sep 04, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it
I picked up Secret of the Sirens because a review hinted of a connection with Harry Potter's Society for the Preservation of Magical Creatures once promoted by Hermione. That review was a bit misleading. Golding takes up the *idea* of the society, but removes it from Potterworld and places it solely in our own, giving it it's own history detached from Potter. I didn't have a problem with that in the least and would likely have been disappointed if Golding had tried to be true to Rowling's world. ...more
Mar 23, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
Secret of the Sirens is a happy fantasy book with all sorts of mythical creatures. As I am a huge fan of anything dragon, unicorn, and fantasy, I really enjoyed that part of the book. In addition, I also enjoyed the environmental message of this book. However, I felt the characters were lacking. In some ways Connie is just too all powerful, all magical. She seems to grasp everything easily, leading to a very flat character. There were a few too many inconsistencies for even a children's book whe ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Jehnie rated it really liked it
This is a great kid's series. It is definitely in the spirit of Harry Potter: mythical creatures, intelligent thoughtful kids, and eccentric adults. I have to admit, I loved the environmental message that contributed to the story line. I'll definitely pick up the rest of the series.
Jan 04, 2010 Magda rated it it was ok
Compared to Julia Golding's Dragonfly, this was awful.

It might be a "neat" read for a fourth-grader, but it's a bit too eco-warrior-esque and too reminiscent of Harry Potter.
Aurelia  (Fiction Hour)
Like the Cat Royal Series, I read Secret of the Sirens quite a while ago. So I'm going to keep the review short.

I was quite disappointed with this book, since I'd high hopes after reading Cat Royal series by the same author. There were cliches everywhere and some parts were dragging on and on. The MC didn't have as much depth as Cat, so I couldn't care much about here. Worse, the MC appeared as a whiny little princess. The predictable plot didn't help improve things either.

It was the writing t
May 26, 2014 Sofia rated it it was amazing
I absolutely ADORED this book. Julia Golding is an amazing author, and if you are a fantasy-lover like me, this is the book for you! Connie Lionheart discovers she has a special connection with animals-and not just any animals: mythical creatures. (sorry, I might've messed up my grammar right there!) I honestly don't know who could possibly dislike this book; I'm sure you will love it! It gives an environment message, trying to save the local wildlife. It stimulated me to do something more to sa ...more
Mar 24, 2014 Blue rated it did not like it
Just another book about an "odd, strange, weird (I quit counting how many words she used in place of special after the first few chapters) freak" who doesn't fit in because she's so speci- I mean, weird.

And all the characters around her must have been so *cough* normal *cough* for ignoring her and thinking she was weird for really small, stupid things.
"She was dancing along with the hamsters?? She must have a SERIOUS mental problem!!!11"
"She has two different colored eyes?? How STRANGE!"

1. In r
Christalle Luneta,  Huntress
Hmmmm, First off I will say this book wasn't bad by any means, I enjoyed it even if i didn't think it was amazing. I am a fan of Julia Golding and she is an amazing author. The problem wasn't really with the book's plot and story, it was more of the main character is pretty young, practically still considered a child. This being said there was also no romance, which I like having in a book.
So this is a book I would maybe recommend to younger readers or even older ones who can look past how young
Jan 14, 2014 Eleanor rated it really liked it
Secret of the Sirens is about 11 year old Connie Lionheart. She's been sent to live with her eccentric aunt, where she discovers a mysterious group of people called the Society...

Frankly, I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read, though as the bookworm of a 13 year old I am the plot was a little predictable and the characters those of a children's book. This contrasted greatly with the vocabulary used, which caused me to always keep on hand.

Let's start with the characters:
Emma Woodcock
Jan 07, 2015 Emma Woodcock rated it liked it
I love Julia Golding's Cat Royal books, so thought I'd give this a try. Unfortunately it's not half as good. I think it might be her first book? It doesn't have the confidence or skill of her later writing. And maybe it's for a slightly younger audience. Either way, it really didn't grab me. I had to struggle to get through it. None of the characters were remotely interesting, and the plot was by numbers.

It manages three stars just because I think I *ought* to have liked it. I appreciate the ec
Verity Brown

It's hard to know what to say about this book. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything special either. The environmental propaganda sent something of a mixed message, since the "good guys" want (rather ineffectively) for humans to clean up their act in order to help the mythological creatures co-exist with humans, while the "bad guys" want to just wipe out humans because of all the bad things they've done to the environment. I'm giving this 3.5 stars, but rounding down to 3 because there's somewha
Jun 10, 2010 Melanie rated it liked it
When I added this book to my to-read list and finally got it from the library, I had no idea that it was a children's book :p At first I did not want to go on reading it because of that. But I had already started and I should say it was a good read though a longer one. The story is about a girl named Connie Lionheart: a strange 11 year old girl who recently moved into the small coastal town of Hescombe with her aunt. Connie's life is anything but normal.She can talk to animals. Her aunt isn't to ...more
Apr 04, 2011 Colleen rated it liked it
This book started out quite promising but ended up quite boring. It wasn't a bad story, but a lot of the pages felt wasted. Parts of it, I thought should have had more breath than they did while others left me fighting the urge to skip pages because they were utterly pointless.
The characters weren't very fleshed out, either, which was a disappointment. Connie was discribed as 'shy' but I never once saw her portrayed as such, which made the parts when the author randomly pointed out said 'oh but
Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
A very Harry Potter-esque book, involving mythical creatures instead of magic, and with a female as the lead, complete with an uber-rare gift and subsequent celebrity status in her circle of fellows known as the Society for the Protection of Mythical Creatures. And let's not forget a dark and deadly enemy, a shapeshifter known as Kullervo, who has grown in power over the years and wants to use our heroine, Connie, to destroy the society and all humans in order to give the world back to the mythi ...more
OCLS Staff Picks
Feb 07, 2013 OCLS Staff Picks rated it really liked it
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy books or mythology. It is written for middle schoolers and brings a lot of mythology into their modern world. The protagonist is Connie Lionheart, who moves in with her Aunt Evelyn. Her aunt is in an “environmental society” and Connie is eager to join, but knows little about the Society in the beginning. After it becomes clear that Connie is special and has a wonderful gift, she is invited into her aunt’s society and learns that it is so ...more
May 13, 2012 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: like-it
My Take:
I really enjoyed this book – Connie is a great character, fully fleshed out and relate-able, especially for kids. It draws you in right from the beginning and captures your imagination. The story line is interesting – I love the resurgence of mythical creatures, both “good” and “bad.” The sirens are murderers, but like wild animals they are neither good nor evil – it is just their nature. I like that as a Universal, Connie has access to all of the creatures, and that she has the power to
Dec 20, 2008 Trish rated it really liked it
This book was recommended by my daughter. She found it, read it, and then dutifully left it on my pillow to read a couple of days ago. She has since read the second book and passed it along, too, and we just got it at the library yesterday.

These are very quick reads. I especially like that the author chooses to transition very quickly. When we know that the character needs to be at a certain location, the very next paragraph finds him/her there. Little is spent on descriptions of the setting (bu
I’m a huge fan of the pencil sketch at the start of every chapter – it’s one of my favourite aspects of Angie Sage’s Septimus Heap series – so when I opened up this book and saw the first pencil sketch I was immediately inclined to like it and I have to say the actual words in the book didn’t dim my inclination at any point. In fact, they enhanced it. What I particularly like about Julia Golding’s writing is that it’s peppered with beautiful turns of phrase and wonderfully original metaphors. Ju ...more
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Julia Golding grew up on the edge of Epping Forest. After reading English at Cambridge, she joined the Foreign Office and served in Poland.

On leaving Poland, she exchanged diplomacy for academia and took a doctorate in the literature of the English Romantic Period at Oxford. She then joined Oxfam as a lobbyist on conflict issues, campaigning at the UN and with governments to lessen the impact of c
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