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(Faithful #3)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  459 ratings  ·  77 reviews
When Jo Winter’s parents send her off to live with her rich cousin on the glittering island of Manhattan, it’s to find a husband and forget about her brother Teddy’s death. But all that glitters is not gold..

Caught up in the swirl of her cousin’s bobbed-hair set—and the men that court them— Jo soon realizes that the talk of marriage never stops, and behind the seemingly b
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 8th 2012 by Speak
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Sarah Mac
Eh, this was okay. But that's all it was. Okay. Mediocre. Meh.

While the writing itself was competent (including some very nice descriptive passages), the story lacked any real zip. The secondary narrator, Lou, was enjoyable. She was a saucy flapper, unashamed of things she'd done wrong in the past, & unapologetic for misconceptions generated by those actions. She alternates chapters with the primary narrator, Jo -- which is a shame, because Lou would've made a much more interesting POV.

Lovely writing capturing the roaring twenties and how women are still "property" of their fathers or husbands. I loved how Josephine wanted to make a mark on her own without the help or dependence of her boyfriend or father. What a brilliant shining example for readers.

I loved the female relationships in this one, and having both Jo and Lou narrate was just genius. The story and the whole mystery surround her brother was tediously slow. You couldn't even gather any clues either because it just
Valerie Jones
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Unexpectedly fantastic-an electrifying coming of age tale combined with a mesmerizing setting and studded with mystery and romance

With the captivating and beautiful background of New York during the roaring 20’s, Janet Fox’s new novel, Sirens, offers everything readers could want. Women have recently gained the right to vote, and with that independence the desire for more freedoms than they ever had before. Seventeen-year-old Josephine “Jo” Winters is about to graduate high school and has plans
Michelle Ramirez
During the prohibition and after the women's suffrage took effect, the Golden Age was full of glam and secrets. Sirens by Janet Fox is a story set in the Roaring Twenties about a teenager named Josephine Winter. When her father sends her off to live in Manhattan with her wealthy cousins, he suggests it is to find a husband. After helping her brother, Teddy, fake his suicide, Jo keeps his promise by not telling anyone, not even her parents, about the hoax. With the help of Teddy's journal, her co ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
It’s 1925, and Jo Winters is a modern girl, but not in the same way as all those flappers. No, she wants to finish up high school, maybe go to college, and get a job. But her father has different ideas for her, and she doesn’t have much of a choice when he sends her off to Manhattan to find a husband. But as soon as she arrives, Jo starts to suspect that’s there’s more to the story than her future marriage. Too many people are asking her questions, particularly about her beloved older brother Te ...more
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Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Set on the Roarin' '20s, Sirens is a tale of a girl thrown into the upper class New York City social scene, going from speakeasy to speakeasy while acquiring the company of a notorious gangster and his moll. Everything however, isn't as fine as it seems, and Jo Winters is hiding some dark secrets about her brother Teddy, who committed suicide one year ago. How are her, her brother, and the gangsters all connected? That is the question posed to you, and this book
Chelsey Wolford
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If I only I could have been a flapper…I would have rocked it! But in all seriousness, in the past year I have become fascinated with historical fiction based in the 1920’s. There is just something about this era that amazes me beyond belief. This book did not disappoint! Janet Fox captivated me with talk of gangster, bootleggers, and molls. I wanted to be in the book with Jo Winter and her gang of “bandits,” this is only my chosen term for them because I love the mischief that they always seem t ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Emily Benoit
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reads-of-2012
Concept/Ideas: 4.5/5
Storyline/Plot: 4.5/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing Style: 4.5/5

A murder mystery and the 20s all wrapped up into one...

Sirens was a fantastic read filled with suspense, love, mystery, and an amazing feel for the Roaring 20's! Wow. All I can say is wow. I was blown away at how much I loved this book. Typically, I have tried to read so, so many books that revolve around the 20s, 30s, and flapper life-style, and I have never been able to get into one. I've tried the Vixen series, and I
Faith Hough
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
First of all, this book is a masterful example of world building in historical fictions. Janet Fox started with a lot of tricky subjects--tricky, writing-wise, because they've morphed into many cliches over the years: the nice girl who wants to be a writer, the suave gangster, the simpering girlfriend, and simply the world of 1920's New York. But in Sirens I believed every single one of them. The complexity with which the characters were developed was just perfect, and I could really see and sme ...more
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am 100% positive that if I was a young adult during the roaring 20s, I’d totally be a flapper. This notion is purely based on the things I’ve read in YA books. After reading The Diviners by Libba Bray, I sort of felt as though I NEEDED to read more 1920s-set books and I had the desperate hope that this would become a new ‘thing’ in YA. Lucky me, Sirens by Janet Fox had EXACTLY what I was looking for and was a nice, non-paranormal book to read after The Diviners. Sirens has: flappers, strong wo ...more
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
SIRENS takes us back to 1925, during Prohibition and just five years after women got the vote. The alternating narrators, Jo and Lou, are rather concerned with both of those policies. Lou is the moll of powerful mobster Danny Connor and Jo's father is involved with smuggling moonshine. Their social lives often involve going to speakeasies and risking getting caught in a raid. And as women they're caught between old ideas of femininity and modern. They may have the vote, but they still feel contr ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received 'Sirens" as an ARC from Janet. Thank you!

General opinion:To be honest, "Sirens" isn't the kind of book that I'd pick up in a library. But when Janet offered me the opportunity to read it, I couldn't say 'No', because somehow, I knew that it will be great. And I was right. I am very impressed by this book and I'm very glad I read it. It's an amazing book! Very well written, with a lot of mistery and very well created characters.
What I liked the most: The mistery that keeps you reading.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's really bumming me out how much I loved this book, then ending up not. This is like 'The Vanishing Game' by Kate Kae Meyers all over again! I was ready to give this book a perfect 5/5, but then that ending!
I loved the writing. I was simply in drawn into everything in this book, believing the pace and plot unfolding at a suspenseful rate that didn't rush or slow down the story (the chapters alternate between one girl's perspective and another)-- but that ending! Ugh, it left me with too man
The 1920's... the age of decadence... forbidden drinks, flappers, eerie yet enticing music, dancing, beads, drop-down waists, sassy speak, and mystery. Janet Fox does a worldly job of telling us about Jo Winters and her transformation from "simple" country girl to "flapper", but, really, that's all surface. She's an engaging, intelligent, sharp, intuitive character who loves her family, her books, and her fight to make her own choices, something incredibly hard in this era. I loved her voice and ...more
Lately, I’ve read several novels set and/ or written in the 1920’s; this YA novel is in the first category. Is it as great as The Diviners or The Great Gatsby? No, but it is fun, or fun-ish, and not all readers would find those earlier books as fun.

This is about Jo, whose dad has insisted she move to New York City, where her aunt and uncle live, to protect her from a gangster. Her cousin Mel, a flapper, who only seems interested in drinking and dancing, introduces her to Lou, who is the gangste
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Ended up liking this one a lot more than I thought I would... the characters and story were more sophisticated and complex than the standard set by other YA flapper-type novels.

On the other hand... revealing the mystery through the diary worked well as a tension builder, but... I was starting to wonder just how long it takes a fierce reader like the protagonist to read a diary containing such a juicy mystery, especially when her life and family's lives were in serious risk! It takes
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So, I LOVED this book. The plot, characters, and setting all work together to make this a very enjoyable story. It is set in the glittering decade of the 20's and follows two characters' perspectives on this conspiracy-like mystery. One of the points of view is a girl who ,chapter-by-chapter,is revealing her side of the story to a detective. The other perspective is of a girl caught up in the middle of this mystery.The other nice thing about this book is that the writing itself is just, plain fa ...more
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was very good and at this moment I have nothing bad to say about it. I read it in a couple days because I just could not put it down. It was fun. A little mystery, a little intrigue and a lot of 20's charm. For YA fiction it was very good and the inserts from Lou's perspective were a fun writing technique. All in all 4 out of 5. I'll remember it but it was missing just a little zing.
Megan Ratliff
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I had to force myself to finish it because I didn't want it to end. It's official ! I was born in the wrong era. It's my destiny to be a flapper! I felt so sentimental reading this book! The 1920's is so fascinating to me. If I could but just go back in time! The plot wasn't all that predictable. There was strong characters and voices and ooo did I tell you I love this book!
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This YA is entertaining and a memorable tale of gangsters, flappers and the beginnings of women's liberation from the roles of the past. There are lots of secrets and not everyone is who they seem to be at first glance.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
This book was pretty good. I have always loved the 1920's era with the flapper girls and the al capone mobster guys. The writting was decent, and the book had a great plot.

I will edit this later but right now I give it a 4/5
♡ ari ♡
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book!
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another fun, yet somewhat predictable, flapper read. I did enjoy how the story was told, and the writing was lovely.
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Im seriously dying for reading this book. I fall in love with the atmosphere the first to in the series made that Im eager for this one.

Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really really loved this book. I couldn't put it down! I love the way Janet Fox writes, so much! One of my new favorite YA books, definitely.
Sep 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Eh. I liked the book enough to finish it but not enough to love it. It took a rather long time for me to get through this book because at times I just didn't connect with it. It started off promising enough with a gorgeous cover and enticing enough blurb, I mean I like the old notion of gangsters and to be honest I haven't seen that many stories around set in the 1920s.

What we begin with is a mystery, a missing/dead brother and possibly a crime. Sounds enticing? Yes it is.

Papa Winter sends Jo o
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
So much to this book in its simplicity. I feel the author just brushed upon life with prohibition and gangsters, night life and flappers. a lot of focus on the shadowed women's movement of libertarian and independence and woven with the control and power of men.
The story line is one that I find description difficult to articulate without including spoilers. The entire novel is based around Teddy, his active duty hero status, and his death. The revelation of Teddy leaves a lot of questions as to
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 May 10, 2015 03:39PM  
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  • Nobody's Secret
  • Cleopatra Confesses
  • The Lucky Ones (Bright Young Things, #3)
  • Juliet's Moon
  • Gringolandia
  • Debutantes (Debutantes, #1)
  • A Thief in the House of Memory
  • Brotherhood
  • Falcon in the Glass
  • Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood
  • Gustav Gloom and the Four Terrors (Gustav Gloom, #3)
  • The Road to Pemberley: An Anthology of New Pride and Prejudice Stories
  • The Future Mrs. Darcy (Given Good Principles, #2)
  • Selling Hope
  • The Forgotten
  • The Year We Were Famous
  • Dangerous Neighbors
Author of award-winning fiction and non-fiction for middle grade and young adult readers. My upcoming middle grade novel is a companion novel to The Charmed Children, and features a refugee from Nazi Germany and a magical watch. My picture book debut, VOLCANO DREAMS, launches in September 2018.

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Other books in the series

Faithful (4 books)
  • Faithful (Faithful, #1)
  • Forgiven (Faithful, #2)
  • Paradise (Faithful, #4)
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