Such is the goal of a siren. With their seductive voices and ethereal appearance, these harmless looking mermaids cause more peril on the sea than joy. Their whole purpose in life lies in the sailors, warriors, and tradesmen who journey in the Mediterranean waters.
”The smell of the ship is piney. The sweat of the men is sour. I smell their shoes and their dirty hair.”Sirena and her forty-eight sisters spend days on the lookout for these giant ships, for they k ...more
-Donna Jo Napoli Sirena
Once again, Donna Jo Napoli has captivated me with her style of writing and descriptions and characters.
Reading a book by her is always a treat (and I also recommend her other books-Zel, Spinners, etc...).
The story is lovely, but the ending is very very sad.
I recommend it to anyone of any age (well, okay, probably three year olds wouldn't be very interested, but still)
Okay so here's the story:
Sirena is a merm ...more
I went into thsi book not knowing anything about it except that is is about a mermaid named Sirena. The synopsis gives no information about the time period or when it takes place. I was happy to find out that the book takes place in Ancient Greece at the time of the Trojan War. It is a re-telling of the myth of Philoctetes, who was abandoned on the island of Lemnos when he was bitten by a serpent on the way to Troy. The myth was changed to a ...more
Originally Reviewed on May 4, 2017.
Updated with Grammarly on May 27, 2018.
I have nice sentiments about this book, full of admiration. It was not a retelling of the Little Mermaid as I had thought but a new story. And it was really quite lovely. A bit sad too.
Greek mythology is woven into it or rather, a particular piece from Greek mythology is retold in the book. Since the part with Philoctetes was the same word to word from the mythology, I'm guessing the mermaid origins were taken from there too. There were certain gaps in Philoctetes' actual mythological story, how ...more
I'm looking for information as to how to write an underwater world. So far, most books only have mermaids above the sea lev ...more
A glimpse of orange in the damp sand above the waters edge catches my eye. It is a dried starfish. That makes the fourth one I have found this week. I lace my hair around it. My sister Cecilia will be jealous. She has covered herself with starfish. And Pontina has taken over the mussel shells, stringing them around her neck in layers. Leila collects pearls. Her hands are red and pink with scrapes from fighting oysters. We make ourselves beautiful. ...more
We had a discussion on a lack of credible literature involving the vision of mermaids. He produced this book and suggested I give it a go.
I thouroughly enjoyed this tale. It is an easy read and can appeal to all ages. The story doesn't read like a typical mythological tale, however, there is no mistake that is what it is.
Sirena is another story of coming of age.
Hunger, desire, struggles with maturing it is all there.
I'm a sucker for mythology (and mermaids' love stories in particular), so this was the book for me, but it was written like 20 years ago, so I was a bit skeptical about some, like, 90s vibe in an Ancient Greek setting, but boy was I wrong.
This little story is so bittersweet it will leave you laughing and crying and wanting for more, definitely.
The writer is a Professor and it shows in her knowledge about the Greek ...more
Interest Level: Upper Grades (UG 9-12)
AR Points: 5.0
Word Count: 39264
This story is set during the time of the Trojan War. It's a story about mermaids, and one mermaid in particular, Sirena. Mermaids of course have the lower body of a fish and the upper body of a woman. The basis of the story is that in order to become immortal, the mermaid must entice a human man to love them (this being hard of course because of the fact that THEY'RE HALF FISH. While trying to a ...more
first-person present tense, which some may find awkward, but I didn't
Sirena and her fifty mermaid sisters are victims of a curse - they
must lure human men to sleep with them, or they will die. However,
after seeing first hand the unpleasant fates of the Greek sailors the
siren song lures from their ships - and witnessing the violent revenge
against one of her sisters that the sailors enact, Sirena decides to
accept mortality and c ...more
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At various times her house and yard have been filled with dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits. For thirteen years she had a cat named Taxi, and liked to go outside and call, "Taxi!" to make the neighbors wonder. But dear dear ...more