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Voices of the Sea

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The Sirens of Pacific Grove, California are being exterminated, and seventeen-year-old Loralei Reines is their next target. Lora may look like a normal teenager, but her voice has the power to enchant and hypnotize men. Like the other Sirens in her clan, however, she keeps her true identity a secret to protect their species.

Lora’s birthright as the next clan leader seems f
Paperback, 278 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by WiDo Publishing (first published July 2nd 2014)
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Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay so I don't quite read fiction books with mysterious crimes and such but THIS, this was so catchy that I just couldn't let it out of my hand before finishing it (at 1:30AM last night). I enjoyed the mythology references also. It made me tremble and shiver as the action unfolded, thinking WHAT is going to happen next, even though in a corner of my mind I was aware that it's all fiction and I shouldn't get so emotionally involved :))

In short, it's a book about sirens (modern ones, living in c
Megan Lee
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This creative tale of modern sirens and their struggle for survival against the Sons of Orpheus (a sort of mythological mafia)is a riveting read!

Harar's adept storytelling breathes new life into the classic myth of sirens and their origins. Using equisite description and well-placed mythological markers, the novel is packed with the sensual and the magical, rocking and lulling like the siren's voice and the sea itself.

Full of plot twists and well-paced action, this story of a young woman faced
Katherine Hajer
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Her whole body shivered with delight as she embraced the sounds of the sea and the harmony of her own voice. Ancient magic swelled within her, the ocean blessed her song, and a strong wind tousled her dark brown hair until it flowed wild behind her.

Voices of the Sea achieves something extraordinary in a very confident, accomplished manner: it seamlessly blends the two YA sub-genres of fantasy and amateur detective into a very enjoyable, readable story.

The action mostly follows Loralei Reines,
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seventeen-year-old Loralei is the future Guardian of her Siren clan. To outsiders, she appears to live the average life of a teenager, but like her ancestors, her voice has the power to entrance men. But the Sons of Orpheus are determined to destroy all Sirens, and when members from her clan are savagely murdered, Loralei feels a responsibility to protect her people. When Lora meets Ryan, a new student in her school, she can't help but be drawn to him in a way that feels both exhilarating and un ...more
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The chilling opening scene of this young adult novel drew me in, and the alluring twists and turns of this paranormal story held my attention like a song of the Sirens Harar writes about.

Loralei is a relatable, strong-willed young protagonist who readers want to see succeed on her quest to protect her clan and grow into her role as the future Guardian. Lora is surrounded by a cast of passionate family and friends, including an unexpected new arrival in her life, who help bring her story to life
Debra Metzler
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think I'd like it, but I couldn't put it down! Like Divergent and The Hunger Games, Voices of the Sea explores the complicated emotions and changing tides of the teenage years. Family tragedy, young love, and generational expectations all converge in a story that made me want to stay up and read another chapter. It would be a great present for any young adult, a gripping family read-aloud, or a page turning story perfect for a plane flight. I hope there's a sequel on the way!
Noël Miller
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read. The characters are fascinating, the mystery compelling. The plot is woven together tightly, and keeps the reader guessing. The romance is flirty and passionate, but I would recommend this as a great middle school read, too, as the book stays within bounds for younger teens.
Karin Wallace
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love, Love, Love! Great first novel for Beth!

The characters develop very well thru the book and I loved the touch of fantasy set in the real world mixed with bits of Greek mythology!
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book. I really did. But it felt like these were the most irresponsible group of individuals who didn't seem to take the most basic of precautions except staying inside and running away. How come no one noticed anything off about Son of Orpheus in their midst? Everyone came across as mostly helpless to me, until the end of the book. I made it to the end because I usually like this genre and I wanted to know what happened officially (turned out the way I expected). But this b ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I normally don't read YA, fantasy and especially not YA romance/fantasy. But this one also has mystery, murder and a psychopathic killer-- right up my alley! Also, I really loved the setting of Pacific Grove, California. The ocean was described beautifully and a very clear presence throughout, adding to the literary quality of the writing. There were some definite twists and surprises in the plot, kept me reading pretty much straight through to the end. I want more books about Sirens!
Angela Cruz
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantasy with a touch of romance. This is a short, stand alone book. The story ended with an open feel so hopefully there will be a sequel. I recommend this for young adult, adults because there is tragedy, but it is tastefully written. There was references to mythology that was added throughout the story, which made it more interesting. This modern day siren story is completely original, the plot is full of twists and turns, I was anxious to turn the page. Loralei is a great heroine, s ...more
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Voices of the Sea is Bethany Masone Harar's debut novel. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy and I'm happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Voices of the Sea is a captivating book about a Siren clan in Pacific Grove, CA. The book begins with the brutal murder of one of the clan members by a man named Ortho. The Sons of Orpheus seem to be hunting the remaining sirens on Earth and the Pacific Grove clan must protect itself.
Loralei is a 17 year old siren, who will be the next Guardian of
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read my fair share of dystopian and paranormal novels- and even a few Greek mythology ones- but this is the first tale of modern day Sirens that I've come across, so kudos for originality. It was also extremely well written, so double kudos for that. This isn't one of those 'page-turner, stay-up-all-night' type of books, but nonetheless the overarching mystery element will keep you reading till you finish. The author does a nice job of tying in the main character's coming-of-age story (she ...more
Elizabeth Naranjo
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This young adult paranormal novel starts off with a riveting scene--a beautiful young Siren is brutally murdered by a man we'll come to know as Ortho. The scene is from the murderer's point of view, and throughout the novel we shift between his perspective and that of Lora, our heroine.

Lora is a seventeen-year-old Siren, part of a secret clan living in Pacific Grove. Privy to a particularly gruesome detail about the above murder, Lora realizes her grandmother's tales of Siren killers are actual
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Having read a good amount of YA Fiction, it seems I can often predict which characters are going to fit into which roles. Generally, I haven't gotten into the habit of predicting who is the love interest, who is the bad guy, etc. As I began to read Voices of the Sea, it became quickly clear that I wasn't going to figure this out. Just when I thought I was sure of who was who, a small change would come and send me back to Square 1.

To me, this ability to achieve such great suspense and keeping th
Chris Burton
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
A wonderfully marvelous book that pays attention to the fact that not evrything can happen in a week but spaces out events in a more realistic manner. Thought this was a uniquely modern take on the greek mythology of the siren and what they may have evolved to become in modern times while still keeping to the core greek mythology while expanding the story and filling in some details. This story also throws in other characters from greek mythology as well. This was a wonderful book and I will be ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it

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Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Well I finished it. it was recommended to me so I kept waiting for it to get good but it was just really bad in my opinion. now off to find something worth reading
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
***Goodreads Giveaway Winner*** I absolutely love this book. it was well written and keeps you enthralled until the end.
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Bethany Masone Harar grew up in a family with “gypsy feet” who moved from place to place until eventually settling down in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. As a teacher and writer of young-adult fiction, Bethany is able to connect with the very audience for whom she writes and does her best to turn reluctant readers into voracious, book-reading nerds. You can visit her website at www.bethanymasoneh ...more
“There was only Lora and the ocean’s song. She closed her eyes, moving forward to bathe her feet in the colorful sea foam, which washed over the sand as it drifted ashore. Cool, soothing water splashed her, soaking the ankles of her jeans. The hypnotic music completely consumed Lora, dominating her mind, until it could focus on nothing else. The chill of the wind against her pale skin felt so freeing. Why couldn’t every day be like this? Music dwelled within her nature, as a part of her soul. She wasn’t meant to spend her days in a small classroom filled with students. Each day should be filled with singing and music. Her clan had no appreciation of their roots, however. They didn’t embrace who they really were. If they discovered she sang with the ocean this morning, they would punish her. But one day, she promised herself, she would be free of their restraints. Ignoring the nagging part of her mind which feared discovery, Lora finally joined the ocean’s song. A hum escaped her, then another, until her throat reverberated with the low melody of the ocean. Lora couldn’t help herself. She felt compelled to sing along.” 0 likes
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