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El Canto de la Sirena (The Cronus Chronicles #2)

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Como en Los ladrones de sombras, la primera novela de Las Crónicas de Cronos, la autora, Anne Ursu, recrea con gran habilidad e imaginación la mitología griega. Tanto que, además de hacer creíbles a los personajes humanos, hace creíbles a los divinos. Charlotte, nuestra protagonista, madura y se convierte en una verdadera heroína clásica: capaz de resistir el sufrimiento y ...more
Paperback, 391 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Punto de Encuentro (first published June 5th 2007)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
If anyone could take on the Greek gods by herself, it's Charlotte Mielsweatski. She proved that she was more than capable in The Shadow Thieves, and now she's taking on the all-powerful Lord of the Seas, Poseidon. But, you see, he picked the fight. Poseidon is a very vain god, full to the brim with his own self-importance, and he is annoyed that Charlotte and her cousin, Zee (short for Zachary), kicked the pants off his evil descendant Philonecron. So, he decides he's going to make Charlotte pay ...more
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the first book in the Cronus Chronicles series was fairly lackluster, I'm glad I decided to pick up "The Siren Song" as well because everything picks up in this book. Charlotte and Zee are engaging characters, especially the former, and they experience some interesting and delightful character growth in "Siren Song." The snarky, matter-of-fact narration style is what exactly what I enjoy about children's books, and I found myself laughing out loud at several points during the book. Unli ...more
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I need to learn that just because I love some of an author's works doesn't mean that I'll love all of them. As fantasy adventure epics for tweens go, this series is pretty good. Nice themes about revenge vs justice, and nice that the bravest kid just happens to be female (not, note, the typical 'spunky heroine' of most recent MG), and great that the complexities of the Greek Gods theology isn't dumbed down. However, even though this is much better than the Percy Jackson series, the subject matte ...more
Eh. Just eh. Cute character but not a great plot. I actually thought it was a little bit better than the first book, but not terrific. I can't pinpoint my dissatisfaction, but part of it is that the age range intention is still odd. Is isn't complex enough for the age of the kids on the story, but some of the ideas are more advanced than I'd expect or want tweens to be reading. Once again, I just have to say that if this book intrigues you at all and you haven't read the Percy Jackson series by ...more
Milky Etoile
Jan 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this installment, Anne Ursu brings us back to the normal world...only to throw us into the sea this time--almost literally. Including the frustrations, experiences, and the infatuation of our 13-year-old heroine was a great decision. It is wonderful how the author managed to use a somewhat cliche personality of a power-seeking antagonist and spun him around to make him even wackier and intelligent at the same time. Also, this book certainly gives us a view of what those widely-known mythologi ...more
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-literature
The second in the series and just as delightful as the first. Charlotte and Zee are both grounded at the beginning of the book, completely oblivious that Poseidon is very angry at mortals for embarrassing his grandson, Philecron the way they did. This plot involves more of Charlotte which is great because she is very sarcastic and funny. Full of adventure and information about Greek mythology, this is a one doozy of a book. I don't know why this isn't as popular as the Percy Jackson series becau ...more
Nov 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm so impressed with this series. It's funny, frank, exciting, enticing, and the characters are strong, believable, and (in Charlotte's and my case) relatable. I haven't read a book so... ________________________ (I can't find a suitable word) in a long
time. One of my favorite series' of all time. This book was actually better than it's predecessor.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gods and glory against the life of an unlucky girl
The Siren Song by Anne Ursu

What would you do if you were up against one of the most powerful greek gods’ in the universe? I recommend the greatest fantasy fiction book, The Siren Song by Anne Ursu, because the book is based off greek mythology for ages 12-16 that enjoy adventure and mystery. I say this because the author engages the reader to be interested in the situation the main character is in. The author allows the reader to be limited to th
Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fter returning from their successful mission to the Underworld, Charlotte and Zee have returned to life as usual. Minus the nightmares/generally strange dreams, and the fact that Charlotte isgrounded forever, because it turns out, once you learn that the gods are real, lying to your parents just doesn't work anymore. Life is just too real for that. Still, it's not all bad. When a cute new boy moves to town, and seems to have an interest in Charlotte, it's hard not to feel at least a little uplif ...more
Dec 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, Charlotte and Zee are back on another hard-hitting adventure, and it is just amazing, blew my mind!! Ann Ursu (author of book) grabs a story, looks into your heart, and puts it into a book. I would recommend this book to ANYONE who loves a great story! I know the cover to the shadow thieves is wierd, but, read it! I did, and now I loveit,I just love it! 5 stars from me!!!!! (applause)!!!
Athena Patornai
This was definitely a good book. Unfortunately I've never enjoyed books that involve sea monsters (because there's always a gross part, but this was pretty good. Some parts seemed a little to much like the first one for my liking but it still had it's moments. I definitely think that the first was better but this wasn't bad.
En definitiva me gusto mas que el primero, sigue sin embobarme como me gustaria pero definitivamente si es mejor.
No tengo mucho que comentar; los mismos personajes se vuelven a ver envueltos con problemas de los dioses, ahora con el segundo dios mas poderoso: Poseidon.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
First of all, I am pleasantly surprised that this book does not go down the path that the second Percy Jackson book did. Namely, The Siren Song doesn't just retread The Odyssey with teenagers instead of Odysseus. It does, of course, include a siren, as well as the wrath of Poseidon and Scylla and Charbdis. But, other than that, there are no other major incidents from The Odyssey repeated here, and in fact the plot is largely completely original. Philonecron is back and this time he wants revenge ...more
Leanne C
This one, for me, wasn't as good as #1. That said, I am still keen to try #3. I enjoy the humor and wit. I still think these are great books for Riordan fans, and for kids interested in mythology.
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Ursu, A. (2008). The Siren Song. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Reader.

430 pages.

Appetizer: It's been several months since Charlotte and her cousin Zee traveled to the underworld to prevent a revolt against Hades and Charlotte is still grounded for having been out all night. Her cousin Zee's parents are being overprotective as well. And Charlotte feels certain that she can get through anything as long as her cousin is by her side, but when Zee starts behaving strangely, Charlotte isn't so su
Isidora Subotic
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte and her family went on a cruise to see historical America but ended up in the Mediterranean Sea, because Poseidon was angry at Charlotte. Philonecron kidnapped Zee, so now it is completely up to Charlotte to save the world...again!
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Siren Song
By: Anne Ursu
448 Pages
Date Finished: 1/22/13

The Siren Song is an adventurous book, exploring Greek mythology, mainly about, eighth grader, Charlotte Meilswetski. Charlotte's life is miserable. Her parents have grounded her since they think she snuck out at night, but really she was out saving the world from evil Philonecron, with the help of her cousin Zee. Since Charlotte practically can't do anything at all know under her parents strict rules, her life becomes worse when h
Barbara ★
Well after reading The Shadow Thieves, I wasn't sure I was going to continue this series - it's just too childish. But once again I needed a "U" author so I figured what the heck. I enjoyed this one better than the first since there weren't as many mythology info dumps. Though mythology still plays a huge role.

In The Shadow Thieves, Philonecron tried to overthrow Hades by stealing children's shadows and Charlotte and Zee stopped him. Now Philonecron is in the Upperworld and out for revenge again
Oli Ross-musick
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little disappointed to say that this sequel was not quite as magical as the first. I would have liked to see more of Zee and also a little more of Philonecron as well given that he is the main villain. Also there is the question of Mew. The last book's monologue left me with all sorts of realizations and anticipation of what was to come and I think given who Mew really is we should have seen more of her in these future books. Then there was the ending, though it was a little more wrapped ...more
Ussama NDow
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of this book is The Sirens Song by Anne Ursu, which is a fictional book. The main characters are Charlotte, and Zee. The main plot was that after they saved the world, in the first book, Poseidon thought that it was foolish that mortals could defeat a demigod, so he wants revenge, and Zee and Charlotte have to try and not die, but at the same time try to get Poseidon to leave them alone. I thought that the book was good, because it had action throughout the book . The characters had to ...more
A.M.G. Fantasia ☮Hippie/Guru☮
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Actual Rating : 3.3 / 5

Equally as interesting as the first, I suppose, with little to no improvements made. Actually, if anything, the book seems a little out of place with having Zee on the cover (of my book version, anyway), because he's hardly in the story as much as Charlotte. Really, his role only comes into play near the end. Anyways, with Philonecron back, I was a bit relieved that he wasn't entirely out of the picture, since he made such a decent villain i
The Possum didn't seem to need a refresher on the first book, but the PandaBat did. I was amused by what's been going on in Charlotte's life. The therapist scene is killing me.


Things are getting interesting. The American History cruise is killing me.


Last night reading took us to the Mall with Zee and filled in a bit of back story since the first book. Ursu delights with her humor and keen observance of middle-school kids. Charlotte, Zee, and Maddy, as well as their parents, are all finely
This book was great! I liked it better than the first book. It felt more original with a less predictable plot line and some pretty good surprises. I love the narration, where the narrator almost talks to you at some points, even giving a few chapters a different format. The Greek myths are played with, so they are not formal, but more fun and giving new life to old characters.
The protagonist, Charlotte, is very likable, but is also a fiery tempered red head (not exactly original).
Though I lik
Aug 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans
Completed. Instead of doing work I should have been doing, I finished up after work at the cafe. It picked up certainly and carries better when read in a big chunk. Anne does a really good job at keeping her frame of reference as a 13-year old girl. Maybe that isn't so hard for her. ;) But it's great fun having action sequences battling mythological Greek monsters and still pausing to realize how embarassing a situtation is.

old entry...

This is the second of a series of books about Greek myths in
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
I read the first book a few years back and when I past by the second book in the library I just had to read it. I loved the first book, which is better than this one. There's plenty of humor and I'm all for Greek myths, but I prefer the Underworld to this adventure. While the main point of the story appears to be defeating Philonecron himself, but the book is focused on stopping Ketos from eating a cruise ship. Ketos is going to eat the ship because Charlotte and Zee defeated Philonecron in the ...more
Susan Christopher
It's I'd a follow up to The Shadow Thief. Once again, Charlotte and Zee are attempting to save the world as Charlotte is held captive on a fake cruise and Zee is held captive by Philonecron to serve as his son and heir in ruling the universe. As fate has it they are able to escape several attempts on their lives, however Phil is able to steal Poseidon's power are create havoc in the Mediterranean. It's book is a bridge between one and three in the series and while moves forth the story line of t ...more
Jun 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I really liked the first book in the series, I found this one much more delightful. The characters are still real. Charlotte is a real young teenager, fighting with her parents over responsibility and freedom, even amongst the fantasy of the story. There's plenty of good mythology lessons in there, and even as an adult, it was fun to read. The story was fast-paced, but not so much as to leave the reader confused and overwhelmed. I found myself feeling "lost" at the end of the book, because ...more
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I liked this one a bit better than the first in the series. It's interesting reading this series next to Rick Riordan's. There is a vast difference in the way the Greek gods are handled in the two. The stories are about equally entertaining but Anne Ursu has the edge in writing style. She’s got a great sense of sarcasm and humor.

This was a great continuation of Charlotte Mielswetzski’s story. She takes on Poseidon, a Siren, the familiar Philonecron, even the absolute unreasonableness of
Jul 31, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I absolutely loved the first book in this series, The Shadow Thieves--really great young adult fantasy adventure of the sort I would have swooned over at age 10. This second installment, though...pretty much fell flat. The main character gets all angry and adolescent, a la Harry Potter, but unlike Harry does not manage to stay likeable, and her parents (whose un-young-adult-novel-ish three-dimensionality in the first book was very refreshing) were diminished to dumb parental one-liners. The conc ...more
Sep 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was even better than the first one (Shadow Thieves). This one centers on Charlotte, the Minnesotan 8th-grader, more than her quiet British cousin, Zee, and Ursu gives her a perfect, snarky voice. Charlotte feels quite put out that no one is aware of her heroics (saving the world from uncaring Greek gods, who actually exist), and her isolation increases when Zee starts dating her best friend. This time Poseidon is out for revenge because of their actions in Hades, and Charlotte must again co ...more
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Anne Ursu's most recent book is BREADCRUMBS (HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press), a modern–day fairy tale for middle grade readers. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," BREADCRUMBS is a story of a Minneapolis girl who follows her best friend into a strange fairy-tale woods, and discovers there that fantasy is no escape.

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“The halls were empty. Charlotte had missed the first bell and would be late, again. Her homeroom teacher would ask her for an excuse and she would say, 'Overwhelming feeling of dread.' That was going to go over nicely.” 14 likes
“This morning, as Charlotte approached the brick facade of Hartnett, she found herself overcome with a great sense of dread. It hit her with a strange and sudden force, and she had an overwhelming urge to turn back, get into bed and not go out for about three weeks. She stopped in her tracks. The feeling itself was alarming to Charlotte - was she sensing something? Something dangerous? And was it something supernatural or just middle school? Sometimes it was hard to tell the difference.” 9 likes
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