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Siren's Storm

(Siren's Storm #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  545 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Nothing has been the same for Will ever since what happened last summer. One day, on an ordinary sailing trip with his brother, there is a strange accident. When Will wakes up, he learns his brother has disappeared, presumed drowned. Worst of all, Will can't remember what happened—his family finds him unconscious, with no memory of the accident.

Now Will and his best friend
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
Oh, this seems creepy....and oh, so good!

jul 12th
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Well, this was a perfect beach read. However, it was not what I was expecting.... Seriously, I was expecting a lot more Siren's and a lot less human love story. That being said, the love story is very well done. It is a friendship blossoming and it's painful and beautiful to watch/read about.

Will is a nice guy living in a beach town. Will has just recently lost his brother. They went out one night and he was the only one who made it back. He can't remember anything. He has so many unanswered qu
A year ago Will went sailing with his brother, but only he made it back. Now a year later, Will still has no memory of the events of that night, only the scars remain. His best friend Gretchen seems troubled too, her sleepwalking is getting worse, and she seems to be keeping something from him. When a new girl arrives in town, Asia, who is something of a mystery, Will begins to suspect that there is more to her than meets the eye.

Siren’s Storm was a difficult novel for me to get into at first.
Kira Boswell
Mar 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, ya, read-in-2011
Review can be found at Mrs. Boswell's Book Bag.

The premise of this novel was quite intriguing. Prior to reading this, I had never read anything dealing with the mythological siren. While Siren's Storm was a good read, I felt like it was missing something.

At times it seemed at though I was reading the same scene again and again throughout the book. I understand Gretchen sleepwalks and ends up closer and closer to the water's edge, but I didn't feel any big difference between these scenes. Then it
Wendy Darling
Sirens = obviously I'm interested. But I must say, the cover model's finger is uncomfortably close to her nostril. :/

Also, why is this yet another American author to be published in Australia first?
Cass -  Words on Paper

Wow, how my feelings towards this book shifted after a slightly slow start.

That is all. XDD

Okay I promise I'll catch up on my reviews . . . in the morning.

For now, here's the laydown:

+ Every chapter began with a newspaper article or quote that had some relevance to the plot, especially when looked at in retrospect.
+ A DARK summer read! Hehe!
+ After the book hit the 80-100 page mark I was hooked and from around page 170-end I devoured in one sitting. I'm so glad
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Why I read this: I love mermaid/siren tales, especially those that are a bit darker in nature and this one looked to be so.

Plot: The author does a fantastic job of melding mythology into a modern day setting. The story had a nice balance of intrigue, relationships, and fantasy elements. This story is darker and less focused on romance, which was a great relief as romance in paranormal YA can sometimes be stifling and ruin a good underlying plot. Instead it focused on friendship, on loss, on the
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm loving all the mythology stories coming out...
And SIREN"S STORM is a fresh take. We mostly get Will's perspective. He's got this weird family life where it's confusing whether his mom is mean or just so overly protective she comes off that way. Will's a bit of a tortured soul ever since he and his brother went sailing last year and Will's the only one who made it back.

No brother. No body. And no memory of what happened.

It's summer again and Will's good friend Gretchen is back.
They have a l
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting story! I had a lot of fun reading this, the way the world was written felt very real! I could close my eyes and easily imagine myself there. And the characters? Goodness, they all felt like real people! The character development is actually my most favorite part of the story! They were really interesting to read about, and I wanted to learn more about them!

The plot's also well written, and spooky! the events leading up to the plot were a little slow moving though, (a quick wa
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
It has been a year since Will’s brother, Tom drowned. Will and Tom were out boating when Tom went overboard and Will was washed up on shore. Will and his uncle are tying down the boat with the upcoming hurricane, when Will sees a mysterious girl with green cat like eyes and black hair. Later, Will sees the girl again. Her name is Asia. Will and his friend, Gretchen start to hang out to Asia. Though, Asia has a secret.

I thought, it sounded different from what was currently out in the book world,
Dec 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Just to clarify, Asia is the siren. No spoiler there. The book seems a bit creepy at the beginnings, but it’s not as mysterious as I hoped it would be. Not like Tricia Rayburn’s Siren. The characters didn’t stand out to me, but the dialog was pretty good. Will’s friend Angus was the funny, gossipy reporter dude. He was probably the most interesting character. Funny name too. As with most siren novels, the setting is a seaside town. I liked how will depicted the whole summer residents vs. residen ...more
Jul 11, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a good first novel in a set. I assume there will be more in the series since interesting information was revealed by the end of the book and some of the questions were not fully answered. The author fleshed out the main characters and provided a comprehensive back-story on the Siren creature. Asia is an extremely likeable non-human. Will, one of the protagonists, is a clueless and rather immature boy who I hope to see growth in the relationship arena. Gretchen is a free-spirited funny gi ...more
Jul 03, 2011 rated it liked it
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Siren's Storm totally intrigued me because it deals with sirens- a mythological creature I haven't had the pleasure of being introduced to yet while reading. This definitely is a fun read, but the characters fell flat for me. I couldn't quite connect with them.

Though I wasn't able to relate to the characters much, I did continue to read because of Gretchen and Asia. Gretchen sleepwalks and I couldn't put the book down before I figured out why she was sleepwa
Jessica RiffeKincaid
A young man struggling with the loss of his brother. Seeing people and things that are not there, messing with his mind. All taking place on an island that is known for it's ability to attract tourists to come spend the summer and their money. Dealing with this pain has driven him to the brink of madness, a twister churning inside his soul, and a storm that blows his thoughts all over the place and cannot be calmed.

I had trouble in the beginning of this book, reading it was a little hard and th
Die Geschichte die hier erzählt wurde, war nicht so ganz das was ich erwartet habe. Ich mag Meerjungfrauen bzw. Sirenen sehr gerne und habe gehofft etwas mehr über diese zu lesen. Die erste Hälfte des Buches war jedoch ziemlich langweilig und es ist nichts aufregendes passiert. Die Charaktere blieben zudem auch relativ blass. Der einzige Charakter der für mich interessant war ist Asia, da sie diese mysteriöse Aura ausstrahlt. Die zweite Hälfte des Buches wurde allmählich interessanter. Insbesond ...more
Will Plunkett
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like realistic fantasy stories (must be how I was raised on Star Wars and its used, "lived-in" universe), where you know it could never happen, but somehow it still seems like it's plausible. The dialogue is the way people would speak (at one point, some inner narration mentioned that the words weren't deep or special but that they worked in that moment) and the actions are the way people would do things (anger without dwelling on it so long, frustration or joy without blowing it out of propor ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-2011
Ein neuer Sommer beginnt in Shelter Bay. Das Küstenstädtchen füllt sich mit Touristen und Leben, doch Will kann den Trubel nicht genießen. Noch immer belastet ihn der schreckliche Tod seines Bruders Tim, der vor einem Jahr im Meer ertrunken ist. Eines Tages jedoch taucht ein wunderschönes Mädchen namens Asia Marin in der Stadt auf, das Will auf der Stelle verzaubert. Wills beste Freundin Zoe traut der Fremden nicht. Doch Will ist fasziniert von Asia und möchte mehr über sie erfa
Aug 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Es ist der Sommer nach Tims Tod und immer noch sind Will und Zoe durch den Verlust belastet. Immer wieder müssen sie daran denken, wie Tim starb und dass sie es nicht verhindern konnten. Auch in diesem Sommer werden sie keine Ruhe finden können, denn seltsame Dinge geschehen in Shelter Bay und dann ist da noch Asia, die das mysteriöseste von Allem zu sein scheint.

MeinungIch wollte schon immer mal ein buch über Meerjungfrauen, oder eben auch Sirenen genannt, lesen. Da bot sich „Sirenenfluch
Jul 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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This paranormal adventure is one of those stories where we read the first several pages and immediately know we're entering the characters' world in the eye of a powerful storm. Events that changed their lives forever have clearly occurred a while before our arrival into the eerily calm aftermath, but we can feel the winds of change gearing up for another brutal lashing. Siren's Storm creeps along, showing us little b
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Siren's, murder, and small towns, OH MY! I've read book about 'mermaids' before and one of them was more of a comedy but this one felt like I was reading an indie film script. The ambiance of the book felt very dark and moody even though the characters were in this beautiful small beach/farming town that is very popular with New York City tourists and wealthy people called Walfang.

Main Character Will just recently lost his older brother to some unknown causes and has been craving answers. The bo
Sep 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hate-list
This is the most ridiculous, pointless book I have ever read in my entire life. (Ok not really, Pride and Prejudice is wayyyy worse on the horrible book scale, but this one's pretty bad.

The book starts off with the point of view of Will driving, and a girl with green eyes jumps on his car. Will focuses and talks about the green eyes for a while. Why? Are there no girls with green eyes in that town at all? Green eyes aren't that unusual, I mean my eyes are green. And he wasn't even talking about
Bailey Christopherson
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Seeing as my favorite genres are sci-fi and fantasy, I often end up reading terrible novels about mystical creatures. And it seems more often than not that the really bad ones are about mermaids. The idea of fantastic beings with magical powers has such a wide berth to it that usually a horrible teen romance is thrown into the mix with the hero falling for some underwhelming creature. *cough cough* TwilightVampireDiariesNeedTheHost *cough cough*.

So when I grabbed this book at the local library
I'm quite torn about my feelings towards Siren's Storm. On one hand, it has tremendous potential, the writing is solid, and the world has been beautiful crafted. On the other hand, it could have been much better, I felt.

Let's start with what I liked about the book. While the beginning was too slow for my liking, the author did craft an extremely meticulous world. You do get the sense that you're in the small summer town of Walfgang and you do feel connected to the town. The characters were well-
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)

This book in one word: Spooky.

It’s pretty obvious from the beginning that something is different about Asia and Gretchen, but what makes Gretchen different is unclear. In fact, although this story is told from Will’s point of view, it is mostly about Gretchen which makes it a great mystery. In fact, there are more unanswered questions about Gretchen’s role in things at the end of the book. She is certainly a driving force in the plot.
The characters were pretty good. There were several that you
Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Greek mythology is something that never gets old for me. So needless to say, I was pretty excited to pick up a book surrounding the sirens (they're beautiful and badass... and they can sing). Siren's Storm was a quick, interesting read, but I can't help wishing there was a tad bit more to the story...

When the story started, I was a bit confused because of the narrator switched from one point of view to another. I feel like the transitions could have been somewhat smoother, but once I got used t
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his is one of those books that I really wish I could give it a higher rating. I really liked parts of it. But, there's always that one things that hold it back. And really, for me a 3 isn't a bad rating. It's just that I think there are better books out there.

I felt like I didn't really connect with Will. At times, I felt like his character was all over the place. Granted with the tragedy in his past, I kind of understand. Especially when you factor in the idea that he has no idea what happened.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I have to say that I am loving the shift in novels to focus on other creatures of mythology rather than the obvious choices. As you can probably guess from the title, Siren's Storm is about sirens. Admit it, you are totally shocked by that, right?

Siren's Storm starts off rather slow. Papademetriou takes her time building the atmosphere one detailed scene at a time. While I am normally put off by novels that seem to do nothing but build towards that one specific (and sometimes shocking) moment, I
Jul 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
This is a book I definitely should have written a review on weeks ago when I finished it. This is not a book that stuck with me. I had to go reread the summary, a few reviews and flip through the book to remember what happened in it.

The sirens or more accurately seekriegers in this book are creepy. They brought to my mind the mermaid creatures from the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie not The Little Mermaid Ariel. There is some very interesting new mythology on sirens most of which is share
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Last summer was the worst of Will's life. A year later he is now beginning to deal with the events of last summer that took his brother from him. With no memories of the night his brother disappeared, Will has been haunted by what could have happened. But it's not until the arrival of a mysterious new girl does he beguine to understand just what did happen to his brother, and what may yet still happen to those he cares for.

Gretchen has always been prone to sleep walking, however recently it has
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