288 Pages (Hardcover)
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
July 12, 2011
*An ARC of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review
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 and neighbor, Gretchen, are starting a new summer. Gretchen seems troubled—her sleepwalking habit is getting worse, and she keeps waking up closer and closer to the water. Will is drawn to Asia, the exotic new girl in town. Nobody knows where she's from—all Will knows is that her beauty and her mesmerizing voice have a powerful effect on people.Then there is another mysterious drowning, and Will and Gretchen begin to wonder: Is Asia just another beautiful, wealthy summer resident? Or is she something entirely more sinister . . . and inhuman?
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 to it, it was okay. Between Will's (MC) brother's mysterious death, Gretchen's (MC2) sleep walking and Asia's creepy ability to change someone's emotions (so it seems), Siren's Storm holds a constant eery feeling. There was a real atmosphere to the story world and I really enjoyed that aspect.
I liked how there were bits and peaces of clues and information throughout the chapters that all came together in the end. I really liked how at the beginning of each chapter there would be a snippet from a local newspaper or song, etc. that would sort of be like a preface for the chapter. It made the book seem strangely real.
My only real problem was that I wished there was more to the story throughout. The last two chapters suddenly sped up super fast with thrilling action. It was a great ending, but I wish there was some of that action throughout.
Other than that, I was happy with the story. The sirens' story doesn't often get told, so this is definitely a great read if you are interested.