blo Teens Read and Write: Teen Fiction Review: SIREN'S STORM by Lisa Papademetriou

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Teen Fiction Review: SIREN'S STORM by Lisa Papademetriou

Title: SIREN'S STORM
author: Lisa Papademetriou
pub: July 12, 2011
genre: Teen Fiction/Sirens/Mythology
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?
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 lovely relationship. It stays on the friend side but there's a romance budding underneath the surface and I like the way it's playing out so I'm hoping for a sequel.

A great take on mythology...
I don't want to give any spoilers but I thought it was fresh and interesting. Especially Asia's back story. And I liked the way Lisa Papademetriou kept me guessing about Asia's character. Okay, we know we've got sirens going on here, yet the answers to who Asia is were still  surprising in many ways.

Likeable characters...
Especially Gretchen. I thought she was going to go stupid when it came to a boy situation but she ended up playing it smart. Her story is intriguing and we get a big reveal on her but I'm dying for more about what life has in store. 

Good summer fun...
Lisa Papademetriou layers the stories beautifully into a cohesive plot that I found unique and entertaining. Good for all ages and a bit of a slow start but once into it, SIREN'S STORM is a fast, fun summer read with a good balance of character development, steady pacing, surprises, and suspense!

We get lots of answers but many just open up more questions so sign me up for the sequel!


23 comments:

Small Review said...

Sounds good! I'm glad to hear there was more to Asia than just being a siren. The blurb makes her identity sound so mysterious.

Christy (cmd409) said...

This books sounds good and I plan on reading it, but... the cover bugs me. Is it just me, or does it looks like she's about to pick her nose?

~Christy Love of Books

Blodeuedd said...

There have sure been a lot of mermaids swimming around lately :)

Cheryl said...

I have not seen this book prior but adding to my wish list to check out

Jenny N. said...

The cover makes the story look darker but I like that its a fun summer read.

BURIED IN BOOKS said...

I just got this one. Now I can't wait to read it! Great review.

Heather

Little Miss Becky : ) said...

Oh, I've been looking forward to this one! Glad to hear it was good! Might have to pick up a copy this week!

Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

SOunds promising and in a male POV. Awesome

Jenny said...

I had some trouble with this one, but I did like her take on sirens and how she tied them into The Odyssey. And I agree with you on Gretchen, I loved how she wasn't all swoony and approached her feelings for Will a bit more realistically:)

Nina said...

Yay, likable characters! That is a MUST. ;) I like that the mythology is interesting and suprising. ;)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

It's a mermaid tale... (heh) I need this one! Love the pic in the review. Do you know who it's by? Plus, I'm happy! No stupid girls over boys. :)

Trish (Just a YA Girl) said...

This sucks so good! I loved the book because of its freaking awesome cover but now I really want to read it. I love mythology books, especially when they do a fresh take on mythology instead of rehashing what we already know.

*sighs happily* Great review :)

♥ Trish
Just a YA Girl

Trish (Just a YA Girl) said...

Oh. My. God. I have no idea where "sucks so good" came from. Seriously. I meant "sound" but it was pretty funny. LOL

♥ Trish

Lily Child said...

Sounds like a great summer read! Great review! :)

Jessilyn (YA Book Haven) said...

I love that it has a good summer feel to it I loved siren and I'm sure I'll love this one too.

The Story Queen said...

I hadn't heard of this one before! It sounds great though - I like the idea of the mythology and the characters sound likeable. I'll give it a try. Thanks for the review! :)

A Canadian Girl said...

I still haven't read any books on sirens so I added this one to my wishlist when I heard about it. I like that Gretchen doesn't go stupid over a guy; that usually bugs me when it happens.

Orchid said...

Siren's Storm sounds like a very promising read. I love books with mythology so I'll definitely keep an eye out for this one.
=)

YA Book Queen said...

I'm a huge siren/mythology fan, so I'll definitely be looking for this one. Especially if it has surprises! I love to be surprised when reading...Thanks for the great review!

Safari Poet said...

Great review. I look forward to reading it.

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