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? (goodreads)
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 seemed as though Will kept chasing Asia around the entire book without really receiving any answers... until the very end of the book.
The ending had a very large info dump. It was a little overwhelming. While the information wasn't useless, I felt it could have played a bigger part or made the story a little better if it had been pieced into the story from the beginning.
Will wasn't as outstanding a character as Gretchen and Asia were. I was perplexed by Gretchen's sleepwalking and finding herself close and closer to the water. I wanted to know what exactly was pulling her in. Asia was a very mystifying character. She wasn't at all how I expected her to be.
Asia's story and background was very intriguing but I was mostly interested in Gretchen's story. Unfortunately, not much is explained on that front. I'm not sure if there is going to be a sequel to this book but, the way Ms. Papademetriou left the story, I feel like there could be a continuation. I would be very interested in reading more about Gretchen and her interaction with the sirens.
Overall, a good and interesting read. I recommend Siren's Storm to fans of mythological creatures and stories.
Publish Date: August 09, 2011
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 260 (ARC)
Source: Book It Forward Tours
Others in Series: n/a
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