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Monday, August 8, 2011

Siren by Tricia Rayburn (Audio)

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized3 Comments

Publisher: Brilliance Audio (Audio); Egmont USA (Print)
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 20 Oct 2010 (Audio); 13 July 2010 (Print)
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN:  1441888578 (Audio),  0571260063 (Paperback)
Format: Audio
Audio Length: 8 discs (~ 9.5 hrs)
Narrator: Nicola Barber
Place(s) Traveled to: Winter Harbor, Maine

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
First Line: My sister Justine always believed that the best way to deal with your fear of the dark was to pretend it’s really light

Siren Series Order

Book 1: Siren
Book 2: Undercurrent
Book 3: Pulse (02 Feb 2012)
This is a review where I’m not entirely sure where to begin as I did want to like Siren by Tricia Rayburn and yet there was just something about the story that never connected with me. The start of this was a little slow but I did like how the story began before the death of Vanessa’s sister. So that we got to see a bit of her and the whole family dynamic before everything falls apart. Its watching the family deal with the after effects that this book really started to fall apart for me. Initially the parents seemed to be this tight nit family unit but then they just fade into the background so you get another YA read with no parents. 
I thought that the mystery really wasn’t much of a mystery as I was able to figure out most of the major twists long before they happened. The things I found hard to figure out was the ending. Well not hard per se, but it was so very very muddled. There is just this big information dump and yet Rayburn doesn’t really explain the WHY or HOW her conclusion came about. So that added to my frustration level with this book. 
One thing I  liked was the romance. There was no bad boy who wanted to kill the heroine. There was no love triangle. There was no insta-love. Instead there was a long time friendship that blossomed into something more. Did I agree with all the choices that Vanessa made? No. But then I wasn’t her and I wasn’t dealing with all the same things she was.
The narrator was also something that didn’t help because you could hear each and every time she took a breath. There was this audible gasp and it became a huge distraction. But other than her loud breathing she wasn’t a bad voice for Vanessa although her characterization of the male voices could have used a bit of work. However, I don’t think that Barber is a narrator that I would like to encounter again. At least, not until she gets that whole audible breathing thing under control. 

Reviews from people who thought differently than me

The Secret Life of a Bibliophile – “Tricia Rayburn crafts a unique story about family and dealing with loss while trying to figure out who or in some cases what you are.”
Oops I Read That Book – “Siren captivated me from page 1. Tricia Rayburn’s writing was fluid and soulful. It flowed effortlessly and I was sucked into the story.”
Daisy Chain Book Reviews – “With numerous plot twists and a seductive romance that I just loved, the dramatic conclusion of this one has left me in shock and wondering what on earth will happen next!”
Red House Reviews – “From the very start, this book captivated me. “

3 Responses to “Siren by Tricia Rayburn (Audio)”

  1. Rockinbear

    This was a really well done review! I’ve seen another make similar comments about the narrator on the follow-up book. Thanks for posting it on the Jukebox. More later, but it is really late now. –JEFF

  2. Michelle

    I really enjoyed this one (but admit the follow-up was weak). I wonder if you’d have liked it better in print.