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Siren's Storm [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Papademetriou
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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?

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About the Author

LISA PAPADEMETRIOU started working in children's publishing as an intern at The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide, while still a junior at Vassar College. Upon graduation, she moved to Guatemala City and taught high school English in a bilingual school. When she returned to the United States, she accepted a job as an editorial assistant at Scholastic, Inc., and has since worked in an editorial capacity at 17th Street Productions, HarperCollins Publishers, and Disney Press. She has written over 30 books for young readers.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 373 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0375842454
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (July 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CFAZX6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New twist on an old myth. July 21, 2011
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 darkness that can consume a person. And I of course loved all the mythology that played into the story and created a truly unique novel.

Characters: The characters in this book are blended well into the story. They have stand out features, but the plot takes precedence and there's this urgency that pushed them into action. I really loved the characters because of their flaws. There's Gretchen, who is the girl next door to Will who is self-conscious, doesn't always make the best decisions, but tries her best. Then there is Will, who is still suffering the loss of his brother and is marked with a scar that reminds him daily of that night.

I enjoyed the supporting characters as well, Asia, the strange girl who Will cannot get out of his mind, Kirk - a supposedly crazy teenage boy who acts like he is on drugs and spouts nonsense about angels and voices. And Angus, the town gossip, who is always there trying to get the scoop.

Relatability: I think those who enjoy stories based in mythology but set in modern times will enjoy this one. And anyone who needs a break from YA Para-romance but still wants a good paranormal novel.

Cover Commentary: Haunting. Not quite the way I picture Asia though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.75 stars for this paranormal pearl August 26, 2011
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Will may live in the most beautiful summer scene imaginable, Wolfang, NY. (OK, it doesn't exist in real life, but just picture the Hamptons.) He still has very normal parents, an old but dependable dog, and a boat. But the boat is sort of the problem. The boat belonged to his brother, Tim, and they don't have Tim anymore. A year ago, Will and Tim went out in the boat, something went wrong, and only Will came back. Will doesn't even have the memory of any of it. He just knows that he was found on the beach, the boat was found at sea, and Tim was never found at all. As the anniversary of Tim's death creeps up, Will and everyone around him can't help noticing that things are getting stanger.

A teen from a family with its share of troubles is losing his mind. He talks about things that don't make sense, sees things no one else sees, hears thing that no one else hears. A strangely beautiful girl is hearing all kinds of secrets from the people in town, even though no one knows a thing about her before she appeared in town last summer. Will's friend Angus is hearing things in his job at the newspaper that the town won't allow to be printed. Can't scare off the tourists, ya know. Will's childhood friend, Gretchen, the girl next door, is so close, and still so far away. People are leaving donations at the museum in gold coins from the 17th century.

No matter how hard he tries, will can't let it go and can't piece it together. Something important is riding on him understanding all of it, if he could only figure out WHAT.

This book is exactly what it promises to be- eerie and compelling like a Siren's song. The characters are enticing. The story line is unexpected (but not to the point where the reader wants to say "huh?
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A year ago, Will lost his brother Tim in an accident. He can't remember what happened and he's still lost and grieving. His best friend, Gretchen, and summer resident to their small town, is back and they're set for a good time on the beach. Still, everything's clouded from the loss. Will meets a new girl and is immediately fascinated by raven hair and amazingly green eyes, but is this fascination dangerous--and is he going to risk his friends and his life?

Grief's a good subject for young adults. Many times, death is new to them and literature is a good way to cope with feelings they cannot understand. While this book is essentially a mystery, the characters are dealing with the loss of someone close to them. Will's situation is particularly grievous because everyone wants answers and he's had none to offer them or himself in over a year.

I'm delighted to see other mythical characters besides vampires and werewolves in YA fiction. It's time more authors touched on the classics and brought us some new monsters. The mythos around the siren was beautifully done as well as the lyrics and other touches.

The seaside setting, fraught with the dangers from the deep, is an interesting counterpoint. Many have used such settings in gothic stories, but this author chose a resort town. Oh yes, images of "Jaws" come along, but "Siren's Song" is a bit more complex and classy than the popular movie.

For me, Will was a difficult character to get to know. He's not quite centered as well on the page as a primary protagonist should be. He wasn't quite as consistent as he could have been. Drawing and stabilizing characters is often difficult in debut works.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The sirens or more accurately seekriegers in this book are creepy.
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. Read more
Published 5 months ago by toobusyreading
3.0 out of 5 stars Killer mermaid mystery
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. Read more
Published on June 30, 2012 by The Flashlight Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Summer Read!
Title: Siren's Storm
Author: Lisa Papademetriou
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Date of Release: July 12th, 2011
Number of Pages: 288... Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by Moonlight Book Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh
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. Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by Mrs. L
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Fascinating mix of mythology and seafaring lore coupled with two teens who aren't just cookie cutter characters seeking the answer to a mystery that captures the imagination and... Read more
Published on January 19, 2012 by Richard The Buying Hearted
4.0 out of 5 stars Sirens/Mermaids Make For A Good Read
Gretchen, Tim and Will are the main characters. Will is helping his Uncle tie down his brother Tim's boat when he spots a black hair and green eyes walk into the water. Read more
Published on November 9, 2011 by M. G. Gagliano
3.0 out of 5 stars Siren's Storm
OVERALL IMPRESSION: One thing I don't understand about this book is the title. In this book, sirens are referred to as "seekrieger's", so I'm not sure why the author decided to use... Read more
Published on October 23, 2011 by Stacey B.
2.0 out of 5 stars Overall, was not that impressed.
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. Read more
Published on October 15, 2011 by Cheryl Koch
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Storm Which Loses Some Power
The seaside village of Walfang is a place of contrasts: where land meets ocean, and locals and rich tourists don't mingle unless they have to. Read more
Published on October 6, 2011 by Leah
3.0 out of 5 stars Great update on the siren myth
Although I found this book to be a little moving, I still enjoyed this paranormal mystery. The characters Will and Gretchen were realistic, easy to relate to and likeable. Read more
Published on September 15, 2011 by silhouette_of_enchantment
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Lisa Papademetriou is the author of Sixth-Grade Glommers, Norks, and Me (named one of the Best Books of 2005 by ) and co-author (with Chris Tebbetts) of M or F? She has written and/ or adapted over thirty books for children and young adults, including titles in the Lizzie McGuire, That s So Raven, Kim Possible, and Sweet Valley High Senior Year book series. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband, where she enjoys quilting, dancing around the house to eighties music, playing the guitar (badly), and drinking large amounts of coffee. Her next book, The Wizard, the Witch, and Two Girls from Jersey will be published in May 2006.

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