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Undercurrent: A Siren Novel (Siren Novels) Hardcover – July 12, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Siren Novels
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606840754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606840757
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tricia Rayburn is the author of the well-reviewed middle-grade Maggie Bean series. She lives on Long Island with her husband. Siren is her first novel for young adults.  Visit her online at www.triciarayburn.blogspot.com.

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Tricia Rayburn used to save her weekly allowance for two things: the Scholastic Book Club and her family's bi-annual trip to the Smithaven Mall, where she loaded up on the latest Baby-Sitter's Club and Sweet Valley Twins books. Years later, Tricia discovered her love of writing for tweens and teens while taking a children's literature course in graduate school. Her first novel, The Melting of Maggie Bean, started as an assignment in that course, turned into her thesis, and was eventually published by Simon & Schuster as one of six launch titles for M!X, a line for tweens. Maggie Bean Stays Afloat and Maggie Bean in Love followed, and were joined by Ruby's Slippers and Siren in July 2010. Tricia lives on eastern Long Island. Visit her online at www.triciarayburn.com and www.triciarayburn.blogspot.com.

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Great mermaid story.
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This book has very exciting scenes, an intriguing and unusual plot, characters with "depth", and an interesting, cliff-hanger ending.
Chels
I began to like Parker as a character, but I love Simon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By princess bookie on January 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My Thoughts: I really wanted to like this one more than I did. I really thought Siren was a great novel. It was a great debut and just the right kind of water based creature that I tend to love!

We are back with Vanessa and her best friend Paige and boyfriend Simon. The summer is over and things are back to normal. Or as normal as they can be with Vanessa's new-found secret and the obstacles she is facing.

She's struggling to keep Zara off her mind and wondering if she's going to show back up. Most of the book is Vanessa worrying about this.

Vanessa has also developed a deep crazy thirst for salt water. She drinks it constantly, bathes in it as much as she can, and relies on it!

Not a lot happens in Undercurrent really. Vanessa is still dating Simon who she hooked up with in Siren. She's still wondering exactly what they are. Yes, they are dating now but it still felt kind of off to me. I never really felt much towards him in this book. Of course, there is a new boy that interests Vanessa. His name is Parker and he's popular, all the girls like him.

Those who helped once start to turn against her and Vanessa's life starts going down the drain. She finally gains the strength to let Simon go, thinking it's the right thing to do.

Undercurrent just wasn't what I wanted it to be. It was okay. I finished it, it took me a few days, longer than it usually does to finish a book. I have a lot of one sit reads.

I wanted more out of Undercurrent, I wanted the magic I felt as I read Siren, I just didn't get it. Hopefully the next book brings me back to that magic.

Overall: It was ok. I loved Siren so reading undercurrent was not what I was expecting. I felt bored within the first chapter. I just didn't get into it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina Chambers on July 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
"When the tides change, you have two choices. You can either stand there, letting the water wash over you and your feet sink deeper into the wet sand... or you can get out of the way. You can move up the beach - or off the beach, if you want. The point is to not get stuck."

Vanessa Sands is back home in Boston for her senior year at Hawthorne Prep, and her friend Paige from Winter Harbor is along for the ride.

Vanessa is struggling with her new identity and the secrets she uncovered over the summer, secrets she must keep from, well, everyone. In between guzzling salt water to stay hydrated and trying to work up the courage to break up with her childhood-friend-turned-boyfriend for his own safety, Vanessa must also fend off the advances of Parker, the school playboy.

Unfortunately, as with most sequels, UNDERCURRENT paled in comparison to the original. One of the things I loved about SIREN was the somewhat eerie Maine setting, but the majority of this book takes place in Boston. Several things happen for seemingly no reason, and I believe that there is more to Parker than meets the eye, but his story was left unresolved. Still, I am eager to see how the story plays out in DARK WATER, releasing this week.

Rating: Three out of five wings.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kate on July 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
UNDERCURRENT, by Tricia Rayburn, is the highly anticipated sequel in the Siren series. At this point, Vanessa is dealing with her new siren-status while hiding it from everyone she loves. Her physical need for salt water overwhelms her until she finds a dangerous solution that shakes up her relationship with Simon.

I really liked this book. It was a bit more low key and angsty then the first book but equally intriguing. I felt so bad for Vanessa having to keep her secret from everyone and still try to appear normal. The seed of doubt was planted in her mind that Simon only liked her because she was a siren. That and the long-distance relationship with Simon in college and Vanessa still in high school added to the problem.

The progression of this book was rather slow in the beginning as compared to the fast action in Siren, but when it picked up I could not put the book down. The previous year, Vanessa was involved with freezing the lake and (supposedly) all the bad sirens in it. But with strange glimpses of Zara around Vanessa's home made her think that they didn't kill them for good. Vanessa's detective work to find out what really happened to the sirens under the lake turned into a scary revelation that was a perfect culmination to the book.

Along with all of her problems, Vanessa is approached by ladies-man Parker. His infatuation with her awakens the siren inside and realizes that her thirst and physical ailments are at bay when he is around. One part of this love triangle that I really appreciated was the honesty that Rayburn created at the end. I'm not going to ruin it but, what happened between Vanessa and Simon was justified, even if it made me very sad.

Overall, this was a great addition to the series. A lot of revelations occurred and I felt Rayburn created a perfect platform for the third book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aubrey on July 14, 2011
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I loved this book. It had most of what I was hoping would be in the sequel. We get to see how Simon and Vanessa's relationship is going a short while after all the craziness they went through. Vanessa is now a full blown siren and is struggling with unexpected side effects of that. Can a siren have a steady boyfriend? That seems to be the question that carries on throughout this book and will into the next. Vanessa has so much going on in her life: loss of a sister, the sirens, her transformation into a siren, and the mystery of her biological mother. She wants to share it all with someone. She wants to tell Simon the whole truth, but she's afraid once she does it'll all be over.

All this made for a great sequel. We finally get to discover more about who her mom is. We also get to see more of what it entails to be a siren. There's also some interesting romance going on with the introduction of a love triangle. One I wasn't sure I loved, but grew on me. I began to like Parker as a character, but I love Simon. I can't wait to see in the next book how this plays out. By the end of the book Vanessa and Simon have quite a bit of things to work through. Ah, msybe if I close my eyes when I open then the next book will be here!
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