Hello 5 am. Nice to see you as I'm closing the book.
Publishing Info: Edgmont, July 2010
Book Reviewed: Hardcover, purchased
Except this year, things go wrong. When Justine washes up on the shore one morning, Vanessa is devastated. She knows it's more than an accident and is determined to get some answers. Caleb was the last person to see her, but he's disappeared--and things just get weirder and weirder after that.
My absolute favorite thing: Oh, dude. Hand's down it's the mystery. It's woven expertly throughout the entire tale--why do you think I read it in one sitting???
Other thoughts: The main character, Vanessa, is scared of things... Like the dark. And sometimes she concentrates so hard on 1)her sister and 2)her own shortcomings, that she completely misses things about herself. The entire time it's obvious to a reader that there is more to this girl than meets the eye (and I'm not talking in a fantasy sense, I'm talking in a character makeup kinda way) and I loved when she finally started realizing she was more than who she thought she was.
Then there's Simon. He's searching for his brother with Vanessa, but while he wants to find Caleb and help Vanessa get the answers she's looking for--he really wants to find his brother to make sure he's safe. Simon's loyalty and personal motives shine through, and I loved that. All I'll say here, too, is that if you enjoy steamy romance--there's a real humdinger here...and it is hawt.
Yeah, I did just use the word humdinger. And no, I'm not eighty years old...The secondary characters were really well developed and I loved the complexities woven through Vanessa's family. And the villains. Oh, the villains. So. Creepy.
Then there's the mystery. My favorite part. Weird weather, odd warnings from men who don't usually speak, intriguing phone calls... Unexpected morning visitors, hearing Justine's voice long after she's gone, all the bodies turning up...
And those are just the tip of the iceberg!
Ranking: 5/5 Sets of Silvery Eyes
Go. Get this book. Devour it the way I did.
AND come back tomorrow when I interview Tricia and we give away a SIGNED copy of Siren!