Saturday, October 22, 2011


Author: Mandy Hubbard
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin)
Released: 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Source: Library

Ever since her sixteenth birthday, Lexi has been drawn to swim every night. Her sixteenth birthday was also the night she killed her almost-boyfriend with the song she sings each time she swims. When Lexi finds out that she's cursed to be a siren, she thinks there's no hope and she must ostracize herself to keep all her friends safe. But Cole breaks down her barriers and Lexi finds herself hoping - until someone else promises hope of a different kind, and then Lexi doesn't know what to do.

The premise of this book is really great. The problem I had with it is the way that premise is executed. I didn't like the pacing of the book. It felt way too slow at times, and then with a rush everything happens at once, and then it's back to a lulling pace. There are really only two major plot points, when most good stories have three big turning points.

Besides, the relationship between Lexi and Erik seems off way before Lexi starts to notice anything, and it made me somewhat unsympathetic to Lexi as a result. Cole is great, and the relationship there is portrayed nicely - which is the point, I know, but did Lexi and Erik have to be together for so many lifeless pages before something happened?

So basically, not a book I'm likely to read again. A shame, because as I said, the premise is really great, and the ending tugs at the heartstrings, but it's too little too late.

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