By: Mandy Hubbard
hardcover, 260 pages
Published July 21st 2011 by Razorbill/Penguin
MY REVIEW BREAKDOWN:
FINAL SCORE: 15/25 = 3 Cupcakes
MY RATING: MMM . . . YUMMY!
WHY I WANTED THIS BOOK: I remember seeing this one around back in July when it first came out. I saw it at the library when I was last there and grabbed it. Plus, I'm a sucker for a good siren story!
STORY/PLOT: Unique and captivating; kept me fully engaged. There is a lot of story packed into 260 pages.
CHARACTERS: Lexi was a really good character. It was very easy to feel her struggles, heartbreaks, and eventual love and happiness. She is definitely one of the better characters I've read in a long time. Cole is great too, Erik I got a total creeper-vibe from the whole time, and Sienna, while her pain is understandable, wasn't so great for ditching Lexi, again.
WRITING: Hubbard's style is likable and flows easily. Not many hangups in the story; would happily read more from her.
ENDING: The ending was good. There was a happily ever after but it wasn't achieved without a small percentage of loss. Good balance between giving Lexi what she wants and deserves but making her work and struggle to get there.
COVER: Let's talk about the cover for a minute, shall we? I hate it. OK, I don't hate all of it, but most. What I like: The little bit of the iridescent scales on Lexi's legs. The lake looks cool, and Lexi's tree is on the cover. That's all fine and dandy, but the guy? Awful. I don't know why he bothers me so, and there is no connection between the two on the cover either. It's like two people looking at each other and pretending to have that love look in there eyes. Ugh. No thanks. I think a cool cover would've been Lexi swimming, singing her song, and maybe just a silhouette of a guy on the waters edge heading in to her, something like that would've been cool!
FINAL THOUGHTS: It's short and sweet and worth the read. Lexi's a great character and I would recommend this to anyone with an affinity to the water.
READ THIS IF YOU LIKED: Siren & Undercurrent by Trisha Rayburn