Friday, December 20, 2013

review: DARK WATER by Tricia Rayburn

DARK WATER by Tricia Rayburn
Series: Siren #3
Egmont USA
Released: July 10, 2012
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 368

Rating: It was okay

The sea is calling, but the reluctant siren will do anything not to answer . . .

A year after the events that killed her sister and turned her into a siren, Vanessa is desperately trying to put her family back together and reclaim a "normal" life. But no matter how many times she swims, or how much salt water she drinks, she can feel herself getting weaker and weaker. She has no idea how to survive as a siren and she doesn't want to know the truth about her newly discovered identity. It's just too horrifying.

Back in Maine for the summer, reminders of ex-boyfriend Simon are everywhere. Vanessa loves him and would do anything to make things work. But how can she ever let him back in her life when she is a monster who will only cause him more heartache? And how can Simon ever love her back when he learns the truth - that to stay alive Vanessa must give in to the needs of her siren self, no matter who it hurts?

Chilling and romantic, Dark Water explores questions of identity as old as the sea and brings the Siren trilogy to a startling conclusion.

My Thoughts
I received an ARC of Undercurrent at BEA in 2011 and read the first two books in the Siren trilogy shortly thereafter that summer. I ripped through them - they were fabulous, and I couldn't get enough! Then, following my usual pattern, I ordered the final book in the series and couldn't being myself to read it. I do this all the time, and it's a flaw that I am working to get over. When I love a series, I tend to put off reading the last book because (a) I don't want the series to be over and/or (2) I am worried that the last book won't live up to the rest of the series, and I will be disappointed in it. However, as I am trying to wrap up these series that I have yet to finish, I finally sat down and read Dark Water. Oh, and I should also note that this is my Random Reads selection for April!

Well, Dark Water left me wanting more - not in the sense that it didn't deliver, but rather that it didn't feel complete. I am still confused about so many things regarding Vanessa's future and would really like to keep reading about her (hint hint, Tricia Rayburn!). I did see the bad guy coming a mile away and was a little annoyed that she didn't. Follow your instincts, girl! I suppose that my real problem with the book is that the story didn't really advance at all.  When there finally was a showdown, there was a fade-to-black scene with a brief explanation of what happened in the next chapter. Vanessa is still facing all of the same problems that she was in Undercurrent, yet now she suddenly accepts her fate? Like I said, it's incomplete, unresolved. There are too many loose ends for me to be completely happy with the story.

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