Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Review: The Accidental Siren by Jake Vander Ark

Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Mara Lynn is the most beautiful girl in the world. James Parker is the ordinary boy who discovers her power.

The Accidental Siren depicts the joys and consequences of young love as Mara and James meet, shoot a movie, fend off bullies, and explore the potential of infinite beauty.

Source: Received the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Did not receive any payment for review.

My Review

Okay...I usually like to write a synopsis with my review but I'm feeling quite incompetent right now. Why is it that really awesome books always turn me into a bumbling idiot? I really enjoyed this book. It's written as James' memoir and he writes about the time that he met Mara, who is the siren in this book. I feel like James' character was well written. He really sounds like a 12 year old and I find it refreshing. I notice too often with other books that characters' voices don't always match their age.  The development of each character made me feel like I knew them.  I like knowing more about the rest of the characters instead of just the main ones. 

The story line was good. At first I thought it was a little drawn out,  but I realized at the end that it was all necessary. This was more of a "young" romance novel. If you're looking for steamy, this isn't the book for you.  I would have liked more of the paranormal aspect. There were some major turn of events at the end that I did not see coming...especially the last paragraph. Overall, it was a good read and I definitely recommend it. This is totally unrelated to my rating of the book but I couldn't imagine Mara as a blonde. I kept picturing her as a raven haired beauty. I had to constantly yell at myself and say "hey, that's not right."
                                                         This face pretty much sums up my reaction LOL. 


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