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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Audiobook Review: Undercurrent by Tricia Rayburn

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA (July 12, 2011)
Audio CD
Publisher: Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD; MP3 Una edition (July 12, 2011)
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Nothing has been normal since Vanessa Sands learned that her sister was murdered by sirens — femme fatales of the watery depths — and that everything she believed about her family was a lie. Her boyfriend Simon’s been the only person Vanessa feels she can really trust. But now there are some secrets she can’t tell even him. And when Vanessa finds herself in the sights of Parker, Hawthorne Prep’s resident charmer, she needs someone to confide in more than ever. Doubting her relationship with Simon, unsure of Parker’s intentions — and of her own — and terrified by what she’s learned about herself, Vanessa has never felt so alone. But personal problems must be put aside, because the Winter Harbor sirens are back for revenge. Now, Vanessa must face her past and accept that she is just like her enemies — every bit as alluring, every bit as dangerous. The eagerly anticipated second novel of the Siren trilogy, Undercurrent, is a seductive paranormal romance that will leave you breathless.
The Audio:

This review is going to make me sad, because, I didn't like it.  And I love Brilliance Audio, so I hate to say it, but I just thought this reader was pretty bad.  Her voice was weird, she e-nun-ci-a-ted  e-v-e-ry  syll-a-ble and it drove me nuts.  Her voice for Vanessa made her sound about 12, and there were words that she pronounced strangely.  I did listen to the whole thing.  I'm usually pretty good about ignoring a reader I don't like, and just listening to the story, but I don't think I'd recommend this on audio, unless you can get past a reader like this.

The Book:

Here again, I was pretty disappointed.  I didn't care for this book.  I really loved Siren (my review), so this also makes me really sad, but I wish this series had just ended with book one.  Luckily, Siren can be a stand alone, so even if you don't want to read this one, I still recommend picking up Siren!

The biggest reason that this book was a downer for me was that I thought it was just pretty boring.  Hardly anything happened in the first three-fourths of the book.  It was basically just about how Vanessa was discovering how thirsty she was all the time, and that she could use her new-found powers, but was keeping them a secret from Simon.  She constantly fretted over the fact that she needed to break up with Simon, but then she kept putting it off, going back and forth about what she was going to do.  All the while, telling us over and over again how irresistible she was to men. 

Then there was the relationship between Simon and Vanessa.  I just couldn't get into it.  I felt nothing about their relationship, or about Simon.  He was seriously one of the most boring male leads I've ever read about.  I couldn't have cared less if they broke up, or if he was snatched by a Siren and drowned.  Harsh, I know.....but his character was just so nothing.  It didn't help that there was never any romantic tension between them in Siren, or this book.  They basically started their relationship by sleeping together in Siren, then had an awkward, are-we-together-aren't-we-together thing, where they only saw each other every once in awhile and hopped in bed together, then went back to awkwardness.  The only exciting romance in the book was the possible romance between Vanessa and Parker.  I saw so many possibilities with that relationship.  I felt like there was a big mystery about why they had a connection, and my brain started coming up with different possibilities.  Unfortunately, in the end, my theories were more exciting than what actually happened, and I was disappointed on that front as well.

The book wasn't all bad.  There was a creepiness factor still, that played out more towards the end.  I definitely wanted to know what on earth was going on with Vanessa's friend, Paige and her grandma, Betty.  There was a pretty big mystery surrounding Vanessa's father, as he was found to be talking to a strange woman.  Also, wondering if Zara was going to show back up and wreak havoc on everyone kept my heart pumping a little faster.  But, overall, I think this book lacked the serious creepy tone and feel that Siren captured so well.


Looking for a positive review?  Check out Sophie's review of Undercurrent on Page Turners Blog.  She loved it!

  • Sexual Content:  Mild, but heavy....does that make sense?
  • Profanity:  None
  • Violence:  Moderate
  • Other Notables:  None
For more details, check out Undercurrent on Parental Book Reviews.


  1. Hahaahah! I couldn't stop laughing when you wrote you couldn't care less about their relationship or Simon. That's exactly how I felt with Siren. I'm not going to even bother with this book, Siren was bad enough for me.
    Sorry you had to go through it.

  2. Sheepa,

    Ugh...I was seriously so disappointed!! At one point, (spoiler) Simon is taken by the Sirens, and I was just like, "I hope they drown him, at least that would be exciting." :(

  3. Aaaaaaaahhhahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!!
    Yeah that would've been exciting! I would want the same thing :D


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