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English \ Paperback, 260 pages
Debut: July 21, 2011
@: GoodReads

Read: April 20-27, 2014

Lexi is cursed. Following in the footsteps of every woman on her mother's side of the family, she's a siren whose song lures unsuspecting victims to their watery deaths. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim to stay alive. Lexi wants desperately to be a normal girl, but she cuts herself off, becoming an ice queen to keep from hurting the people she cares about. Then she finds herself caught between a new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi's curse if she gives up everything else. Lexi is faced with the hardest decision of her life. Will she learn that love finds a way to overcome even the strongest of curses?

Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 116

This was one of the few watery stories I have indulged in so far, and I enjoyed it. The siren who lures men with her song and drowns them is a classical mythical creature, but I liked the further concept that Hubbard had cooked up, the loophole. Well, they say that love conquers all, and that saying/concept was applied here, and I think it fits the paranormal romance theme nicely.

This started off so dramatic that it was basically depressing, and I was really curious how on earth Hubbard would go from such a strong opening. But she wove a rather nice story about a girl scared of her second, uncontrollable self and with so much guilt and blame on her shoulders that she can hardly love herself -- so why would someone else? But of course, in comes the other mythical creature, the nix, the male counterpart to a siren. They understand what it is like to have a forceful part in you, so it makes perfect sense that a nix could love a siren, since they are immune to their singing, and thus break the curse.
The original love triangle was already one of the more interesting ones, because how is a guy supposed to compete with a former, now dead, lover? I actually like the drama in this very much, but then also with the nix in the picture, it just gets awefully good. I mean, Erik is basically everything Lexi always wanted... but well, heart and head are two different things, and love takes time.
However, all things considered, I still didn't expect this dramatic downward spiral at the end. There was a fierce fight which read awesome, but still not an all fluffy, sparkly raindow happy end. I liked that especially, because it didn't read like a freaking fairy tale.

As for characters, Lexi, Cole and Erik were all well made. Although I felt that we still didn't get a deep enough insight on Lexi and Cole, because this story is just so complex... But Erik was awesome in all his detailed glory, and Sierra was actually pretty good, too.

So why am I not giving this a full flashy 5 stars? Because the writing just didn't pull me in. The story was awesome, but the delivery style just wasn't for me.

Area Scan: Flow: 5/5 -- Vocab: 3/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Heroes: 4/5 -- Villains: 5/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 -- Romance: 4/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 5/5 -- Suspense: 4/5 -- Idea: 5/5

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Challenge: 2014 Hard Heart Reading Challenge

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