Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fury's Fire by Lisa Papademetriou Review

Fury's Fire

by Lisa Papademetriou
Goodreads Summary:
At the end of Siren's Storm, the Sirens were defeated, and now the town of Walfang is once again a peaceful beach community.

Or is it? Gretchen and Will are still haunted by the memories of the night the Sirens were destroyed—Gretchen because she can't remember what happened and Will because he doesn't know how to tell Gretchen what he saw. He doesn't even understand what he saw, but he does know now that Gretchen is more than what she seems, more than a human girl. And at the same time, he is more in love with her than ever.

Gretchen knows there's something wrong, too. She feels like an alien in her own body, but she doesn't know why. And she feels a presence stalking her at every turn. Have the Sirens returned to Walfang? Or has some other force come to claim her?

After reading Siren's Storm, I wasn't sure what to expect from Fury's Fire. Siren's Storm wasn't a strong book to me and I was afraid this novel may suffer from the same problems. It didn't. Whereas Siren's Song was choppy and didn't feel cohesive, Fury's Fire is a strong, well paced novel with a plot that follows a straight line. After a bit of a slow start, I couldn't put it down.

The story begins not too long after the end of Siren's Storm with Gretchen not really remembering what happened that night on the bay with the seekriegers. In fact, a lot of things are hazy in her memory, but her sleep walking has stopped, things have settled down and she's starting her senior year at the high school in Walfang. She has the sense that a presence is around her, but she dismisses it as just a dream or left over eeriness from the summer. Asia has disappeared. But Will is there with her as well as Angus. Even Kirk is well enough to attend school, though he keeps to himself and is still strange. 

Soon though, weird things start to happen to her, accidents and then things that can't really be called accidents. She has a deep sense of dread. She makes friends the first day with a girl called Mafer, Angus tells her she's a witch, and Mafer admits that she can sense things and knows things about people. The romance between Will and Gretchen finally develops rather quickly once he realizes how he feels about her after all these years.

The biggest change is in Gretchen. She has this new found strength in her that demands answers, the power of fire that she is frightened of, and a dawning memory of what happened over the summer and even what happened the night Tim disappeared and Will was found on the beach with the sailboat on fire. I loved that Gretchen wasn't an oblivious flirt in this novel but a fully developed character who ran her own life and took control. Will is possessive and protective of her, but also seems to fall under the spell of a certain someone again that we know and don't necessarily love.

I read the ARC and there is a scene in the hospital in which Angus is there learning way too much as a budding newspaper reporter and then not questioning anything or getting involved in any other way throughout the rest of the story. I don't know if that was changed in the book or not, but if not, I don't buy that. Angus is way to nosy not to get involved completely.

As I said, this novel was much better than the first one and definitely worthy of reading even if you didn't care for the first one. It has a good story line and ties up many loose ends. I don't think there will be a third book. This one seems pretty final.

Thank you to Knopf Books for Young Readers and Net Galley for the e-ARC. All opinions in this review are my own. I was not compensated for my review in any way.



  1. Ah so this is the second book in this series? I have to check out the first one first and I am not completely sold on this series!

    1. If I hadn't gotten this one from NetGalley, I wouldn't have read it. Siren's Storm was not very good. It was just good enough. But this one was good enough to keep me reading in one sitting. I'd say check them out of the library. I feel like the series is finished, but possibly not.

  2. I haven't read the first but if I do I will remember that you said the 2nd is better. :) I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    1. It's not the best of the Siren/Merpeople/Selkie series so far. But it isn't that bad. Just remember the second book is much better than the first.

  3. I wasn't in love with the first book either, so I'm glad to know this second installment really improves upon the first. I felt like the fire thing with Gretchen was just sort of tossed in at the end out of nowhere, so I'm excited to have it be a bit more of a focus with this one. Looking forward to giving it a try now Heather, fabulous review:)

  4. Oh I'm glad that this one was so much better for you. I'll remember that if I decide to read it. Don't expect too much from the first. I think if you know that, and it gets better, it won't be so bad for me.

  5. These are both new to me. I've always been curious about the siren myth.


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