Reviews for Siren Song


Booklist Reviews 2007 November #1
After a harrowing trip to the Underworld to thwart Philonecron's plot to overthrow Hades at the expense of living children (The Shadow Thieves, 2007), Charlotte is grounded. The eighth-grader chafes at her punishment and doesn't trust that her again-ordinary life will remain that way for long. She's right. It so happens Philonecron is related to Poseidon, who takes great offense at his kin's comeuppance and plans to make Charlotte pay. Not to be outdone, the defeated Philonecron makes nefarious plans regarding Charlotte's cousin and comrade, Zee. Readers will delight in the cousins' continuing mythological adventures, told here with the same imagination, wit, and rambunctiousness as its predecessor. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall
Charlotte battled Greek gods in [cf2]The Shadow Thieves[cf1]. Now Poseidon wants revenge, and an ill-timed cruise plunges her back into the struggles of mortals against gods. With irreverent narration, this story mixes the wry with the dramatic, winding up to a pitched battle at sea. Close beneath the surface of Charlotte's sulky exterior is a brave and resolute hero. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
Charlotte battled Greek gods in [cf2]The Shadow Thieves[cf1]. Now Poseidon wants revenge, and an ill-timed cruise plunges her back into the struggles of mortals against gods. With irreverent narration, this story mixes the wry with the dramatic, winding up to a pitched battle at sea. Close beneath the surface of Charlotte's sulky exterior is a brave and resolute hero. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2007 #4
Charlotte Mielswetzski is your typical teenager, fighting with her parents and grounded, like, for life. But unlike your typical teenager, Charlotte is grounded because she snuck out to do battle with Greek demigod Philonecron and Hades himself (The Shadow Thieves, rev. 3/06). Now Philonecron's grandfather Poseidon, angry that Charlotte humiliated his offspring, is out to exact revenge. To top it off, Charlotte's cousin Zee, who went with her to the Underworld and back, has a new girlfriend and isn't speaking to Charlotte. An ill-timed cruise with her parents plunges Charlotte back into the struggles of mortals against the gods, as Poseidon sends a Siren lounge singer to mesmerize the ship and the sea monster Ketos to destroy it. Lacking Zee's help (he's been secretly kidnapped by Philonecron again), Charlotte falls back on the aid of the cute new boy, Jason. With irreverent, teenager-friendly narration, this story mixes the wry with the dramatic, winding up to a pitched battle at sea with Zee rescued and mighty Poseidon's trident itself as the prize. Close beneath the surface of Charlotte's sulky teen exterior is a brave and resolute hero who soldiers on even when the day seems lost and takes on a greater mission yet as the book draws to a close. Charlotte and Zee make a great team -- look forward to seeing more of them as the Cronus Chronicles continue. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2007 June #2
It doesn't seem fair that the reward for saving the world is getting grounded for life, but that's just what's happened to 13-year-old Charlotte. Her parents can't understand where she went when she stopped Philonecron's dastardly plan in The Shadow Thieves (2006), so now they don't trust her. Meanwhile, Philonecron has yet another dastardly plan, this time for revenge. Charlotte seems completely abandoned: Her parents belittle her; her cousin Zee is acting extremely strange; and her world is filled with powerful immortals who are petty, cruel and ridiculously tacky. When Charlotte's parents invite her on a cruise, it seems like her life might be improving, but she's mistaken. Not only is the cruise educational, but unbeknownst to Charlotte, it's been arranged by Poseidon as part of Philonecron's vengeance. Sulky and easily damaged Charlotte's not a typical plucky heroine, but that only adds to her appeal; she doesn't fight evil because she's a destined world-saver, but because she's the only person around who can, and she knows somebody needs to. Not deep, but witty, well-paced and fun. (Fantasy. 9-12) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 July #2
Having defeated the delusional demigod Philonecron in The Shadow Thieves ("Entertaining in the most pleasingly frenetic of ways," wrote PW), Charlotte and Zee have been living very ordinary lives. But when Philonecron shows up again with Poseidon on his side and a thirst for revenge, the two girls must face off against the gods of Greek mythology in Anne Ursu's The Siren Song, the second installment in her Cronus Chronicles. (Atheneum, $16.99 448p ages 8-12 ISBN 9781-4169-0589-9; July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 August

Gr 6-9-- Charlotte, 13, and her cousin Zee return in this fun and witty second book in the trilogy. They have recently been to the Underworld where they defeated Poseidon's evil grandson, Philonecron, from overthrowing Hades. Now Zee is acting odd and has fallen for her best friend, causing a rift in their friendship. Jason, a new guy at school, seems to know more about her than he should. Charlotte's parents have planned for them to go on an "educational" cruise that Charlotte is dreading. Then Jason disappears and Zee's behavior becomes even more bizarre. What begins as an ordinary, if boring, cruise becomes a struggle against Poseidon. He wants revenge on Charlotte for disgracing Phil and making the gods look weak. His plan involves stranding their ship and having sea monster Ketos attack and eat it. Can Charlotte figure out how to defeat Poseidon? The story is told from both Charlotte's and Zee's points of view but it's resourceful Charlotte who dominates. Despite her frequent and sarcastic asides that sometimes slow down the action, readers will root for her as she battles powerful Greek gods and monsters. The many references to events from The Shadow Thieves (S & S, 2005) makes it advantageous to read the books in order. This is the perfect series for fans of Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" books (Hyperion/Miramax).--Sharon Rawlins, NJ Library for the Blind and Handicapped, Trenton

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