Book Reviews of Sirena

Sirena
Sirena
Author: Donna Jo Napoli
ISBN-13: 9780590383899
ISBN-10: 0590383892
Publication Date: 11/1/2000
Pages: 224
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 63 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
Wow! Super different. Told from a memaids perpective in ancient Greece. Very believable emotions. There was a very interesting feel to the way it read. I can't put my finger on it, but sort of a...poetic-ness, or sensory feel. I just can't put it into words.
I enjoyed the way that the story fit in with what we know of both the history and mythology of the time.
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Helpful Score: 1
The first part of the book was slow and even once it started picked up, it still felt a bit slow. I never really felt like I got completely into the book. Even so, that didn't stop my throat from choking up a little at the end.
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Helpful Score: 1
A very poignant look at the pain and wonder associated with being different and the power and sadness of true love....
Very well put together novel .. and quick read for adults and a MUST read for YA readers. Choices seldom are easy to make...
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Sirena is one of my all-time favorite books that I can read again and again and find something new to love. Mermaid books are few and far between and Donna Jo Napoli does an expert job of weaving together a story set in ancient Greece where the myths are real and the Battle of Troy started because of jealous women and a golden apple. The story is told in Sirena's point of view as she leaves her sisters and her home for a life of solitude only to find an injured sailor has washed up on her island. Through trials and tribulations they build a life together on the secluded island and fall in love. But the battle of Troy is close to being lost and Sirena learns that her injured sailor is the key to winning the war. But the only way to let him fulfill his destiny is to let him go knowing that he can never return to her.
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For young readers. I had a hard time getting through it but I did enjoy how it ended.
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I thought this book was very well-written, tender and sad.
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The first part of the book was slow and even once it started picked up, it still felt a bit slow. I never really felt like I got completely into the book. Even so, that didn't stop my throat from choking up a little at the end.
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A beautiful tale of a mermaid, told simply but with strength (in
first-person present tense, which some may find awkward, but I didn't
mind).

Sirena and her fifty mermaid sisters are victims of a curse - they
must lure human men to sleep with them, or they will die. However,
after seeing first hand the unpleasant fates of the Greek sailors the
siren song lures from their ships - and witnessing the violent revenge
against one of her sisters that the sailors enact, Sirena decides to
accept mortality and cause no man's death.

However, when a sailor with an infected wound is abandoned on her
lonely island by his shipmates; left to die, Sirena's natural urge is
to help him. Love follows - but it is complicated: Does the sailor
only love her because he once heard her sing? If he gets a chance,
will he leave her on the island, off once again to fight in the Trojan
War? Is it fair for Sirena to wish him to stay, isolated from all of
humanity, on her tiny island?

A quick read, but poetic and bittersweet.
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Enchanting story.
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From the Backcover:
The Lure of song brings love ...and Death.
Sirena is cursed. She will not become immortal unless she is loved by a human man. The siren song she sings with her mermaid sisters makes men adore her-yet it leads them to their death.
That is why she hides when she finds an abandoned young soldier. He wants to know her, though she should not let him near her or allow him to hear her sing. But how can she fight a love she has been waiting for all her life-a love that will make her live forever?
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Cute story, kind of sad though
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defintely for teen readers!
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the story of a mermaid and a mortal man
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Wonderful quick read filled with tales of Greek mythology.
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Sirena is happy among her sister mermaids until tragedy befalls them. Shocked and grieveing Sirena drifts away and comes upon a mysterious island and a mysterious stranger.

can she rise above her fear and learn to trust and even love? you'll see if you read it. It's really good!
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this is one of my favs
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A beautiful story of a sirena trying to learn how to love someone else and let them love her.