• Title: The Accidental Siren
  • Author: Jake Vander-Ark
  • ISBN: 9781977502278
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Accidental Siren Mara Lynn is the most beautiful girl in the world James Parker is the ordinary boy who discovers her power James had his summer all planned out He would enjoy the carefree days in the woods behind his
    Mara Lynn is the most beautiful girl in the world James Parker is the ordinary boy who discovers her power.James had his summer all planned out He would enjoy the carefree days in the woods behind his castle home, avoid the maniacal Danny Bompensaro, and shoot an epic movie with his best friend Whit But when he rescues a mysterious girl chained inside a normal suburbanMara Lynn is the most beautiful girl in the world James Parker is the ordinary boy who discovers her power.James had his summer all planned out He would enjoy the carefree days in the woods behind his castle home, avoid the maniacal Danny Bompensaro, and shoot an epic movie with his best friend Whit But when he rescues a mysterious girl chained inside a normal suburban home, his summer collapses into a beautiful nightmare he ll never forget.Told from the perspective of a man recalling his youth, The Accidental Siren is a twisted fairytale about young love, growing up in the 90s, and the frightening potential of infinite beauty.

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    1. Jake Vander Ark is one of the only self-published authors that I've read that I believe truly deserves to see a wide release. I've read his books and for the life of me, I can't see why he's not signed to a major publisher. Don't be fooled by this book's YA-ish ebook cover. It has definitely attracted readers, but to me this book is darker than any young adult fiction I've ever come across. The story takes place during the eventful summer of 1994 in western Michigan as young James Parker just wa [...]

    2. I gave this book a 5 star rating, and here is whyYou know the part in Aladdin where the Genie says,"PHEEEEEEEE - NOMEEEEEE - NALLLLLLL COOOOOOOOSMIC POWWWWWWWAHS!" ?? Well that's the only explanation that I could come up with as to how this book was that friggin good. lol He either laced the watering hole with the ceremonial kool-aid, or he was blessed by the gods with a ridiculously amazing talent for writing. I'm thinking both. haha ( I don't give out a five star rating lightly so it must have [...]

    3. HOLY. CRAP.That was justjustJUST WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ????????HOLY HELLISKI THAT WAS MIND-BLOWING.I was like, "It's an okay book" but when it hit a certain part in it, I was likea Zomb Ferret too lol. I just needed to know what happened. And it was DEEPLY rewarding. Like holy cow. What a climax of an ending. It was certainly edgy and something remarkable to read. I'm honored to have stumbled upon Jake Vander Ark's work. And I'll certainly be picking up a paper copy once I stumble upon it [...]

    4. We all have either met girls or heard of girls that are so gorgeous that every girl wants to be just like her and every boy wants to own her. I am very serious about the word "own". She is the epitome of sweetness and beauty that you can't help but want to keep all to yourself. I have actually known two girls like this. As kids they always looked like they were ten years older than they were. They weren't devolped like a woman, but it was like a woman was trapped in this angelic body. The Accide [...]

    5. I feel like it's been a while since I've read a book that really sucked me into the story and made me feel something. This book did just that, though, and I already know I'll have trouble putting my thoughts about it into words.It was beautifully written, with a creepy vibe that builds upon itself in a subtle way. I love how everything sort of ends ambiguously - some reasons are never explained, and I think that they work pretty well when left to the imagination.I'll probably end up picking this [...]

    6. A great coming-of-age story that is amusing in some sections and serious as all hell in others. It strikes a nice balance and the climax is vivid. There are also a lot of nice little surprises along the way. Looking forward to more from Jake Vander Ark.

    7. Article first published as Book Review: The Accidental Siren by Jake Vander Ark on Blogcritics.Review also posted on my blog: Book Addict 24-7I received a free copy of The Accidental Siren for review purposes.The Accidental Siren by Jake Vander Ark is a young adult debut set in Lake Michigan that follows twelve year-old James during the summer of 1994. This particular summer is unforgettable for young James since it is the year he experiences his first love. Beautiful and surreal, twelve year-ol [...]

    8. Wow. There are honestly no words to describe the genius that is "The Accidental Siren." It's one of the best, most original books I've read in so long, with a hooking premise, memorable characters, and the perfect ending that you won't see coming from a mile offd yet when you stop to think about it, you'll realise it couldn't have rounded off any other way. Jake Vander Ark manages to recreate the summer of '94 so well with his enchanting prose that you'll actually feel as though you're there in [...]

    9. Absolutely incredible. From the very first page it's deeply engaging, exciting, fun, mystical and whimsical. It's contemplative and introspective (even long after it's done.) The book is deftly eerie and beautifully twisted; there is a perfect mesh of serenity and hysteria. Every detail of every character has a purpose, every theme and motif is so effortlessly intertwined in the rope that is this book-- every fiber of that rope is one whole piece that can be traced back; not one string is cut or [...]

    10. Let me be the first to say (or I don't know if I'm the first, I actually didn't read any of the other reviews from this site), that I didn't expect to love this book as much as I do. There's a certain characteristic that the good authors have, and though I haven't figured out their secret power yet, it's rare. It lets the readers get sucked into the story, and it does not ease up until you have finished completely, and after you've told the author and your family and friends and anyone who will [...]

    11. I was astonished by this book! (Cool word huh? lol) I was asked to review this book by the author and in exchange I received an Ebook copy and a paperback copy. This book will stay at the top of my pile of books I love for a very long time. The Accidental Siren is a great coming of age story that has so many great characters and plot twists that your breath will be stolen. James's life is turned upside down in the summer of '94 by Mara, a sweet but troubled girl who is so much as he discovers. I [...]

    12. The best books are the ones you can't stop reading. You just have to know what is going to happen next. The Accidental Siren is all of that. Vander Ark has created a story that you can't stop reading with characters that you love and hate. James, the leading character, is adorable and you just want to hug him. Mara is alluring and psychotic all at the same time. I love complex characters and all of these were point on in their multi-layered personalities.I have to admit I was reluctant to read t [...]

    13. BRILLIANTI'm not much for reviews (as you'll find this one is disappointingly short) but this is such a wonderful book and deserves the highest form of praise. I mean wow. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this novel. It's fantastically written, has an excellent plot, and is a real page-turner (I literally didn't put it down for like 50gazillion hours, lol). After reading this book I just had to sit down and think and breathe and take it all in because my mind was blown (patiently waiting on the seque [...]

    14. This was absolutely creative and intriguing. When you think one thing is going to happen, something else does. The fun of reading is not knowing what is going to happen. It's unpredictable and original. I could read this story over and over again no matter what.You can really connect to the characters in the story. It made me feel all kinds of things. I would recommend this to anyone no matter what kind of books they read because honestly It's hard not to love this story! Reading this was possib [...]

    15. What in the heck was that?!? I can't even begin to describe how much this book pulled me in. Things start out rather ho-hum, then an inexplicable gesture from an old lady sets in motion a series of, well, indescribable events. I can't give anything away, but let's just say the ending is one that would make Stephen King grin from ear to ear.

    16. This book by Jake Vander Ark is amazing. This book grabs your attention straight away. The storyline develops brilliantly, it was very difficult to put the book down! I will definitely read this again and again! This is a great book that I would recommend to everyone.

    17. AMAZING! Simply AMAZING. There are no other words to describe it. Beautifully twisted and breath-takingly well written, "The Accidental Siren" will leave you on the edge of your seat long after you finish reading the last page.

    18. This book seriously, desperately, needs an editor. There were grammatical mistakes, sentences left completely unfinished, the syntax itself carried a pretentiousness that only amateurs bring to the table, and whether this was the fault of the author or not, the ebook was nauseatingly improperly formatted. (Would split the middle of a sentence into a new paragraph for nearly every sentence)There were also continuity errors galore. One minute Mara and James would be having a conversation in the li [...]

    19. Originay posted on Inkspiration When I snagged this book off the Kindle store, for free, I didn't really think much of it. I'd read an early version of Lighthouse Nights, another one of Vander Ark's novels, on Wattpad and gotten to know him and his writing fairly well. Or so I thought. This book completely surprised me. The beginning is set well, the way you'd expect it to go out (not that that's a bad thing), however it soon turns very dark. When I say dark, I don't mean murder mystery dar [...]

    20. This book is wonderfully written, moving, suspenseful, and thought-provoking. The story-within-a-story format is subtle--just enough of it to offer the perspective of a grown man looking back on his adolescence, without being disruptive or intrusive to flow of the story. Vander Ark really gets into the minds of characters, in a way that suggests to the reader that he remembers exactly what it was like to be an adolescent boy, with all of the mixed up emotions, self-doubts, emerging sexuality, an [...]

    21. Originally posted at A Little Bit of R&R ReviewsOkayI usually like to write a synopsis with my review but I'm feeling quite incompetent right now. Why is it that really awesome books always turn me into a bumbling idiot? I really enjoyed this book. It's written as James' memoir and he writes about the time that he met Mara, who is the siren in this book. I feel like James' character was well written. He really sounds like a 12 year old and I find it refreshing. I notice too often with other [...]

    22. There is no other book that exemplifies obsession like The Accidental Siren. It is a mixture of many classics, from Greek legends of seductive sirens to a mixture of Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. But in the heart of it all, it is the story of a boy whose life is ruined --although not completely realised by him-- by a girl considered "the most beautiful girl in the world."It is the kind of book that is slow in aspects, but super quick in other parts of the novel. A lot of the t [...]

    23. I was apprehensive of reading this, really the summary didn't sound like something I would typically go for, when you bring in potentially supernatural elements to a story, it can go bad easily, but the writer balanced it well. I really enjoyed this story partly because I had little to no clue what was about to happen next.  I really liked to side character Livy, especially the offbeat way she handled her insecurities. I do wish that the whole hill scene would have been delved into deeper, it d [...]

    24. I read this book for Promotional Book Tours. This book is definetly not what I was expecting. This book had twists and turns that I never saw coming. James is 12 yrs old and falls for a young girl his own age. Everyone loves Mara too. James is constantly fighting others for her attention. James spends the summer making a movie with his friends. While making the movie he also has to deal with bullies, and protecting Mara. Things are not always as they seem. Sometimes you need to look deeper and f [...]

    25. I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This was an amazing story! I was drawn in from the very beginning, starting with James Parker and his undertaking to make his first movie. Then my curiosity was peaked with the introduction of Mara Lynn into the story. I couldn’t comprehend how this young girl could draw so much attention from the inside of a home. This story has many twists and turns, the characters are so realistic, I’m sure you will connect with at least on [...]

    26. This was one interesting book! The book was told by James Parker as he wrote a book about the summer he was 12 years old. James was an inspiring filmmaker and was making a film over the summer to enter in a art festival. The readers are introduced to James' family and friends in a way that makes you feel like you are there. We are also introduced to Mara, a beautiful girl who has a special gift almost like putting everyone that meets her under a spell. Mara has lived a secret life that gets unfo [...]

    27. This was the first book I read by Jake Vander Ark, and I've been hooked to his books ever since. There was something about his writing that drew me in and kept me wanting to read more about James. As the story went on and we met Mara, more things started happening, started building on one another. The end was incredible and riveting. I never would have expected it from the beginning, but it was the perfect ending. There were so many little touches in the plot that made the ending as great as it [...]

    28. Fiction Captivating. A beautifully written, mesmerizing tale. This is the kind of story that will stay with you forever. It feels like A Prayer for Owen Meany with a little bit of horror thrown in for good measure. Don't disregard it because of the low number of readers. I'm not an ARC reader and I'm normally quite stingy with my 5 stars.This book is for adults, not teens, due to (view spoiler)[ child abuse and resulting issues. However, even with that, the story is beautiful. I give it the high [...]

    29. This is one of those rare gems that doesn't let you pin it down along the way. Is it an autobiography? It seems like it very well could be. Pure fantasy? It's possible. It comes across so realistically that the key magical moments are all the more potent. It struck me as a more youthful sort of Steven King or Clive Barker story and kept me enticed all the way through. The line between reality and fantasy was so perfectly blurred that even the most rational of readers will end up contemplating th [...]

    30. I read Lighthouse Nights by this author, and I loved it, so I scrounged around the internet to find more books by him. This book is definitely different. It started a bit slow in order to set-up the plot, but after the beginning the suspense will make you read through to the end. Excellent writing and interesting plot. I loved the use of the movie script to complement the story plot. I would say that if you're a person that likes everything to be wrapped up in a bow at the end of a novel, this m [...]

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