Original Title: Lullaby
Year Published: 2012
Published by: St Martins Press
Number of Pages: 200
First Sentence: “Harper woke up when the sun was just beginning to set, and squinted at the dim orange light streaming in through her curtains.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Harper only wanted a safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of beautiful girls, Penn, Thea, and Lexi, everything changes. Vowing to get her sister back no matter what the cost, Harper must face dangers unlike any she’s ever experienced. Fortunately, she has Daniel by her side, a gorgeous guy who’s devoted to helping her find her sister—and who’s immune to the girls’ dark powers.
While Harper searches for her sister, Gemma struggles to adjust to her new life. Gemma’s powers are growing by the day, and the longer she lives with her new “sisters,” the harder it is to resist entering their magical world. It’s a realm both dark and beautiful, and where she’s plagued by strange hungers and unspeakable needs. Just as she’s drifting far away from her old life, Harper and Daniel find her…but no one can deny how much she’s changed. All she wants is to return to her family and the mortal world, but how can she do that when she’s become something else entirely—and will they still love her once they learn the truth?
The book picks up just where the first one left off. Gemma has left to be with the sirens and Harper is devastated. She does everything in her power to try and find her sister. She gets help from both Alex and Daniel, and then from a somewhat unexpected source. Harper also struggles with her feelings for Daniel, who just keeps surprising her.
Gemma on the other hand struggles with being a siren. She refuses to enjoy her enhanced abilities which have led to her being quite ill. She is afraid that she will lose her humanity if she gives in to her siren urges.
It also turns out that one of the sirens isn’t as bad as she first seemed and the other two are even worse than they first seemed. We also get to know a little bit more about the myth around sirens as Hocking sees them. I really like the way she has written the sirens and developed the idea around them.
I really liked this book. It was a great continuation of the first book, and I’m looking forward to reading the rest.
Do I recommend it?
Yes I do!