What’s the best news about the fourth and final installment of the Watersong series? It’s finally over.
Even readers who have slogged their way through the first three novels with the hope of a climactic—or at least satisfying—finish will likely find themselves longing to reclaim the hours of their lives they’ve lost in pursuit of this convoluted and disappointing conclusion. Once again, the bulk of the novel centers around 16-year-old siren Gemma and her sister Harper’s quest to break the curse that holds Gemma hostage before her evil siren sister Penn can find a suitable replacement and kill the troublesome Fisher sisters once and for all. Unfortunately, what should be a thrilling race against the clock is just a frustrating, meandering journey that’s cluttered with unnecessary characters of both the human and supernatural varieties. While Penn’s lust for Harper’s boyfriend and a volatile and power-hungry new siren add moments of interest, they offer little relief for readers trying to make sense of all the book’s disparate, moving parts. Characters such as the girls’ mother, Nathalie, archaeology professor Kipling Pine and the muse Thalia are oft referred to but rarely seen, and their presence winds up being just another frustration in the already difficult-to-navigate siren sea.
Readers won’t have to work to resist the lure of this siren song. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)