Will and Gretchen may have narrowly avoided being killed by Sirens, but they're not in safe waters yet in this lyrical, eerie fantasy.
Gretchen doesn't remember the events of Siren's Storm (2011), but her best friend, Will, does. He remembers that Gretchen saved their lives by killing the murderous seekriegers—Sirens—with fire, a fire she created with the power of her mind. Since he's decided the best way to protect his childhood sweetheart is not to tell her of her deadly superpower, Gretchen can't understand what's going on. She's trying to focus on making a place for herself in a new school; meanwhile, she's having dreams of death by fire while fending off attacks from mad dogs and crazed muggers. The only people who can help Gretchen make sense of the world are two classmates: a boy who's had a nervous breakdown and a girl who's probably a witch. In this surreal, well-drawn Long Island town, the inexplicable fires and strange behaviors seem oddly fitting, and the dangerous trust games played by the protagonists meld right in with the dreamlike setting.
Less grounded than the previous volume, which is perhaps fitting for a heroine who loses and must regain her sense of self. (Fantasy. 12-16)