Janet Fox / Sep 19, 2019

Sirens When Jo Winter s parents send her off to live with her rich cousin on the glittering island of Manhattan it s to find a husband and forget about her brother Teddy s death But all that glitters is not

  • Title: Sirens
  • Author: Janet Fox
  • ISBN: 9780142424308
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Jo Winter s parents send her off to live with her rich cousin on the glittering island of Manhattan, it s to find a husband and forget about her brother Teddy s death But all that glitters is not gold Caught up in the swirl of her cousin s bobbed hair set and the men that court them Jo soon realizes that the talk of marriage never stops, and behind the seemingly bWhen Jo Winter s parents send her off to live with her rich cousin on the glittering island of Manhattan, it s to find a husband and forget about her brother Teddy s death But all that glitters is not gold Caught up in the swirl of her cousin s bobbed hair set and the men that court them Jo soon realizes that the talk of marriage never stops, and behind the seemingly boundless gains are illicit business endeavors, gangsters, and their molls Jo would much rather spend time the handsome but quiet Charles, a waiter at the Algonquin Hotel, than drape herself over a bootlegger But when she befriends a moll to one of the most powerful men in town, Jo begins to uncover secrets secrets that threaten an empire and could secure Jo s freedom from her family Can her newfound power buy her love Or will it to ruin Jo, and everyone around her

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      • Janet Fox

        Author of award winning fiction and non fiction for middle grade and young adult readers My upcoming middle grade novel is about gender identity and alternative facts in a fantasy Elizabethan England Plusdragons, knights, conspiracies, kidnappings, and .Published books Get Organized Without Losing It middle grade, Free Spirit Publishing, 2017, new edition Faithful young adult, Penguin Speak, 2010 Forgiven young adult, Speak, 2011 Sirens young adult, Speak 2012 The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle middle grade, Viking, 2016


    1. Eh, this was okay. But that's all it was. Okay. Mediocre. Meh.While the writing itself was competent (including some very nice descriptive passages), the story lacked any real zip. The secondary narrator, Lou, was enjoyable. She was a saucy flapper, unashamed of things she'd done wrong in the past, & unapologetic for misconceptions generated by those actions. She alternates chapters with the primary narrator, Jo -- which is a shame, because Lou would've made a much more interesting POV. The [...]

    2. Lovely writing capturing the roaring twenties and how women are still "property" of their fathers or husbands. I loved how Josephine wanted to make a mark on her own without the help or dependence of her boyfriend or father. What a brilliant shining example for readers. I loved the female relationships in this one, and having both Jo and Lou narrate was just genius. The story and the whole mystery surround her brother was tediously slow. You couldn't even gather any clues either because it just [...]

    3. Unexpectedly fantastic-an electrifying coming of age tale combined with a mesmerizing setting and studded with mystery and romanceWith the captivating and beautiful background of New York during the roaring 20’s, Janet Fox’s new novel, Sirens, offers everything readers could want. Women have recently gained the right to vote, and with that independence the desire for more freedoms than they ever had before. Seventeen-year-old Josephine “Jo” Winters is about to graduate high school and ha [...]

    4. During the prohibition and after the women's suffrage took effect, the Golden Age was full of glam and secrets. Sirens by Janet Fox is a story set in the Roaring Twenties about a teenager named Josephine Winter. When her father sends her off to live in Manhattan with her wealthy cousins, he suggests it is to find a husband. After helping her brother, Teddy, fake his suicide, Jo keeps his promise by not telling anyone, not even her parents, about the hoax. With the help of Teddy's journal, her co [...]

    5. It’s 1925, and Jo Winters is a modern girl, but not in the same way as all those flappers. No, she wants to finish up high school, maybe go to college, and get a job. But her father has different ideas for her, and she doesn’t have much of a choice when he sends her off to Manhattan to find a husband. But as soon as she arrives, Jo starts to suspect that’s there’s more to the story than her future marriage. Too many people are asking her questions, particularly about her beloved older br [...]

    6. Check our review out at our blog!Set on the Roarin' '20s, Sirens is a tale of a girl thrown into the upper class New York City social scene, going from speakeasy to speakeasy while acquiring the company of a notorious gangster and his moll. Everything however, isn't as fine as it seems, and Jo Winters is hiding some dark secrets about her brother Teddy, who committed suicide one year ago. How are her, her brother, and the gangsters all connected? That is the question posed to you, and this book [...]

    7. If I only I could have been a flapper…I would have rocked it! But in all seriousness, in the past year I have become fascinated with historical fiction based in the 1920’s. There is just something about this era that amazes me beyond belief. This book did not disappoint! Janet Fox captivated me with talk of gangster, bootleggers, and molls. I wanted to be in the book with Jo Winter and her gang of “bandits,” this is only my chosen term for them because I love the mischief that they alway [...]

    8. This book was decent. There was nothing inherently wrong with it. The characters were well rounded and it is technically well written. There just wasn't any spark for me. I didn't dislike the characters, but I didn't love them either. It just didn't hold my attention. It was supposed to be suspenseful, but I never felt any sense of urgency or danger. The mobsters were not scary enough. Not scary at all actually. I thought Connor was the most interesting character, I would have loved to know more [...]

    9. Concept/Ideas: 4.5/5Storyline/Plot: 4.5/5Characters: 4/5Writing Style: 4.5/5 A murder mystery and the 20s all wrapped up into oneSirens was a fantastic read filled with suspense, love, mystery, and an amazing feel for the Roaring 20's! Wow. All I can say is wow. I was blown away at how much I loved this book. Typically, I have tried to read so, so many books that revolve around the 20s, 30s, and flapper life-style, and I have never been able to get into one. I've tried the Vixen series, and I've [...]

    10. First of all, this book is a masterful example of world building in historical fictions. Janet Fox started with a lot of tricky subjects--tricky, writing-wise, because they've morphed into many cliches over the years: the nice girl who wants to be a writer, the suave gangster, the simpering girlfriend, and simply the world of 1920's New York. But in Sirens I believed every single one of them. The complexity with which the characters were developed was just perfect, and I could really see and sme [...]

    11. I am 100% positive that if I was a young adult during the roaring 20s, I’d totally be a flapper. This notion is purely based on the things I’ve read in YA books. After reading The Diviners by Libba Bray, I sort of felt as though I NEEDED to read more 1920s-set books and I had the desperate hope that this would become a new ‘thing’ in YA. Lucky me, Sirens by Janet Fox had EXACTLY what I was looking for and was a nice, non-paranormal book to read after The Diviners. Sirens has: flappers, s [...]

    12. SIRENS takes us back to 1925, during Prohibition and just five years after women got the vote. The alternating narrators, Jo and Lou, are rather concerned with both of those policies. Lou is the moll of powerful mobster Danny Connor and Jo's father is involved with smuggling moonshine. Their social lives often involve going to speakeasies and risking getting caught in a raid. And as women they're caught between old ideas of femininity and modern. They may have the vote, but they still feel contr [...]

    13. I received 'Sirens" as an ARC from Janet. Thank you!General opinion:To be honest, "Sirens" isn't the kind of book that I'd pick up in a library. But when Janet offered me the opportunity to read it, I couldn't say 'No', because somehow, I knew that it will be great. And I was right. I am very impressed by this book and I'm very glad I read it. It's an amazing book! Very well written, with a lot of mistery and very well created characters.What I liked the most: The mistery that keeps you reading. [...]

    14. It's really bumming me out how much I loved this book, then ending up not. This is like 'The Vanishing Game' by Kate Kae Meyers all over again! I was ready to give this book a perfect 5/5, but then that ending! I loved the writing. I was simply in drawn into everything in this book, believing the pace and plot unfolding at a suspenseful rate that didn't rush or slow down the story (the chapters alternate between one girl's perspective and another)-- but that ending! Ugh, it left me with too many [...]

    15. The 1920's the age of decadence forbidden drinks, flappers, eerie yet enticing music, dancing, beads, drop-down waists, sassy speak, and mystery. Janet Fox does a worldly job of telling us about Jo Winters and her transformation from "simple" country girl to "flapper", but, really, that's all surface. She's an engaging, intelligent, sharp, intuitive character who loves her family, her books, and her fight to make her own choices, something incredibly hard in this era. I loved her voice and her r [...]

    16. Lately, I’ve read several novels set and/ or written in the 1920’s; this YA novel is in the first category. Is it as great as The Diviners or The Great Gatsby? No, but it is fun, or fun-ish, and not all readers would find those earlier books as fun. This is about Jo, whose dad has insisted she move to New York City, where her aunt and uncle live, to protect her from a gangster. Her cousin Mel, a flapper, who only seems interested in drinking and dancing, introduces her to Lou, who is the gan [...]

    17. 3.5 stars. Ended up liking this one a lot more than I thought I would the characters and story were more sophisticated and complex than the standard set by other YA flapper-type novels. On the other hand revealing the mystery through the diary worked well as a tension builder, but I was starting to wonder just how long it takes a fierce reader like the protagonist to read a diary containing such a juicy mystery, especially when her life and family's lives were in serious risk! It takes the "vill [...]

    18. So, I LOVED this book. The plot, characters, and setting all work together to make this a very enjoyable story. It is set in the glittering decade of the 20's and follows two characters' perspectives on this conspiracy-like mystery. One of the points of view is a girl who ,chapter-by-chapter,is revealing her side of the story to a detective. The other perspective is of a girl caught up in the middle of this mystery.The other nice thing about this book is that the writing itself is just, plain fa [...]

    19. This book was very good and at this moment I have nothing bad to say about it. I read it in a couple days because I just could not put it down. It was fun. A little mystery, a little intrigue and a lot of 20's charm. For YA fiction it was very good and the inserts from Lou's perspective were a fun writing technique. All in all 4 out of 5. I'll remember it but it was missing just a little zing.

    20. I love this book! I had to force myself to finish it because I didn't want it to end. It's official ! I was born in the wrong era. It's my destiny to be a flapper! I felt so sentimental reading this book! The 1920's is so fascinating to me. If I could but just go back in time! The plot wasn't all that predictable. There was strong characters and voices and ooo did I tell you I love this book!

    21. This book was great despite the reviews i've read. it was well passed and well explained. towards the ending the descriptions were so well i felt like i was part of the story, actually the whole book felt that way. the author eventually had me believing Teddy was alive especially when Jo found the scarf and medals behind the greenhouse after the fire. (It reminded me a lot of the great gatsby)

    22. This YA is entertaining and a memorable tale of gangsters, flappers and the beginnings of women's liberation from the roles of the past. There are lots of secrets and not everyone is who they seem to be at first glance.

    23. This book was pretty good. I have always loved the 1920's era with the flapper girls and the al capone mobster guys. The writting was decent, and the book had a great plot. I will edit this later but right now I give it a 4/5

    24. Another fun, yet somewhat predictable, flapper read. I did enjoy how the story was told, and the writing was lovely.

    25. I´m seriously dying for reading this book. I fall in love with the atmosphere the first to in the series made that I´m eager for this one.

    26. I really really loved this book. I couldn't put it down! I love the way Janet Fox writes, so much! One of my new favorite YA books, definitely.

    27. Eh. I liked the book enough to finish it but not enough to love it. It took a rather long time for me to get through this book because at times I just didn't connect with it. It started off promising enough with a gorgeous cover and enticing enough blurb, I mean I like the old notion of gangsters and to be honest I haven't seen that many stories around set in the 1920s.What we begin with is a mystery, a missing/dead brother and possibly a crime. Sounds enticing? Yes it is. Papa Winter sends Jo o [...]

    28. This is a good 1920s mystery novel that pulls you in as you become emotionally invested in the characters. It's told from the perspective of two of the characters, something I rarely enjoy but this was alright as it didn't detract or slow down the plot. It makes you think on the concepts of right and wrong, and what it mean/takes to be who you are.

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