This story follows a girl, Kahlen, who is paying a debt for a second chance at life.
She was traveling with her family when their boat sank to the bottom of the Ocean, and as Kahlen was drowning she begged for her life. Her prayers were answered, but in exchange for her life she was to give service to the Ocean for 100 years.
She became a singer. A siren.
Singing humans to their death in order to keep balance in the world.
For 80 years Kahlen carried out her service with a level-head, following the orders of the Ocean, and not indulging in human relationships. But that all changes when one day she meets a boy – Akinli.
This was a really sweet book! It was just over 300 pages, and I managed to read it in one sitting. True to Kiera Cass’ writing style, it flowed really well so I didn’t even realised I had been reading for hours until I neared the end of the book.
The Siren was one of the first books that Kiera Cass wrote, and I believe she self-published it originally as well. Now with the success of The Selection series, HarperTeen has picked up the book for a re-write and republish for this year (2016).
The thing I loved most about this book was how Cass wrote about the Ocean. Through her writing she was able to make Her a living, breathing entity and I found that really impressive. She had given Her a personality and voice, and some beautiful flaws which made her seem almost human. Cass developed an interesting mother-daughter relationship between Kahlen and the Ocean and I really enjoyed how it tied the whole story together. I know this book was marketed as a romance between Kahlen and Akinli, but to be completely honest I think I preferred the love between Kahlen and the Ocean.
Don’t get me wrong, the romance was sweet and tender and developed beautifully over the course of the plot – but she had tagged it as “A heart-pounding romance” and I was going into it with certain expectations (I do love a good romance) and I was really let down. *sad face*
Kiera Cass’ writing is enjoyable, and she writes with an addicting flow where you can’t help but get swept up into the world and binge read hundreds of pages at a time. Buuuuuut like the Selection series I found The Siren’s plot to be weak, and the romance didn’t really do it for me.
Also, I think I’ve figured out Cass’ thing. She likes singers.
First America Singer and now a siren? Hah!
I rated this book a 3.5 stars. It was a sweet, easy read which I read within a few hours. It was a cool concept and a nice step away from the sexualised siren stories, but it didn’t really WOW me. If you loved the Selection series by Kiera Cass, and you’re a fan of sweet romances with fantasy elements then I think you’ll love this standalone.
“There’s always room for love. Even if it’s as small as a crack in the door.”