Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: January 26th by HarperTeen
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5/5
“Whatever happened, I’d met my person, the one my soul connected to.”
Rescued from drowning by the Ocean, Kahlen is sentenced to serve as a Siren, using her voice to lure innocent people to their deaths. But Kahlen can’t keep her heart from the shore, waiting for the day for her 100 year sentence to end so she can be normal again.
Then Kahlen meets Akinli and her life of being silent or risk bringing death is questioned when she falls in love. Falling in love is against the rules, and it risks her life and the life of the boy she never meant to harm.
The Siren was The Court of Books and Readers BOTM for February and I am so glad it was. I have never read anything by Kiera Cass before, but I heard she was pretty amazing. Judging by this one book, I can totally agree!
Cass creates a world inside of our own. One where beautiful girls who are silent could kill you with a whisper, sinking ships are payment for our world being sustained, and love can kill or save you.
Kahlen is a simple character, in my opinion. She’s too soft for being a Siren, haunted by all the faces she has watched sink to the Ocean floor, but always one to obey the rules to get by. But through all the death she still loves the Ocean, and tries to understand her.
I feel like a great deal of people could relate to Kahlen, in that she’s just a kind person trying to get through 100 years of death and be able to live again. She copes, but she doesn’t close herself off, which is probably why Akinli is so quick into her heart.
Akinli is a character who you really wanted to like, and you did, but because you didn’t really have much of a choice. I wanted so much more from Akinli, to dig deeper with him as a character and see more than just the surface of a good and caring guy.
The one character that had complexities and depth was the Ocean. The Ocean was love and sustainability but it was also death and jealousy and rage. I spent the book going back and forth between loving and hating Her, and I fully believe that was the point. It’s how the Sirens would feel about Her. She asks for a few deaths in exchange for sustaining the whole of the world, you understand that, but you are Hers and you cannot be anyone else’s.
It’s a jealous love and it’s hard to handle at times. This is the way the girls would feel, balancing between loving who cares for them and hating what they are forced to do.
Overall, the storyline was adorable. If you couldn’t relate to Kahlen then you could definitely relate to one of the other Sirens, since their personalities were so vast.
Other than depth of some characters, I do think the love story developed so very quickly. It’s explained some in the end why that is, but I still think it was so sped up, even with that explanation. I would have liked to see more of a development between Kahlen and Akinli.
I did like this story a great deal. The writing is beautiful, the characters are likable, and the cover is gorgeous. This book was self-published years ago, and from what I’ve gathered, it has changed. So if you were one of the few to get your hands on it the first time around, it might be worth it to pick it up again.
I hope you liked my review. Let me know what you thought of The Siren, the characters, or the differences between the two versions in the comments.