Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
The Siren‘s goodreads page here
Publisher: Harper Collins
SYNOPSIS: “From the New York Times bestselling author of The Selection series comes this sweeping standalone fantasy romance. A girl with a secret. The boy of her dreams. An ocean between them.
Throughout the ages, the Ocean has occasionally rescued young women from drowning. To repay their debt, these young women must serve for 100 years as Sirens, remaining young and beautiful and using their deadly voices to lure strangers into watery graves. To keep their true nature secret, Sirens must never speak to humans, and must be careful never to stay in the same place for too long. But once her century of service is over, each Siren gets a chance to start over – a chance to live the mortal life that was almost stolen from her.
Kahlen became a Siren after her family died in a terrible shipwreck, decades ago. And though a single word from her can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.
Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny… and Kahlen doesn’t want to.
Falling in love with a human breaks all of the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.”
I received a paperback edition directly from Harper Collins Australia in exchange for an honest review.
The Siren is exactly what’s promised, a romance with a hint of fantasy with the mythological creatures Sirens. However, now that I’ve finished I feel let down, as though the story isn’t completed.
The protagonist, Kahlen, has been a Siren for the last 70 years serving the Ocean. Trying to live the life of a normal 17 year old girl, but when she speaks it lures people to their deaths. This is because once a year, murdering a boat of innocent lives with her sister Siren with their intoxicating voices, to nourish their ruler. The main focus of this novel is the budding romance between Kahlen and the boy of her dreams Akinli, and how her she knows that the number one rule of Sirens is that love with a human is forbidden. However, she entirely disregards this and follows her heart putting them both in grave danger.
I was really excited to pick this up for two main reasons. One, everyone raves about Kiera’s selection series so I wanted to get an insight to her writing style. And two, I’ve NEVER read anything written about Sirens, so I was excited to broaden my knowledge of mythological creatures (because we all know they are so bloody awesome!). I can say that these two aspects didn’t disappoint me in the slightest. Kiera writes in a way that just grips you, making you just fly through the pages with ease. As for the Sirens, I thought it was an interesting take on the fairly common genre and it saved the novel for me. I loved reading about their lives and how they managed to keep their enormous secret from the general population.
The whole novel was leading up to an epic conclusion, and it had me guessing possible plot twists, but the ending was extremely underwhelming. The general idea of the ending was fantastic, it definitely surprised me, but it wasn’t executed in a way that made it feel complete. It was far too condensed, the last 5 chapters easily could have been 8 or more, and that would have allowed a more in-depth connection with the characters. We were being told what was happening and how they felt, but I couldn’t truly relate with them because everything was so rushed.
The relationship between the characters was truly heartwarming and I loved every second of it! The way the sisters just worked together inspired me; they all come from entirely different background and cultures, yet they were able to leave that behind and love each other so much.
My favourite character was the Ocean Herself, it was a fascinating addition to the story! That fact that arguably the most important character in this story wasn’t human, really surprised me as I’ve never experienced anything like that before. The fact that she loved her girls so much, that she would do anything to protect them even it meant hurting them, was extremely touching. Her human emotions added a sense of realism to an entirely fantastical character, which increases my overall respect for her.
As you can imagine, this novel is full of unnecessary teenage angst and countless terrible decisions were made by the pair. To be completely honest, I found the romance aspect unrealistic and at times kind of ridiculous. Kahlen falls in love with a boy about a day after meeting him, then after their first date she is completely head over hills! Not to mention Akinli knows nothing about this girl, yet longs to be with her. Their relationship was severed after Kahlen and her sisters move to another city, purely to get away from him may I add. And when she suddenly shows up on a beach in the middle of the night, Akinli thinks nothing of it and picks up where he finished. I personally, have trouble wrapping my head around how they were able to create this intense admiration in such a short time period. That being said, they were quite adorable together, but that’s not the point!
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this story! It had its questionable points, but if you look past them I guarantee you will love the overall concept. I flew through this book, practically read it in one sitting, so this must be some kind of special.