Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: January 26th 2016
Format: Hardcover | Source: Gifted
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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Love is a risk worth taking.
Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen 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 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.
First of all, YAY for finally finding a book that ended my book slump!! I had started quite a few books since the beginning of February, but I hadn’t found one that interested me enough to read all the way through. That is, until The Siren! This was the first book ever written by Kiera Cass, author of The Selection series.
This is a story about 19 year old Kahlen, who is in a shipwreck and is meant to drown. In the process, she begs to survive and the Ocean decides to spare her under one condition: she must live out a sentence of 100 years serving as a siren. As a siren, Kahlen is expected to sing when told to do so by the Ocean which will cause people to become mesmerized and drown.
I’ve always been really intrigued by mermaids so I instantly knew I would really enjoy the fantasy aspect of this story. Sirens are a darker spin on your typical mermaid. According to Wikipedia: In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous yet beautiful creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. I was really excited to see how this would all play out!
When I first read the plot summary, my initial thought was that our main character would be living in total isolation and have zero contact with others. I was very pleasantly surprised that Kahlen is actually part of a group of 3-4 sirens who live and “work” together. Although we did get a back story for each one of the girls, I still didn’t really connect with any. The characters were all pretty one dimensional, but I still really enjoyed watching the bond they shared and how loyal they were to each other. In The Siren, the Ocean plays a character as well and although that might weird out a few, I really did dig it! I’ve always thought of the ocean as breathtakingly beautiful, but it’s vastness scares me. This story forced me to see the ocean as lonely and that took away some of the fear!
As you guys know, I love me some traveling and this book gave me lots of that! My favorite place was the little town of Port Clyde, Maine. I’ve been dying to visit Maine for ages and this book set a perfect scene of what I’m looking forward to!
My biggest problem with this book was the love interest, Akinli. I liked him as a character, but I didn’t swoon over their insta-love. I was also very thrown off by how accepting his family was of Kahlen even though she’d arrive under the weirdest of circumstances. It seemed very unlikely that a real family would react as welcoming as they did. I wish those scenes would have been written better as opposed to just fitting together because that’s what made the story flow.
Overall, this was a great fantasy story that has peaked my interest even more on mythical creatures and I’m looking forward to more stories like it. Please let me know if you have any recommendations in the comments below!