The Siren by Kiera Cass
Published: January 26, 2016 by Harper Teen
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.
“Life was just a collection of small decisions”
As a big fan of The Selection series, The Siren was something completely different. This was Cass’ first novel that was edited and re-published earlier this year. This novel, I felt was more real even though it had the mythological element of the girls being sirens. While the blurb makes it seem as if this novel is about soulmates and true love, it wasn’t the only theme. There were many themes that made the book not feel like a giant cliche, such as motherhood, family, sisterhood, and self-discovery.
“There’s always room for love. Even if it’s as small as a crack in the door.”
Kahlen has accepted her life as a siren, but never liked having to kill thousands of people to help feed the Ocean. We see how killing affects Kahlen deeply and what she does to manage her depression. When she meets Akinli, Kahlen starts to really live again. I liked how it wasn’t an instantaneous love, but a gradual process. When she realized the danger that she put on Akinli, Kahlen left him so that he could live a normal life without her. This to me made the love and the character feel more real.
Kahlens sisters-Maika, Elizabeth, and Padma- were a major part of the novel as well. We got backstories on them, and saw them grow as characters as well. At first their sisterhood was very centered around themselves, but as the story continued they grew closer together.
“Books were a safe place, a world apart from my own. No matter what had happened that day, that year, there was always a story in which someone overcame their darkest hour. I wasn’t alone.”
This story didn’t have a real villain of sorts. The Ocean, who acted as their mother, for the most part could be considered the main villain. The Ocean is portrayed as only taking lives and demanding a lot from the Sirens, but She is constantly telling them that She doesn’t enjoy making them do this. Even though She puts them through a lot, and you want to hate her, you can’t help but feel pity for the Ocean. Everything she does, she does for her Sirens.
If you are looking for a quick standalone read, you should definitely check this one out. I devoured this book in almost one sitting, and I didn’t even realize that half the day was gone by the time my husband came home with dinner.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
“I picked up another book, and we sat there in the happiest silence I’d ever known.”