Mar 1, 2016

Book Review: The Siren

Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Add to: Goodreads / Amazon

A girl with a secret.
The boy of her dreams.
An Ocean between them.

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.

Falling in love with a human breaks the Ocean’s rules. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.


I am all for mythological themes in books and mermaids/sirens happen to be my favorite kind although I can’t really say I’ve read a lot because I haven’t but once I come across one, I feel like picking it up.

The Siren was a light read with an interesting plot including a mother-daughter relationship, friendship/sisterhood between the sirens, a cute love story, and Kahlen’s journey from her human self to becoming a siren. It’s heartwarming and saddening at the same time. There were parts of the book where I shed a tear. Kahlen’s connection with the Ocean, who is kind of like a Mother the sirens, is both beautiful and tense because one moment the Ocean is being all motherly and the next She becomes possessive (for a reason She explained in the book). Her friendship with the other sirens though made the reading experience more fun. How they love, care, protect and stand up for each other is something.

There wasn’t much conflict in this book, reason why I feel like wanting more. I was looking forward to some intense fight for Kahlen’s freedom. I was glad that this is a stand-alone but a part of me really felt it was lacking a tiny bit. Still, I enjoyed it and it had me grinning and shedding tears at some point.



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