BOOK REVIEW: The Siren
by Kiera Cass
Publication date: 25 January 2016
Goodreads: 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’m a big fan of Cass’s The Selection series so I had quite high expectations for The Siren. Unfortunately I was rather disappointed.
What could have been an amazing novel about mythical beings quickly became one focussed on forbidden romance. The plot was a little weak. The romance developed too quickly for me to buy it.
Something I really enjoyed was the sisterhood aspect of the story. Maybe I’m reading the wrong books but I find that there isn’t enough sisterhood in books. Or if there is, it gets shoved aside for something else. The sisterhood was there throughout the whole story.
The mythology could’ve been a lot stronger—this is a book about sirens after all. I wasn’t aware that sirens lived on land. A quick Google search told me that some depictions show sirens resembling birds. While this was briefly mentioned in the book, I think Cass could have delved into the mythology more.
The Ocean is portrayed as a living entity. While I found Her to be a character that could be manipulative at times, I liked the way She was written. Cass gave Her a voice, personality and even flaws, making Her almost human.
I also liked the diversity of the characters. Not just that they came from different time period but the fact that they came from different cultures. We had some Sirens of colour! But again, there was room for this to be incorporated more into the story.
While the book didn’t totally amaze or wow me, I did enjoy reading it. The ending really pulled at my romantic heart. There was so much potential for The Siren to be amazing but it just didn’t cut it for me.