Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
It took me a while to finally pick up The Siren, but I’m so glad that I finally got the chance to! This book is so unique and contains a character that I’ve never seen before: the ocean. Kahlen, the main character is very brave and has so much determination. I absolutely loved the fact that the girls in this book are basically sisters, as family is one of my favourite things in books.
The concept for The Siren is so unlike anything I’ve ever read before. This story of sirens features the ocean, but as an actual character. Not a human, but still alive. I found the idea of having the ocean act like a person so interesting since this has never been done before. When I first heard about this, I was a bit confused about how it would all work, but it actually turned out perfectly.
Kahlen is such a defiant main character. While serving the ocean as a siren, she is forbidden to fall in love. I really admired her determination to hide Akinli from the ocean, which is difficult because the ocean can read her mind. Kahlen is also has the ability to stay strong despite basically being a prisoner to the ocean for 100 years. I really admired Kahlen and found her to be the perfect main character for a book like this one.
One of my favourite things about The Siren is the incredible bond between sisters. Well, the girls are more honorary sisters with the ocean as their mother, but they still love and care for each other like family. Kahlen’s sisters stick up for her and help her keep her secrets from the ocean. They are all so kind and selfless, which I loved. I always love to see family in books and was so glad to see that in The Siren.
The Siren is an original story that includes the ocean as a character and a main character who is brave and perseverant. The sisterly bond in the book made the story so much more enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this book to those looking for a nice beach read.