I have been waiting forever for this book to come out. I absolutely love The Selection series by Kiera Cass so when I found out that she had a new book coming out I was eagerly anticipating. I assumed it would be another series but for those of you not wanting to get wrapped up in a book series rest assured, this is a standalone book. Kiera Cass actually self published this book a while ago and got the chance to rewrite and republish it.
The Siren follows a nineteen year old girl named Kahlen (pronounced as a mix between Kaitlin and Ellen) who gets saved from drowning by the Ocean. She finds out that she had been offered the chance to live again but only if she serves 100 years as a servant to the Ocean. For those 100 years she will be a Siren. She will never get hurt or sick or age for those 100 years but her voice will be deadly to any humans. Just one word will convince them to drown themselves in the nearest water, whether that is a lake, the ocean, or even just a kitchen sink. Every few months she is called to the Ocean to sing her song with her fellow Sirens where they lure ships and the passengers aboard the ships to their deaths to feed the Ocean. With only 20 years left in her service Kahlen is living in Miami with her Sirens when she suddenly meets a boy who doesn’t treat her like she is just some beautiful girl on the outside but also cares about what is on the inside. Even though she cannot speak to him she the two begin to form a bond. But the Ocean’s possessiveness gets in the way and Kahlen begins to wonder if this will be her only chance at true love.
So one thing I loved about this book were the Little Mermaid vibes I was getting. Obviously the big one is how she is similar to a mermaid and cannot speak and falls in love with a normal human boy. But there were a few other things throughout the book that were more subtle. The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite stories though so that does make me biased and others who don’t like it may not like that part of the book. I also like the fact that Kahlen and Akinli, the boy, get to show their feelings through their actions because Kahlen can’t speak. It was a different way of having the characters fall in love. The setting was fantastic because they went to all of these different coastal towns. They would live in beach houses in Washington, Italy, Iceland, and basically anywhere in the world that was near the ocean.
The bond between the Siren sisters was another aspect I liked. They were all from different parts of the world and different time periods and they pretty much forced together since the only times they can speak out loud is to each other. But they still form this bond as sisters as if they were always meant to be friends. They were each so unique and different that it was interesting to see how they each coped with their new lives. Speaking of coping I liked that Kahlen actually suffered remorse for what she had to do. She understood why they had to basically murder people but she didn’t just brush it off. Even though she had been doing it for 80 years she still felt like s horrible person and I think that made her more real.
One thing I didn’t like was how fast the book moved. It covered about two years in 300 pages but not in the way that it felt like two years had been covered. It felt like I missed some huge chunks of plot. She had had one date with Akinli and then was in love with him. I know it is a book and people’s relationships move quickly but by the second date I felt like they were acting like they had been together for years when in fact they had only been on 2 dates. The end of the book happened very quickly and I got confused. I feel like it was sort of rushed to just wrap up the book instead of well planned out. Other than that it was a fun light read. I still think I like The Selection series better but this was still a good read. Perfect for the beach too!