Saturday, April 30, 2016
Book Review: "The Siren," by Kiera Cass
About this book:
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.
This is a young-adult book, so it was a quick read, but I read it even faster because I couldn't stop turning pages! This was a unique story about sirens, and I really enjoyed getting to know Kahlen and her "sisters," who were all serving 100-year sentences by feeding the Ocean with bodies from shipwrecks they'd caused. Unfortunately, the girls still had consciences, so it was a traumatic experience when they were forced to sing a couple of times a year. The silver lining was that they had each other and were allowed to interact with humans -- as long as they didn't make a sound. Throughout the book, the Ocean and her pronoun, She, were capitalized because the Ocean was also a character -- a mother-like figure to the girls. She didn't like what she forced the sirens to do, but had no choice. The story moved along quickly, but still provided enough detail to really get into the head of Kahlen and understand her life and her torment, especially when she met Akinli. This was the first book I've read by Kiera Cass, and I'm eager to read more!
About the author:
Kiera Cass is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series. She is a graduate of Radford University and currently lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with her family. Kiera spent the first nineteen years of her life by the ocean. It never tried to eat her. You can learn more about Kiera's books, YouTube videos, and love of cake at www.kieracass.com and follow her on Twitter @kieracass.
Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.