author: Kiera Cass
title: The Siren
publisher: Harper Teen
publication date: January 26th, 2016
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.
When I heard that a new Kiera Cass book was coming out I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I mean just look at that gorgeous cover. Kiera Cass is one lucky woman, her books just always get the most stunning book covers ever.
To be honest, I started this book knowing almost nothing about it. I mean I knew it was about Sirens and such but that was about it. I didn’t even know that it was originally written in 2009 and that it was actually Kiera Cass‘ first ever book. Since it didn’t make it in the original version she decided to give the story a second chance and released the new version of it on January 26th 2016.
From the beginning I was completely hooked. Even though it may start a little slow it was so interesting to get to know all these unique characters, to find out, what they were and how they become sirens and such. We probably all know that Sirens are mythical creatures, deadly and beautiful singers of the Ocean, originally known for luring men to their death. In this book their voice is the only deadly thing about the Sirens. The Ocean basically is a living creature herself and in order to live She must feed, so the Sirens sing to give her what she needs.
It begins with Kahlen. Kiera Cass tells us a little about her life as a human and how she bacame a Siren. She doesn’t give us all the information just in the beginning. Through out the whole book she slowly explains what a Siren really is, how their bodies work, how their live’s work. I don’t want to give away too many information but Sirens are actually pretty interesting creatures and it was so much fun reading about them and their history, their lives, etc. pp.
The story sound cruel and it was hard for me to understand the Ocean but the more I read and the more information I got I started to understand the Ocean a little more. Even though it doesn’t really seem like it, She really loves her children, cares for her and at some point I think she doesn’t really want to be „bad“ she just needs to do all these cruel things in order to survive; in order to live.
I think the book is very very emotional. It had me crying many many times, especially at the end. Sirens have such a strong bond and it was heartbreaking watching them live with all the cruel things they have to do in order to keep „their mother“ alive. Of course every Siren is different so everyone handles the situation differently but imagining all the things they have to go through, that they can’t do anything about it; can’t change anything about it broke my heart so so many times.
This story is about love, love between sisters, love between strangers, between family and also the love to yourself. Even though I really loved the book it seemed a little expected, especially the end. It was still heartbreaking though but I expected the end to be a little more spectacular to be honest. Also I think at some point everything happend a little to quickly. Sometimes it seemed like their was no actual plot; like nothing really happend.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. A little slow at places and the romance wasn’t as heavy as I thought it would be but it was sweet nonetheless. I couldn’t put the book down. I simply loved it. It’s a perfect light fantasy read which you guys definitely should check out especially if you like Mermaids, Sirens and all these kinds of mythical creatures.