Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication date: January 26, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
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.
The newly republished Siren by Kiera Cass does not have the strength of her Selection series. I was not drawn in by Kahlen, and I wasn’t convinced of her and Akinli’s love.
I thought Akinli was cute and they had some sweet scenes, but I was not moved by their story. I thought it was juvenile that Kahlen’s biggest wish in life was still to get married, even after living decades. Certainly not a bad desire, but honestly, it made a boring character, who had little ambition in life for someone who’s immortal and having a profound experience. All the girls were still teenagers when they’ve lived decades longer, which didn’t make sense to me either. Shouldn’t they seem more like 70 year olds in a 16-year-old body? The plot was slow and uneventful. The Ocean bothered me. I didn’t like her as a deity and Kahlen’s love for her felt almost Stockholm syndrome-y.
Would I let my teen read this book?
Kiera Cass’ other series has strong female leads. Those books are also about marriage, but they love stories are more realistic and the characters’ motivations are based on selfless reasons. While there’s nothing offensive in or inappropriate in The Siren, it’s just not worth your time.
Age recommendation: 12
Language – none
Drugs & Alcohol – none
Sex – none
Violence – People are drowned.
My Goodreads rating: 2 out of 5 stars
I read a lot. I'm a Mom. I'm officially in my 30s, but strangers often don't believe I'm old enough to drink. I love Young Adult fiction, and thought it was worthwhile to help teens and adults find age-appropriate options.