"You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won't lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time..."
The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can't bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she's been waiting for doesn't seem nearly as important as the one she's living now.
*Warning: this review may contain spoilers*
The Siren follows a girl named Kahlen, who serves as a siren of the Ocean. Because she was rescued from drowning from the Ocean, she has to repay Her by serving Her for a hundred years, luring people to their watery graves. All is well until she meets a boy who sees more than just her beauty. She is conflicted between the Ocean and the boy, and because of her feelings, she longs to become a human again so she can be with him.
I enjoyed this book far more than The Selection series. Kahlen was an extremely likeable character in an awful position and I related to her a lot more than America (y'know because I'm not a queen and because she was a lot less annoying than American and Eadlyn hehe) I felt so sorry for her being unable to love who she wanted as she was controlled by the Ocean. She also developed so well throughout the book, from being a girl listening to every word of the Ocean, to an independent person with a mind of her own. It was really satisfying to watch her grow throughout this book and build a relationship with Akinli.
One of the major themes of this book was misunderstanding and love, and I think that Kiera did a great job of covering those two themes. Misunderstanding was shown clearly with the Ocean and how she didn't understand that that sometimes letting go of someone so they can be with who THEY love is also a way of showing affection. At first, when the Ocean took Akinli away from Kahlen, I was literally crying tears of anger, saying how "heartless" she was (ironic because oceans don't have hearts). But as I went further into the book, I realised that the Ocean was one of the most loving characters I have ever met. She cared for Kahlen, even though she was just one of her many servants and she spared her life even after betraying her. The plot was interesting and I really enjoyed it. It was a speedy contemporary read, which was great for me because I can't ever get through the heavy volumes of high fantasy in Summer.
The one major problem I had with the book was the concept with the Ocean. Believe me, the plot was fast and interesting, but having an Ocean that talked?! The idea was corny and it could have been better if everything she said was in indirect speech. It also felt unrealistic and made it slightly harder for me get through because I was cringing nearly through all of the times she was talking.
However, putting that aside it was a good read. Also, can I just comment how pretty the cover is?! I'm happy that Kiera kept all her covers similar to The Selection. It sort of made them iconic I guess having the "girl and dress" (Btw, how cool would it be if we had dresses made of salt??)
Overall, the book was good- it was a speedy read and easy to process but there weren't any 'fireworks'. To be honest, even though it wasn't AMAZING I still remained interested throughout the book, and to me, if I'm interested I frankly don't care wtf I'm reading. Kahlen (seriously Kiera stop with the names) was a great character to read about; she was a likeable and I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the book. Lastly, I would like to thank HarperCollins for being so kind and sending me a copy :) It would be great if you guys take a look at this because it's such a light read, especially now with school going on -_-
I give this book a rating of 3.5/5 stars
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