*** Possible Spoilers Ahead! ***
Book Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Main Theme: Young Adult, Fantasy
Thesis: Bound to serve the Ocean for one hundred years, Kahlen works with her siren sisters to bring down ships to appease the Ocean’s need for a sacrifice for the greater good. And even though she’s eighty years into her sentence, she still struggles with what they do, even though her sisters are having the time of their lives. But when Kahlen meets a boy at the local college, she realizes that she might be in danger of risking everything by following her heart instead of her duties.
What Drew Me In: Honestly, I was just searching for another book to listen to, as I was getting a little bored sitting in the house during the quarantine. I read the author’s other books from “The Selection” series, and while they are definitely considered YA fluff, I still enjoyed them enough to give this one a try. This is a stand-alone novel featuring sirens, which are some of my favorite mythological creatures. The book is almost seven hours to listen to, so I borrowed it on my Hoopla app and dove in. (Ha, get it? Dove in… I’m hilarious)
My Thoughts: Like I said above, this is a nice YA kind of book, so younger readers will love it. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I got into this book. The beginning of the book gives you a nice introduction to the main characters and the other sirens, and I enjoyed that you could definitely tell it was set in the past. It felt like a huge time-jump to the present day when she’s sitting under a tree with modern teenagers walking around their college campus. But there isn’t a lot of cursing and sexual content, so you should feel comfortable for your teens to read it.
Another thing that I enjoyed about the book was the interesting rules that the sirens had to adhere too. For example, they were not allowed to talk to normal humans, as their voices could be deadly to them. Honestly, that makes sense to me. But it helps shape their lonely existence and helps you understand why Kahlen has such a struggle with her job. The sirens also never age, or get sick, or need to eat or sleep. They do it out of habit mostly, especially Kahlen. She sleeps more often than the other girls, just to escape the reality of what she does. It is weirdly refreshing that even though the girls are beautiful and immortal, they have to abide by some rules.
The plotline is interesting, and I enjoyed that there were quite a few characters with different personalities to meet. Kahlen meets a young boy who seemingly is unaffected by her siren charm, although she still can not talk to him. She starts to build a relationship with him. This is problematic, as she can never truly be herself around him and there is always a risk to even be in the same room as each other. Her siren sisters also wouldn’t understand, so it makes Kahlen feel even more alone. Through-out the book, you get to experience Kahlen’s self-loathing about the tragedies she commits to keep the Ocean satisfied. Characters with flaws is surprisingly a good thing! We want to see characters with real life problems, and hey, if you hate yourself because you think you are mass-murdering innocent people, that is one hell of a flaw.
As the book progresses, her self-loating mostly turns into almost like a rebel phase and she starts to hate the Ocean for what it has done to her and what it asks of her. She starts to think more for herself, which in hindsight could be pretty risky, especially for her little boyfriend, but who doesn’t love a rebel? I’m over here cheering for her, “Go Kahlen, go Kahlen! Get yo man, girl!” I won’t say the ending result, as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but it’s definitely an interesting read to the end.
Would I recommend this book?: Honestly, if you are looking for a YA novel that has typical YA stuff in it, yes. It’s not a super serious book, but I feel like it’s better than most YA books are. And I’ll say it, compared to her “The Selection” series, it’s 10 times better.
Thank you for sticking around with me! I know it’s been about a week since my last post. With going back to work this week, things have been a little wild. I have a lot of fun book related posts coming up, so stick around. 😄
The Library Lady ♡