The Siren

by Kiera Cass

Published by HarperCollins Publishers

A review by John Irvin


“It’s funny what you hold on to, the things you remember when everything ends.” –Kahlen

            She almost died in a shipwreck, the Ocean saved her. To pay the Ocean back, Kahlen must live the life of a Siren. One word from her mouth kills people—it’s the most enchanting music to their ears and they feel an undeniable urge to cast themselves into the Ocean.

            But Kahlen enjoys spending time on land with people. Even though she can’t talk to them, she’s still able to listen and watch.

            Then Akinli shows up. Sweet, handsome, nearly perfect in every way, he forges a connection with her and will not deny it. Even though she can’t talk to him, he seems to understand her thoughts and feelings.

            But to love a human is against the rules of the Ocean—naturally.

          Will Kahlen be able to follow her heart and break those rules? What happens to a Siren who turns against her calling?

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            Not exactly a mermaid book, these folk have legs, but the Siren is an amazing story about a girl with a secret. I found myself wishing I could just wrap my arms around Kahlen and tell her it would all be all right. Even after she loses her family but gains a new one, after she struggles for almost a century over having to kill so many people because the Ocean commands her to, after she meets Akinli and is tortured in her soul because she can’t speak her feelings to him.

            But love can cross any Ocean. I loved watching how it all worked out. The intensity was sweet. Kiera Cass does an amazing job as always. Most seem to know her by her Selection series—and most who read those and enjoyed them, have complimented this work as well. As of the writing of this review, I’ve only read the first book of the Selection series. It’s good, but I find the Siren more up my alley.

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: THE SIREN.

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