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The Siren Hardcover – January 26, 2016
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Gr 7 Up—Kahlen still has trouble adjusting to the life of a siren. After becoming a siren 80 years ago, she is still unable to subdue the disgust and shame she feels while taking innocent lives in order to feed the Ocean. The Ocean is a motherly being who feeds off lives that drown in her waters. Sirens are the few young women whose lives she saves from death in order to keep her fed. Ocean cares intensely for Kahlen. However, when the protagonist falls in love with Akinli, a human boy, her responsibility to care for her sisters (also sirens) and the Ocean becomes a complicated task. Her sisters, along with the Ocean, watch her soul and body deteriorate the longer she is away from Akinli, who appreciates the true Kahlen, aside from her beauty and silence. Overall, the heroine is a meek character, but her muddled past, thoughts, and actions make her slightly interesting. Teens will appreciate her passion for her relationships—whether romantic or sisterly. Secondary characters aren't as intriguing or fully developed. Despite these shortcomings, the novel is fairly well written and offers a twist on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" that romance fans will enjoy. VERDICT A satisfactory purchase for libraries with a strong and faithful Cass fan base.—Briana Moore, School Library Journal
“A twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ that romance fans will enjoy.” (School Library Journal)
PRAISE FOR KIERA CASS: “A real page-turner. Romance, royalty, and revolution in a reality-show format serve Cass’ boldly rendered heroine well in her quest for justice and love.” (ALA Booklist)
“An engrossing tale reminiscent of Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy and Ally Condie’s Matched. Fairy-tale lovers will lose themselves in America’s alternate reality and wish that the next glamorous sequel were waiting for them.” (School Library Journal)
“Deliciously entertaining.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Cass’s immensely readable debut novel is a less drastic Hunger Games, with elaborate fashion and trappings. The fast-paced action will have readers gasping for the upcoming sequel.” (ALA Booklist)
“A cross between The Hunger Games (minus the bloodsport) and The Bachelor (minus the bloodsport), this trilogy launch is a lot of fun. Cass deftly builds the chemistry between America and Maxon, while stoking the embers of America’s first, forbidden love.” (Publishers Weekly)
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Love is a risk worth taking.
Well…it’s not like the other Siren book I’ve read before. They’re mostly about romance, killing and all the other things. Yet in The Siren…things are quite different. There aren’t many killing and singing parts, nor does it has a lot of romance. Really, there aren’t much of it. It’s definitely not love at first sight, or saving boys from the wreck. Their love came gradually. I’m not quite sure how to express my feeling about this book, it’s not bad…but not as exciting as The Selection. There isn’t love triangle…which is perfect…but the relationship between Kahlen and Akinli seems so little. It’s even a little bit hard to believe that they’re in love. It’s more like destiny…you know? That me count…they actually just spent three to four days together…and…that’s all. Seriously…is that how you feel in love? So soon? But Akinli does have a great personality…without doubt…he’s a kind boy. What we read more is Kahlen’s struggle and her bitterness. Like it spent about have of the story to describe her night mare, her terrified, her tortured…and things like those. Oh! And her siren sisters…their sisterhood…but…I feel nothing about it. And the last one, the Ocean. The book describes the ocean as Her, and she seems like a person…but sometimes…unhuman. It’s quite interesting that a book describe something natural with personality, Kiera gave The Ocean her own thought…and gave the reason why people drown. The plot is good, but a little flat…at least compared to all those book I’ve recently read. So…three and a half stars to The Siren! Oh! And watch the book trailer…it’s great. The music is lovely and sirenly.
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I have completely enjoyed Kiera Cass and her writing. It’s simple, easy, cheesy and I enjoy it! I had heard about this being a “redo” from her first published version of this book and that the first version wasn’t that good. I didn’t read the first version but only this one and I have to say it’s cute! I love the covers of all her books and so of course I had to continue buying them! *sigh* cover love!
Alright…moving on from Kiera Cass gush!
I really enjoyed Cass’s version of Sirens. I liked the fact that the ocean speaks to them, treats them like her own daughters but can be just as ruthless when not obeyed, and when they turn siren they wear these gorgeous siren dresses which I thought was unique plus it makes more of a distinction between sirens and mermaids…depending on who you talk to, they are one in the same.
I loved how the sirens are under this “curse” for a certain amount of time and then are actually released. I liked how they come from all different backgrounds, times, families and they bond with each other. I love that each individual siren has their own personality.
The overall story was great. I loved that serious trying on Kathleen’s part to keep her distance from life and love until her time is done.
The romance was cheesy but you know what? It’s okay to like a little cheese, beside the main love interest is a GOOD GUY! This was a very tender and sweet story. I feel very appropriate for all ages. That is another great thing about Kiera Cass, she writes good clean romances and I so appreciate that.
If you’re looking for a cute, unique story of sirens. pick this up!
Sexual Content: mild (some kissing, talk of lovers)
Violence: mild (siren’s singing ships to their deaths, talk of abuse)
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I read The siren by Kiera Cass. Something you should first know about her as an author- she doesn’t always make her plots super realistic.Read more