Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Fiction
Book Jacket Synopsis: “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.”
Review: I’m not entirely sure why I decided to read The Siren. The book jacket synopsis doesn’t sound promising and, having read all five books in Kiera Cass’s Selection series, I knew that the odds of The Siren being really stand-up writing were slim. But the Selection series was entertaining, if nothing else, so I decided to give The Siren a try. Unfortunately, this book is not worth the read. Firstly, the Kahlen/Akinli relationship is the most grotesque example of young adult fiction “instalove” that I’ve ever read. Kahlen decides that she is in love with Akinli after their third interaction. Seriously, she’s met the boy three times and can’t even talk to him during those three interactions, but is still certain that she’s in love with him. On the subject of Kahlen, she overwhelmingly fails as a protagonist, largely because she mopes ALL OF THE TIME and doesn’t show any interest in spending time with her siren “sisters.” They got fed up with her and I did too. The only slightly redeeming quality of this book was the role the Ocean played, which I found to be somewhat refreshing and interesting. But this single positive component could not make up for the utterly terrible characters, all of whom felt very one dimensional and boring. The Siren was Cass’s first book, which she had the opportunity to go back and rewrite after her Selection series success. In my opinion, her rewrite does little to fix a fundamentally flawed and flat novel.