overall rating: 4.3/5 ⭐️
character development: 4
genre: YA, fantasy, romance
“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.
i’ve been a fan of cass’s writing ever since i read the first three books of the selection series (which i love). i still have yet to read the rest of the series, but i’d been seeing the siren around so much that i just had to read it when i saw it at the library.
the siren is an interesting twist on the original myth. it’s very creative: a world where girls are chosen by the ocean to serve her for a hundred years, then return a normal life without any memory of the sirens. i love seeing how kahlen and the sirens go about their lives, interacting with humans even though they cannot speak or become close to any of them. each of the sirens has a distinct personality, and they all feel very realistic. the character development is really well done. i can really see kahlen change and grow as she struggles with her identity as a siren and her duties to the ocean.
the romance is cute, but i really really wish there was more of it! i enjoyed reading about kahlen and akinli’s interactions, and i just love the way they act with each other. unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of scenes where they’re together, so that’s a little disappointing.
the plot kept me interested and didn’t drag. while events do move rather slowly, it doesn’t feel like we’re moving at snail pace. rather, the slow buildup really works for this story, for which time is an important issue. the plot really hooked me in, and i couldn’t put the book down. the ending made me super emotional (more than any other book has in a while), and i cried a lot while reading this. i also really enjoyed reading cass’s writing, which is descriptive but doesn’t bog you down with details.
overall, i would definitely recommend the siren if you’re looking for something that will make you cry.
have you read this? what did you think?