13 Feb 2016

Review: The Siren by Kiera Cass

Goodreads Synopsis:

   "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.

My experience with The Siren:
Before I write the review, if you live in NZ and feel like trying to win a free copy of this book, I'm giving away two copies to NZ readers here! I'd love for you to enter! Thanks to Harper Collins for donating the books.

Anything book related to the sea makes me absolutely giddy with happiness. I was lucky enough to receive a copy of The Siren by Kiera Cass from Harper Collins here in NZ and flipped out when I read the synopsis! The Siren follows Kahlen and her Siren Sisters as they complete their 100 service to the ocean. It begins eighty years into Kahlen's service and how she is coping with taking so many lives. Quite quickly, we meet Akinli, the world's most perfect boy (serious crush potential). Within the book we learn about Kahlen's relationship with her sisters, the ocean, and Akinli and see how they collide.

One of the things that I loved about The Siren was that it wasn't a single plot line that was drawn out over 250+ pages, it felt as though there were many different elements adding to separate parts of Kahlen's life. Usually, everything adds up to just one finale, one resolve, but The Siren contained more than that, at least, that's how I felt about the plot! I definitely felt myself hooked in within the first chapter. 

The Siren is definitely a love story. And yes, I can hear some of you groaning, but it wasn't your typical love story but was close enough in a good way? That's a terrible way of explaining it, but seriously, something about the relationship within this book had my heart melting and I didn't roll my eyes when reading the relationship scenes. The Siren contains more than the theme of a romantic relationship, but also the love of family and friends, and how important it is to be dedicated to a friendship. The on and off love between Kahlen and her Siren Sisters (Elizabeth, Miaka, etc), with their bickering and disagreements made me laugh, cause honestly, if you had to live with a bunch of girls only for 100 years, I think that would be exactly how you get on. 

Within the book there were different forms of communication, such as sign language, texts, letters, standard talking and, of course, singing. I loved that element of the book so much. I feel as though it gives a certain, I want to say texture, to the book.

I have to admit, sometimes things were a bit perfect. Akinli was extremely flawless for a boy in his late teens/early twenties, something happens later on in the book where a character is just taken into someone's home without a second thought and I was seriously sitting there thinking "Really, though?!?" and certain consequences and were not followed through for Kahlen that felt a bit 'meh'? Not that I want terrible things to happen to main characters (or any characters, really), but I did want the wrath to be shown a bit more.

I'm not sure whether this paragraph will contain some elements of spoiler, it's just, you find out pretty early on that this is a thing, so hopefully I don't make anyone too mad with what I'm about to write, feel free to skip this paragraph though! The Siren has quickly become one of my new favourite ocean mythology based stories. It was absolutely amazing to read something not about mermaids, and get to see a side of Sirens that I've never really experienced before. The way in which the Sirens spoke to the ocean was so interesting to me, she speaks within their minds and could manipulate water pressure and temperatures to mimic hugging the girls and holding them. It actually made me immensely happy. 

Overall, I thought that this book was pretty amazing. Even if you're not a big fan of love stories I urge you to give this one a go if you like the idea of a slightly different story set partly in the ocean that doesn't instantly involve mermaids. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars (★★★★★) and will be recommending it to everyone who meets me... ever. 

About the author:

"I am a graduate of Radford University with a B.S. in History. I grew up in South Carolina and currently live in Christiansburg, Virginia with my electrical engineer hubby, car-obsessed son, and princess-loving daughter. I'm a #1 New York Times bestseller, woohoo! I'm also a valued customer at my local cupcake shop." 

100 things Kiera Cass loves: 
Being married. Cake. The smell of Autumn. Motherhood. Books. Elephants. Back rubs. On demand movies. Actually going out to movies. Faith. Cinnamon rolls. My family. Butterflies. When my kitchen is clean. Crayons. Pink. Tote bags. Dancing. Organizing via color coordination. That my wedding dress was tea length, not floor. Baking. My house. Writing utensils. Paper. India. The sound of water. Making videos. Buttons. The word Episcopalian. Making people laugh. Layering clothes. British accents. Pinterest. Animation. Fireworks. The smell of the Ocean. My wedding rings. Aprons. Reasons to get dressed up. Sex. Pop music. Stars. Taking walks. Daydreaming. Stickers. School Spirit. My friends. Living in a small town. Japan. Singing. Painting my toenails. Pranks/ practical jokes. Painting. Stretch canvas. Costumes. Dipping my fingers in melted wax. Style. Soda. Spending an hour typing at a coffee shop. Musicals. Back to school season. Mopeds. Good hair days. Naps. Not walking up but looking at a beautiful staircase. Driving alone. My ankles. Playlists. Spending entire days in pajamas. Holidays. Telling stories. Spontaneity. Theme parks. Bookshelves. The word copacetic. Boxes. Empty journals. Surprises. Doing things in groups. Doing things alone. Getting real mail. Decorating. Small forks. A good hug. Gift cards. New Years Goals. Going out to dinner. When someone else remembers some great story about me/us that I’ve forgotten. Toy stores. Fireplaces. Breakfast foods. Journaling. Crying for a good reason. Doorbells. Pointless adventures. Voting. My birthday. Reasons to make wishes. Recycling.

Keeping up with the author:

I hope you enjoyed my review of The Siren and that you put it on your TBR and give it a go soon! If you've read it, I'd love to know what you thought down in the comments. Thanks again to Harper Collins NZ for sending me a copy of the book to fall in love with. And don't forget, if you live in NZ I'm giving away two copies of the books. 

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