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The Siren

The Siren

Written by Kiera Cass

Narrated by Arielle DeLisle


The Siren

Written by Kiera Cass

Narrated by Arielle DeLisle

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4/5 (265 ratings)
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7 hours
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Released:
Jan 26, 2016
ISBN:
9780062417374
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Editor's Note

Beautiful twist on mythology…

Kiera Cass’ latest is a beautiful twist on siren mythology and “The Little Mermaid.” This standalone from “The Selection” author puts the limits of love and loyalty to the test and will leave you craving a sequel.

Description

From Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series, comes a captivating stand-alone fantasy romance.

Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who's everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger...but Kahlen can't bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?

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Publisher:
Released:
Jan 26, 2016
ISBN:
9780062417374
Format:
Audiobook

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Also available as bookBook


About the author

Kiera Cass is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series and The Siren. She is a wife and mom and too many other things to list. If she could make a crown out of anything, it would be the unending tears of her readers. You can learn more about Kiera and her books at www.kieracass.com.


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  • (5/5)
    I loved this one just as much as The Selection series! Kiera Cass creates such an incredibly unique story unlike most little mermaid/siren retellings. My favorite character is probably the ocean. She is seen as the "villian" of the story but still has such great character development. I seriously loved everything about it!
  • (3/5)
    Fun read! Took me awhile to really get hooked but once I did it was great!
  • (2/5)
    Oh man, this is tough for me. I loved THE SELECTION and recommend it all the time to youth and adults alike. THE SIREN presented a few problems for me, though. I do not mind the light writing style and frothy subject matter. What bothered me were the unexplained technicalities of the Sirens themselves. They didn't really seem bothered they were essentially slaves to this mega ocean goddess. They can talk underwater. Etc etc.
  • (4/5)
    I admit I’m in love with Kiera Cass’ Selection series, and I’m counting the days until the fifth and final book of her series is in my hands. I was pleased to see that my local bookstore had copies of her stand alone novel The Siren, another YA novel, but quite different from her bestselling series. First things first, the cover. Just like her previous books, The Siren’s cover is beautiful and eye-catching. However, the story is a bit darker than her other books. Kahlen is a siren living with two other sirens – Miaka and Elizabeth. They are daughters of the ocean and as such must fulfill their duties of luring people to their watery graves. However, they are forbidden to speak publicly, or to let other people hear their voices, unless the ocean commands them to. They pose as mute teenagers, trying their best to fit in and have fun while waiting for their 100 years of being a siren to be over. After which they will return to their normal self without any memory of ever being a siren.Kahlen only has 20 more years left and then she will be free of the ocean’s curse. She is haunted by her guilt of killing innocent people, but then she meets handsome, kind and gentle Akinli. Suddenly, Kahlen’s world is turned upside down and she soon realizes what she’s willing to do to protect the one she loves.I found the idea of sirens, how they become one, what they are tasked to do, how they live, very fascinating. The story also gives us a different take on the word “soulmates.” I liked the story of Kahlen and Akinli, but I wish there were more interactions between them to substantiate the intensity of their feelings. There were several chapters devoted to conflict build-up, so I wish there were a few more chapters devoted to the resolution. I felt that the story ended so suddenly, I wanted more. Also, I was wondering where and how are the sirens getting money? Or did I totally miss that info? That being said, the author’s witty and enthralling writing kept me turning pages, and I finished this book in one sitting.
  • (5/5)
    Kiera Cass has done it again! Another wonderful book! If you love ancient myths and you love a great romance. I loved the love story of Kahlen and Akinli! This book was awesome!
  • (4/5)
    Wow. The premise here is fantastic, and a great new take on the mythology of sirens. I actually think I enjoyed it more than her Selection series, and felt it was a bit better developed as well.
  • (4/5)
    Kahlen was given a second life by the Ocean 80 years ago. Saved from a shipwreck, she is in service for 100 years to the Ocean as one of her Sirens. Made to sing thousands to their death each year to sustain and feed the Ocean, Kahlen has resigned her time on her sentence to taking care of her sisters, completing her scrap books with all the people who have perished under her song, and most importantly, keeping to herself in the human world so as never to disclose her secret. Forbidden from speaking to humans lest their secret be reveled, many Sirens have had flings but none have ever had a relationship with a human, until now. Kahlen finds herself drawn to the human boy Akinli in a way she never thought possible. Torn between her growing affection for Akinli and her duties as a Siren, Kahlen finds herself in an impossible position, one which may have deadly consequences. I was absolutely sucked into this story from page one. The ocean is always something that has seemed so wonderful and majestic while at the same time dark and dangerous and this book really captured that essence for me. Watching Kahlen and Akinli fall for each other in their brief snippets of time together was heart warming and endearing. Akinli stole my heart from the beginning with his mild mannered sweetness and playful disposition. Their separation and Kahlens subsequent heartbreak and torn loyalties was gut wrenching.  My only complaint about the book as a whole was the Ocean as a character was very reminiscent of an abusive significant other at times and I sometimes had a hard time really feeling sorry for Her, even in the end. The possessive and fierce love She had for Kahlen was at times overpowering and frightening. Overall, this story was so well written, eloquently capturing the deadly beauty of the ocean and the powerful force of love. 
  • (1/5)
    NOPE. Can't do it. DNF.
  • (5/5)
    Imagine a world where you're granted a second chance at life, but forced to give up everything you love? That is the story of Kahlen, our beautiful heroine in the new book, THE SIREN by Kiera Cass. When approached to read this one, I was admittedly a little nervous because I hadn't heard anything about the book; nothing good, nor bad. I agreed to take the book on and as some other books I have had the fortune of being presented with, am quite glad that I did. THE SIREN was refreshing, haunting and beautiful all wrapped up into one beautiful little package.Kahlen is a loving, dark haired beauty. When life takes a disastrous turn and she's faced with the decision of death versus a century of servitude, she chooses the option that will allow her to continue living. Years later she'll question that decision, wondering if her "life" now is worth the nightmares that she must face. Kahlen is a siren. Along with her sisters, she answers to the Ocean and helps to lure unsuspecting victims to their watery deaths with her voice of liquid gold and looks to match. Being kind and good natured at heart, Kahlen has a difficult time with the actions that she must perform in order to gain a second chance at life. Her journey, from the very beginning, makes for quite the fascinating read and, at least to me, makes THE SIREN wonderful and unique.THE SIREN is actually a Young Adult novel although many of the characters in the book are above the Young Adult age. Cass does an amazing job of filling the story with just the right amount of details to satisfy any young adult reader while actually making for a great book for many adults as well. I personally find great enjoyment out of both Young Adult and Adult books, but I found that THE SIREN really seemed to satisfy both categories of books.Part of THE SIREN follows Kahlen as she unravels the mysteries surrounding her new life and her feelings about it. Can she accept what she has become? Will she always harbor hate for the Ocean for what She has done to Kahlen or will she come to accept and give thanks for the gift she has been given? Cass creates an epic story here as we follow Kahlen through her ups and downs. By the end of the book, I feel that we the reader get to know the Ocean practically as well as Kahlen does. Her feelings, both positive and negative, pop off the page and swirl around, pulling us closer into the story.While THE SIREN is great for anyone looking for a great drama or adventure read, it also satisfied those of us that like a touch of romance in our stories. Now, the romance doesn't really hit the surface until about halfway through the book, but when it does, oh boy hold on. Cass can write romance like nobody's business! She creates the perfect hero to go along with our lovely heroine. Akinli, a hard working fisherman by day and knight in shining armor by night, is a puzzle piece match to Kahlen. Cass's writing is such that, without being blatantly obvious about it, we can tell that Kahlen and Akinli are practically soul mates. While the first half of the book details Kahlen's life and struggle to understand herself, the romance between Kahlen and Akinli dominate the second half. It is this romance that really makes THE SIREN shine.As I mentioned above, one of the best ways for me to describe THE SIREN is to say that it is haunting. I don't mean that there are literal ghosts floating around, rather there are ghosts of emotions still flitting about my head. THE SIREN is not always a happy book. There are times when it can be sad, frightening, and downright depressing. As Cass mentions in the story, it is the dark that makes the light shine even brighter. Without the sad parts, without the parts that leave you on the edge of your seat on the verge of tears, the love and hope in the story wouldn't flow through quite as nicely.After pondering the review for a bit, I had to come back here and mention one final thing. I've mentioned that THE SIREN became one of those books that has stuck with me, constantly replaying through my head even though I finished the story. I think that a large reason for this is the amount of realism that Cass imbues the story with. The Ocean is a living, breathing entity. She speaks, she has feelings, she uses her great waves to cause things to happen. The Ocean is as much a character as Akinli, Kahlen or any of Kahlen's siren sisters. I hadn't realized this until after looking at some of the photos of Port Clyde, Maine on Cass's website. I saw a photo of the ocean and my first thought was that She really was alive! That's the strength of Cass's writing, allowing my brain to meander in the realm of the impossibility long after her words have ended.I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great Romance, a great Adventure, a great Drama, and/or a great Young Adult read. There were a few times, especially with the second half of the book, where the pace seemed to get a little choked up and quirky, but overall, the story flowed quite nicely. Cass's talent with the written word is obvious as is her wonderful imagination. She has created a story unlike one I have read before, incorporating both the light and the dark.THE SIREN was a story of life and it was a pleasure to read. I'm looking forward to experiencing more of Kiera Cass's work. My only wish for THE SIREN was that it wouldn't end!
  • (5/5)
    Beautifully written and perfectly narrated. An enchanting love story which pulled me into the ocean from the first chapter.
  • (5/5)
    This book was fantastic. I wasn't sure about reading (listening) to a book about a Siren, but I have read other books by Kiera Cass and loved them. So I decided to take this book on. It was well written and very well read. The story moved along at a nice pace, and I didn't want to stop listening. Collin and Akinna are enchanting. Their pain and their losses gripping. I recommend this to anyone 13 and over. Very well done.
  • (5/5)
    absolutely fantastic
    an interesting plot bu reminiscent to the littler mermaids...:-)
  • (5/5)
    The readers voice was beautiful. This is one of my all time favorite books, so I had really high standards, and they were all met?
  • (5/5)
    I loved how fictional it was and I loved the love story with it!!!
  • (5/5)
    I Loved this book!!! It was such a great story and a different perspective on Sirens. I liked this take on Sirens - it was refreshingly new and different from most Siren or Mermaid stories I’ve read.

    It was an emotional story but it was a good happy ending and it was like a breath of fresh air. It was the perfect story that I needed to read ?.

    I would definitely recommend others to read this! Go check it out now!
  • (5/5)
    Amazing modern approach to a classic myth! I enjoyed it immensely.
  • (3/5)
    Easy to listen book, but not as gripping as the selection books
  • (5/5)
    The plot was very good and I fully recommend it completely
  • (5/5)
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  • (3/5)
    I loved the selection series. But this one missed the mark for me.
  • (5/5)
    I was so beautiful. I felt so much emotion .
  • (3/5)
    Very corny. But entertaining, and imaginative. It wasn’t what I thought it would be, and I liked that. I don’t think it was very predictable. I liked how it was narrated and that she made different voices for each character.

    Muy cursi. Pero entretenido e imaginativo. No fue lo que pensé que sería, y eso me gustó. No me pareció muy predecible. Me gustó cómo fue narrado y que hacía diferentes voces para diferentes personajes.
  • (2/5)
    It was ok, but the main character was such a pity party
  • (5/5)
    I don’t often like stories with the premise of being centered around a romantic relationship. But, the story spent so much time on developing the characters and other relationships as well. A very beautiful and sad way of thinking of sirens and how they exist and interact. The ending had me in tears. It was truly touching.
  • (5/5)
    This book was so good. A nice easy listening romance. It’s mystical, magical, and full of beauty.
  • (3/5)
    The narrator was great; it is the story I didn’t have a connection to. The romance was basically insta-love, and yet I was supposed to think it was the romance of the century. That Akinli and Kahlen were soulmates and their connection was deeper than any other. The pacing of the story was slow, with bursts of action and long periods of nothingness in the between. The relationships between the sisters were one of the better plot points, but so often Kahlen felt herself on the outside of that, so we only got to experience what she did.
    The Ocean was an infuriatingly frustrating character, who didn’t know how to express love although she proclaimed over and over her love for her sirens.
    Padma’s backstory is super dark, and there is casual mention of murder; almost as if it’s ok under certain circumstances, which is concerning.
    I’m glad I read the story, since I was curious about it ever since reading The Selection, but it is definitely not Cass’s best work.
  • (3/5)
    I had such high hopes for this book after reading The Selection Series. This book left me wanting more. It got to the epilogue and I was stunned that it was even over. It was as if the author got to the end and got tired of writing and summed everything up in a paragraph. I haven’t given up on Cass, but I am going to read her next one with less expectation.
  • (5/5)
    SOOOO good! I’m obsessed with mermaids so this was especially amazing for me. Beautiful story and the narrator was FANTASTIC!! You NEED to get her to record “The Selection” because the current narrator for that one is awful and this girl is phenomenal.
  • (4/5)
    Quick read. I enjoyed this more than Kira Cass' later books. I hope she goes in this direction again.
  • (4/5)
    the main girl and guy relationship were cute and sweet. but later on it made me so sad. oh so sad. I hurt for them. I hurt for him. I crave for a love as strong as theirs. but I can only find them in books. that sucks