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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

ratings:
3.5/5 (551 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Jan 26, 2016
ISBN:
9780062417374
Format:
Audiobook

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?

A HarperAudio production.

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

About the author

Kiera Cass graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos and eating unhealthy amounts of cake. You can learn more about Kiera at kieracass.com, follow her on twitter via @kieracass, and see her silly videos at YouTube.com/user/kieracass.



Reviews

What people think about The Siren

3.7
551 ratings / 41 Reviews
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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)
    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.