Yes, I’ll admit it: I’m one of these people liking The Selection series, because it’s such a guilty pleasure. Characters are flawed, yet you CAN’T stop reading because you’re kind of addicted. Obviously, while eagerly waiting to read The Crown, I decided to get to another, less dystopian and even more swoon-worthy book by Kiera Cass, The Siren. And not alone. This was my first and fantastic-filled-with-craziness-and-feels buddy-read with Yarravy, and I loved it.
A MYTH COMING ALIVE.
“We were stars, we were music, we were time.”
I don’t know what I expected when I first picked up this book, but let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. Obviously, when thinking about sirens, we all have this image of gorgeous girls with a voice that can shatter our lives, and drown boats. Kiera Cass gave this mythical tale life in her story, but gave it a whole other dimension, adding one mysterious, slightly creepy and crazy kind-of character, The Ocean. In The Siren, we are following Kathlen’s life and struggles as a siren, after the Ocean saved her from drowning. Now she has to serve him for 80 years, this weird kind of person talking in her mind. No family, just sisters, Sirens as well. No talking to anyone, because well, sirens’ songs can kill, and sirens voices have the same deadly charm. Overall this is the whole pitch of this story, and to be honest, I didn’t expect it to happen like that. From the synopsis, we think there’ll be a siren, falling in love with a human, and that’d be it, basically. Well, it wasn’t. It was a story with such sadness and melancholy, a story with an Ocean that’s not so understandable –I mean, HOW would we even begin to understand a huge pile of water?!-, a story about sisterhood and bonds. I just loved that, despite the synopsis, it was way more than just a love story.
SISTERHOOD ABOVE EVERYTHING.
“We’ll figure this out, I promise. I won’t let you sink.”
Obviously you’re going to get your love story, don’t worry, marshmallows of the world. But first, let me talk about the characters. I really liked and could relate to Kathlen. I mean, I’m far from being a siren –can you imagine? Ugh.-, but I could relate to her thoughts, her deep desire to be loved and to find something worth living for. Even if I’ll admit, at times, she really wanted to be loved by someone more than anything, and I think that, before everything, you should learn to love yourself, life, and find goals others than in a guy, but well. That’s just my point of view. I loved her nonetheless, and I loved her relationships with her sisters. Where I thought I would find the love story taking a huge part of the book, well, sisterhood really was at the heart of the story. And I loved it. I wish we’d get to know a bit more her sisters, because I felt like I was getting to know them only on the surface, but I think I can understand why. Since they’re sirens, there’s very little background to play with (they forget everything of their former lives, with time). For that reason, I enjoyed the appearance of a great, real, diverse and incredible new character, Padma. We could get her background story and I could really see her being the most developed character in this story. I really liked her, in fact I think she was my favorite in the story.
BITTERSWEET AND NOSTALGIA
“There’s always room for love. Even if it’s as small as a crack in the door.”
If you ask me, I think the Siren has everything to be a great romance, an entertaining story with a side of mystery with this big Ocean always around. However, the strong suit is probably this unique atmosphere within the book. From the very first page, and getting stronger until the end, there’s this nostalgia, this melancholy that will make you want to cry. Let me tell you, the love story doesn’t help. The love interest is one of the cutest boys ever, and I’m glad the author took a bit of time to shape him and his life-story thorough the book, making him more endearing page after page. Everything didn’t feel too fast, or slow, and the ending perfectly fitted the love story, and the whole book. It was bittersweet, yet perfect.
The Siren is a love story? No. The Siren is a story about sisterhood, about finding yourself, about a myth we all dream about and wonder, what if? It’s a beautiful and entertaining story, yet very emotional. Despite some flaws in the characters, if you enjoy contemporary stories and Kiera Cass’ books, you should enjoy that one. It’ll leave you with a pang of sadness for a few hours afterwards.
Final rating: 4 drops!
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Kiera Cass, The Siren, Published by HarperTeen, January 26th 2016.
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?
The Siren was previously self-published; this brand-new edition has been completely rewritten and redesigned.