Review : Below the dark deep and slightly strange Ocean with The Siren

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.



“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.



“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.



“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!

Did you read The Siren? WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?  Do you want to read it?

Do you like bittersweet endings? Share your thoughts in comments!


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.

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31 thoughts on “Review : Below the dark deep and slightly strange Ocean with The Siren

  1. I actually have The Selection series on my to-read list, I haven’t gotten around to it yet (story of my life honestly) but I still want to start the books even though I’ve seen mostly negative reviews for it.
    However for this book I’ve mainly seen positive reviews, and, OK, I haven’t seen many but they all seem to have really enjoyed The Siren, I’m definitely adding this one to my to-read list (I’ll probably end up starting this one before The Selection series!)
    I loved your review! And The Siren seems like a really good book too. I love the fact that it focuses on sirens because I haven’t seen many books about them, and it sounds like the characters are really well developed which is always a plus 😀 I’m intrigued by the idea of the sisterhood relationships in this book!
    Great review! I’ll definitely be picking this one up! 😀

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    1. Oh there are lots of negative reviews about The Selection, that’s true, and even if the story has flaws, it’s still very entertaining, a series you can read very,v ery quickly as well, and enjoy while you relax 🙂
      Oh yes, I really enjoyed that it dealt with sirens, it’s a nice change for once, and there are great characters 🙂 I’m so excited for you to read it! And thank you Beth! ❤ ❤

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      1. See that’s the thing. A lot of the time I don’t mind the flaws. If I want something light and a little cheesy I will read and really love a book that has more than a few negative reviews just because it offers some form of escape, and that’s why I read when it comes down to it, to be entertained!
        Plus I love books about mythological creatures 🙂 fantasy and sci-fi books are all well and good but I love stories with sirens, dragons, faeries, etc.
        That’s all right ❤️


      2. Exactly, and sometimes they can help you see things you may have missed the first time around! I know there are some “bad” reviews I’ve read that have helped me to look at the books I read a little more critically which isn’t really a bad thing I think! 😀

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  2. Great review!
    I really liked the Siren. I am so glad that it wasn’t all about the love story between a girl and a boy, and that it had the love between sisters as well.

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  3. I don’t think I would have read this book before, but this review has convinced me it’s worth a read. 🙂 Amazing review, Marie! This is actually a really interesting concept for a plot .. sisterhood always rates very highly in my books 😀 I’m content without a love story, honestly.

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  4. Great review, Marie! I admit that I’m one of those people NOT liking The Selection and I admittedly dismissed this one just by association, but I’m super glad to see that it seems to have more depth than suggested by the cover and the synopsis. The Ocean thing sounds pretty creepy, and I’ve heard other people (maybe Kat?) mention the melancholy as well, which is sometimes great if you’re in the mood for that kind of thing. I think I’ll be giving this a try. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Reg! ❤ I can understand, and when you're disappointed by an author's work, it's only natural to dismiss the others as well, I do it too. To be honest, I didn't expect it to be too deep, but I'm glad this book still had a great place for sisterhood and friendships, really above the love story, that was wonderful, and nice for a change. Plus, that melancholy definitely was something! I hope you'll give it a try and like it 🙂


  5. This sounds so interesting to me! The idea of the siren (female) using her sexyness to entrap sailors (male) and then drown them was one that has always made me roll my eyes hard. Someone taking that story and expanding the identity of the siren – in fact making them a community of women supporting each other – sounds fascinating to me.

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  6. I think I gave the book the same rating and you know how utterly in love I was with it! The nostalgia – the melancholy – ADORED IT, even if it did put me in a weird funk for days.
    I think it’s interesting that you liked Padma most, I was actually the most conflicted with her. Because of the thing with her father (which was absolutely terrible and i don’t condone his actions at all), but self justice? That’s a burden too.

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    1. Oh yes, you’re right about this, this aspect of the story kind of bothered me a bit, because even if it was so awful, everything he’s done to her, self justice was a bit much – a bit going too far, I don’t know. Hoowever, since we saw her becoming a siren and struggling with her memories and everything, I felt like she was the most fleshed-out character, and I could see more of her, so, I don’t know, I liked her for that a lot! 🙂

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  7. Oh, I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet! This sounds like such an amazing book, and being written by Kiera Cass, it was already on my radar. Have no idea why I haven’t picked it up yet?? I make so much sense. Love the review, Marie!

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  8. Definitely enjoy bittersweet endings but you know my feelings for this one don’t you 😉 This was the PERFECT review for this book! The characters definitely were flawed but love for them is there anyway, SO GLAD I GOT TO READ THIS BOOK WITH YOU MY FOREVER CRAZY ❤ CANNOT wait for part 2!

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