I think it was the title that first drew me in; I’ve had an interest in ocean-related fiction lately, so a book called The Siren was a bit of a no brainer. It’s written by Kiera Cass – who also penned The Selection series – so I figured it would be a good read.
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? – Amazon
I consider these boy-meets-girl YA books to be like fluffy, light dessert – a welcome break from some of the heavier stuff I read. The Siren is definitely in that category, although certain parts left me unsettled.
Kahlen’s relationship with the Ocean is a bit… off. The Ocean saves young women from drowning, in exchange for 100 years of service as a siren. About once a year, the sirens sing and therefore sink ships, so that the Ocean can eat. In exchange for the human sacrifice, the Ocean provides sustenance for the rest of the world. The sirens love the Ocean, and consider her a mother, but also hate her for their imposed servitude, and you know, making them murder people. It all sounds very Stockholm Syndrome-ish. I had a really hard time getting past it.
I’ll be totally honest, it wasn’t until I read the Afterward that I really appreciated this book for what it is – Cass’ first novel, that was originally rejected by traditional publishers. It lives again, because of her success with The Selection. I kinda love that this book is the underdog.