Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Narrator: Arielle DeLisle
Running Time: 6 hours, 44 minutes, 47 seconds
Source: OverDrive/Public Library
Goodreads Summary: “You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”
The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.
Daaaaaaaaarn, Kiera Cass! Back at it again with the names! Haha! But you learn to expect it—it comes with the territory of a Kiera Cass novel! Anyhoo, names aside, Kiera Cass has churned out yet another piece of fluff that I can’t help but like!
The Siren is the story of Khalen, who is…um…a siren (surprise!). Khalen meets and falls in love with Akinli, a human boy, but her devotion to the ocean keeps her from him. There are some other events which take place, but I won’t say anything here because *spoilers*.
Despite The Siren being pegged as a romance, I found it was more about family. The romance honestly takes up little of the book and the story concentrates more on Khalen’s relationship with her siren sisters and the ocean, who is quite the mother figure.
I must agree with Trina from the booktube channel Between Chapters that The Siren is a wonderful example of the parent-child relationship, showing its love, its turbulence, and its dynamic nature. The ocean is the mother figure in this story and she loves her “children,” the sirens, more than words can say. But all children grow up and the ocean must learn, as all parents must, how to let go and let her children grow. It was a treat to see such a great representation of how the parent-child relationship must grow and change.
I also loved seeing the relationship between Khalen and her siren sisters, Miaka, Elizabeth, and Padma. Each girl was given such a unique personality and I have to applaud Cass for doing that instead of lumping them all together as one character group. Miaka was caring and quiet, Eliabeth fiery and rebellious, and Padma bright eyed and bouncy. It was great to see the different ways they reacted to and related to Khalen and the various ways they showed their love for her.
The one complaint I have is about the romance. It was toooooootally instalove! Khalen and Ackinley literally see each other three times and Khalen is like, “He’s my soulmate!” But other than that, I had no problems with the book.
All in all, The Siren was pretty cute! It was a nice piece of fluff to hold me over. I would definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for some light reading.
Holy cow! I fell in love with Arielle DeLisle’s voice (ironic, because the book she’s narrating is called The Siren). I just—it was amazing! I loved all of the voices she did but I found her voice for the ocean was particularly hypnotic. Her pacing was great and she infused plenty of emotion into her reading, but not an overwhelming amount. I absolutely would recommend the audiobook version of The Siren!