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Monday, August 24, 2009

The Siren by Kiera Cass

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Re-Read? Yes! I can definitely re-read this several times.

Recommend? I recommend this to anyone. There is a bit for everyone in this book.

Release Date: July 7th, 2009
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 276


"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.

My Thoughts:

If you could have another chance at life, would you take it? No matter the price? The Siren is a unique tale about a girl named Kahlen who is a part of a small group of Sirens that live in the servitude of the Ocean. Throughout the novel, love and loss are introduced and Kahlen, who has the ability to love so thoroughly, is tossed and torn with both emotions constantly. Kahlen's life is like the Ocean-- rough and drowning, but also equally calm and soothing.

The Siren had such a clever storyline that I couldn't begin to guess what would happen next. It was a breath of fresh air-- it was the first time I have ever read a story on Sirens. And I wasn't disappointed. Kiera Cass's concepts on sirens was interesting and her story really unique. The pace was set just right and there was never any confusion with what was happening. Her writing style was very clear and easy to read.

What I found really interesting about the book, were the names. Kahlen, Akinli, Aisling were all names of her characters and I really liked them. I read so many books-- characters start to blend together since I hear their names reused again and again. It's refreshing to see one-of-a-kind names that uniquely belong to this novel.

The Siren just blew me away, and I cannot wait to read another book by Kiera Cass.


Cover: 3.5
Plot: 5.0
Characters: 5.0
Writing: 4.5


  1. I've never heard of this book before. it sounds beautiful though. I'm going to go look for it now :D

  2. I might just have to add this one to my amazon wish list

  3. Hmm Well!!! This sounds very good, I might even look for it ;)

  4. This book was excellent!!! I would definitely re-read it. I Loved the characters and I loved the way Kiera Cass made the Ocean seem like one of the characters as well. I will never look at the Ocean in the same way. "She" is now like a person to me. A WONDERFUL BOOK!!

  5. I haven't heard about this one yet--I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the great review.

  6. Wow, I'd never heard of this book, but it sounds really good! Thanks for the review :)

  7. I just heard about this one and I'm happy to see your positive review of it. Those are lovely names and I love it when an inanimate object seems like a character in its own right. Thanks for the review!

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  9. This book sounds excellent. Great review. Now I just might have to go out and buy it!


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