The Siren

The Siren

Book - 2016
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Forced to work as a Siren and lure strangers to their deaths after being rescued from drowning by the Ocean, Kahlen falls in love with a human and defies the rules of her service in order to follow her heart.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062391995
0062391992
Branch Call Number: Y CASS, K
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 22 cm

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Library_Jill Aug 11, 2017

Haunting and heartbreaking, this is a story of those two great themes: love and death. The romance described in the book jacket is just one of the many important loves in the story--sisterly love and the love between humans and the Ocean are just as significant and poignant as the love between ... Read More »


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Library_Jill Aug 11, 2017

Haunting and heartbreaking, this is a story of those two great themes: love and death. The romance described in the book jacket is just one of the many important loves in the story--sisterly love and the love between humans and the Ocean are just as significant and poignant as the love between the main character and the boy who becomes her soulmate. Beware picking up this book as a light read, however, as this is an emotionally hefty story.

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vv19
Aug 03, 2017

When a siren falls for the wrong person she will do anything to keep him alive even if it means putting her life in jeopardy. This story of finding love captures your heart and doesn't let go. People need a soul mate to make living worth while. A great story to last for ages.

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mimithyst
Apr 25, 2017

I loved this book so much. It was the first book in my life where I finished it and actually enjoyed it thoroughly. The book was pure, and full of softness. The main Character was a siren but she still had a heart which I admire a lot. The centre theme of this book was not only romance but also sisterly-love. The sisters in this book cherished each other a lot which made me tear up in the end. Overall I really love this book :)

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liv98
Apr 06, 2017

I couldn't find it in me to continue on reading this book after the first 20 or some pages. I love this genre of books (actually its all I agree to read) but this book was boring and not engaging enough for me. I am sure it is a good book if I had finished it, but from the first few pages, I could tell that her style of writing was not for me.

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wendy_gong
Mar 13, 2017

GREAT BOOK:):):):):)

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akzfineart
Feb 12, 2017

DNF (did-not-finish) at page 39. The writing is not working for me and the author does not explain important details, assuming the reader would know everything about the protagonist as well as the book world. I'm surprised by the writing (very terrible!) because I actually enjoyed one of The Selection prequel novellas. Also, it's super creepy for the MC to keep a scrapbook of her victims, serial killers do the same thing (keep "trophies" or mementos). If you really want to read this, I'd recommend taking it out from the library and saving your money.

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1429874643
Feb 10, 2017

The siren started off as good with a strong plot line and interesting characters, but there were many downsides to this book the characters fell short of development and needed more details. The plot started to fall and became increasingly worse. I strongly do not recommend this book as a good read but as a time filler. Compared to Cass's other books this was a serious let down.

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emlikeowl
Jan 29, 2017

Little slow at some points, but overall a pretty good book, I found the story quite similar to The Little Mermaid.

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kdleask
Dec 02, 2016

This confirmed to me that Kiera Cass is indeed my favourite author <3 I wasn't looking forward to this book initially, because I loved The Selection series so much and I didn't fully know what to expect with The Siren ... but reading it, I completely forgot Kiera Cass was the author, that's how good her writing is! And so many tears during this one (The Selection was definitely shocking, but I think The Siren was almost more heartbreaking in some ways). Plus, I really like Akinli and Kahlen :) overall, super pleased with this stand-alone book, thank you Kiera Cass <3

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FindingJane
Oct 17, 2016

Ms. Cass has created a masterful piece of YA fiction. Brimming with mythology, beauty and subtle horror at its core, she manages to imbue a faceless but powerful entity, the Ocean, with personality and mind. But even more remarkable is her portrait of a group of maidens, doomed (or blessed) to serve their dread and lovely divinity for the span of 100 years, pulling innocent mortals to a watery grave.

Kahlen manages the impossible—falling in love with a mortal boy who loves her in return. That love affair, with all its attendant fearful danger, is the engine that propels Kahlen out of her restless complacency and obedience. But that romance is almost secondary. The sisterhood of sirens is what lies at the heart of this book. More than the love of and for their queen, these girls love and cherish each other. They may form relationships with mortals but being ageless, invulnerable and mute means that interaction must be brief and limited.

The true splendor and sorrow of this novel are the powerful friendships forged among these girls. Each one is individual, lending her own unique quality to the ties that irrevocably bind them. I found myself much more interested in Elizabeth’s fierceness, Miaka’s creativity, Padma’s sorrow and Aisling’s secret affections than Kahlen’s relationship with Akinli.

After all, Kahlen and Akinli’s affair is your typical whirlwind romance, with the two of them knowing each other little more than ten days before she’s forced to leave him. The love between them is undeniable but not as significant as the affection among the sirens.

Looming above all is the Ocean. She is powerful, inexplicable, deadly, loving and wrathful. She cannot understand human love yet she craves it almost as much as she craves the food the sirens are forced to send her way. She isn’t human and thus mortal affection is not something she can grasp. Her conversations with her sirens are therefore as spellbinding, frustrating and tender, as any other passage written in the novel.

Ms. Cass makes this amorphous being vivid, eldritch, vast and sympathetic all at once. It is a grand thing the author has done, making us sympathetic for this remorseless killer. Like the sirens themselves, we cannot hate the Ocean even if we are appalled at the price she exacts for her existence.

The ending of the novel is bittersweet as Kahlen receives her reward and her punishment, proof that all great happiness comes with sacrifice.

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blue_dog_8329
Jul 04, 2016

After the Ocean saved Kahlen's life, she now owes a big chunk of her life as a siren. Just as she is getting close to being free again, she is faced of the consequences of falling in love with a human, who she can't even talk to because of her voice.

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AnnaZh
Feb 12, 2017

Other: Lol this book is good nothing's wrong with it :)

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