Thoughts on The Siren
By Kiera Cass
How It Stacks Up....
So What's It About?
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?
First of all, I want to say that I have wanted to read this book ever since I read that she self published it in her author flap on the back of The Selection. I searched for it EVERYWHERE, but The Siren could not be found, even on amazon. So, I sadly waited (actually I completely forgot about it, but that's besides the point) until I heard that it was going to be published. Since I'm cheap and I didn't want to pay full price for the book (or any price), I didn't preorder it. Later, I found The Siren on my library website and it was eagerly anticipating my arrival at the library when I would promptly pick it up to read in a few sittings.
When I first read The Selection, I ABSOLUTELY loved it. However, I was a young, unexperienced critic at the time. I thought that the characters were amazing when I first read The Selection, but I have recently attempted to reread The Selection, but I ended up putting it down. (key word: attempted. I could not stand the characters anymore so I quit reading it.) In The Siren, the characters were not perfect by any means, but they were one hundred times better.
The characters in The Siren were not as self centered and indecisive like America was in The Selection. I am not saying that Kahlen was perfect and never thought of herself, she had these traits, but not in an excessive amount. However, I did not LOVE any of the characters, or particularly like any of them. I did enjoy seeing them grow and develop into different people.
I LOVED the relationships between the siren sisters. They had something that was typical, but they made it something unique and different. It was very interesting to see such different people that came from such different time periods, but they were still able to care about each other and understand each other enough to help their sisters.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Kiera's writing style. Maybe the reason I thought I loved the characters in The Selection when I first read it was that I was so wowed by the writing that nothing else seemed like it mattered in comparison. I personally think that Kiera can write any genre without losing the the quick, fluffy writing style that you can eat up in just a few sittings. The Siren was not always talking about the most fluffy subjects, and it still felt fluffy. I also think that The Siren could have been poorly done, but Kiera did it wonderfully. Her writing in The Siren was whimsical and she played up a concept that could have been poorly carried out.
I feel that not a whole lot of thinks happened plot-wise, but I find that to be typical in Kiera's books. The only point throughout the whole book where I was wondering what was going to happen was in the climax, and at the end, I didn't find the "plot twist" to be such a big deal.
In conclusion, I would pick this up if you are in the mood for something that has romance, but is not completely centered around romance. This book is about myths, while still being super fluffy and enjoyable. I found the writing to be superb, the characters to be just okay, and the plot to be a bit lackluster. I would not recommend this to everyone, but to some.
Have you read The Siren or any of Kiera's other books? How did you enjoy them? Did you enjoy them? Have I convinced you to read The Siren yet? Tell me in the comments below.