It is hard to believe that The Siren was Kiera Cass’s first novel. Well written and exploring a far more fantasy edge than her other books, The Siren is a tribute to all the things that make Cass a fantastic writer.
While this novel stays true to the things we know about Cass, romance and female friendships holding the front line, it also gifts us a fantasy edge we didn’t know she was capable of. While she dives into a world of magic and secretes we cannot help but be swept away by her brilliant character creation and glistening beautiful world descriptions.
In many ways it is heart-breaking that The Siren is a standalone novel. Everything about this story makes us want more. More of this fantasy edge to Cass. More of this gorgeous dangerous setting. More of these strong and powerful women who take the forefront of the book.
While you shouldn’t expect anything like The Selection novels from this short read you can depend upon Cass’s powerful and beautiful voice to shine through.
Her clear cut vision of the world she paints is a refreshing turn to the sometimes overly complex and blurred impressions other writers leave us with as they turn their thoughts inwards on the characters and romance of their stories. Cass ensures that while her characters and their story arcs are robust and filled with passion her world is just as bright. While filled with secrets this story remains clear in our minds eye, its dangers striking in the frankness and its ambitions beautiful in their honestly.
From the blub:
“A girl with a secret. The boy of her dreams. An ocean between them.
Throughout the ages, the Ocean has occasionally rescued young women from drowning. To repay their debt, these young women must serve for 100 years as Sirens, remaining young and beautiful and using their deadly voices to lure strangers into watery graves. To keep their true nature secret, Sirens must never speak to humans, and must be careful never to stay in the same place for too long. But once her century of service is over, each Siren gets a chance to start over – a chance to live the mortal life that was almost stolen from her.
Kahlen became a Siren after her family died in a terrible shipwreck, decades ago. And though a single word from her can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.
Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny… and Kahlen doesn’t want to.
Falling in love with a human breaks all of the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.”
We Give The Siren Four Stars.