The latest book which I read along with Mum on her lap is The Siren by Kiera Cass. This had been on Mum’s Goodreads TBR for a while, and when she fancied something light and saw it in the library, she picked it up and thought I might like it too.
Kahlen was once a human girl, who was given the option of dying in a shipwreck or becoming a siren for 100 years, before returning to being a human with no memories of that century. She must lure people to their deaths at sea with her voice, which is deadly to any human ear, in order to feed the Ocean.
Kahlen lives with her sister sirens, but she’s afraid to get close to any one else and they move around often, keeping close to the sea. Kahlen spends a lot of time with the Ocean and the Ocean loves her for it. When Kahlen unexpectedly falls in love with a human, a series of events are set in place which could have devastating results for Kahlen, and the Ocean.
Kiera Cass is most famous for The Selection series, which Mum tried and didn’t really enjoy. However, this book got completely under our skins and we raced through it, desperate to know more. We enjoyed the author’s take on the siren legend; they don’t age, don’t get ill, can’t be hurt, don’t need sleep, food or drink (but they can enjoy those things if they want). Most famously for sirens, they are incredibly beautiful.
The creepiest thing about this novel is definitely the Ocean. The Ocean is God. She ‘loves’ the sirens, but commands them under threat of death to kill humans. She is twisted and unable to understand what love, platonic or otherwise, is. Some sirens have stayed on land and away from Her except for when they have to sing. Kahlen does the opposite; she spends time with the Ocean on Her bed in order to learn and understand. She tells herself the Ocean is her mother now, but she is also infuriated and hurt by Her.
Although there is the insta-love element of Kahlen’s romance, this relationship doesn’t take up as much of the book as you might think from how this book is marketed. Her love interest is never far from Kahlen’s thoughts, that’s true. However, we felt the novel was just as much about Kahlen’s friendships with the other sirens, and the Ocean, which was a very welcome development. It’s also an examination of how the sirens come to terms with the dreadful deeds they have to undertake for the Ocean. Previous sirens who turned against the Ocean were killed, deprived of going back to their human lives.
If you’re looking for a light read, which also packs an emotional punch and a plot that’s propelled forward like a ship through the water, this could be the perfect book for you this summer. It certainly had me squeaking in support of Kahlen!
Have you read this or The Selection by Kiera Cass? See you soon for another review.