Author: Kierra Cass
Narrator: Arielle DeLisle
Audiobook Length: 7 hours 1 minute
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?
Last year I read the author’s The Selection series and greatly enjoyed them. The Siren begins with the main character Kahlen as a 19-years-old human who is traveling on a ship with her family. The ship ends up in a wreck leaving everyone to drown; however, Kahlen was offered an opportunity for life by the Ocean. Kahlen will be allowed to live in exchange for 100 years of servitude as a siren, who use their voices to lure humans to drown. Kahlen agrees and becomes a siren. The story then moves forward to the main portion, which takes place 80 years later. As a siren, they are allowed to live on land if they go to the ocean to serve when it calls. Kahlen lives on land as a university student who is not like her fellow siren sisters since she prefers solitude. While living among humans, the sirens cannot speak to them as their voices will lure them to drown. Kahlen never had the desire to speak to humans until she one day runs into Akinli, a human boy.
While the romance portion takes a Little Mermaid-type tale with the siren and the human, the story includes a lot more are Kahlen is haunted by the humans she has killed over the years. She understands the needs of the Ocean and loves Her, but she also has difficulty living with the fact that she is a murderer. This exploration is the bulk of the story while the romance portion is more-or-less secondary. Kahlen’s relationships with her fellow sirens is interesting as she loves them like sisters, but also feels like an outsider for being different. It was an intriguing take on the myth of sirens as it gave them a nice complexity that is not present in some other tales.
On the romance side, there are three main obstacles for the two characters to overcome. The first is their two worlds where Kahlen is a mythical siren and Akinli is a human. The second is that Kahlen still has twenty years left as an immortal before she will be given a chance to start again on land while Akinli will continue to age. The third is Kahlen cannot speak to Akinli with her words, so she must find other ways to communicate. Their story is very insta-love, however, I did enjoy the two characters getting to know each other in unconventional ways considering Kahlen cannot speak directly to Akinli.
Overall, the novel is an interesting take on sirens. I believe there are two versions of this novel in existence as there is the original indie released one and the newer one published under Harper Teens, which is the one I experienced. This novel has a few elements that I think could use a little more exploration, but it was still a very sweet and quick read. The novel itself is on the shorter side, which makes it perfect for those that want a nice fantasy story that can be read in a single sitting.