Storyline Rating : 4/5 stars
Brief Summary from Goodreads :
“You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”
The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.
My Point of View :
It’s a type of story that I’ve never come across before. The title might make you think it’s about mermaid when really it’s not. The story is about a girl, Kahlen paying her debt for having given a second chance at life. She was suppose to be dead 8 years ago when her family’s boat sank at the ocean but because Kahlen have had a strong will to live, the Ocean chose her to be a siren. As a siren, she have rules to obey – she can never get close to humans, obey any orders from the Ocean and sink ships once in awhile so that the Ocean gets “food” for 100 years (that’s how long Kahlen’s sentence/debt is).
The story begins slowly, with Kahlen hating the Ocean for the first 32 years of her second chance life. Then moving on to understanding the Ocean for what She did, for the next several decades but as her sentence/debt drew closer to the end (*18 years left*), she unexpectedly falls for a guy, Akinli. This is where the story sounds a bit like The Little Mermaid but all in a good way.
Overall, its a really interesting story. My favorite part would be when the story shifted to Akinli’s POV for the last few chapters. That’s the part where I got to know more about Akinli and how he really felt towards Kahlen. If you enjoy The Selection series which is also written by the same author, you might be interested in reading this book.
I notice recently there have been quite a number of people reading my review on The Siren I was wondering what is with it being so popular given the book has been published years ago, then I found out that The Siren has been republished with a new cover! It look so WAYYY…better than the first one.
If you are reading my review because you are trying to decide whether or not you want to read/buy the book, you should know that this review is for the 2009 version of The Siren. I have downloaded the 2016 version recently, only to skim and scan the story to see if there’s any difference. Well, it is still a retelling of The Little Mermaid and there’s still HEA in the end of the story. The only differences that I can find are : the story is now better organize, flows better too, and the epilogue is a different one too! The content and plot is somewhat similar. Though I think this version (2016) may be better than the 2009 version, as it’s new and improve and whatnot. So, my review of the 2009 version is still sort of reliable I guess (although I think I could reviewed it better than how it is). 🙂
P.S. I have attached both the old & new version of the cover – the new one is absolutely gorgeous! ❤
Favorite Quote : None from this book.