Heartbreakingly Disappointing | The Siren Review
This is very heartbreaking. I had such high expectations for this book. Really, I did. But once again, Kiera Cass has messed up a book which could have been amazing! *Sigh*
This standalone novel is about Kahlen, a girl who was supposed to die with her family in a sinking ship. However, the Ocean gives her a second chance for life, on the condition that Kahlen serves Her for a hundred years as a siren, singing and causing ships to sink. Eighty years later, Kahlen is still serving the Ocean, along with a few other girls in a similar situation. Then, she meets Alkini and they fall in love with even though it’s forbidden by the Ocean.
"Then everything in my head slowed down. All the time? How was I supposed to manage that? After all the work it took to get through one date, how was I supposed to make it to ten? Or even two?
I watched Akinli, his smile lighting up the crowd, a natural charisma floating around him. This had been special, beautiful even. But it wasn’t sustainable. Eventually, something would rouse his suspicions. Why didn’t I ever get hurt? Why didn’t my weight ever change? Why did I have to disappear at random?
I felt so foolish. In the best version of this, he’d age while I didn’t, and then when my time as a siren was over, I’d forget all about him."
The relationship between Kahlen and her “sisters” is very heart-warming. They all support each other and get along well (most of the time).
"I watched them, marveling at the fact that three such different people, born to different places and times and customs, could balance one another out so well. Even Aisling, when she chose to leave her self-imposed solitude and stay with us for a while, fit like a puzzle piece."
Other than that, I couldn’t really find much that I liked about this book. At the very beginning, the plot was very intriguing. But a few chapters in, the plot started sagging and it was almost impossible to feel interested in reading the book.
Furthermore, Alkini’s character didn’t have much depth. He just seems too good to be true, being so nice and polite all the time, with no dark side whatsoever.
"He ran his hand through his hair, the modern-day equivalent of “Good day, miss,” and pointed at the books. “My mom says the secret to making good baked stuff is to use a warm bowl. Not that I’d know. I can hardly make cereal without burning it.”
His grin suggested that this was only too true, and I was slightly charmed as he bashfully tucked a hand into his pocket."
I also thought that the love-at-first-sight concept was absolutely ridiculous. How the hell could the main character would fall in love (or at least develop a crush on) Alkini from the first moment she saw him? I think The Selection and The Forbidden Library, or perhaps even The Wrath and the Dawn, were much better than The Siren since the main characters and their respective love interests gradually fall in love, rather than develop affection for each other within the very first second.
"First, he was just so, so, so cute! Second, he sent me a picture! I had a picture of a boy that he took just for me, and it felt bigger than anything I’d experienced in the last century."
Besides, the language was very, very plain – too simple and bland for my taste. There weren’t any similes, metaphors, personification, or even any language remotely resembling prose. And so, the final nail in this book’s coffin was driven in and I lost all interest in reading The Siren.
In my opinion, The Siren is not a worthwhile read, unless you happen to be one of Kiera Cass’s loyal fans.