Siren by Kiera Cass

17 Jun

thesirenbykieracassThe Siren

By Kiera Cass

Publication: iUniverse (July 2009), re-released by HarperTeen January, 2016

Having just genre-fied my library, I can say that this story is unequivocally a “Romance”. (sigh)  And as all Romance stories goes, there’s a problem.

Kahlen was supposed to have drowned with her family.  Instead, the Ocean offered her a choice.  Sing ships to their deaths as a Siren for 100 years and then she could live again.  The Sirens don’t live on the ocean but as part of society.  They can meet people but must be utterly silent.  Their voices kill.

Then Kahlen met Akinli.  They shouldn’t have connected but they did.  They can never be together, but they may die staying apart.

I listened to the audiobook read by Arielle DeLisle and enjoyed it immensely.  I cried with the characters.  This is evocative of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid (not the Disney version).  However, the reality is that I was a little annoyed with someone who had lived for over 80 years to be focused only on being a wife.  I had hoped that she would develop other interests.  Still, Kahlen brings a child-like innocence to the story and only really begins to mature as a woman when she meets Akinli.  Some wonder why meeting someone so briefly would hold her heart, but that’s the magic of folktales and fairy tales.  “And they lived happily ever after” is the goal.

Recommended: Grades 7 & up

 

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