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?
I don’t really have a lot to say about this one. It was good but honestly, The Selection Series was much much better. This book was without a doubt enjoyable but it also felt quite frivolous and it was 100% about the love story. Be warned. If you don’t like romances then this isn’t the book for you.
Nothing really happened. But whilst nothing happened it wasn’t slow, which is impressive for a book that took place over the time of a year. Even though nothing really happened and it wasn’t action packed, it was incredibly addictive and I had a hard time putting it down. I even broke my bedtime to finish it. Which has not happened in a while.
The ocean was really cool and I loved the fact that she was morally gray. Also that she was key. I think it really highlights how important the ocean and water is to our survival as a race and to the survival of the planet. Of course most of the water we drink and use on a frequent basis comes from rivers as that is actually drinkable due to being freshwater. Unlike the ocean, which is saltwater and kind of useless to keeping us alive. In fact the ocean is ridiculously deadly to the human species. But anyway. Not the point.
I loved the sirens and the whole mythology surrounding them. Especially how texts that exist in our world detailing them existed there and that they even consulted them for help. That was just so cool. I loved it so much. And how the siren’s voices’ were deadly even away from the ocean. It doesn’t become clear that they know about this until Kahlen is careful to not talk near Akinli (is that his name?? It was a weird one, whatever it was). Because up until that point all the reader was told was that they didn’t want to attract attention to themselves and that’s the only reason that they didn’t speak aloud in public. Either that or I misinterpreted it, which is entirely possible. I also loved the use of ASL. It highlighted it really well and I love that. Whilst sign language is being learned by so many, it needs to be learned by more people. It needs to be taught in primary schools along with foreign languages. Also from a young age, otherwise there’s pretty much no point in teaching it. Unless the students are determined of course.
I would say more on the plot but there pretty much isn’t one. Girl meets boy. Girl moves away and becomes depressed over how she can’t be with boy. Girl is unsatisfied with life and sneaks away to meet boy. Boy almost dies. Ocean gets angry. Girl swears to never see boy again. Both get sick and start to die. Ocean gives in and boy and girl get to be together. Maybe that is quite a lot of plot. Huh. It’s also a new plot that I haven’t really come across before. Sorry if that spoiled this book for anyone.
I gave this book 4/5 stars and if romance is your thing then I would recommend it highly. Also if a slow moving plot is also what you want. It’s a nice short, quick read. But you can definitely tell that it is an early work from Cass. But I think that is what makes it all the most special.