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The Siren

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  3,047 ratings  ·  337 reviews
"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 yo ...more
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Published July 1st 2009 by
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Jennifer Wardrip
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After reading this story, it is taking everything in me to not totally gush; it is that good. THE SIREN is the story of Kahlen, mostly, along with her sisters and the Ocean. A siren is a singer, a singer of the Ocean. In order to maintain herself, the Ocean must feed; sirens help her to do that.

Kahlen and her "sisters," Marilyn and Aisling, begin the story and you find out quite a lot of how sirens and their lives work. The
Imagine a world where you're granted a second chance at life, but forced to give up everything you love? That is the story of Kahlen, our beautiful heroine in the new book, THE SIREN by Kiera Cass. When approached to read this one, I was admittedly a little nervous because I hadn't heard anything about the book; nothing good, nor bad. I agreed to take the book on and as some other books I have had the fortune of being presented with, am quite glad that I did. THE SIREN was refreshing, haunting a ...more
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Wendy Darling
Jan 14, 2012 Wendy Darling marked it as will-never-read
Another book I had on my TBR shelf for months and months...gone.
Wow, Kiera Cass has such talent. She is definately an author to watch! The Siren covers decades all in 276 pages, and you never once find yourself bored, only overcome with a need to know what happens next. You grow with the characters and experience their life. The Siren had me crying at numerous points and I'm by no means a big crier in books. It wasn't just sad parts that had me crying either, I was tearing up over some of the happiest parts of the book. Parts of The Siren were so heartbreaki ...more
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The Siren is an exquisite and beautiful story. If I could describe the novel with only one word it will be: perfection. The main character Kahlen is a lovely girl that you as a reader can’t help but love her. Learning her story, how she became a siren and the consequences to be this magnificent creature are amazing and a little bit sad. Kahlen got a second chance after “dying” in 1921 but her second chance came with a price: giving up on everything she desires and lo
Thea Liwanag
I love it! I absolutely love it!

I know I whined about how there's been too much narration but I see the point of the whole thing now. I can totally relate to the hundred or so people who've read and rated this generously.

The story is just so full of life(literally). It's filled with hope, happiness, sorrow, anger and a close tie to family. All in all it is filled with so much love.

I don't think I could even begin to explain how wonderful the story was. I was deeply moved by the Ocean and Kahle
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"How do you thank the Ocean?"

I've had such a hard time trying to put the love I feel for this book into words. So I'll try to keep it short and sweet.
After I finished reading, I felt that The Siren had taken my soul, polished it, and gave it back for me to keep. It's one of those books where you know you've got a good story in your hands and try to savor each word to make it last longer. This book exceeded every expectation of mine. The plot itself was absolutely intriguing; take The Little M
Big hell no. Will never read a book by an immature author. DONT READ THIS BOOK
Julie Anderson
Wow! What a great book! Where to start...The writing was amazing. If you have read some of my previous reviews I'm all about the romance, but the romance doesn't start off until around page 80, but because of the originality of the story and her writing, I didn't care. I wasn't wondering when the romantic hero was going to show up. I loved how she highlighted how wonderful relationships between women can be. It was a nice change from the usual resistance and cat fighting between female character ...more
Wow Just Wow.
The Author managed to combine 80 years of story into one book. And not leave me feeling like i missed something or didnt understand something. And its not an overly long book! That into itself was awesome.
This story is really about love. All sorts of love. Sisterly love, motherly love, self love and at the end romantic love. It was beautiful.
I love a story in which i cry. Im not a super emotional person, years of living with men have beat the emotion out of me haha ( currently up to
This book was an absolute delight to read. Something completely different which was welcome.

This was a debut novel by the author, and it was self published. When I first found that out I was shocked because I couldn't imagine that she could not have found someone who wanted to publish this book with her. But I later learned she chose to self publish simply because she was not interested in going through the publishing process. From what I understand, she is currently working on her second book,
Becca Campbell
A great novel by a new author. The struggle of a forbidden love in an impossible situation. Impossible because our heroine, the Siren still has 19 years of service to the Ocean, until which are up, she contains a monumental secret - that of what she is. That secret includes being unable to speak out loud to humans without killing them. It also means until her time is up, she is unable to be killed, hurt, or age in any way. The only problem is that even without the ability of speech, she falls in ...more
I will admit, I was predisposed to love The Siren. I've been a fan of Kiera's videos on Youtube for a while now and I couldn't wait to read the new book she seemed so excited about. However, The Siren went far beyond what I ever expected. I literally could not put it down. I read it in a day and the next day I read it again, just to be sure that I didn't miss anything. Kiera Cass makes falling in love with her characters as effortless as breathing.
The only downfall of The Siren is how quickly i
S.K. Munt
3.8 on a technicality.

This is my least favourite of Kiera Cass's books so far. That's not to say that I didn't thoroughly enjoy it, but it didn't have the energy of The Selection series.
And I hate the cover. Ugh.

I'm not one to give the re-caps, but The Siren has a very cool premise; Kahlen (LOVE that name) should have died on the ocean, but the ocean spared her and made her one of its own; a Siren, who needed to spend one hundred years linked to the ocean and bringing her, uh,bounty, to sustai
After reading this story, it is taking everything in me to not totally gush; it is that good. The Siren is the story of Kahlen, mostly, along with her sisters and the Ocean. A siren is a singer, a singer of the Ocean. In order to maintain herself, the Ocean must feed; sirens help her to do that.

Kahlen and her “sisters,” Marilyn and Aisling, begin the story and you find out quite a lot of how sirens and their lives work. They are beautiful, they can live around regular humans, they can live semi-
Samantha Cutler
Jul 28, 2012 Samantha Cutler rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any one that wants a book that will keep them on the edge of their chair
Recommended to Samantha by: Other works page from The Selection
I loved this story and am sad that it is over. I have found this new author to be incredibly good and one that I will have to watch eagerly. Both of her books are from genres were you can expect a good story that is typically fun and entertaining, normally chicklit type stuff. However, this author is extremely imaginative because she takes her book beyond her genre. She does not change the genre it is still as on would expect, but different at the same time. The book does not do anything wildly ...more
This was a pretty cool idea.
Obviously this is about Siren's, but they are not your mean-girl, doing this one purpose type. These girls were chosen by the Ocean. They mostly get to live on land and serve their "term" of 100 years. There is no aging. There is no physical pain. They have to move around a lot and basically have no interaction with the humans around them for fear of drawing attention to themselves and the OCEAN.

Kahleen has been a pretty faithful Siren of just about 80 years. She is l
Peanut Butter Jelly Time
Wow! What a beautiful and moving story. I'm a person that doesn't visibly emote a lot when reading--even during the saddest of scenes I never cry, and during the funniest of jokes I never laugh. But with this story, I was astonished to find myself tearing up. The characters, the plot, the writing... everything was just so perfect. So beautiful.

The ending seemed a tad bittersweet to me because (view spoiler)
Marie Gonzalez
I don't even know how to rate this...I absolutely despised the first half of the book, honestly. Really didn't like it. It was kind of slow and I definitely could have skipped some of it. There was such an interesting concept though, about the ocean using these girls for one hundred years before releasing them. So I kept reading.
Kathleen was a really intriguing character. She was very real to me, and I understood her actions completely. I really connected with her.
The middle really began to draw
I can't say I've ever read a Paranormal/Supernatural Romance before, but as a self confessed hopeless romantic (don't worry I'm in a 12 step program for it...HRA) I thought the idea of a Siren as a character was an interesting one...

Normally I read books which have a full of Urban Fantasy storyline and a touch of romance and so The Siren was a really interesting break from a story driven story into a character driven story and the main character was very hard not to fall a little in love with i
Apr 29, 2012 Deb rated it 2 of 5 stars
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It is a story of sirens and their role within the world. I found the idea that Cass put forth for a siren's purpose interesting and that sirens aren't evil creatures. I like the idea that sirens aren't creatures whose sole purpose is to drown people for their own personal gain/pleasure. It is something done for the greater good of the world and mankind. I think for the most part creatures that are largely unknown (whether mythical or real) tend to be written off for what they are perceived to ha ...more
Angel of Death
This book was amazing. I actually cried for the second half. And I'm not an easy tear-er. The only other book that brought me (nearly, anyway) to tears was The Fault In Our Stars. My eyes welled up, but none actually spilled though, but for this book the tears were rolling. Maybe it was because of the surroundings, or because I was feeling sentimental a certain day, but the Siren made me cry more.
Let me elaborate. The Fault In Our Stars was just sad. The Siren had a happy ending, a good resoluti
Laurie Talbot
The first book I read by Kiera Cass was The Selection. I really enjoyed that book and am waiting for the sequel. While I was waiting I looked up her other books and found this one. When I saw that it was her first book, was initially self-published, was only $3.99 and was about a Siren, I wasn't terribly interested. But then, I really enjoyed The Selection...and it was only $ I thought, "Why not?" I am so glad I did, I really enjoyed it! It is unique! And while being a Siren is essentia ...more
I sorta liked the idea of the Ocean being a living being. It was something that was entirely new and unique, a breather from all the post-apocalyptic, vampire, werewolves etc. revolved stories (but not that I don't like them! it's just that sometimes it gets a bit repetitive)

I can't help but feel that the Ocean is the victim here, she is the one that has to suffer through taking lives she doesn't want to, being hated by people she rescued and having a lonely existence that goes on for eternity.

Taking a dip (forgive the pun) into other books written by an author you've read is sometimes a little daunting. You have these expectations this author's writing, characters and story, and there's always some tiny part of you that worries, "What if I end up disappointed?" I read the first two books of Kiera Cass's "The Selection" trilogy, and immensely enjoyed myself! I was a little iffy about picking up "The Siren", an older book Ms. Cass had written, bu
Monet St. Louis
I've been wanting to read this book for a while now, but i kept pushing it back. That was really dumb of me! Honestly - this is probably the most touching book i have ever read! It deals with four different kinds of love: romantic, friendship, sisterly, and motherly love. They come together in one amazing book that just makes you smile. The characters are funny, and have real personalities - something you don't see very often anymore! I really liked the fact that the characters were NOT in high ...more
Jul 23, 2009 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone, especially Twilight lovers
I picked up this book expecting to like it. The story sounded fanciful and intriguing. I was anticipating a fun ride.

I wasn't anticipating being completely overwhelmed and caught in the story. The characters sucked me in and held on, becoming incredibly real (especially considering some are mythical creatures). The times I had to stop read (stupid work and sleep!) drove me crazy, I wanted to know so badly how things turned out. If that isn't enough, the writing is poetic and beautiful- the kind
Shannon  D Duprey
The Siren is a very beautiful story. It is very touching and I learnt a lot when I read it. The main character Kahlen is a very lovely girl that was very well described and it is hard not to love her. In some way and I don't know why this book reminded me of the book ' the little mermaid" who gave up everything. I was a little sad when i finished it, mainly because this book felt a little short. But it is definitely worth a read.
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“It was like staring at a piece of art or the stars in the sky. I just had to watch him.
-Kahlen, The Siren”
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