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The Siren

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  77,196 ratings  ·  8,491 reviews
Love is a risk worth taking.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by HarperTeen (first published July 1st 2009)
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St. Gerard Expectant Mothers Nothing objectionable even for savvy 11 year olds. It's pretty cheesy but enjoyable and the teen romance element is really underplayed. However, it is…moreNothing objectionable even for savvy 11 year olds. It's pretty cheesy but enjoyable and the teen romance element is really underplayed. However, it is going with idea of death and the siren mythology of sending humans to their deaths. That is something you might want to consider when allowing her to read it.(less)

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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned, ya, fantasy
Well that was disappointing
Claudia Lomelí
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, cover-love
All in all, I liked this book, it was fresh, cute and a fast read, and that's what I needed (because I've been reading heartbreaking, sad books). That said... it was not what I expected. In good ways and in bad ways. Let's start with something I'm not sure if I liked or not, but it sure had me intrigued: The Ocean.

I really liked Her sometimes, but there were other times that She just confused me. I mean, I liked the idea, I think that She was the strongest character of the book, and it's the fir
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
The Siren was a... SNOOZEFEST.

I'm so disappointed in this book. I was such a huge fan of The Selection series so I expected to really like The Siren but honestly, everything was just super dull.

The characters were boring. The only thing I enjoyed about the siren sisters was their dedication and loyalty to one another. The concept behind the Sirens and the Ocean was interesting but I didn't really love it. And on top of that, the romance was 100 percent insta-love. Their feelings developed to
Trina (Between Chapters)
Please do yourself 2 favors:
1. Do not avoid this book simply because you hated Cass's The Selection series. The two are nothing, nothing, nothing alike. The characters, the world, the writing tone are all so very different. Sure, you may still dislike this one for any number of reasons, but if you're interested in the premise, don't judge it based on a totally separate book series.

2. Do not avoid this book simply because mushy romances aren't your thing. Yes, there is a romance, and that's very
Era ➴
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't one of those books you can be super critical of. It's very insta-lovey with less of a focused plot - a really tropey, white-and-heterosexual read with more of a fantasy element to the romance. But if you don't really care too much you can enjoy it.

Four stars, originally five. I’ve just read this so many times before reviewing it that I’ve picked up on all the unwelcome details…so my rating is lowered now.

Let’s start with the plot. I looooove Greek mythology. I’m not saying that as a P
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Jun 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017
This book was laaaaaaame. I listened to it on audio and considered DNF'ing at least 10 times. Major instalove. Flat writing. Flat characters. The resolution was way too convenient. I did like the concept of the siren world and the Ocean being personified. I think it would've been better if someone else wrote this book. I think I might be done with Kiera Cass. ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If an author's idea of romantic development is making the characters ask each other what their favorite color is, I’m pretty sure they don’t have any personality. ...more
Wren (fablesandwren)
I don't know how to review this book. It wasn't the best thing I have ever read, but with my emotions all mixed up and my health not being as it should be right now, this book straight up made me cry for what I yearn for: love.

Ever since I was little, I have fallen in love with the ideas of mermaids (or sirens, as some have called them). They are beautiful and mythical and quite honestly the root of my obsession of fantasy novels and movies. Anyone who knows me knows that, even though I am a poo
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Siren, Kiera Cass

A sweeping stand-alone fantasy romance from Kiera Cass, author of the Selection series.

Kahlen is a Siren—bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to their watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it.

"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 wea
Wendy Darling
Jan 14, 2012 marked it as will-never-read  ·  review of another edition
Another book I had on my TBR shelf for months and months...gone.
Aj the Ravenous Reader

I hate to say this but even though the book wasn’t really bad, it wasn’t anything much else either. In other words, it was simply meh. Actually in retrospect, it was kind of bad. Just kind of. I couldn’t wait to finish it not because it’s compelling or anything. I just wanted to be over with it which I wasn’t expecting to be feeling because despite the Selection Series being a cheesy fairytale dystopia, I found the writing gripping and it’s why I liked it. I’m sad to say that that was a missing
“Books were a safe place, a world apart from my own. No matter what had happened that day, that year, there was always a story in which someone overcame their darkest hour. I wasn't alone.”

Ugh... I could NOT bring myself to finish this book. I. Just. Couldn't. I got 35% and had enough! It's such a shame because I absolutely ADORED The Selection series. 'The Siren' couldn't even compete! Clearly, this is just not for me lol. It was way too slow and boring and really I didn't even like the plo
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Samantha Clanton, aka Harlequin Twilight for TeensReadToo.com

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
Dannii Elle
This is a retelling of the classic fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, and due to being fascinated and familiar with both the story and mermaid lore in general, this was a highly anticipated release for me. And, as you can probably guess from my rating, I was left a little disappointed.

I felt the story opened strongly. The reader is thrust straight into the heart of the action with no preamble and we oversee the death of the main protagonist's parents and her subsequent rebirth in mermaid form, all
Chelsey Connor
totally loved this book. it was so different to the Selection Series but just as beautiful. Love will find a way ❤
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[4.5 stars] No one is more surprised than me how much I freaking loved this book.

Cass and I have a bit of a hit or miss relationship where I’m either 100% on-board fangirling… or throwing the book in disgust. Luckily, The Siren fell into the former category – something I wasn’t led to expect based on some brutal early reviews I read for the book. I have a theory as to why it caused such harsh reactions for fans of Cass’ work:

The book is less about the romance, where the main love interest is kep
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Kiera Cass has that style to write books which are kind of cute and really easy to get into them but at some points everything turns out so predictive and nothing surprised me and specially in this book. In The Selection books I kind of read all of them really fast and I enjoyed them a lot, but The Siren I had to force myself a little bit to keep reading it and the plot was kind of cheesy. If there's something that I really liked was the relationship between the sisters but...sadly that's all. I ...more
Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)

It was my intention to write a more coherent review, but after months of not doing it I'm just pasting the notes I took while reading/directly after finishing. So I apologize for the slight stream of consciousness style review.

So much instalove. She met him. He was cute. They baked a cake together and of course she loves him forever and ever and can't live without him. Literally.

Also, Akinli's creepy candle wax burn was so ridiculously creepy. Seriously, GTFO of this book.

It felt more like
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Release the gowns.

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The name Kiera Cass is synonymous with young adult, instant love, cliche storylines and of course ballgowns. Her Selection series covers are absolutely stunning and considering the predicament her protagonist America finds herself in, are well suited to the storyline and a great representation. Her novels are perfect for early teen readers who love a fairytale romance. The Siren on the other hand managed to weave underwater ballgowns into the storyline and although I enjoyed it
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“There’s always room for love. Even if it’s as small as a crack in the door.”

Oh, The Siren you had so much promise! Why didn't you live up to all your potential?

I have such mixed emotions about The Siren. I wanted to love this such much. I saw the beautiful hardcover book in the store and read the summary and I was instantly sold. It's my first book from Kiera Cass, so I won't be drawing any comparisons between this and The Selection series. This is also my first book about sirens an
Sep 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Karmen (readingoncloud9)
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars*
Sara Ella
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot express how much I loved this book. Sweet. Heartwarming. THE SIREN is a story about many different kinds of love. I cried happy and sad tears. Once again, Kiera Cass delivered a tale that kept me reading late into the night. I can't explain it. Her books are sirens of their own. ...more
laura (bookies & cookies)
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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Kezia Palmer
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was nothing like The Selection series and I really enjoyed that. I really enjoyed how modern this book was because stories like this that I read are usually set in the past or in a different universe that I could never picture on Earth. It was an easy read and just a cute romance. This was the definitely the kind of book I needed. It wasn't super complex like some books I've read that make your brain hurt but included some things that were very captivating and enjoyable to read. I real ...more
Rachel Reads Ravenously
DNF at page 122.

I know I have been DNFing like crazy, but when the main character says she has fallen in love with a boy when she has spent no more than real time 2 hours with him, I no longer take the book seriously. It for real made me roll my eyes.
Jul 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
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
Fafa's Book Corner
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !

Beware spoilers ahead!


When I heard about this book I thought it would be interesting. Having tried to read The Selection and The Heir, I didn't have too many hopes for this book. I saw it was at my library and thought 'Why not?'. For all I knew it could be really good. While I was waiting for it to come from the library, reviews were coming in saying that it wasn't that great. I left the hold assuming that I'd at least enjoy it. Sadly I did not.

The book b
Kristen Peppercorn
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I gotta say, I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. I'm pleasantly surprised. This was such a sweet and special story. I think the thing that I liked most of all was the unique and almost biblical personification of the Ocean. The relationship that the girls had with Her was magical and just so interesting. I've honestly never read anything similar to this before. The romance aspect was a little lukewarm. It didn't really blow me up out of the water or anything. (pun intended lol) Still ...more
Erin Elizabeth
Oh lord guys, this was bad. Like, really, really bad. I would have DNFd it at 20% except I had a snow day and the only other thing I had to do today was take a really long nap, which I probably should have done instead.

This read like a seventh grader's Twilight AU fan fiction, both the writing and the plot. The main character, Kahlen, fell in love with Akinli in literally three hours, and because of that her life was destroyed for YEARS. Also, Kahlen and Akinli are dumb YA names if I ever read
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