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The Siren

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  50,417 ratings  ·  6,279 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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Gerard Villegas 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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Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it

Kahlen was supposed to die.

Instead, she has been sentenced to a hundred years of murder.

She was a human, but now she is a siren: deadly but irresistible. Her voice is poison, death. When She’s hungry, the Ocean calls for Kahlen and her sisters to use their singing to drown humans. Kahlen has been doing this for eighty years. She doesn’t age or get sick. And while she never relishes in stealing lives, she never dares disobey the Ocean.

Until she meets Akinli.

They weren’t supposed to meet, and she
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, owned
Well that was disappointing
Claudia Ramírez
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
Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
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 too
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
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Sometimes you have to give the hurt a noise and let it out. If you don’t, it fills you up with its emptiness.

I hate to say it, but I don't think I would read another novel by Kiera Cass. If she did write something else, I don't think I would bother reading it or trying at least. Even if it would be something totally different than her Selection series, I don't think I would give it a shot. They're cute and small and I really like how Kiera makes it enjoyable at times, but other than that, I
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.
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 02-stars, not-shelved
WrensReads Review:

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
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
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Samantha Clanton, aka Harlequin Twilight for

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.
“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 plot!
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 Ellice
totally loved this book. it was so different to the Selection Series but just as beautiful. Love will find a way ...more
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
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“She told me to live. . . . I didn’t know how to tell Her that simply being alive was not enough to be called living.”

Mixed feelings about this one.

This book obviously isn't as good as The Selection. But it had huge potential in it and I wish Kiera Cass used it. I liked the main idea of the book however it would be much more better if it was longer, maybe a duology?
There are so many questions that re unanswered in the book. First of, why ocean eats humans? or why does she needs sinkings?
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
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
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 and it
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
Karmen (readingoncloud9)
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars*
Kezia Miller
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 ...more
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 ...more
Merphy Napier
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!!!

I love this book so much. This is my second time reading it this year and I'm so happy I read it again! This is a romance primarily similar to her last books (the selection series) but the plot plays a much bigger role in this story than the others. I love seeing the main character's life as a Siren and her relationship with the Ocean who is basically her owner.

This story doesn't get very deep in character or plot development and that's one thing where it's definitely lacking -
laura (bookies & cookies)
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, owned, 2015-favorites, arcs

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I finished this book the day I received it, nearly a week and a half ago, and since then I have let this book marinate in my head and heart. This review IS SPOILER-FREE.

Though I did receive a free ARC, I was not paid or compensated in any way for this review. The thoughts and ideas are my own based on the book's content.

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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.
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.
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.

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Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I have completely enjoyed Kiera Cass and her writing. It’s simple, easy, cheesy and I enjoy it! I had heard about this being a “redo” from her first published version of this book and that the first version wasn’t that good. I didn’t read the first version but only this one and I have to say it’s cute! I love the covers of all her books and so of course I had to continue buying them! *sigh* cover love!

Alright…moving on from Kiera Cass gush!

I really enjoyed
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