I have been wanting to read this book for a while because I usually enjoy Kiera Cass’s writing, and I have to say that this is now an incredibly underrated favorite of mine.
The siren surrounds a girl named Kahlen who sings to feed the ocean. I think the general idea of mythical creatures such as sirens in so interesting. The book was able to bring in the stereotypical aspects of sirens, but also change them a little by bringing in a little bit of magic. I really liked this book. It was a typical forbidden love story, and I think it was exactly what I needed to read at the time.
I also really like how this is just one book and not part of a series because it made it a quick easy read away from the series of long books I’ve currently been reading.
Our main character Kahlen is definitely someone I admire. Kahlen was emotional when it came to the trauma that surrounds feeding the ocean, but she was strong enough to complete the tasks and be obedient to the rules. I really like how she was a strong female character that could hold her ground but was also able to be more of a follower than a leader all of the time.
Kahlen’s love interest Akinli was also a really well-written character. Even through all the trauma, he had experienced, he was able to be a playful character and an escape from the Ocean for Kahlen.
I also really enjoyed the different personalities of Kahlens sisters. Miaka was described as the artsy type and through her personality, it was clear to visualize her and how she behaved. Elizabeth was more of a rebellious sister which was due to her old family being too hard on her, and it was nice to see how her personality clashed with Miaka’s and how they were able to join together as a group of sisters. Finally, Padmas’ personality was tinged by trauma, however, she was also a sweet young girl who seemed to be very innocent acting.
I overall think that the characters were really well written and their backstories reflected on their modern-day personalities really well.
The recurring setting was obviously the Ocean, and I think that the way it was written described it perfectly. Personally, the Ocean seems like a salty blue mass to me, but the way that it was described in this book made me think of it as a magical place that offered support in times of need and wants nothing more than love.
There were also the settings of the different homes of the sisters as they traveled and of course Akinli’s home and dorm.
Every new setting was really well described and I could see exactly where Kahlen was at the time.
The writing in this book was as I expected. Kiera Cass’s usual style of writing showed up in many parts of the novel and I really enjoyed it. I think that her writing style really improved the entire story.
I was able to really see the characters for who they were and the writing made it possible for me to visualize every action being taken. I think that the writing really made the story what it is and gave it the extra nudge it needed to be a really good forbidden romance.
I definitely recommend this book to romance and fantasy lovers. Kiera Cass’s writing really improved the entire story and not only do you fall in love with the characters, but it isn’t as predictable as it would seem. The twists and turns of the plot really made me think and I enjoyed how it took me by surprise many times throughout the book.
Overall I really recommend this book. It is such an underrated story and deserves a lot more recognition.
Rating: 5/5 ⭐