Hey book fans and happy Wednesday!
I am back at work today for the first day of school for our students! Since I work in a private school, our calendar doesn’t start until after Rosh Hashanah, so here we are! I’m excited to meet the crop of new students and say hi to my old students, too. Here’s to a low-stress and productive school year!
Today I’m reviewing a YA standalone novel by Kiera Cass, who also authored one of my personal favorite YA series, The Selection series. I have ready so many YA books featuring a love story and I’ve never felt more strongly about who the protagonist should end up with than I did reading The Selection series, so I was excited to try, The Siren.
The story is about a girl who calls out to be saved while drowning during a shipwreck and is answered by the Ocean. The Ocean saves her in exchange for 100 years of service as a siren, singing people to their deaths in order to feed her. The sirens live in a group of girls (all around 17-20 years old) who move from city to city, unable to die, be injured, or speak to humans. The main character of the story, Kahlen, struggles with her duties and eventually meets someone who will change everything for her.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. First, it was super refreshing to read a standalone novel and know as I listened that I would know the conclusion of the story by the end rather than having to wait for another book in the series to be published. #instantgratification Kahlen’s loyalty to her family (the girls refer to each other as “sisters”), her love interest, and the Ocean really resonated with me. I felt immediately connected to her desire to do what is right, but also to do what is best for her – which, we all know is not always the same thing and not always an easy choice.
I listened to this book on Audible since I had extra credits from my Prime membership and, at times, the reader’s voice had distracting quirks, so I think I would have enjoyed the book more to just read it, but it was a fairly quick listen. The main character was easily the most well developed, and the other sirens were at times immature, and fell flat, but the story was cute and interesting. It made me want to read more about the history of sirens in art, music, and culture.
I know I’m not the only adult YA fiction lover out there, so I can imagine that some of you would also enjoy this book! Next up, the start of the “Red” series by Victoria Aveyard.
What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!