Author: Kiera Cass
Info: HarperTeen, copyright 2016, 327 pages
Love is a risk worth taking.
Years ago, Kahlen was recused 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 laugh and live freely among them again.
Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude...until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can't talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny...and Kaylen doesn't want to.
Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean's rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen's feelings, she'll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.
There are some decisions that change your life forever. When Kahlen was faced with that decision, she chose life and 100 years of servitude to the Ocean. Her voice became a deadly weapon, and the call to sing would overwhelm her and leave her guilt stricken and terrified. She wanted to be normal. But normal wasn't possible. And normal became very dangerous when she met Akinli.
I'm pretty sure this is the first paranormal teen fiction title that I've read about sirens. I'll be honest. I'm not crazy about them. I like Kiera Cass and her writing style, but the siren thing just wasn't that interesting to me. It comes down to the limits of my imagination apparently. I just couldn't picture a bunch of girls swimming in the ocean in dresses made of shells. Hmmm...
And I never really got attached to any of the characters. Except maybe the Ocean, which is probably weird, since the Ocean kind of plays the part of the villain. She captures young girls and forces them to kill people. And while it appears that she doesn't have much of a choice, I don't really believe that. Because I am stubborn.
Here's the problem with angsty teenage characters. They usually have a reason to be moody. But that doesn't make them fun to read about. Kahlen can't talk to anyone but her sister sirens, which really stinks when she meets a boy that changes everything. But an entire story of her moodiness and inner dialogue just isn't that much fun. I think I wanted a little something more, a little more than just a love story. There wasn't any grit or adventure. It was too clean.
I feel like I'm bashing the book a little. Not my intent. It's well written and worth a read. It just was not for me.