From Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series, comes a sweeping stand-alone fantasy romance.
A girl with a secret.
The boy of her dreams.
An Ocean between them.
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 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.
Falling in love with a human breaks the Ocean’s rules. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.
I loved The Selection series by Cass so I was beyond excited to read this book because I wanted to be wowed by her again.
Upon starting this book I really loved the idea of sirens. I have always loved the water and swimming is the only sport I ever competed in when I was younger. I find the water a calming place to be and so I wanted to connect with girls who had to live in the water and be at the mercy of their voice and the Ocean. I found the beginning of the book to be pretty interesting as we learned who the girls were and what they were capable of as well as what the Ocean was making them do and why.
As the book goes on we gain a love interest which was also cool with me because I liked the boy that Kahlen was falling for. He is the boy next door and he is cute, romantic, classy and a sweet guy. I really liked their interactions and I felt bad for Kahlen because she can’t have love in her life when she is a siren, that is basically the one rule of being a siren is that you can not love anyone. The Ocean claims no mothers or wives for her sirens because they will be distracted by what they had to leave behind. I was on board with all of this.
The one thing that started to wear on my nerves as the book went on was the fact that the ocean was always referred to as “Her” and she was treated in a fashion that made her similar to God in this story. It started to have too many religious undertones in the book for me by the references to the ocean being this powerful entity. I do believe the ocean should be powerful because it is dangerous and beautiful at the same time but I did not like the over abundance of importance placed on “Her” in the later sections of the book.
Overall, I enjoyed the cute romance in this story and one girl’s fight to love both the ocean and the boy she fell for but I felt like we were watching a girl choose between being up front and loving ONLY “God” or “Her” and choosing a path for herself. The religious tones in this book really ruined the later parts of the book for me.