Sisters & Cake | The Siren by Keira Cass
I can't believe how good this was. The storyline was engaging, the characters were gorgeous little human beans and the cover is beautiful (gotta mention the cover). I have to say though, the original cover is kind of terrible. That font does not work, at all.
Honestly, I went in with low hopes, sure the idea was pretty original but would it be another one of those cliché love stories? One of those books where friends and family go out the window as soon as you meet a boy? Well, yes and no.
First and foremost, is the sisterly bond that the four sirens share. This is so IMPORTANT. How often in mainstream YA books do we see girls supporting girls like that? Not very often, I can tell you that (although perhaps it's down to the books I've read). From what I've seen, a great deal of womanly interaction in other books is either spiteful (mean girls), pitying (look at that ditz), casual acquaintances or best friends who read like casual acquaintances.
Couple examples from my recently read:
Cruel Beauty where she hates both her sister and her aunt.
Merciless where she's terrified of every other girl there
Renegade where the mother is the tormentor
The Glass Arrow where she despises other girls for being 'weak'
|on girl on girl hate|
True, the whole relationship thing did intrude slightly. But the way it was weaved in lessened the impact. I loved Akinli with the fire of a thousand suns, because he's just so pure? and innocent? and sweet? Why must you do this to me. It's a big change from that stereotypical 'bad boy, whose only good for you'. Everyone loved Akinli, including that little old lady from down the street. He was that adorable!
His family was pretty rockin' as well (why am I talking like this?). There was no backstabbing brother, no jealous conniving sister and no over protective parents. There was just a shit ton of love and support, which was wonderful. The only truly main controversial figure in this story was the sea or Her. She loved the girls, or at least she thought that she did, but she couldn't express that so the girls would be able to understand. She could read people's thoughts, but I don't think she could interpret them quite right? In the end, she made the right decision though. Proving dedication, and more importantly, love.
The Siren by Kiera Cass
From Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series, comes a captivating stand-alone fantasy romance.
Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who's everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger . . . but Kahlen can't bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?
The Siren was previously self-published; this brand-new edition has been completely rewritten and redesigned.
So would I recommend this book? Yes, a thousand times yes! Truth be told I cried a little at the end (because I'm a big sap, and I just found it so bittersweet), but that just kind of indicates how good it was. It actually made me feel something, despite me usually being an emotionless robot. Hold on, I just kind of contradicted myself there. Um, what I'm trying to say is normally I don't form as strong as a connection as I did with this book. But when I do form those connections, I'm a terrible cry baby? Yeah, something like that.