April 5, 2016

Book Review | The Siren


Hey everyone! Today I wanted to talk to you about The Siren by Kiera Cass.


The Siren is Kiera Cass’s first novel that she previously self-published and was given the opportunity to re-draft and re-release this year.

The Siren is told from the point of view of Kahlen, a girl who nearly drowned during a cruise with her family, only to be saved by a group of sirens. She agrees to serve the Ocean for the next one hundred years in exchange for her life. We then flash-forward to present day, showing Kahlen while she still has a few decades left of her sentence. Although her siren sisters want to live as much of their life as possible, Kahlen prefers to hide in her room and make scrapbooks of all the victims of the drownings she helped cause as a way to ease her concencious. On one of the rare days she leaves she meets a boy named Akinli, who seems to like Kahlen for more than just the beauty that all the sirens have. He also manages to understand her without a voice (since if she ever spoke it would lead him to the Ocean and he would die). The story mainly focuses on Kahlen and how she isn’t sure if she wants to be a siren anymore, especially after meeting Akinli.

Normally I love Kiera Cass’s writing. With The Selection series I was hooked right away, and even though the main character America Singer was frustrating to read sometimes it still captured my attention and left me wanting more. Unfortunately this story didn’t hold my attention the same way The Selection books did. I just felt like the story lagged in some parts, but maybe that was just because I was busy when I was reading this.

I liked the scenes with Kahlen and Akinli. When they first met at the library. When they baked a cake together. But there was also too much of an Insta-Love vibe for me, especially considering Kahlen left right after their first date and obsessed quietly about him for a couple of months instead of trying to talk to him or whatever.

The relationships between Kahlen and the Ocean and Kahlen and her sisters were interesting. I especially liked how the Ocean was sort of her own person. She could communicate with the sirens as long as they were close to Her, and she was sort of a mother figure to Kahlen, which was sweet.

The last few chapters with the exception of the Epilogue were a little over the top. I’m not going to go too much into it because I want to avoid spoilers, but apparently Insta-love is the cure to any ailment.

I think the prose was great, but the execution just missed the mark for me. I do greatly enjoy Kiera’s work and will continue to support her writing, but unfortunately this one wasn’t totally for me.

3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.

April 1, 2016

March Wrap-Up


Hey there Literature Lovers! Hope you are all doing well! I just thought I would share with you the books I read in March. I hit a reading slump during my Spring Break so I didn’t read as much as I would have liked to, but hopefully I can break out of the slump soon.

Like I did last month I’m planning to do individual reviews for a few of these books, which I will put links to once I’ve posted them.

Here’s what I read:

The Siren by Kiera Cass http://laurenecox.com/the-siren/

Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide by Betty Cornell

*I read Popular by Maya Van Wagan when it first came out and I got this book at the signing I went to, but never read it until now. This is advice from the 1950s, but some of it still could provide helpful tips to girls now, not for popularity necessarily, but for being a well-mannered person.

Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Lesyle Walton

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

I also listened to two audiobooks this month: Carry On and The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet.
Feel free to share what you read last month in the comments below, and if you have read any of the ones I have listed, please share your thoughts!

Thanks for reading!