Publisher: Harper Collins
Publish Date: 28th January 2016
Genre: YA, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Plot: A girl with a secret. The boy of her dreams. An ocean between them.
Throughout the ages, the Ocean has occasionally rescued young women from drowning. To repay their debt, these young women must serve for 100 years as Sirens, remaining young and beautiful and using their deadly voices to lure strangers into watery graves. To keep their true nature secret, Sirens must never speak to humans, and must be careful never to stay in the same place for too long. But once her century of service is over, each Siren gets a chance to start over – a chance to live the mortal life that was almost stolen from her.
Kahlen became a Siren after her family died in a terrible shipwreck, decades ago. And though a single word from her 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 Kahlen doesn’t want to.
Falling in love with a human breaks all of 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.
Review: When I was starting this book I didn’t have any expectations. I hadn’t heard anything about the book, I picked it up because I had read Kiera Cass’s other books and liked her writing style.
I think the story was completely different to anything I had previously written and it was definitely unexpected. I think it was both good and bad. The ocean was a huge character in this story and at times I loved Her and at times I hated Her. She was too controlling and domineering. She seemed like such a motherly figure to the girls and it was clear how much she loved them, her love for Kahlen was particularly clear.
I loved Akinli’s character. He just seemed so sweet and caring, it did not bother him that Kahlen couldn’t speak to him, he always found ways around that. My only wish was that there would have been more of Akinli in the book. I feel like there could have been more character development for Akinli.
Finally moving onto Kahlen, I’m not so sure I liked her character. She was too moody and depressing and I did not like the way she treated her sisters. She was constantly forcing them to move to different places and change their lifestyles. To be honest, I found her character to be quite selfish. I found it difficult to read some of the book since the whole story was told in Kahlen’s point of view.
Overall I found the story to be quite interesting because it was so different to other books, it was a quick read and the writing was very simple and easy to follow. I wont be rushing to read this book again but I am happy that I gave it a go. If you love The Selection series then I would just like to remind you that this is a very different type of book.