The Siren by Kiera CassThe Siren by Kiera Cass

The Siren

byKiera Cass

Hardcover | January 26, 2016

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#1 New York Times bestseller

A sweeping stand-alone fantasy romance from Kiera Cass, author of the Selection series.

Kahlen is a Siren—bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to their 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 will Kahlen risk everything to follow her heart?

This star-crossed YA romance is sure to captivate readers who grew up loving The Little Mermaid or fans of Jennifer Donnelly’s Waterfire Saga.

Originally self-published, The Siren has been completely rewritten and redesigned for this beautiful hardcover edition.


Kiera Cass was born in South Carolina in 1983. She received a bachelor's degree in history from Radford University. She self-published her first novel, The Siren, in 2009. She is the author of The Selection series. In 2014 her title, The One made The New York Times Best Seller List.
Title:The SirenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.09 inPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062391992

ISBN - 13:9780062391995


Rated 1 out of 5 by from A huge disapointment I hesitated to DNF this book. Kahlen was'nt capable to take a decision, this story was slow and boring. Definitely not my cup of tea.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok the end seemed written in a rush, otherwise its ok.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from DNF; Not For Me I love Kiera Cass. I really do. She's a fantastic author, very talented, and with a passion for storytelling. But this book just wasn't for me. I tried, I really did, but I couldn't make it past 50 pages before it felt like the story started to weigh me down. I understand why Kahlen felt so depressed all the time, but after a while, it started to make me feel depressed. Maybe this story picks up farther on, I don't know. I couldn't bring myself to stick around long enough to find out. I didn't like the characters. Kahlen is mopey, Elizabeth is pushy, Aisling is... well, calmer, at least, but still isolated from the rest, and I found this to be a bit off-putting. Overall, I just couldn't get into this book and I didn't want to force myself to finish it. Someone else might really enjoy this one. It just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mermaid fan? Like Love stories... This is a cute story. I enjoy the side of the unique side of mermaids.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you love mermaids... Such an amazing book! I was swept up in Kahlen's world and her story! I'd recommend this book to anyone who has a passion for siren's like I do and loves a great love story.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Creative! Unique take on traditional mermaid tales. I loved the concept where the girls got these beautiful ball gowns the formed onto them when they entered the water and when they exited the water the dresses crumble to salt. Really creative concept I have never come across before and I love mermaid themed books!
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute Cover, Boring Story I didn't find this book as fun to read as Kiera Cass's Selection novels. It wasn't a bad book, but I found it rather flat and extremely predictable.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OH MY GOSH!! I LOVE THIS BOOK!! Kiera's writing is still superb and I found that this novel was so different and beautiful.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it!!!!! This book is almost like a modern day Romeo and Juliet. Kahlen is a siren, having become one after a near tragic death, and she isn't very sociable in the beginning. She has three sisters, not biological, who are also sirens and they're all trying to get through their century-old service to the Ocean together. Kahlen sees a boy and is drawn to him. She talks to him, lying that she attends the same college and they bond. However, Kahlen struggles with opening up to him because she knows with her bound service, their love is impossible. She doesn't age, but he does. He would have moved on or died by the time her service was done. The ending is really cute and this is a beautifully constructed novel with characters to root for.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good kind of cheesy Although this book is kinda cheesy, I still really liked it. Sometimes you want a really familiar story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what i expected The Siren was not at all what I was super cheazy and long...and kind of boring...but then characters were well developed and interesting. I much prefer the Selection series
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You have to read it!!!!! I love this book. Through it, you become attached to the characters and hope for the main character to get her guy.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not as great as the selections For those who have read the selections, this books does no compare. At first it seemed intriguing, but as I continued reading lost my interest. I would not pay 20$ for this book, wait for the paperback to come out if you wish to read it.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but not as much as the Selection THE ENDING. It's probably the best part of the book. It's a good, light read. Not as good as the Selection, but still enjoyable!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kiera Cass is a brilliant author! If you liked The Selection, you'll LOVE The Siren! I was worried going in that it wouldn't live up to The Selection, but as I was reading it, I completely forgot it was written by the same author (that's how talented Kiera Cass is!).
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It's okay I bought this book because of the authors other series The Selection. I thought this would probably be a good book based on the author but I was very disappointed. I found this to be very boring and and could barely finish reading it.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as her other books I enjoyed the story line, but not as much as I enjoyed the author's series "The Selection"
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from delightfully amazing This book is such a twisted fate novel, its amazing ability to keep you turning the page with many plot twists! A must read
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A surprising hit The Siren is beautifully written. It is a touching, original romance with strong, likeable characters. I love how the ocean was represented. I was surprised by how much I loved this book. It is a beautiful tale about the sea, love, and humanity.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute!!! This is a really good read for if you just want something light and fun to read.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible writing DNF (did-not-finish) at page 39. The writing is not working for me and the author does not explain important details, assuming the reader would know everything about the protagonist as well as the book world. I'm surprised by the writing (very terrible!) because I actually enjoyed one of The Selection prequel novellas. Also, it's super creepy for the MC to keep a scrapbook of her victims, serial killers do the same thing (keep "trophies" or mementos). If you really want to read this, I'd recommend taking it out from the library and saving your money.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it First off, I just want to start by saying wow. When I first heard Kiera Cass was making another book, I was beyond excited and couldn't wait to read it. I heard that it arrived a few days early then expected and rushed out to the store to buy it. I'm so glad I did. The storyline is beautiful and well done. Kiera Cass really knows how to write books that will pull at a reader's heartstrings. I was very excited to read it and it did not disappoint
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm a sucker for Mermaids Summary: Kahlen is one of the few current Siren's of the world who have to serve the ocean for one hundred years. In exchange for their services, the ocean gifts them with immortal and beauty for one hundred years. After that time they can live out the rest of their mundane life. The live amount humans, but are not supposed to engage in relationships. Just hearing a Siren's voice can be deadly. Kahlen has meant Akinli though. Her feelings towards him grow stronger every day. She finds herself in between Akinli and the Ocean. My Thoughts: I am a sucker when it comes to mermaids. So naturally I liked it. Maybe I am just use to modern day stories, but I thought it took on an interesting story line. Sirens that serve the ocean, like the ocean is a person. I don't want to get into it though, as I don't want to give anything away. Kahlen and Akinli's chemistry is great! Since Kahlen has never felt love before though, she had pretty strong feelings almost too fast. The ending was a pit predictable as you get towards the end, but the ending was pretty intense since it all happened at once.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it's alright The Siren is kind of a let down after Cass's phenomenal The Selection series. This stand-alone book doesn't have as much romance as The Selection does. I guess it was kind of a refreshing read for me
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FAVOURITE BOOK This book made me feel emotions right along with the characters. I wish it were longer so that I could read it more, but at the same time, it was perfect!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book that you should read in your life I would fully recommend this book to people who love reading greek myth and romantic story. It is a really nice books with great storyline and great characters setting
Date published: 2016-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed This Book! I really enjoyed this novel. After reading Cass' The Selection series, I was curious if this book would be similar - I was pleasantly surprised at how different it was, yet just as beautiful. I would definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2016-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favorite!!! This is literally the best book ever! It's a mix of romance, fantasy, drama and mystery! It's actually the best! You won't regret buying this book! I promise!
Date published: 2016-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Intoxicating Blend of Fantasy, Romance and Myth! In "Siren" a enthralling and touching blend of romance, fantasy and myth Kiera Cass sets the stage in the ocean where shipwrecks and human death spring from the deadly song of beautiful human voices. Kahlen who was rescued from death by three sirens is one of the Ocean's weapons cursed with immortality and feeding the water's hunger for one hundred years. With a lethal voice that entrances and brings death she lives in silence and loneliness, her only diversion her siren sisters while she waits for the day she'll be free again. Settling near a University campus while her sisters party and drink waiting for the next summons by the Ocean, Kahlen takes refuge in the library meeting Akinli, a kind and accepting student who gets to know her by fostering her interests. But Kahlen, afraid to break the rules flees only to discover that fate has other plans for her life that will mean risking the Ocean's wrath, and their lives. In this story the Ocean is personified as an entity that can communicate and often empathizes with the Sirens especially Kahlen, although it has little understanding of humanity . As events unfold that have Kahlen and Akinli sickening with a strange illness, the Ocean struggles with the concept of unconditional love, and her own selfish desires. With a fluid writing style and realistic dialogue the author brings to life a story full of love and hope,forgiveness, deliverance and self-sacrifice. Although their romance seems to develop too quickly and too deeply with little interaction to be genuine, there are touching moments as Kahlen and Akinli haunted by tragic loss, uncertain and restless, yearning for purpose and direction in their lives reach out to each other. With one kiss they forge a connection which neither can forget, but which brings pain when Kahlen whispers in his ear. In an fantasy that steals your heart as Kahlen and Akinli's love seems doomed, Kiera Cass breathes life into characters that come alive with all their passion, energy and drama. An obedient teen Kahlen dutifully complies with the Ocean's rules and summoning although the senselessness of these deaths sickens her, giving rise to nightmares and a testimony to their lost lives hidden in her scrapbooks. In her longing for freedom and true love she meets Akinli Schaefer a thoughtful, open, funny and charismatic University student who she will do anything to protect. Even though Kahlen has suffered the loss of family the author re-creates it in the love, protectiveness and sacrifice of her siren sisters and the Ocean. Among these mesmerizing characters is the talented and creative Miaka; the wise and reclusive Aisling; the escapist Elizabeth who indulges in parties and love affairs; the abused and vengeful Padma; and their water mother, the Ocean with her moments of consideration, understanding and kindness. I liked "the Siren" a tender romantic fantasy that you can't put down until finished.
Date published: 2016-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I loved this book so much! If you've never read a Kiera Cass book, this is a great introduction to her amazing storyline, characters and romance (akinli is actually my bae.) I definitely recommend this to everyone. I read it in just a few days, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. It isn't just a book about romance, its also about family and accepting who you are.
Date published: 2016-01-30

Editorial Reviews

“A cross between The Hunger Games (minus the bloodsport) and The Bachelor (minus the bloodsport), this trilogy launch is a lot of fun. Cass deftly builds the chemistry between America and Maxon, while stoking the embers of America’s first, forbidden love.”