From the New York Times best-selling author of The Selection series comes this sweeping standalone fantasy romance.
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 debts, 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.
©2016 Kiera Cass (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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This is my first read by Kiera Cass and I loved it, I thought this was a very unique plot which I haven’t come across before. In the first chapter we are introduced to Kahlen and find out how she became a Siren, we are then swiftly moved 80 years on to the present day where Kahlen and her sisters, also sirens, are living near a university campus. Then one day Kahlen comes across a boy, Akinli, and falls in love…
From the beginning of this book I was intrigued, the set up was brilliant and I loved that we got to first see how Kahlen became a Siren rather than just jumping straight into the story and Kiera working this in at a later time. The characters were great especially Miaka, Elizabeth, two of Kahlens sisters that are present throughout the book.
My only flaw with this book is that I didn’t find the chemistry between Kahlen and Akinli that amazing, I think it was a great love story but it all went very quick and I didn’t get the butterfly feeling of an epic love story that I have in other books.
Overall I still think this was a great read and I’m glad I picked it up, with the uniqueness of the storyline but the lack of chemistry I felt with Kahlen and Akinli I’m giving this book 4 stars.
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