By Kiera Cass
HarperTeen, 2016 (originally published 2009). 327 pages. Young Adult Fantasy
Kahlen is a teen girl whose 1930s ship sank due to mysterious circumstances. However, Kahlen was spared by the Ocean if she promised to serve for 100 years as a Siren, a beautiful creature whose voice would lure countless strangers to their deaths. 80 years later, Kahlen is trying to cope with her troubled life when she meets Akinli. Though she can't speak to him, she can't help feeling inexplicably drawn to him. But falling in love with a human is a breach of the Ocean's rules, and Kahlen must hide her feelings in order to protect Akinli, and herself, from the Ocean's wrath.
Cass's 2009 book The Siren has been republished under HarperTeen and is experiencing renewed interest since the rising popularity of her Selection series. Fans of that series will probably also enjoy this, although her writing is a bit less polished as this was one of her first works. Readers who can easily suspend reality and are looking for a light love story that overcomes the odds will enjoy this.