If you weren’t aware, Lost in Pages hasn’t always been Lost in Pages. Before Katie and I decided we wanted to blog together, this was Fictional Living, my own personal blog. As Katie and I hate to see reviews go to waste, we decided to start reposting some of my old reviews, to make sure they are still up for readers to view. So don’t be alarmed if it says you’ve already liked this post, or it seems like you’ve read it before. We are just pulling them from drafts with a new look. Enjoy!
“She would want me to forget all about him. But how could eyes not notice the light? How could lungs not acknowledge the air? There are just some things you can’t ignore.”
I have never read anything by Kiera Cass before, but I heard she was pretty amazing. Judging by this one book, I can totally agree!
Cass creates a world inside of our own. One where beautiful girls who are silent could kill you with a whisper, sinking ships are payment for our world being sustained, and love can kill or save you.
Kahlen is a simple character, in my opinion. She’s too soft for being a Siren, haunted by all the faces she has watched sink to the Ocean floor, but always one to obey the rules to get by. But through all the death she still loves the Ocean, and tries to understand her.
I feel like a lot of people could relate to Kahlen, in that she’s just a kind person trying to get through 100 years of death and be able to live again. She copes, but she doesn’t close herself off, which is probably why Akinli is so quick into her heart.
Akinli is a character who you really wanted to like, and you did, but because you didn’t really have much of a choice. I wanted so much more from Akinli, to dig deeper with him as a character and see more than just the surface of a good and caring guy.
The one character that had complexities and depth was the Ocean. The Ocean was love and sustainability but it was also death and jealousy and rage. I spent the book going back and forth between loving and hating Her, and I fully believe that was the point. It’s how the Sirens would feel about Her. She asks for a few deaths in exchange for sustaining the whole of the world, you understand that, but you are Hers and you cannot be anyone else’s.
It’s a jealous love and it’s hard to handle at times. This is the way the girls would feel, balancing between loving who cares for them and hating what they are forced to do.
Overall, the storyline was adorable. If you couldn’t relate to Kahlen then you could definitely relate to one of the other Sirens, since their personalities were so vast.
Other than depth of some characters, I do think the love story developed so very quickly. It’s explained some in the end why that is, but I still think it was so sped up, even with that explanation. I would have liked to see more of a development between Kahlen and Akinli.
I did like this story a great deal. The writing is beautiful, the characters are likable, and the cover is gorgeous. This book was self-published years ago, and from what I’ve gathered, it has changed. So if you were one of the few to get your hands on it the first time around, it might be worth it to pick it up again.
Let me know what you thought of The Siren, the characters, or the differences between the two versions in the comments.