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Publisher Description

#1 New York Times bestseller

A sweeping stand-alone fantasy romance from Kiera Cass, author of the bestselling, beloved 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 for this edition.

Don’t miss The Betrothed, a glittering royal romance sure to captivate Kiera Cass’s legion of loyal readers and lovers of courtly intrigue alike!

GENRE
Young Adult
RELEASED
2016
January 26
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
HarperTeen
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
2.1
MB
AUDIENCE
Eighth Grade

Customer Reviews

AKV399 ,

Beautiful and deeply sad

This story goes deep into your emotions as it paints a beautifully heart breaking story

🦉🦉🦉# cleverowl ,

Great!

It is a amazing book I just wish the ending was sweeter (I could feel tears in my eyes as I was reading). Otherwise I would totally recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet and fun book that will make their head spin😁

ShootForTheEdit ,

A comparison. (Yes, there are 2 different versions) 📖>📖

As the saying goes: “Nothing beats the original.”

It’s not that the new version changed too much, it’s that it removed too much. Entire powerful and important scenes from the original were reduced to mere mentions in the new. 

Nearly ever aspect of the story was more fleshed out in the original. We got to see what Akinli does for a living, a better look at his family and the small town of Port Clyde, and more insight into the individual lives and families of the other Sirens. Even the ocean itself felt more Gody, more like the omnipotent being that she is.

Kahlan and Akinli’s brief run-in with each other on the beach wasn’t just great foreshadowing, it made sense within the context of their own personal stories prior to their actual meeting. Again, the context of the meeting was mentioned new version, but never explored. In the original, Kahlan and Akinli spent much more time together doing a variety of different things, which led to their love for each other being much more convincing ❤️.

Interestingly, there was a moment in the new version that felt like the approach of a film adaptation, where it took 2 scenes from the original and combined them into 1. When Akinli hears Kahlan’s voice for the first time, and when he almost gets taken by the ocean were originally completed separate scenes, and each was more impactful because of it. (Not to say that is method is always best, but in this case, they needed their individual moments to shine.)

I didn’t really care for the new ending with the mysterious illness, maybe it’s from having read the original, but it felt very out of place. While the original may have been little more cheesy as it was more in line with a traditional happily-ever-after ending, it felt more grounding and had more finality to it.

I put off reading this book because, having read the original, I didn’t really feel the need to. I decide to finally really read it for the soul purpose of comparing the two. And with that, I have now read every Kiera Cass book. And I can’t help but wonder, is Kiera Cass getting worse as time goes on? The original version of The Siren and the first 3 entries in The Selection Series were great and I wouldn’t change a thing 👍. But her latter books, the ending to The Selection and her new series, The Betrothed, have been a dramatic decline 👎.

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