Book Review

The Siren by Kiera Cass – An Urban Fantasy Novel with Fairytale Underpinnings

About the Book:The Siren Kiera Cass
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 2015 (Republished)
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Contemporary
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review | Exotic travel, a closest full of exquisite ball gowns and her sisters is enough for Kahlen. Or at it was. This was before she met Akinli. Kahlen is exactly human, and her relationship will threaten everything she’s promised to do. To start with, she is at the will of the Ocean for one hundred years. She owes a debt meaning her life is not her own. Instead, Kahlen (and her sisters!) are Sirens. Otherworldly creatures who though human in appearance are anything but. As Kahlen struggles with her the human part of her soul resurfacing, she must decide how best to protect Akinli. From the Ocean… and from her.

Novels that resemble – no matter the concept the classic fable, The Little Mermaid are a rarity. This is especially true in comparison to the re-tellings of Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella, which are abundant. Pitching this as a Little Mermaid reimagining isn’t really fair because it is different, but the idea lingers in the readers mind. The premise is unique and I found the characterizations particularly heart-tugging.

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

About the Book:
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: 2012
Series: Book 1
Genre: Contemporary, Teen, Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5The Story: Illea’s prince and heir to the throne has come of age. This means one thing. Invitations are sent out to the event of the decade. His title demands that he have a wife by his side to rule and as a result, each of the households with eligible young women between the ages of sixteen and twenty are invited to send their daughters to the palace to participate in the events. For America Singer, that invitation is the worst thing to happen. She already has plans – plans that include marrying her sweetheart, Aspen; not even his being one degree beneath her socially is going to stop the determined redhead. But then… there is her mother. What is a girl to do?

From thirty-five girls, tradition and the rules of the land dictate that the handsome Prince Maxon must choose a bride. America assumes he is an arrogant royal who cares little for his subjects… but is he? America’s fiery beauty and honesty soon captures the young princes’ attentions but will she – and can she, sacrifice everything to make her family happy?

The Selection has just begun…

My Thoughts: Reading young adult or teen fiction is really not where my interest in books is – or so I thought. Recent years have found my bookshelf filling with more secular fiction, and among that, the subgenre of teen fiction. I don’t think I can say what drew me to read this one save for the cover art was probably what caught my eye (isn’t it captivating?). Then the story sounded intriguing. Touted as being another version of The Hunger Games, this revolves around a strong-willed female protagonist who lives by a set of rules in a world that separates the social classes. She works to help provide for her “Five” family but her one mistake may be falling in love with a “Six.” And, then she receives the royal invitation to take part in The Selection. Her mother is delighted. America isn’t, fighting off the idea of becoming one of “them.” Is it logical to accept… or will an acceptance break hearts? Continue reading “The Selection by Kiera Cass”