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Jun 10 2016

The Siren by Kiera Cass

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HarperCollins, 2016. ISBN 9780008157937
(Age: 14+) Recommended. "You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans."
If you enjoy romance and reading about the power of love, then this is the book for you.
Kahlen is a siren and immortal. When humans hear her voice they are compelled to drown. With her 'sisters' (Elizabeth, Miaka, and Padma) Kahlen answers the bidding of the Ocean to lure humans to feed the Ocean's hunger. Kahlen and her 'sisters' move house frequently to hide the fact that they never age or become ill.
Akinli is a kind, handsome boy who is a genuinely nice person.
'I was meant to kiss this boy, designed to be held by him.'
Kahlen falls in love with him, and this is dangerous for both of them. While this is the focus of the book, the real strength of the story is the powerful bond between the sirens. Their support, generosity and love for each other is the reason they can survive being sentenced to immortality.
A romance and a fantasy, this is the perfect book for a lazy read with a box of chocolates.
Linda Guthrie

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