Published by iUniverse.com on July 1st 2009
"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. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won't lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time..."
The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can't bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she's been waiting for doesn't seem nearly as important as the one she's living now.
This was my first time reading a book from Keira Cass. I had asked people what they thought of the selection series on Twitter and I got mixed reviews and feelings. I didn’t want to get into a series and find myself not liking it so I felt it was easier to start off by reading her standalone. One if my friends is a HUGE fan of her writing, and I know so many people are as well. After reading this standalone, I feel safe saying she’s not the author for me.
This book got to the point where I was reading it just for the sake of finishing it and reviewing. I don’t like when a book gets to this point. I didn’t want to know more about the characters or what happened. I didn’t want to learn more about the situation; I didn’t want to finish it. I had made it over 90 pages in and I almost stopped myself completely. The only reason I did finish it was because it was easy to read and it would add to my Goodreads goal. ( That sounds so bad but it’s the truth. ) It felt like a chore.
It’s was well written, but I just couldn’t get into the story. There was no connection to the characters and at some points, I felt like a few things were missing or that we could go into more detail. Nothing really grabbed onto me and pulled me into it. When I read a book, I want to feel a connection. I want to be pulled into it, and walk a mile in a characters shoes. I didn’t feel any of that with this book.
The one person/part of the book I did enjoy was Akinli. He was a great character and I loved how when he met Kahlen he tried so hard to make her comfortable. He tried to be a person who didn’t judge her for being mute, and he kept talking to her like a normal person who could talk. I did enjoy how awesome he was but near the end, I had just stopped caring.
If you’re a big Cass fan I know you will love this book. ( Apparently. ) It just wasn’t the book for me.