I have received an early copy this book for review, all opinions are my own.
Thank you to HarperTeen for sending an early copy of this my way!
I have previously read Kiera Cass’ Selection series and enjoyed them, but didn’t really think they were anything outrageous – mostly due to America Singer, the main character. So, naturally, I had very low expectations for this book and I am happy to say that it greatly exceeded them! I ended up really enjoying this way more than I expected to (:
The beginning was very slow, I also had a little trouble understanding who the sirens were exactly in Kiera Cass’ world and how they worked and lived, but as the story went on, that became much clearer. I really enjoyed the variations of relationships that were explored in this book, both familial and working instead of just a romantic one. I also could not find one character that I did not enjoy reading about, which was very refreshing, especially after reading three books from America’s POV.
Kahlen was a pleasure as the main character, she was believable in her actions and she went through so much development from the beginning of the story until the end. I liked how she became a more connected and happier person, instead of dealing with her memories in silence and suffering. I also liked how Kiera Cass realistically explored her relationship with the Ocean, how she was a captor, employer, and a kind of mother figure all wrapped up in one. Their relationship went through ups and downs and got really dark at some points, and felt truly real.
I also loved the other relationships in this book, the romantic one between Kahlen and Akinli and the friendship and sisterhood between Kahlen and the other sirens. These were not made all sunshine and rainbows for the sake of a happy atmosphere, but the felt real and were not afraid to put their darkness on display. All the characters in this book, even Akilini’s family, were great in their own way and I wish we could spend more time with them.
I also really enjoyed how Kiera Cass didn’t give Kahlen her memories back in the end, making her seem like a magical siren that is exempt to the rules because of true love, that ended this book on a positive note for me. I am happy to see myself liking Kiera’s post-Selection novels, and while I am excited for The Crown, I am truly looking forward to her future releases outside that series.
Overall rating: 4.5 stars (: