Review: Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Posted October 13, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Storm Siren

by Mary Weber
Series: Storm Siren #1
Published on August 19th 2014
by Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Goodreads

“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

1.5 Stars

I won’t lie. I’m a bit disappointed here. This is exactly the kind of book I normally love but I didn’t. I ended up skimming through the second half so it’d be over sooner. Others may love this book, but in the end, I can’t say I did.

Storm Siren lacks world-building in my eyes. There wasn’t enough information on the world and what was really going on. I don’t like a lot of big info-dumps, but I needed a few in this one. More details on the world, the powers, the kingdoms, the Elementals. Just everything. There are a couple of terms that are used often in this book and I don’t understand what they were. A couple of character talked different but it’s never explained why. That is so confusing and after a while, annoying.

I didn’t really like any of the characters. Nymia is just annoying to me, though I do like her powers. If I had to pick one person I did like… It’d be Colin or Breck. But even with those I didn’t know enough about them to connect with and relate to them. Thus the romance failed too. Partly because it’s somewhat of a love triangle with a hint of insta-love. I don’t know why authors keep working those two in their novels. I don’t get it! They must know we hate it if they’ve spent a little time reading reviews.

In the end this book failed to impress me. There was a lot of potential here and I loved the general idea for the story but for me it wasn’t executed well enough. It gets points for the excellent cover though.


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