Review: Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Posted August 19, 2014 in Review / 6 Comments

Storm SirenStorm Siren (Storm Siren #1)
By Mary Weber
Published August 19th, 2014
Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
320 pages
Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Received from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)
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About the book:

 

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.

 

Cover-lover alert!!  I totally lookie-loo’d at this book solely because of it’s gorgeous cover!  But of course I read the synopsis and thus began my hunt for the book.  The synopsis held soooo much promise, no?  But you’re probably looking at the three and half star rating, scratching your head, thinking, “what went wrong?”  Nothing really…  let me explain.  And note: three and half stars means I liked it!!!

First, I want to say that I’m still recommending my library purchase this title for our collection.  Why?  Because it’s written perfectly for the young adult audience.  It’s a winding, twisting story of high court (government) intrigue, excesses of those in high court removed from the poorer citizens, tactics, lies and evil, evil, evil villains everywhere you turn.  It has a light touch of romance that I think (????) will carry through the trilogy.  This is a story that could easily have a read-a-long with a study guide written with plenty of points to discuss.

Because, Nymia “Nym” is born with what she calls a curse.  And for many, many years her “kind” were killed for just being born.  But now she is to be trained to be a war weapon.  Is it “right” that the people who would just kill her on sight now want to keep her alive to use her?  Unfortunately for Nym, these people have one thing she doesn’t, the ability to teach her how to control her powers/ability.

I really did enjoy this book… really!  But for some reason, I personally didn’t feel connected to the characters.  The first half of the book felt kind of, uh, how do I put this, like “cardboard-y”.  Like the words the characters were saying were there but I couldn’t really feel the characters emotions coming through.  It wasn’t until the second half and really, until the final battle, that I felt emotional towards the characters.  I’m usually a reader who gets all invested in a book emotionally, like I live the characters for a bit.  But I kind of felt outside of the book until the end of this one.

That’s not to say anyone else wouldn’t LOVE this book.  And I’m sure this book is perfect for the YA audience it’s intended for.

I will say this though, I was totally freaked at the very ending.  ARGGGGGHHH.  But then, lying awake at 3:00am this morning, I was thinking about the ending again, rolling around supporting characters and who was missing from after battle, etc.  If you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about.  If not, I’m NOT spoiling anything because everyone know there’s ALWAYS a final battle at the end of every fantasy book.

Anyways, I was pondering, speculating, and otherwise mulling over what happened.  I think I can come up with a way for things to work out the way I want them to.  I AM going to have to read the next book.

Now, to me, that’s the sign of any good book 😉

 

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Mary Weber

About the author:

M. Christine Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. She lives on the breathtaking California coast with her three homeschooled children and an engineering husband who looks strikingly similar to Wolverine.

Her writing experience includes card copy for Hallmark, articles and short stories for newspapers and e-zines, and educational curriculum for a non-profit, although she can also type a mean grocery list when necessary. On her days off, you can find her penning book reviews or conducting silly interviews here at mchristineweber.com amid drinking lattes and instructing her kids on the finer aspects of world domination.

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Kristin

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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6 responses to “Review: Storm Siren by Mary Weber

  1. Yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed Storm Siren as well! And that ending, I’m right there with you “pondering, speculating, and otherwise mulling over what happened.” But, I loved it anyways. Like you mentioned, I think this is a perfect book to recommend to YA, especially due to the fact that it has so much, yet Christine Weber manage to reign in the violence and romance in it. Awesome review, Kristin 🙂
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  2. The ending just about killed me too, Kristin. AND I also fell victim to the cover, LOL. But my issues were different from yours–the lack of world-building a bit, but mostly . . . *snickers* . . . Nym’s refusal to kill anyone. I KNOW. I crave violence, it’s a problem. BUT, like you, I felt like this was a book a lot of people would enjoy. It just wasn’t a great book for me 😉 Great review!
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