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The Storm Siren by Mary Weber Book Review


“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.

Pages: 320
Source: Publisher

    
I love picking up a book I haven't heard much about. I don't feel obligated to love it just because some of my friends love it. And I don't dread reading it because people are giving it awfully low reviews. I like having a blank slate and knowing that my review is not influenced or a product of anyone else's opinions but my own. That's how it felt reading Storm Siren. I hadn't hear much about it, but when I was offered the chance to read and review it, I jumped on board. While this book didn't blow my brains out (which I guess is probably a good thing) I think it was still a pretty solid Mary Weber and I'll be curious to see where she takes the series next. 

I guess the greatest criticism I could give this book was that I could tell that it was a debut. Have you ever found yourself reading a book and realizing that the story itself doesn't matter because you would still read those words for the sake of the words alone? That particular author has such a beautiful writing style that the plot is just an added bonus. I really respect authors that can create such works of art like that. They make me appreciate the written language. This book, like many others out there, just wasn't there. I'm not sure that can be considered a fair criticism since I know, if I ever chose to write something, that my book wouldn't come close to that level either. However, I think her writing style and word choices were the reason I could tell she was a beginning author. It just didn't flow like I wanted it to.  That being said, the great thing about being a beginning author, like with any other career choice, is that this will improve as they continue to write and produce more books…which I hope she will.

     Because even if it took a little while, I definitely got hooked on the story itself. Maybe the "girl with special powers that boy can help control in a fantastical world" plot is a little cliche, but I think Mary Weber does a good job expanding the premise to include interesting and unusual details that keep the plot from becoming too predictable. For example, the fantastical world part is the usual element, but then the author adds a complicated war with many sides and many secrets that really shake up the predictable story. Yes, Nym (I really like that name for some reason) has powers that can change the fate of the world, but she can call down lightning and the weather basically follows her mood swings. That's different and fun and I enjoyed it.  

And I really have to say I appreciated the fact that many of the characters didn't fit the usual stereotypes. One of her best friends was blind and snarky and a lover of food. And I'm all for a devious, yet fashionable female antagonist, even if I hated her. The plot kept me interested the entire way through and Mary Weber even managed to surprise me a couple times (which we all know is no easy task). I think it was a wonderful debut and I am looking forward to the sequel!

     You have to give Mary Weber bonus points for that cover as well. I mean, just look at it!


Oh hello there! My name is Emily, though some of you may know me as the Bookie Monster. As the name would suggest, I devour books like the Cookie Monster devours cookies. In my spare time, I like to bake cookies (and devour those as well) and dream about taking over the world. As if my book obsession wasn't life consuming enough,

I work in the children's room at my local library and I am currently a sophomore in college majoring in English. It's safe to say I'm a bit of a book fanatic. I discreetly shed a few tears on my eleventh birthday when I did not receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter and I waited seven hours outside in the rain just to get a good seat at the Hunger Games midnight premiere. I'm terrified of blood and Disney movies make me cry (in a good way). My passions include hippos, hugs, and Hans Zimmer…and uh,long walks on the beach. I'm just a normal girl w
ith a slightly abnormal and frightfully expensive obsession. Nice to meet you!


4 comments:

  1. So glad you tried this and like it! I was pleasantly surprise with how much I liked it as well. The ending was brutal though! Can't wait for book two.

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  2. I get what you mean! I really don't like going into books with any expectations or feelings of obligation. It's nice that you could dive into Storm Siren without any. :) It does sound like a cliche plot, but I'm willing to give it a try because of the unusual things that you said shook up the plot and, of course, the cover.

    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

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  3. I love finding little gems as well. While this book may not be something I tend to seek out, I am not against reading one - cliché plot and all. :)

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  4. I have heard such amazing things about this one and while I haven't had any time to read it, I'm so happy that you enjoyed it. Even though I might wanna wait for the book two. We shall see. Great review :)

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