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Storm Siren by Mary Weber (3 stars)

I was so excited when I found out I won a copy of Storm Siren from Tabitha's giveaway at Not Yet Read. I'd read tons of glowing reviews and it sounded like a story and main character I'd like. Good news: it was. :)

Storm Siren by Mary Weber
Series: Storm Siren #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published on August 19, 2014
Published by Thomas Nelson
Final Rating: 3 stars
“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.

What I Liked:
  • The cover is so pretty! I love the blues.
  • Nym - She's fairly reasonable, damaged but mending, and slowly coming to terms with what she can do and the responsibilities it entails. Though she's more Storm than Spider-Man.
  • I like the little I've seen of this world and the different types of magic at play, but I want much more detail and explanation. Hear that, Book 2?
  • There is no love triangle. Okay, there may be interest from a third party, but it's never reciprocated- it's barely acknowledged, poor guy- so we'll call this a love-triangle-free zone. (Hoping very hard that it stays that way.)
  • The very end. It got an evil laugh out of me.

What I Didn't Like:
  • The outside conflicts- the war and Adora, which were pretty massive and/or life-threatening- took backseat to Nym's training and internal conflicts. I liked seeing her character growth, but I wanted to see her involved with more of the outside world.
  • Along the same lines, I wanted expansion on the plot beyond just Nym's training, or to at least see more of what was going on through another character. This is an epic world, a war and scheming on a grand scale with lots of mysteries, and we're limited I want to see more of the world. I want adventure in the great wide somewhere!
  • No spoilers, but some of the reveals/twists toward the end were a little too convenient. I couldn't quite suspend my disbelief.

Final Thoughts:
If you like YA fantasy and don't mind being left a little curious about the world, definitely give Storm Siren a try. Overall, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to Book 2.


  1. This is on my TBR shelf; can't wait to read it!! :) So glad to hear there's no love triangle, too! I was so worried that there would be one.

  2. I don't think this was written with me in mind.

    1. Yeah, not so much. I have a feeling the lack of world/magic details and the skirting of all the bigger plots would irk you more than they did me. But the cover's still pretty. :)

  3. Glad to hear you liked it, Kel! I thought it was a very good debut novel, too. And yes, that ending. OY.

    Btw, the cover and synopsis for Siren's Fury (Book 2) were revealed a couple weeks ago. Have you seen them yet?

    1. I just thought of it, but the way the story/ending works reminds me a little bit of Death Sworn and how that ended on a less than happy note. And yes, I saw the Book 2 information and I'm pretty excited, though I miss all the pretty blues from this cover. :)

  4. Thanks for being spoiler free. And HURRAY you won it from Tabitha. Usually the next books in a series are always better. The first is rough from my experience because sometimes it all just doesn't fit right yet. Does that make any sense?

    1. You are very welcome! I think I get what you're saying; Book 1 doesn't always hit that perfect mixture of story/character/world until it's gotten past the first few stumbles wherein it's trying to make sure it introduces each element, but doesn't overwhelm. So you hope the author finds that perfect balance by Book 2. Of course, I've also run into books that fall prey to the "second book slump" and aren't nearly as good as their predecessors. ... We just can't win. :)

  5. The cover is really pretty... I'm kind of back and forth about this one - on the one hand, I know a lot of bloggers really like this series. On the other hand, I'm always drawn to fantasy... I really hate convenient plot twists, or the ones that seem too obvious or cliche. Agh. Excellent review, Kel, I'm glad you enjoyed-ish this one!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I think you'd probably enjoy this one. Maybe give it a chapter or two and see what you think? Worst case scenario, you can stare at the pretty cover instead. ;)

  6. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! What I liked about the world building was that we were given just enough to both understand and feel 'included', but we didnt lose sight of Nym's story.

    1. Yes, it very much stayed focused on her character. :) And it looks like the next book has adventure in the rest of the world. :D

  7. Did you see that new cover?! I LOVE it!

    1. For Siren's Fury? Yes! It's pretty cool, though I kind of miss the blue palette. I like blue. :)