Storm Siren by Mary Weber (3 stars)
Kel Thursday, November 06, 2014 reviewI 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 to...training. 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.
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.