Title: Storm Siren
Author: Mary Webber
Series: Storm Siren #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson / Harper Collins
Publication date: August 19th, 2014
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.
“You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.
It’s what I do.”
I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I saw it on Goodreads once when I was scrolling and read the synopsis, because honestly, it sounded amazing. So needless to say, I had such high hopes, and though overall it was a pretty solid story, I guess I didn’t read it at the right time, because I was in the middle of a reading slump and I had some issues with it.
I could see why people have loved it and praised it so much, because while I was reading it there were some elements that had so much potential and at times it was pretty good, but there were other times where I couldn’t see past the problems I was having with it.
I may say that I really enjoyed the journey our protagonist went through in the story and her development. The fact that she had to learn to control her powers was something I enjoyed reading, and basically her evolution was really well done throughout the whole novel, and the plot was pretty good as well. But I had a love/hate relationship with the whole romance thing going on. It was a bit rushed and insta love-y, and there were some things that happened at the middle of the book that I liked, but others not so much.
One of my main issues was the slang language. I didn’t like it at all in the conversations between the characters, and at times it was confusing and cringy and made me disconnect with the story and the characters more.
“Abruptly I’m lunging in a panic for the door, like a broken bird in a caged room. Fluttering to find the latch. To find air.
To breathe beyond the grief wrapping its talons around e as it pulls me to the floor.”
The story was a bit slower than I expected, and there were times when I felt nothing was actually happening and I was a bit bored. I don’t know if this had something to do with the fact that I was in a reading slump and that made me feel bored, but yeah.
However the story was pretty easy to follow, and I had no problem whatsoever to remember the places or the things they were telling us about the world building or magic system. I only wish I got to know more about the magic system, because it wasn’t that much explained in this first installment, but I’ll see if it is in the next books.
There were some twists towards the end that were a bit predictable to me, especially something regarding a side character. Still, I think it was a solid read and I’m still interested in continuing reading the next two books to see what is going to happen, because it ended in a cliffhanger that made me want to pick up the sequel.
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