BOOK REVIEW: STORM SIREN by Mary Weber

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3 STARS

TITLE: Storm Siren (Storm Siren # 1)

AUTHOR: Mary Weber

GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Magic

PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson

FORMAT: Kindle Edition

DATE READ: April 28, 2016

 

 

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

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.

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MY REVIEW:

“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things to like about this book, such as Nym’s struggle not to kill even if her power and the war requires her to do so. And that decision was brought upon by her experiences in the past, the killings she’d caused and how she never wanted to commit another harm to anyone anymore even if it would be the key to win the war she’s been training for. And I admire that about her but the whole time I was like “Get yourself together woman! Something has to be done.”

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I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would but it wasn’t so bad. I just had a hard time to like Nym as a character. Yes I admit her powers were strong but she didn’t act like one. I find her weak and indecisive for the longest effin’ time throughout the book. And it kind of irked me. And I think indecisiveness in the midst of a situation that requires quick action is the hamartia of some of the heroes or heroines in a story. She lost good people along the way and still, it wasn’t an enough trigger for her to go beyond her limits and be what she’s supposed to be.

The main character, Nym is an orphan and a slave who was sold 15 times (?) I’m not sure about the exact number. She also wield a secret power which is lightning and she is called an Elemental. In her world, Elementals are killed at birth and also most Elementals are universally male. I can’t seem to remember if we’re ever told as to how Nym manages to be both female and an Elemental. Maybe she’s special? Maybe it’ll be revealed in the later installment of the series?  I don’t know but her “specialness” was acknowledge by Adora herself, the vicious stepmother-like figure in fairy tales who was yeah, not really a step mother, but she was actually the one who bought Nym in an auction of slaves. And she also happened to be the one who saw Nym and her lightning power when she had gone berserk in the slave market.

There weren’t much things to describe Adora but we know that she’s the most trusted war adviser of the King and because of that, she held more wealth and power than any other people in the kingdom of course except for the king himself. She’s also secretly harboring Elementals in her household and let her most trusted trainer, (whom she shares bed with) Eogan, to train the Elementals. And she is also evil and has personal interest which you’ll know when you read the book.

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Then there’s Eogan, the secretive Eogan who can calm the eff out of Nym’s power. The thing about Nym is that she can’t control her lightning. She can wield it but doesn’t know how to stop it which obviously caused fatalities in the past which is why she is scared to use them. But Eogan to the rescue! If this is a gothic novel, Eogan would be the Knight. He is one interesting character but still didn’t leave an impact to me as a read him.

The fight scenes in this book were a bit blur, they all came by so fast and it wasn’t really strong enough to leave an interesting knock. And, there were no exact elements that made me excited to flip the pages. I feel like, it’s kind of predictable and this is the plot that I’ve read before.

Nevertheless, I’ll still read the second book, hoping for an improvement. I hope Nym will grow as a character. Because to be honest, the supporting characters were far more interesting than her. Maybe to others, the book was really good, but it didn’t work for me this time.

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Have you read this book too? Tell me in the comments below. Is it a YAY or a NAY?  See you next time bookish peeps

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