Storm Siren (Storm Siren #1) by Mary Weber
Genres/Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance
hints of almost rape/pedophilia, and self-harm
Look at how beautiful the cover is~!
Unfortunately, I’m not as impressed with the book as I was the cover.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
There were a few things I really didn’t see coming but for the most part, I saw it. Those huge story twist, meh got it. Really good twists though.
I just… my feelings for this book and what I had problems with are hard to put into words.
I loved the beginning. I was really being roped in. Slowly, I lost who I thought the main character was and it was reformed into a new person. That’s okay, she is her own character. Just, some things worked, some things didn’t.
I thought a lot of the book was told but, not explained. I wanted more background or information — which with some things we are given but, in others no. Some things even seemed forced, trying to work but, I found uninteresting. The parties her owner threw??? Why so many?! and what was the point of the weird outfits…
I honestly didn’t think any other power besides Nym, Colin, and Eogan’s. Then towards the end it is thrown at me without much explanation. How does it work? How can it? Are there restrictions?
If Nym is the most powerful Elemental EVER then, what could the other Elementals do? Does she have no limit?
I don’t see how the romance became… well, romantic. Why does she like him?
I was also confused by what exactly was going on and when. The fight scenes were hard to picture in my head.
I do want to mention that there is character growth. Nym grows stronger and more sure of herself.. a little…. and mostly because of men… slowly my good point of the book is dissolving… I did think it was goo though that she stops harming herself.
I feel I’m being nit-picky… It was an interesting read and I don’t regret reading it. Although, I probably won’t continue the trilogy — I have so many other books to try out.
Recommend? Probably not but, I wouldn’t tell people NOT to read it. I’m more indifferent to it.