YA Review of Storm Siren by Mary Weber


Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Age Range: 12 and up

Series: Storm Siren Trilogy #1

Genre: Fantasy

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 19, 2014)

Source: BookLook Bloggers for review

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

“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.


“There are few things more exciting to discover than a debut novel packed with powerful storytelling and beautiful language. STORM SIREN is one of those rarities. I’ll read anything Mary Weber writes. More, please!” -Jay Asher, New York Times bestselling author of THIRTEEN REASONS WHY 

“Storm Siren  is a riveting tale from start to finish. Between the simmering romance, the rich and inventive fantasy world, and one seriously jaw-dropping finale, readers will clamor for the next book–and I’ll be at the front of the line!” —MARISSA MEYER,  New York Times bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles

“Weber builds a fascinating and believable fantasy world. Inventive and entertaining.”Kirkus Reviews

“[F]antasy readers will feel at home in Weber’s first novel . . .a detailed backdrop and large cast bring vividness to the story.”Publishers Weekly

“Readers will easily find themselves captivated. The breathtaking surprise ending is nothing short of horrific, promising even more dark and bizarre adventures to come in the Storm Siren trilogy.”RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

About the Author:

Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over
make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing
knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs
to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks
strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for
stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.
She gets nerdy @ mchristineweber.com, FACEBOOK @ marychristineweber, TWITTER @mchristineweber, and GOODREADS. Come say hi!!

My Thoughts:

Nymia is a storm siren, meaning she can conjure frightening storms, but
she can’t control them. She is sold as a slave to a woman who wants to
train Nym as a weapon against an invading army.

Many aspects of this book are typical of the young adult fantasy genre. A
protagonist with an attitude and a frightening ability she can’t
control, an opportunity to learn to control it, and a mysterious and
oh-so-handsome trainer that she can’t resist. The fate of her country
lies within her ability to learn to master her powers. It’s a familiar
story, and it’s an addictive story as well.

I liked a lot of things about this book. I liked the intrigue of the
High Court, the backstabbing and plotting, and the political games where
nobody is exactly who they appear to be. I liked Nymia’s will to
survive and her tenacity. I loved the way she clung to her humanity even
in the midst of war.

While the book wasn’t perfect, it was entertaining. It was also very
clean for the genre. I’m interested to see where the story goes next and
I will definitely be picking up the sequel when it comes out.

Content: Violence and innuendo

Source: I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.


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