Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Length: 320 pages
Source: Library Audio 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.
Protagonist: Nym is a female Elemental, someone that shouldn't even be alive, let alone something that shouldn't even exist. She's been bought and sold so many times due to her uncontrollable powers. She blames herself for every accident and feels as though she is cursed. If you haven't figured it out yet, Nym is an extremely caring person, and very sensitive to the events that transpire around her. She's self-deprecating, and doesn't feel she deserves any kindness she gets. While her guilt and self-deprecation may seem like huge flaws, and in some ways they are, they help her keep some perspective in her new surroundings. Luckily though she's able to keep that perspective while she grows and develops over the course of this story.
Romance: Okay, so I really wanted to care about this couple. I mean, they started off okay, everything was going well, there was an aspect of forbidden love tied to their romance, plus a bit of a love triangle, though nothing to ever take seriously, but it was entertaining. Then it just moved too fast. I mean. I like a compelling romance, but that, for me, includes characters that don't rush through their feelings and race to get far with the romance in as little time as possible. Then there's a bunch of romantic drama, but by that time I just didn't care about what happened between them. The secrets that came out and the shocking twists associated with the romance just seemed to fizzle, and I just couldn't bring myself to care, even though I really wanted to.
World-Building: If you're going to read this book I'd highly recommend staying away from the audio book. Not only was the narration kind of boring, but, at least for me, I just couldn't hang on the relevant details. I'm not sure if it was the narration, the speed it was read, or the actual story itself, but if I spaced out for even a second anytime during the story, not only would I feel lost, but I would sort of forget what was happening. Again, this could totally just be me, but yeah I'd stay away from the audio book and sit down and read it instead. Why I'm putting these thoughts in the world building section is that like I said, I had a hard time sealing in a lot of the world building, and while there is some stellar things in this book, I either missed out on some good exposition that would make it even better, or the much less likely chance, it wasn't in there to begin with. This story has a really intriguing that definitely holds up, and before I start book two I think I'm going to do a reread of this book to center myself in the story better this time.
Predictability: This story actually has some fantastic twists in it. The foreshadowing is pulled of really well, teasing bits and pieces that never quite come together to reveal the actual twist until it's too late. I have to say I'm either really impressed with all the things this author was able to pull over my eyes or really pissed off at some of the things that were kept hidden until it was time to be revealed. I mean, seriously, I don't want to spoil anything but I can definitely see some people that will need a box of tissues with this book.
Ending: The ending of this book was pretty epic. I think most of the twists came at the end, or as the book was heading into the end. There are a lot of things revealed and a lot that goes down. Let's just say I had a few ideas I thought were good only for things to be far more complicated than I imagined. As for an ending to a first installment, well the author did a good job there. There's a good cooldown period before the final moments and well, I'm actually going to leave the nature of the ending a mystery for once. Just for fun.
I hate giving this book this rating. The thing is, this could still be better or worse than a more accurate rating, but my experience with this story, at least this first time around was a bit of a bummer. There are fantastic elements to this story and wonderful characters, hopefully whenever I do get around to rereading this book that I'll have a much better experience with it.