Published August 19th 2014
This book had so much POTENTIAL (though let’s face it … all of it wasted)
Let me take a moment to pick my jaw up off the floor!
The end of this book just kicked me in the face with a major cliffhanger!
But let’s buckle our seatbelts for a moment because this review is about to get a little rough.
MAJOR SPOILER BELOW … it’s marked … but definitely resist the urge to let your eyes wander … you have been warned!
Orphaned from a young age, Nym is a slave facing her 15th sale. Nym has a dark past and a deep secret. A secret that could have her killed. A secret that has killed before. A secret that is about to be revealed and exploited in a twisted tale of politics and war.
Nym is an Elemental, able to control storms in a world where Elementals are always male and killed at birth. She shouldn’t even exist, and now she must fight to control her powers and keep from becoming a weapon in the wrong hands.
” ‘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 .”
What I Liked
Basically, this book was a medley of brilliant ideas and excellent plotline with poor execution. Ok so yeah, maybe that’s not exactly a pro. More like a backhanded compliment. Oh well, it’s the best I could do.
The potential of this book was phenomenal, but it just had WAY too many blaring issues in development to really become anything great.
Nym was a likeable MC. She was strong and powerful but she was also flawed and scarred. These are the things that make a character REAL. I also really adored Colin because … snarky boys give me life! Unfortunately, I found myself needing more depth to all of the characters in general. They were just so flat! Another mark missed. I will talk a little more on this in a few.
The saving grace for this book for me was the relationship between Colin and Nym (although not quite pushed as far as it should have been). *MAJOR SPOILER* And then Weber fucking killed Colin and let’s face it, he was the best thing about this book!!!! *END SPOILER*
I also enjoyed the last 50 pages of this book (where we finally get some action and mind blowing plot twists).
What I Did Not Like
I guess I sort of already touched on a few of these in the previous section so this may be a bit repetitive. *shrugs*
This book had great potential but it lacked severely in the development of characters, scenes, and the world as a whole.
The relationships just didn’t go far enough, which made things like friendship and romance feel shallow, forced and unrealistic. It also made the romance feel a bit insta-love-ish and awkward. And nobody likes that!
The world building in this book had to be some of the WORST world building I have ever come across. This book read like a follow-up course. Like there was some pre-requisite course in the development of this world that I simply missed. It was as if the author already expected me to know what and where things were which did not bode well for my understanding of what the fuck was going on. I mean there was a map … but like …
IT’S A REALLY SHITTY MAP! No help at all really.
The scene detail definitely suffered from the same underdevelopment. There were several scenes where I was lost completely with no idea where characters were or what the scene was even supposed to look like. Luckily I have a wild imagination and was able to fill in the blanks at times, but I really wish this book had just done it for me. I found myself rewriting everything all the time and that’s never a good sign.
Furthermore, the transitions between scenes were often a bit untidy. In several places, it was easy to tell where two separately written scenes were spliced together, but without the proper alignment. This left the story feeling fragmented and confusing.
I guess basically I could sum up all of my issues with this book into one word. Development … or the lack there of.
I could also go into a few more nit picky tiny things but there are enough blaring issues here that I don’t think that will be necessary.
All of the development issues aside, I enjoyed this idea. I don’t think that I would recommend it though and I certainly wont read it again.
If you want to read a book with an exciting and awesome storm magic world … I suggest Roar by Cora Carmack!