Title: Storm Siren
Author: Mary Weber
Series: The Storm Siren Trilogy #1
Source: Purchased (eBook)
Publisher: Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins
Published: August 19th, 2014
“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.
So this follows Nymeria who is a female Elemental who controls the weather (like Storm in X-men). She is abnormality because Elementals are only male and are killed at birth. She somehow flys under the radar for 17 years while being a slave to 14 different owners until she shows off her power at the slave market. Lady Adora buys her and starts training her with another boy named Colin who is a Terran (misspell?) and can do cool things to the ground. Now Nym has no confidence at all in her abilities because all she has ever done is harm and kill. She doesn’t believe that she can control her powers but Eogan the trainer believes in her. So it’s a story of one girl having to make the decision to either gain the confidence to use her powers for the good of the country or to become the weapon that everyone believes (herself included) that she should become?
I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounds awesome and Nym would be such a strong heroine and I was a little disappointed. 😦 This book was really slow…like nothing really happened until the last few chapters and then BAM!! So many things happened at once. It was a little overkill at times and I had to reread paragraphs/chapters to fully understand what was happening (I might have been reading too fast so that I could know what would happen next…bad habit of mine). AND THEN THE CLIFFHANGER!!! OMG!!!!!!! What torture!!! Be prepared to throw the book across the room because you will have to wait for the next book to come out to REALLY find out what happens next!
So..moving on from that….the world building was lacking. I wish we had more background and history of each country. It wasn’t until the very end that you really understood everything that was happening and on top of the fight it was too much all at once. You only got small hints throughout the book and even that wasn’t enough to really find out what was going on with the war. The romance is ok, it’s sorta “insta-love” which rattled me but at the same time..NO LOVE TRIANGLE! I was SUPER worried because there was another guy there, but he acted more like a friend (THANK GOSH). Nyms story was heart-breaking but uplifting, her confidence really came through at the end even through horrible betrayal. Great book but just lacking in some things that could have made it so much better!