Title: Storm Siren
Author: Mary Weber
Published: 2014 by Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
First in the Storm Siren series
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Storm Siren is about a seventeen-year-old slave girl named Nym, who has spent most of her life being tossed around from one owner to another, until she was purchased by Adora. Adora had wanted to use Nym only as a weapon to end war, knowing that she was born with a rare elemental ability.
Nym was a fantastic main character. She was a very sweet girl, despite the horrible things that she had done because of her power. As a reader, I loved being able to watch her grow into a confident young woman and learn more about her past. Also, I have to say that Nym’s power was totally interesting to me. Unlike most gifted characters that I read about, Nym’s elemental power was original and refreshing (…not going to give anything away!) Eogan is assigned as her trainer to help her learn to control her abilities, but he is also keeping a secret. I loved Eogans character from the very beginning and couldn’t help but “root” for him and Nym to be together throughout the entire book.
I feel like the side characters aren’t getting half enough of the attention. In my opinion, Colin and his sister Breck brought a lot to this story. Breck was so cute and funny. She worked as a servant for Adora and was a true friend to Nym. I loved the way Breck talked on the audiobook, her accent always made me laugh and smile. Colin was always there for Nym. He was the sidekick/bestfriend/brotherly figure and never came between her relationship with Eogan (thank goodness).
I began reading Storm Siren as an audio book, but as the story progressed and pulled me in further, I had to switch to my eReader because the audiobook just wasn’t allowing me to get the information fast enough. The more I read, the more Storm Siren had reminded me of the Shatter Me series (in a good way of course!) Both Nym and Juliette were faced with a constant struggle. Both young girls had so much power, and no idea what to do with it. Both were forced to learn to control their abilities. What can I say, I love reading about people with awesome powers! Can’t get enough of it!
I believe that Storm Siren is an excellent novel to draw new readers into the YA fantasy genre. It is fascinating, but not overly complex, and it has magical powers (which I love!)
Storm Siren really surprised me and I can’t wait to see what else Mary Weber comes up with.
I rated Storm Siren 4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads. You should definitely check this one out!
Halfway through reading this I found out a lot of people did not want to give this book a chance as it was published by Thomas Nelson (Christian books). Mostly everyone thought it was going to be preachy, but I was shocked to find this was published by a Christian book company as I did not get that vibe from it all.
Nym should not exist. She is a seventeen year old elemental. Something that only boys can be born with and then they are killed immediately. She cannot control it and has been sold through over ten owners because of it. She catches the attention of a court advisor, Adora, who plans to train her and use her as a weapon, whether Nym wants to or not.
I was extremely intrigued after reading only a couple chapters of this. I absolutely love reading about elementals, and the fact that Nym should not even be living made it way more interesting. I loved that she was a slave girl thrown into a world of rich parties and politics. She has a kind heart and I felt myself rooting for her the entire time. I really liked getting to know each character but I mostly liked the interactions between Eogan and Nym. Nothing like a forbidden romance to spice things up. The only thing I wish is that there would have been more world building. I love being able to completely immerse myself in a world and this fell just short. Hopefully there will be a bit more of that in the next book. I did feel a bit lost through the second half of the book, but all in all I was very impressed.
I rated this a 3 out of 5.
A big thanks to Netgalley for this copy.