Sunday, August 17, 2014

{Blog Tour + Review + Favorite Quote + Giveaway} Storm Siren (Storm Siren #1) by Mary Weber

Storm Siren (Storm Siren #1)
by Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
Release Date: 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.

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Aside from Goodreads, I hang out on FACEBOOKTWITTER, and my BLOG. Come say hi!

Officially though: 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 likes orange trees, tattoos, and ALL the music. ;0) 

BOOK 1 in my YA fantasy STORM SIREN trilogy releases Aug 2014 from Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins. Eep!



Win (1) of (5) copies of Storm Siren by Mary Weber 

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{Details} ebook, 320 pages, Expected publication: August 19th 2014 by Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins Source: ebook provided in exchange for a honest review. Many thanks.

{Rating} 4/5 - I really liked it!


"Fourteen circles for fourteen owners." (page 1, line 1)
A beautifully written story with an imaginative plot, memorable characters, full of grief and guilt and challenges, political intrigue, storms and battles and an ending that will leave you craving more.

Nym has endured horrific things. She has done horrific things. Every day she has to deal with the guilt, the risk she poses to everyone around her. I felt for her. I cheered for her as she struggled with her abilities, with the idea that she is more than the things she's done. I so wanted her to find some measure of peace. 

Colin. Eogan. Breck. Adora. The supporting cast was just as well imagined as Nym's character with rich backstories and each having a special role to play - frustrating her, encouraging her, teaching her, giving her hope.

Favorite quote:

"I think some have to fight harder to choose good over evil because the evil's got it out for them. And maybe it's because those're the ones evil knows will become the strongest warriors, recognizing true wickedness when it rears its head." (location 2708)
The ending? Nooooo. Huh? What? Did that really happen? 

I loved Weber's writing style, her choice of words, her rhythm and pacing. She does a fabulous job of worldbuilding, completely immersing me in Faelen, a world with elementals, with slaves and war. She's also not afraid to put her characters through the wringer, to challenge them, to hurt them and to devastate them.

I'd love to see Storm Siren as a motion picture, the storms, the battle, Adora's clothes.... it would be amazing. 

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