Why I chose this book:
I heard via Goodreads and a few blogs that this book was excellent for people who loved Throne of Glass. I’m pretty good at taking a book for what it is, and I really don’t pay much attention to book comparisons when reading a particular book, but I thought I should at least check this out.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson/ Harper Collins
Publish Date: August 19th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
My Bookish Mehs: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. (Goodreads)
I feel like the entire book can go under this category. There was nothing I absolutely loved or absolutely hated.
The characters were lackluster as was the plot, the world building, and the writing. The characters seemed way too surface level for my taste. She had ample opportunity to really dive deep into these characters, but they just never got to that point. There was even a point where I was actually a little perturbed that she didn’t take advantage of a certain character-growing moment for Nym. She allowed external events and places to make her change her inner character. I generally like when characters face their own issues and not allow events to be the deciding factor of their character development.
The world building, though good in theory, was also just halfway inspiring. I didn’t fell like I was really there at all, which is what I look for in good world-building. The countries and kingdoms and the plight of the Uathúil could have been fantastic, but other than the beginning at the slavers block, I didn’t feel anything, and I could have. I really could have, and I think that’s what gets me most.
And the writing, let’s talk about her writing for a second. Not only was her characterization completely shallow, but I felt like her writing style left me wanting less, not more. In theory, her plot was good and had major potential, but it lacked finesse. There were only two instances where I stopped to think, “Wow, that was a good line.” When I say that there is good writing in a book, I generally find myself having stopped multiple times to reread good lines. This one just didn’t do it for me. There was a bit more telling and a lot less feeling than I would have liked.
Lastly, can we talk about that ending? I think Weber was trying to create a really crazy cliffhanger, but I was totally expecting it. I mean, who didn’t see that one coming? It was almost painfully obvious what would end up happening, but then she directly ended it after the Aha! moment. That’s not how a cliffhanger works.
I’m glad I didn’t go out and buy a physical copy of this book. Instead, I bought it on my Kindle, but even still, I found it to be a sad disappointment. I would honestly give this a 1.5 star rating, because I didn’t absolutely hate its guts, like most 1-star reviews I post, but it was so lackluster, that I can’t in good conscience give it 2 stars. I wasn’t expecting Throne of Glass good, rarely anything can creep over into that realm of amazing-ness, but I was at least expecting a better read than the one I got.