storm siren trilogy review

by - February 07, 2018

HI LOOK WHO DECIDED TO POST ON A WEDNESDAY.

I realised I had this review already typed up and I'd promised this full series review to someone who asked and HADN'T KEPT MY PROMISE so here it finally is (sorry it took forever).



I remember why I decided to read this series. There was a lot of hype about The Evaporation of Sofi Snow and I was interested, so I went to check if my library had it. #nope Overdrive? Nope. But there was the Storm Siren trilogy, so I decided to test this author out. The idea of a siren and slave really got to me.

Unfortunately the kid was an elemental not a siren, and she only spent some five chapters as a slave so that was a tad disappointing? And I half expected the "Christian author" aspect to shine through more clearly -- I thought the Creator would play a bigger role, but idk ... didn't happen? Otherwise it was good!



Storm Siren

“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.



Book one flew by in two days ...
  • My favorite thing about Nym was that she had white hair!!
  • Umm ok so maybe not but idk I'm obsessed with white hair!!
  • Nym was like an infatuating friend -- stubborn and annoyed and determined. Hardcore and strong with those abilities by possessing little self-esteem and confidence
  • So at first I thought Colin would be the love interest
  • But lol no it had to be Eogan the trainer himself
  • whom Nym is always angry with for being so hopelessly attractive
  • I laughed so hard the entire time they were crushing on each other bc it was so awkwardly funny
  • Poor guys but honestly I had a hard time putting Eogan in the shoes of the "love interest" for the full book one because HELLO HE IS THE TRAINER CHARACTER (aka mentor)
  • Setting was kindda average, like I didn't fall in love with it
  • But it was still a nice fantasy world
  • I didn't always understand the magic but then, I never do HAHA
  • It's because I read too fast and have the "attention span of a sparrow" for descriptive/informational scenes
  • I'm also a professional skim reader!!
  • Colin was a blast and I loved the poor guy and his sister (*sobs forever bc of certain tragedies)
  • Adora was downright horrible and I hate her *nods*
  • Rasha was pretty amazing yes
  • Cedric was downright awesome whoohoo
  • DRAEWULF THO >> EPIC VILLAIN if I ever saw one
  • the action started coming mid-book and I was really really pleased with it!
  • EPIC BATTLE SCENES THOUGH WOOT MARY WEBER FOREVER WON MY RESPECT WITH THAT CLIMATIC BATTLE (only rivalled by the masters of course)
  • AHH THAT HORRIBLE TWIST AT THE END HELP (like be proud of me I didn't read it first!!?)
  • My only problem was that in this one the thing called "lust" in content was rather blatantly staring me in the face -- like WHY SUCH A HUGE FOCUS ON PHYSICAL APPEARANCE? Idk but Nym kept noticing how people touched our ogled or all that so like STOP WILL YOU bc do I need to know this? Not really? Maybe though it was part of her character development ... I'm not all sure



Siren's Fury

I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it’s no use. The curse I’ve spent my entire life abhorring—the thing I trained so hard to control—no longer exists.

Nym risked her life to save Faelen, her homeland, from a losing war, only to discover that the shapeshifter Draewulf has stolen everything she holds dear. But when the repulsive monster robs Nym of her storm-summoning abilities as well, the beautiful Elemental realizes herwar is only just beginning.

Now powerless to control the elements that once emboldened her, Nym stows away on an airship traveling to the metallic kingdom of Bron. She must stop Draewulf. But the horrors he’s brought to life and the secrets of Bron are more than Nym bargained for. Then the disturbing Lord Myles tempts her with new powers that could destroy the monster, and Nym must decide whether she can compromise in the name of good even if it costs her very soul.

As she navigates the stark industrial cityscape of Bron, Nym is faced with an impossible choice: change the future with one slice of a blade…or sacrifice the entire kingdom for the one thing her heart just can’t let go.
 



Now book 2 really kinda dragged out, sorry to say, but WHAT WAS EVEN HAPPENING? I can't remember ...

  • So there was Myles and idk he's an antihero but I like him more than I should maybe?
  • There was a lot of Draewulf he plus Eogan had ... err... interesting ... connections (#spoiler info *cough cough*)
  • Highlight next paragraph for spoilers
  • So like he and Eogan were in the same body for a while YAY AND HURRAY #conflict (bc killing one would kill the other oh no)
  • I thought that that was awesome and brilliant and basically redeemed the book somewhat
  • Also Kell is precious
  • There's dark powers and bad decisions and torn apart lovers and generally lots of bad and creepy stuff happening 
  • other than that what was the plot about I don't know anymore


Nym and Draewulf prepare to face off in a battle destined to destroy more lives than it saves.

With the loss of Tulla still fresh in mind, Rasha’s fate unknown, and Lord Myles taken over by the dark ability, Nym and the few Bron soldiers rush to warn Cashlin’s queen. Only to discover it may already be too late for the monarch and her eerie kingdom. As the Luminescents are sifting through Nym’s past memories and the queen is reading into her future, Nym is given a choice of how to defeat Draewulf, but the cost may be more than she can bear. And even then there are no guarantees.

With that reality burrowing into her bones—along with the guilt of the lives she will sacrifice—Nym returns to her homeland of Faelen to raise an army of peasants through promises of freedom. But when the few friends she has left, along with the world and citizens she loves, are staring down the face of a monster and his undead army, will Nym summon every element her blood is capable of controlling . . . or surrender to a different strength—one of sacrifice?

Because in the end, death may be more merciful for them all.


Book three was quite literally AWESOME?

  • So I didn't expect to love this as much as I did but hello look I did
  • This was basically battle prep + rally so YES
  • Nym was finally coming to senses and she's actually developed a huge amount 
  • Probably grew in book 2 while I was bored to death like WHAT DID I MISS THERE?
  • I also ship Eogan + Nym hurray
  • Also Myles ... he was ... kinda terrific ...
  • + Rasha ^.^
  •  AND THE ENTIRE RESCUE THING WAS LIKE A+ I APPROVE
  • There was a creepy forest with monsters which was creepy and cool and *nodnod*
  • ALSO EPIC CLIMATIC BATTLE
  • GO MARY WEBER
  • I AM IN LOVE WITH HER CLIMATIC EPIC BATTLES
  • also slightly cliche dramatic ending but who even cares?
  • HAPPILY EVER AFTER ... mostly

So in essence this series was made up of ...

  • cool characters
  • relatively good fantasy world which I don't really have an inclination to live in
  • EPIC BATTLES
  • hugely powerful villain with a deadly ghost army
  • I appreciate that guy ^^
  • ACTION ACTION ACTION
  • awesome twists 
  • character development I don't know how happened
  • great conflicts (like great in an awesome way and great in a big way)
ALL IN ALL I HAVE TO SAY SPLENDID JOB WITH THIS SERIES MRS. WEBER *applauds*

So unfortunately I found book 2 boring, but I definitely recommend you all to endure that and read the full trilogy, especially if you like magical fantasy!! As a whole the series deserves 4/5 stars from me :D

Oh an extra note here - Nym reminded me so much of Celaena from Throne of Glass (<< is that how you spell her name anyway??)

  • hard core gal who has killed lots of people - check
  • slave - check
  • scarred and tattooed - check
  • fell in love with trainer guy - check
  • fought monsters and things from the dead side - check
  • turned out to be heir or something *coughcough* #spoiler - check
But hey, Throne of Glass is really long and fat and complicated and long winded and has 0000% regard for your feelings or ships so reading Storm Siren would be much simpler *nods*


have you read storm siren?
what are your thoughts?
do you like creepy magical fantasies?


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25 comments

  1. I've never heard of this series before, so I need to look into it more! Great review!!

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    1. You haven't hear about it? Wow. Yes check them out on Goodreads! Thanks so much; glad you enjoyed my randomness lol XD

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  2. THIS LOOKS AND SOUNDS AMAZING! How is this my first time hearing (reading) about it?!?! XD

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    1. WELL THANK YOU SO MUCH! Idk how you could have NOT heard about this before, but go look them up!!

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  3. I haven’t read this one, but you and Tracey have both given it really glowing reviews, so now I might have to! I’ve got old ARCS of Sofi Snow and Shiloh Snow on my kindle...now I just have to read them. XD

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    1. Ah yes, Tracey is another Mary Weber fan XD She definitely gave more glowing reviews than me though XD YOU REALLY OUGHT TO GIVE IT A TRY AT LEAST! Wait - how do you have OLD ARCS THAT YOU HAVEN'T READ? Aren't ARCs for reading IN ADVANCE? LOL. Tell me how you like them later!!

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    2. I don't even know! They still had the first one available on Netgalley...not sure why when it came out a year ago but ya know. :? So I got it last month and just haven't read it yet. Because I'm lazy and have to read Fawkes first. XD

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  4. I haven't read anything by Mary Weber, but I did do the cover reveal for Sofi Snow...so I should probably read it sometime?? XD I'll definitely put it on my TBR!

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    1. HAHA YES YOU SHOULD :P Let me know how Sofi Snow is! These ones are really worth looking into as well! XD

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  5. I think I've heard of the first one, but since I shy away from stories with lots of magic, I think I never really looked into it...but I may have to, anyway. XD

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    1. YAY you've heard of it!! Yeah sometimes lots of magic is ... confusing. I have the brain of a five-year-old when it comes to understanding HOW COMPLICATED MAGIC WORKS. I definitely recommend giving these a try, but then if you don't like magic, this might not be your thing haha :P

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  6. I've seen this series go around Goodreads - not sure if I'll read it or not, as I'm not a fan of elemental magic. But an excellent review, Lisa!!

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. *nods* I do get bored of elemental magic sometimes. If it's not your thing then these books might not be for you either XD But thanks for the compliment!!

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  7. I only read the first one, it was okay. I thought Colin was going to be the love interest too.

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    1. HURRAY I'M GLAD YOU READ IT! And yes, so happy I'm not along in that mistaken assumptions lol XD

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  8. THIS REVIEW IS GOLD!!!

    Duuuuuuude, why does my library only have book 1???? I can't read it if I don't have access to the other books!!! *weeps in the corner*

    Lila @ The Red-Hooded Writer

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    1. YOUR COMMENT IS GOLD!! Thanks ^.^

      I DON'T KNOW WHY LIBRARIES ARE SO STRANGE SOMETIMES *weeps with you* I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO STAND IT EITHER!! Try checking your library's electronic resources to see if they have it in ebook or audio book!!

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  9. I try to shy away from anything creepy... mostly because I get spooked. And ugh, I HATE BOOKS DISCUSSING CHOCOLATE EYES AND HUNKY TANNED BICEPS like if you’re really lusting that much over much, go do something better like eat chocolate for goodness sakes.

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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    1. HAHAHA RIGHT :P I usually go for /some/ creepy stuff bc ordinary dangers never scare me enough XD BUT UGH YES YOU ARE SO RIGHT WHY DO THE CHARACTERS IMAGINE THAT ALL THEIR READERS WANT TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT EVERYONE ELSE THINKS ABOUT HOW HOT EVERYONE ELSE IS AND DO REAL PEOPLE EVEN ACT LIKE THAT??!! IDK!! Let's all go eat chocolate instead! XD

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  10. whatwhat how have i never heard of these?! i'm generally not a fan of creepyish books but these look so good!

    also these covers... i'm in love.

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    1. IDK but I'm glad to introduce them to you now :P They really are attention grabbing! Lemme know if you read and what you think. :D

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  11. I'm not too big on super magical fantasy reads but I will try to keep an eye out for other book reviews you will be posting.

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    1. OK :D I understand your position!! I'll definitely try to do my best and review more non-magical books LOL thanks for the comment!

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  12. I LOVE YOUR REVIEWS!! I haven't read these yet, but the covers are just gorgeous. <-- look at that, Ivie can use a word besides awesome and amazing. XD

    It sounds like they were cleaner than most, so I will probably add them to my neverending TBR, though I may keep them on my mental TBR because my real TBR is WAAAAYYYY too long right now. XD (Hopefully I can remedy that soon.)

    You did a spectacular job on the reviews. (I'm using more adjectives, yay. XD)

    ~Ivie|Ivie Writes

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    1. AWW THANK YOU IVIE YOU MAKE ME SO HAPPY ^.^ Glad you like the look of the books too - they were pretty clean - except for some kissing (ugh - mostly book 3) and made up swear words (like Maze Runner) so... yeah... BUT YES I RELATE TO TBR PROBLEMS!!!

      Thanks a million girl! Also, yes, go you for expanding your vocabulary!!

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