Review: Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Storm Siren
Storm Siren by Mary Weber
Book One of the Storm Siren Trilogy
Published on August 19, 2014
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
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I read this as an ebook on my Kindle Paperwhite.

“Abruptly, I am falling, swimming, flying apart inside as the siren within me finds the door to her cage flung open and deliverance to be near.  Deliverance.  Freedom.  The words sear themselves to my heart.” pg. 203

When Nym, an Elemental slave, is forced to be trained as a weapon for the ongoing war, she has to not only attempt to control her powers but also decide who to trust in this new world of politics and deception.

For the full synopsis, visit Goodreads.

There has been no buzz about a movie adaptation being made.

I started a lot of YA fantasy series lately.  And maybe I OD-ed on it because aside from Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I felt underwhelmed by most of them.

But when Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles (see: review of Cinder), praised Storm Siren, I had to give it a chance.  Unfortunately, as much as there were good things about Mary Weber’s debut, there were just as many not-so-great things about it.

Although chosen as the April Book of the Month for my book club, I started it on March 30th and finished on April 2nd.  It was a quick read, fast-paced enough for you to devour it.  So unlike the rest of the more lower-rated books on this blog, Storm Siren wasn’t one of those I had to force myself to get through.  No issues there.  But it also felt rushed.  It was one thing to rush through a book because you just couldn’t wait to find out what happens–it’s another to feel as if the author didn’t use enough words or description to really flesh out the book.  I didn’t feel as if I was immersed in the Storm Siren world.  It was like going to Rome and seeing all the sites in the backseat of a car, through a window–you see it, you’re there, but you didn’t really experience it.

Storm Siren was a seesaw of a ride.  As often as it would go up, it would inevitably go down–and it was too unstable for my taste.  For example, when the author would describe Nym’s Elemental power, she used fantastic imagery and seemed to really be in touch with her character’s essence.  However, when it came to providing readers with a sound foundation for her characters, Weber fell short.

World-building in the fantasy genre was the key in creating a successful reality for the protagonist.  Without it, the novel would be one-dimensional.  The author needed to convince readers that perhaps, in some alternate universe, these characters and these situations, could have existed; the truths created within the reality of the book needed to be irrefutable.  Storm Siren failed to do this.  It had potential but unfortunately, was unable to live up to it.

The characters introduced were interesting but lacked the presence to be intriguing.  Even the love story was missing an authenticity that only comes with depth.  This book reminded me of those Subway commercials, with their plump sandwiches and overall mouth-watering ads.  But actually getting that sandwich and realizing it was more skimpy than plump.  Storm Siren was that skimpy sandwich for me.  It was packaged so well and held such promise, only to be left…wanting.

It also didn’t help how similar Storm Siren was to Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass (because Throne of Glass was GREAT).  I just couldn’t stop comparing the two and that proved to be detrimental to my feelings toward this book.

Maybe I needed a break from YA fantasy so I could stop making unfair comparisons, but needless to say, as much as I read each page with gusto, just as quickly did the story leave me.  And despite how jaw-dropping the ending was, as the days passed, the effect had worn off and I feel uncertain as to whether or not I have the desire to continue on with the journey.

Authors have TBR lists too.  Curious to know Mary Weber’s?  She blogged a TBR list back in January 2014.  It’s nice to know that authors are just like us regular people.

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