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Review: Storm Siren

Posted by on August 26, 2014

I have to admit. When I first saw the cover of Storm Siren, I was instantly intrigued, partly because I have a race of white haired humans in one of my future projects, and when I read the back cover, I knew I had to read it. Power over the wind, rain, storms, ice? Yes please!

So when I discovered that it would be on tour, I signed up right away. And there’s a giveaway!

offical Storm Siren


“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

Storm Siren Cover (521x800)

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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About the Author

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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.

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My thoughts

My heart is still bleeding. It is still too soon to write a review, yet I want to capture my initial thoughts and feelings before they fade.

*And having let the story simmer a bit, I still wouldn’t change my initial reaction.*

This story…is amazing. Powerful. Heart-wrenching. The characters were leap off the page, dripping with raw emotions and life. I loved the author’s voice and how she introduced her world to us. Sometimes I was a bit confused on what something was exactly, but the characters drove the story and the rest settled into place.

It was so good, until we got to the end. Great twist. But I hated the ending. There is no hint of a sequel, but leaving as the author did, there must be one. And if there is one, I’m not entirely sure I would want to read it. Although, based on what some parts could be interpreted as and hinted at, there could still be hope. But I’d not want to get my hopes up. Ack! But that said, it was well executed.

The story is fast paced, told in first person present tense, and sometimes the scene changes were confusing and jarring. The advanced reader copy I received was a kindle version and it was a mess. No paragraphs and all, so that might have added to some of the confusion at who was speaking and when.

I would definitely recommend it. And would love to discuss this book with other readers. Ha!

*I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher via net galley in conjunction with the book tour.


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Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour!

August 19th 

Interview at Wonderland Novels

Review at To Be A Person


August 20th

Review at A BookLover’s Heart


August 21st

Review at The Writer’s Window

Review at Seasons of Humility


August 22nd

Review at Remain in his Love

Review at Christian Bookshelf Reviews


August 23rd

Interview at Jaye L. Knight

Review at JoJo’s Corner


August 24th

Review at The American Anglophile

Interview at Sara Ella


August 25th

Review at Wandering the Pages

Review at Novel Characters

Book Spotlight at Sher A Hart: Written Art


August 26th

Review at Fictionally

Review at J. L. Mbewe


August 27th

Wrap up post &

End of Giveaway



14 Responses to Review: Storm Siren

  1. craftybooksheeps

    I felt the same way when the book ended! It took me a while to actually put all my thoughts down on paper! Thank you so much for the awesome review and being part of the blog tour! 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks Laura! I couldn’t resist that cover! I think a lot of people are going to feel the same way…but I think…there is hope. 😉

  2. sparksofember

    I love your thoughts about the ending. It actually makes me want to read it even more. Any book that can make your thoughts and emotions so jumbled has to be amazing. 🙂

  3. Georgina

    I’ve already heard from two friends about what a great book this is. Thanks so much for sharing your review! Now I definitely need to check it out. 😉

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Great! I’ve read mixed reviews for sure, but I definitely enjoyed it. I might have teared up a time or two. Thanks for stopping by Georgina!

  4. bookishashlee

    Is this considered just fantasy, or Christian fantasy? Either way, can’t wait to read it!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Ashlee! That is a good question! It is put out by Thomas Nelson, but I don’t see anything where it is labeled as Christian Fantasy. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Kessie

    Oh wow, this sounds really interesting! I’m definitely entering the giveaway. I’m leery of endings like that. I feel like I’m still raw from some of the awful things in the recent Dresden books.

  6. Rachael

    Wow that looks like a good book! Definitely going on my to read list 🙂

  7. sparksofember

    Just wanted to tell you I’m halfway through this. I was hooked from the very first page! But it’s slow going only because while I am reading it to myself, I am also reading it aloud to my husband when we go to bed. He loves her attitude, lol. And I saw the cover for the sequel announced on a different blog the other day. But I had to avoid the book blurb so I won’t get spoiled how this one ends. Have you seen it?

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Awesome! The characters definitely jump off the page with attitude. I did see the cover. Very nice. (BUT Storm Siren’s cover is my favorite.) And I think Siren’s Fury is the PERFECT title, once you finish reading you will understand why. ha! Thanks for letting me know you’re enjoying it. 🙂

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