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Publisher's Summary

"Storm Siren is a riveting tale from start to finish. Between the simmering romance, the rich and inventive fantasy world, and one seriously jaw-dropping finale, readers will clamor for the next book—and I'll be at the front of the line!” —MARISSA MEYER, New York Times best-selling author of the Lunar Chronicles.

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

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 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.

©2014 Thomas Nelson (P)2014 Thomas Nelson

Critic Reviews

"There are few things more exciting to discover than a debut novel packed with powerful storytelling and beautiful language. Storm Siren is one of those rarities. I'll read anything Mary Weber writes. More, please!" (Jay Asher, New York Times best-selling author of Thirteen Reasons Why)
" Storm Siren is a riveting tale from start to finish. Between the simmering romance, the rich and inventive fantasy world, and one seriously jaw-dropping finale, readers will clamor for the next book - and I'll be at the front of the line!" (Marissa Meyer, New York Times best-selling author of the Lunar Chronicles)

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awfull reader, story OK

I'm listening to chapter three... and wish I was reading the book myself.

The reader is very monoton.. she has or uses very little intonation and doesn't pause. I-mean-she-reads-every-sentence-as-if-it-were-a-single-word! She's in a hurry too, so there are hardly any pauses between sentences.

The reader can't 'do' different voices either, but to me that is a minor issue!

I just wish someone had coached her, the voice is not unpleasant.

The story itself seems well crafted. But I hesitate to judge, since the reading performance biases me!

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Great story the reader needs some coaching.

The reader seems like she was rushed. If you can get past the performance this story has a lot to offer.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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It's not that the reader was bad, just the editing

There were a few parts during the reading when the audio repeats a sentence or two. It was a bit annoying and definitely makes the audiobook feel unpolished and unprofessional.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Bad Narration, Okay Story...

This is a prime example of why choosing the wrong narrator can hurt your story. Let me list them out...
#1. This narrator sounds like she is 50 years old narrating for a teenager.
#2. The narrator is so monotone it was actually funny. At one point she was describing a house fire like she was reading off a grocery list. No emotion at all.
#3. No voices changes in anyway. She just read the book and didn't even try to make the characters unique.
#4. Too fast. She read so fast that I had to slow the narration down on the app. There wasn't even a pause at the end of the chapters.
#5. Slack editing. There are 3 places in the book were the narrator says the same sentence twice. There maybe more but 3 once I really started counted.

Now with that off my chest. The story was okay if you can get past the narration. It is predictable but interesting enough to make one able to finish it. There is a surprise ending that was done well. A story of a slave who finds she has the power to save the kingdom that hunts her.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story. Terrible performance.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Nothing, I loved the book, and the story. Very engaging, I didn't want to put it down.

What didn’t you like about Christine Stevens’s performance?

Her voice was rather monotoned. And there was no reason distinction between characters in her voice . Didn't enjoy the audio performance at all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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READ this book DON'T listen! Terrible narrator!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It was like the narrator only had so much time to read, so she read as quickly as possible. There's no pausing in between key sentences. No personality in characters as they speak. Everything is monotone. Very, very flat reading. I hope book two's narrator does a better job, because it's not a bad story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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An interesting story overwhelmed by its romance

Would you try another book from Mary Weber and/or Christine Stevens?

Yes, I would read another book by Weber, and I actually listened to this first book because I was offered the chance to read the second book in this trilogy in advance of its release date. The second book released June the second and I have read and reviewed it for our book review site.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Parts of it, you could tell were coming because of things said early, but the main surprise definitely made my eyebrows pop up. I was definitely more than ready to read the next book and see what direction Weber was taking this story.

What aspect of Christine Stevens’s performance would you have changed?

I thought Christine did an okay job of narrating the book. Nym grated my nerves a little bit, but I don't think that was the narrator's fault. She managed to capture the voice of a seventeen year old girl well.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably as long as it focused more on the action and Nym's powers than the all-consuming romance that really made the main plot falter.

Any additional comments?

At first, I thought I would rate this a 2.5 for our site, which isn’t necessarily bad. It’s a middling rating that, for me, says, “This was okay, but it could’ve been much better.” I went back and thought about this story, though, because it just felt like I should think a little more on what I did like about the story and how it balanced out against my feelings about what I didn’t like. I wanted to be fair to this book because I was excited about the premise and I thought I might’ve been overly critical.

After thinking about it, I conceded to myself that the ending along with Weber’s writing, which was achingly beautiful in some scenes, and some of the brilliance that pushed through I truly liked. I liked the little bit of the world I did get to see. The war conflict was solid and played with some elements I thought were wonderful, even if I felt they weren’t explored. The idea of old world magic versus new world technology was intriguing. With that said, I would’ve really liked to have explored Bron’s technological war advances more. Nym’s plight, her pain, I cared about. I loved the whole idea behind this story. There’s a fount of great concepts here, but I just didn’t think it was executed extremely well. So, I bumped the rating up just a little with that in mind.

In the end, though, the romance soured me a bit because that could’ve been time spent exploring the world and characters more. I don’t hate romance as long as it doesn’t overwhelm the overall story–barring the book isn’t a romance to begin with. This book just felt less about a story of a girl learning to control her powers, a girl atoning for past mistakes, to stop a war and more like a romance that everything else was secondary to. I wasn’t invested in the romance portion of this at all. The only compliment that I can give the romance is that it was a slow burn throughout the story rather than a rushed hookup.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Decent story; horrible reader

I struggled with this reader. Gave up on the audio book and read it instead. Once I made the switch, the story wasn't that bad.

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Good book, BAD narrator

This was a good book, but the author was horrible. Her monotonous recitation of the story was like listening to someone read the phone book. And, like most of the other reviewers, it was annoying that she didn't even try to differentiate vocal intonations with different characters. All the men sounded like women and all of the women sounded like they were 80.

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Loved the story! !! !

I have added this to my favorite books list. I love the story and I think the narrator did a good job.