Siren's Fury by Mary Weber
Storm Siren by Mary Weber
Synopsis: " '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. "
Review: Isn't that synopsis so hooking?! I decided to pick this up by chance at the library because the cover looked familiar and I am so grateful I did because this was one heck of a good fantasy book. The books starts off with an immediate hook ("Fourteen circles for fourteen owners.") How could anyone stop reading after that line?! This book was written very well and everything showed up very clearly in my brain. Both the characters and landscape were detailed and breathtaking the more I turned the pages the larger their world unfolded in front of me.
Nym, the main character, has such an intense system of emotions and a long unfortunate history. However though she believes herself to be hated I found her very easy to like. She had a kicked puppy vibe to her and that made me more and more curious and when the explosion came of who she was I liked her even more. A strong and powerful women is always a good thing to see in a book, but Nym had weaknesses too and that made her seem more realistic.
Oh the romance. Plenty here. At the first glance I swore she would fall head over heels for Colin and in the next pages Eogan shows up. Although the buildup for their romance was slow I could almost feel like they fell in love at first sight. However their love was also rushed and shushed and meant to be kept a secret while most people could probably tell by just glancing at them.
The entire plot was amazing. I loved how each character really came into play and everything just kept me turning the pages. I could not stop. Don't get me wrong I LOVE this book but this ending WOW. Cliffie is all I'm going to say and those of you who HATE cliffies should know that you needn't worry! The second book is already out and ready for you to get whereas the clueless me did not now and I finally got the second book from the library a week or two later. Fantasy lovers this book is for you so go and read it!
Cover: ★★★☆☆ (probably the only thing that kept me away from this book longer)
Favorite Quote: "Was I born to destroy life, or to defend Faelen?"
" 'Maybe the ones who've struggled with true evil are the ones meant to make the biggest difference against it, you know?' "
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Synopsis: "Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.
Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters."
Review: Highly recommended for anyone who loved Fangirl! Personally I don't remember much of the Simon and Baz part of Fangirl BUT (in my opinion and this may not carry true for everyone) but I really enjoyed reading this book without remembering much of Simon and Baz because everything felt more of a mystery and honestly I was actually really considering Simon and Baz weren't even going to be the Simon and Baz Fangirl showed. Now onto the important parts of this review...
As soon as I opened this book I was in love, and to be fair I was already greatly impressed by the cover, but even more so with the map (ahhh book maps are the best don't you agree?) Rainbow Rowell sure knows how to choose her artists because everything is AMAZING especially after reading the story or during and getting to literally follow along with the map and the few art pieces put in to separate each "book". I remember Simon being some lanky guy, but wow Rainbow Rowell also really knows how to describe each character incredibly well because I can see each character in my head like there's already a movie that was made. Each character plays a part and I loved seeing how both Simon grew up as well as his relationships with Penelope, Agatha, and Baz. I loved how each character was given a chance to speak their mind, not only was I really able to capture each character's mentality, but I could also see into parts of the story which might otherwise have been lost. ESPECIALLY BAZ'S LINE ON PAGE 176 I KNEW ALREADY BUT STILL AHHHH!
The plot... Where do I even start?! I loved it and even though I didn't have any background or remembrance of any possible tidbits of Simon's magic world I fell in so quickly and fluidly it was like I was there my whole life. I felt immediately drawn into the plot and each page had me yearning for more. ALthough for me there were no MIND BLOWING plot twists there were LOTS of little twists turns and made this book quite the page turner. I loved the way the spells were brought into the books as just common said things in our daily lives. This just made my reading experience that much more exciting when one of my teachers at school said "Clean as a whistle", for everyone else it was just a common phrase but for me I just imagined Simon. Overall, there was a pretty amazing plot line and lots of adventures to follow along with.
Now for the part most of you are probably interested in if you've read Fangirl... the romance. I don't want to give anything away to those who have not read Fangirl therefore all I can say is that yes it was like in Fangirl and yes it is quite romantic and cute. There were hero scenes included and honestly I was sort of lulled with Simon's relationship with Agatha in the beginning with a false sense of security and confusion due to Fangirl (not saying they don't have a relationship later on! who knows until you read it! ) Honestly the cover already gives the most away but still I'll keep my mouth sealed and head on into the spoilers box...
Spoilers: SIMON AND BAZZz AHHHHH OKOK I KNEW but STILL. So cute and magical. Honestly I really thought Simon was straight though and Fangirl was an alternative version?? I DON'T KNOW WHY.... Honestly I was SO happy seeing them happy and with a pretty happy ending because I also really thought one or the other was going to die and that would have made me cry. Thanks to Rainbow Rowell for letting me smile at the end of the book instead of cry! (I was also at school at that point so that could have been really weird for the people around me...)
Cover: ★★★★★★★★★★ (Can I do that? IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL)
Favorite Quote: "Clean as a whistle." (Sorry had to do that!)
"I never really thought that would happen."
“Just when you think you're having a scene without Simon, he drops in to remind you that everyone else is a supporting character in his catastrophe.”
"You have to pretend you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can't carry on at all.”
- I have some more but.. spoilers prevent me from sharing ;( -
Back to School + Finals Week
This has been one long spring break and now it's over... For most people this just means going back to school again, but unfortunately my school has decided to put finals... right. after. spring. break?! Who does that?! Instead of having the usual relaxing break I've had a week of tons of projects and very little reading. Enough of this depressing news so instead I've decided to sum up the fun things I've done over break.
1. Finally start The Young Elites ( IT WAS SO GOOD THANKS @booksthetics aka Nani )
2. I watched Zootopia (AND SO SHOULD YOU! LOVED IT!!)
3. I tried to hike with cats with my sisters (dog owners were totally judging us)
4. Went to the library and got a buncha books to read after finals are over!
5. I started the #aprilbookshowers challenge on instagram and I hope to be able to keep up!
6. I watched LOTS of youtube videos...
Not much but still had a pretty decent spring break! Overall I just had a nice slow paced week amidst many future busy weeks and it was nice to really de-stress myself just a little. Now it's time to get back into things *sigh* let's just not how about instead you tell me a bit about your break!? (or if you're one of the lucky one's that just started break what you plan on doing!)
A fan of anything fiction, furry, & fun.