Review and Giveaway of Storm Siren PLUS a Starbucks gift card!
You know when you pick up a book and you just KNOW it’s going to be good, and then you can’t stop reading (even late into the night) because you have to KNOW what happens to these characters?
About Storm Siren…
I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”–Mary Weber, Storm Siren
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.
About the author, Mary Weber…
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.
Q&A with Mary Weber…
Flic asks, “Do you ever mold your characters after yourself? Which ones?”
*laughs* Um…maybe. And by that I mean Lady Adora might be my alter-ego on paper. (Confession: My husband is sitting here totally nodding that, yes, *sometimes* that similarity is true. Ahem. ;0))
Karine asks, ” If you could go anywhere in the world to write to get a new perspective for a location in your book where would it be and why?”
Ooh can I choose Hogwarts? Because heck yes. As far as real places which don’t require awesome magic skills to get to… I’d go with Britain. I’ve been there once (on my honeymoon) and fell in love with the rich history and countryside. Also, they have swoony accents!!
Christen asks, “Which heroine do you like better, Katniss or Tris, and why?”
Katniss all the way. (Sorry Tris!) That girl’s just got the heartbroken heroic thing going on. Also, she has Peeta…
Torri asks, “I am really interested in Biblical parallels and themes. Are there any in your book?”
I love this question. ;0) And, yes, simply because my beliefs shape my worldview and thus shape my writing. I think any good story always carries a thread of redemption, and in Storm Siren, that is what Nym is looking for more than anything. She’s also seeking freedom and the hope that there is bigger purpose to her life. Along with those, there are themes of laying down one’s life for a friend, valuing life at every level, and fighting against injustice. :0)
Pauline asks, “How do you avoid being distracted by Facebook and Twitter so you can write?”
Er…um…(hangs head sheepishly)…I may or may not have my husband unplug our internet when I go into my writing cave (because the social-net is sooo hard to resist!). Once I get settled in there though I usually become so invested in the process that I don’t want to emerge.
But could you hold on a sec? Let me tweet your question… ;0)
Thank you for having me, Sara!!! And thank you, reading peoples, for all the cool questions!!
Thank YOU, Mary for answering our questions! You’re awesome!
Why I LOVE and Recommend Storm Siren…
A) The author. I mean, you saw her picture, right? But seriously, besides her awesome taste in hair color and fashion, I love Mary Weber because she’s real. She connects with fans on social media (so go connect with her why don’t you?), and her author voice is nothing short of–and you can quote me on this–phenomenal! In Storm Siren, modern teen sarcasm meets fairy tale dialect, and it’s just so unique and different. You’ve got the main character, Nym, who sounds like a real young adult heroine in my reader’s ear, but then you’ve got her saying things like “litches” and “bolcrane” that ground her in her world. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what litches or bolcranes are. When Nym says them you know she’s mad or upset or just about ready to bring on the rain, as the case may be. Mary Weber does an amazing job of building her world to make it totally believable, while at the same time creating relatable characters that those of us in the real world can identify with.
B) Eogan. Okay, so you don’t know Eogan yet and I probably shouldn’t say too much about him since I KNOW you are going to read Storm Siren and don’t want me to spoil it for you. But I do have to say that, in this blogger’s opinion, Eogan is Edward Cullen (Twilight) meets Four (Divergent), but without the “I want to drink your blood” thing. I just love this character. He’s dark and mysterious and kind of mean (sometimes), but all for ample reason. I can’t wait until book 2 so I can find out what happens to Eogan. So c’mon, Mary Weber, can’t you make June 2015 come any faster?
C) Adora. Oooh, I hate her! Female villains are the best (worst?) because somehow they manage to be so much more evil than the guys. And it’s not even that Adora comes off as all out villain either. She’s not. What’s great about Adora is that she’s specifically a villain for the heroine Nym. Think Once Upon a Time, Evil Queen vs. Snow White. Adora uses and manipulates Nym, and when Nym strays from the line Adora draws for her it’s like “Watch Out! Tiger lady is here!”. I found myself contantly looking over my shoulder…er, Nym’s shoulder, to see if Adora was watching us….eh em, her. See? I’m so connected with this story I think I’m part of it, LOL 🙂
Check out the book trailer for Storm Siren!
Want to enter Nym’s world in Storm Siren and read more of her story? Use the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win these awesome prizes:
- A copy of Storm Siren + a $5 Starbucks gift card (2 winners)
- A Storm Siren inspired necklace made by Mary’s daughter! (1 winner)
Hurry! Giveaway runs through Tuesday, August 26th! Be sure to check out the Storm Siren Tour Kick-off post over at Crafty Booksheeps, and say hi to one of my all time fave bloggers Laura P! Laura invited me to participate in this tour and I just adore her to pieces! Also, check out the rest of the tour at these other awesome blogs:
Interview at Wonderland Novels
Review at To Be A Person
Review at A BookLover’s Heart
Interview at The Writer’s Window
Review at Seasons of Humility
Review at Remain in his Love
Review at Christian Bookshelf Reviews
Interview at Jaye L. Knight
Review at JoJo’s Corner
Review at The American Anglophile
Interview and Review at Sara Ella
Review at Wandering the Pages
Review at Novel Characters
Book Spotlight at Sher A Hart: Written Art
Review at Fictionally
Review at J. L. Mbewe
Wrap up post &
End of Giveaway
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