Storm Born (Dark Swan #1)
Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants. . .
Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to fi...more
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Storm Born, the tragic tale of a woman forced by cruel fate to be hit on by ALL the men. Yes. That's what this story is about. Okay, there are fairies and she has to recover some damsel in distress but bas ...more
First of all, the plot itself was very weak. There was no point to the story, no climax, just a few things thrown together with no purpose. Events seemed to have been made up just to fill in the space between the sex scenes. Characters were unrelatable, unlikable, acted irrationall ...more
The beginning of this book seemed to crawl by. Maybe it just felt tedious as the author set up the story and world? I don't know, all I know is that it dragged until a ...more
Eugenie, Odile, Dark Swan...she's all these, and now she's about to find out that she's also so much more she never knew. Eugenie is a powerful shaman who banishes spirits and fey out of the mortal world into either hell or back to their world, depending on their crime. She's never actua ...more
Well at least, compared to Succubus Heat, Storm Born is better written, more exciting and most of all: funnier.
Meet Eugenie Markham aka Odile Dark Swan, a powerful shaman who protects the human world from Fay, spirits and other Otherworldly creatures. Due to a series of unfortunate incidents, attacks for her life, a conspiracy and indecent proposals from just about every male Fay creature, Eugenie finds out some pretty interesting t ...more
I can't write a review about this but here are my thoughts:
1. I liked the worlds Mead built in this one. Complex and simple at the same time and very intriguing.
2. It was fast paced, full of action and easy to read.
3. There was a love triangle, something I like lately.
4. There was a lot of chemistry and passion between the heroine and one of her potential love interests and I really liked them together although most readers disagree with me.
5. The second hero although bland at the ...more
Eugenie Markham, or Odile Dark Swan is a shaman who banishes spirits and fey from our world. She is hired to find a missing human child and must travel to the Otherworld to find her. There, she d ...more
I may just be all Meaded out as I just f ...more
I actually liked the idea of the book, but Eugenie as the narrator diminished that small flame of ...more
Having read and liked Mead’s Vampire Academy and Succubus series, I find this one to be shockingly bad. I had to force myself to finish it.
The main character/narrator is personality-less. She could have died and I wouldn't have known the difference (which is saying something, as this is a first person narration) or cared for that matter. Furthermore, Eugine's world is severly underdeveloped and lacks intrigue. Wait, I take that back, if I was interesting is BSDM wit ...more
Eugenie Markham (aka Odile) is a head-strong and independent character who is instantly likable. The opening few pages quickly sucked me into Eugenie's life as a Shaman with humour and combat as she fights to banish a spirit from a haunted running shoe! This book is full of action and for the most part the plot is fast-paced and when one fight ends another one ...more
Here is the list of unnecessary things in this book(in no particular order):
1. Hot main character who I don't think is hot
2. Every man/faerie wants to shag her
3. Love triangle
4. Having sex with two different guys on every 70-100 pages
5. Idiotic main character
6. Having almost rape scenes at least 4 times
and so on. As you can see,my two biggest concerns were with Eugenie and her wild sex life. She jumps from Kiyo to Dorian all the freaking time. And of course everyone wants a p ...more
I don't even know what to say about this, or how to rate it.
There were aspects I liked, as well as ones I didn't. Any book that can pull one over on me, or leave me surprised, means I enjoy it on some level, since that's not the easiest thing to do with me. I can even see similarities between some of my other favorite series and heroines... Kate Daniels, Mac, Georgina, although Eugenie doesn't quite measure up to those epic ladies.
On a certain level, I feel this book was just a long winded stor ...more
First of all, I love faery folklore or any mythology of any sorts so this book perked an interest for me— only I was disappointed. Mead's attempt at world-building just seemed rushed and I don't think M ...more
Okay - so Storm Born is about a problem solver named Eugenie Markham. Whenever something supernatural is causing distress for a human, they call Eugenie to make the problem disappear. Eugenie has the ability to banish all the baddies to the Otherworld or the Underworld. The Ot ...more
It turns out that the book is not what it seems on t ...more
Eugenie Markham, our heroine, is a powerful shaman who provides ghost busting type servies to those suffering with a wide variety of supernatural infestations. She is the first shaman I have read and liked. Most were wreckless or stupid. While working on several cases, she realizes ...more
Holy blazing hell, this man was SCORCHING! Um, can I just say balcony scene?! Oh yeah, ooooh yeah. There was one more, but I can't sum it up in one word, so how's this: (view spoiler)[Eugenia dominating him, forcing him to lay back and declare himself hers! (hide spoiler)]. DAAAAAMN!
Okay, fangirling over!
Most people say that Georgina Kincaid is better, and I did love Georgina Kincaid a lot. I rated Succubus Blues 5 stars, and this one only 4. But that's not t ...more
Original review score : 3.5 stars. I think I'll be keeping this rating.
Notes upon second read :
After having my opinions muddled by reading all 3 books and finding myself with conflicting feelings regarding all of the characters in the series, it was nice to go back to the start and relive some of the original love that I felt for Kiyo before everything started to go downhill. I found myself trying to decipher ...more
If that’s not enough trouble ...more
So, actually my rating would be somewhere between 3 and 4 stars, but I enjoyed reading this enough that I'm leaving the rating at 4 stars.
...a fun start to a fun book. Storm Born focuses on the bountyhunter-esque life of Eugenie Markham. She's a shaman-for-hire, able to not only banish spirits and like creatures to the Other- and Underworlds, but also to travel to said dimensions (though she doesn't dare do so but rarely). Her more-or-less straightforward life in Arizona becomes much more complicated when she agrees to travel to the Otherworld to retrieve a kidnapped teen ...more
I am a HUGE Vampire Academy fan, so when I went to Borders to get a few new books I wanted to read Richelle Mead's Succubus Blues series. Unfortunately, they were out of stock of the first installment, so I went with the Dark Swan series instead!
I felt so much of a connection with so many of the characters. It was so hard not to feel for them. The story was great, a ...more
This is an urban fantasy with all of the usual characters: the aggressive alpha male, the suspiciously good looking fae prince, lots and lots of enemies and our female protagonist with lots of baddass qualities like spunk, fighting spirit, mysterious past etc...
The lack of originality made this book a bit dull for me. Maybe it is becaus ...more
We have the main character, Eugenie who is really just like all my favorite urban fantasy heroines. They basically all have one trait in common. They kick some serious ass. I found Euguine quite funny too. He ...more
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