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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

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Mass Market Paperback, 361 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2008)
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Kat Kennedy
Did you hear that sound? That sound, right there? Okay, well, it's either the sound of my heart forsaking Mead for all eternity, or there's a murderer whose broken into your house and is SNEAKING UP BEHIND YOU!!!!!



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Look over your shoulder just to check that I'm wrong. You know you want to do it!

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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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Tatiana
Mar 11, 2010 Tatiana rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of S&M/bondage kind of smut
Shelves: 2009, urban-fantasy
I love Mead's Vampire Academy series, like Succubus books as well; naturally I expected to enjoy Storm Born too. Unfortunately, I was wrong. In fact, I couldn't believe how bad it was. Did Richelle actually write this?

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
Catherine
This was a pretty average first book in a series. It wasn't bad and it wasn't really good, it was just...there. The world building wasn't particularly developed, which was rather disappointing. Because I found Eugenie irritating and her love triangle boring, I was hoping for an intricate world to capture my attention. No such luck.

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
FlibBityFLooB
I knew it was going to be a different sort of book when the first couple pages talked about a haunted shoe. I can’t say that I have ever read a book with haunted clothing before. One of the things I appreciate in the over-crowded world of urban fantasy is when an author makes an attempt to build a world with interesting and unique creatures. If the only thing you read about is vampires, that can be very boring. I liked Richelle Mead’s world building in this book with elementals, water spirits, g...more
Lucy
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Fascinating! I couldn't put "Storm Born" by Richelle Mead down! I read her 'succubus' series, but this is so much more. More fantasy, more characters, more worlds, and WAY hot fae, humans, and shifters (kitsune).

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
Mel
Dare I say I loved this more than the Georgina Kincaid series?
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
Emily May
I could not get into this at all. I'm a big Richelle Mead fan since reading her Succubus series but I feel she majorly let herself down with this one. I didn't care for Eugenie Markham once during this novel, I felt no real connection with her and she didn't even have the witty sarcasm that I so loved about Georgina Kincaid. The plot was weak and just generally messy, that's not even mentioning the weird mythology overkill that interested me about as much as watching paint dry... I couldn't tell...more
Fani
2.5 stars

I can't write a review about this but here are my thoughts:

Pros:
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
AH
Storm Born has one of the funnier opening scenes that I have read in a while involving a haunted shoe. It also has a very sexy fairy king who is very good at tying complicated knots. Add in a prophecy about the heroine's unborn and unconceived child, and a shapeshifting fox, and you have a very fun read.

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
Regina
This is a decent start to a series. Solid world building and interesting charcters are introduced. It is a very sexy book - shockingly sexy almost. But for me, something kept it from being great. I did not connect with the heroine and I almost didn't care what happened. I enjoyed her interactions with Kiyo and Dorian and then her interactions with her imprisoned spirits, those were the highlights for me. I listened to the audio and the narration is decent.

I may just be all Meaded out as I just f...more
Wendy Darling
Fun fun fun! I love Vampire Academy but I haven't been able to get into the Georgina Kincaid books as much, so it's great to find that this series is so entertaining. Eugenie, like all of Richelle Mead's heroines, is a kick-ass character and both Kiyo and Dorian are appealing in different ways. Some great action scenes, in both the battle field and the bedroom. Looking forward to starting Thorn Queen.
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
This is the first in the new Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead, author of the incredibly successful Vampire Academy and Succubus novels.

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
Leah
Much to my chagrin, I did not like Storm Born. I was just irritated from start to finish with this book, and the source: Eugenie Markham. For some reason, I just could not stand Eugenie. Throughout the whole book, I just kept thinking something along the lines of, "Wow, Eugenie is really a bitch." I don't even know where to start with what I didn't like about her, so suffice it to say that I didn't.

I actually liked the idea of the book, but Eugenie as the narrator diminished that small flame of...more
Heather
Good God this book was horrid!

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
Samantha

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
Jamie
First, thanks to everyone who urged me to read this book/series: Miss Vain, Christen, Samina, Mrs. VKB, Cat and Wendy Darling (am I missing anyone, lol?). I was hedging on reading this series, but I'm so glad I started it.

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
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
For a heroine who is supposed to be totally badass and the most feared shaman of all, Eugenie Markham finds herself in some incredibly hairy situations where she is powerless to save herself. What drew me to this book was not only because it was a title by Richelle Mead, but because the back cover of the story read to be incredibly enthralling, you've got a shaman with magical powers and a Glock, fairy kings, a shapeshifter, what's not to like?

It turns out that the book is not what it seems on t...more
Zemira Warner
Eehhh. What a mess!

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
jD
This is my first Richelle Mead book. It had been on my TBR pile for some time. I flagged it because of the fae element and hoped the rest would pull me in. Well, the story was many things before all was said and done.

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
♔ Leah.
Initially, this book was rated 2 stars but because I'm a sadistic, spiteful bitch I knocked a star off because I realised that Storm Born is just a soap opera within a soap opera. In a nutshell, Storm Born is a melodramatic pile of bullshit that could put Days of Our Lives or Eastenders to shame.

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
Wendy F
I've got one word for you.... KIYO!!!

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). 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
Stacia (the 2010 club)
***Series re-read with friends in preparation for final book release - December 2011***
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
Jenny
Oct 21, 2010 Jenny rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Urban Fantasy or is a Richelle Mead fan.
Eugenie Markham also know as Odile Dark Swan is a shaman who banishes Fae and other creatures from the human world, back to the Otherwolrld or direct to the Underworld. Mercenary maybe but she is very good at it. Euegeine is a strong, sexy, assured character who thinks she knows who she is. There’s only one problem the prophecy, suddenly every Otherworld creature capable of crossing over is after Eugenie in the hope of fathering her first born to fulfil the prophecy.

If that’s not enough trouble...more
Wicked Incognito Now
I don't know. I don't even know what to say about this right now. I'm a bit dumbfounded. But I really like Mead's writing style. It's compelling and fun even. I never felt bored reading this, but I don't know that I'm thrilled with how things ended up. It's all so weird!!!

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.
Alisha
May 23, 2010 Alisha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: UF fans of kick-butt female protagonists
"I'd seen weirder things than a haunted shoe, but not many."

...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
Melanie
Even though it took me a while to read this book, with other books coming out and all the trips I've been going on, it was amazing.

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
Kitty (I solemnly swear that I am up to no good)
I picked up Storm Born because of Rachelle Mead, and I did not think it was up to her usual standards of mushy awesomeness, but that is not to say it wasn't good.
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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
Mariya
Richelle Mead is amazing, simply amazing. Not only is her Vampire Academy Series a favorite of mine, but also I may have found a love in her adult urban fantasy series, Dark Swan. I was about to give up on fae books. I have only read a few, but STORM BORN turned out to be a real page turner.

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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