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Storm Born by Richelle Mead
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Eugenie Markham is a Shaman with a reputation for ridding unsuspecting humans of nasties from the Otherworld. After taking on a new case, Eugenie learns that she is the object of a dark prophecy foretelling the birth of a child who will bring about the end of the world as we know it. Soon every ambitious fae is set on “having” Eugenie and she will need all the help she can get to fight them off.

To be honest, I’m on the fence about this book. The Otherworld politics and creatures are well developed, the action scenes are exciting and the characters are reminiscent of Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. Eugenie is not nearly as irritating as Mac and her humor is snarky without being grating. Dorian is more likable and less smarmy than V’lane but he is lacking a true Alpha male personality, and Kiyo while gorgeous in his own right is definitely NOT Barrons. Moreover, his big secret undermines his potential as hero material.

The plot is, unfortunately, quite predictable and the love triangle seems forced. While Eugene and the two men in her life have definite chemistry, there is no foundation for any emotional connection between the characters, and it is, therefore, difficult for the reader to care one way or the other which man Eugene ultimately chooses to be with.

In terms of the narration, Jennifer Van Dyck’s voice is too mature for the 26 year old Eugenie and her version of Dorian makes him sound like a pretentious prick, which I’m almost certain is not the vibe Mead was going for.

All in all, Storm Born has some entertaining themes and I’m interested enough in the world and the characters to continue with the series.
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Reading Progress

December 19, 2013 – Shelved
December 19, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
December 19, 2013 – Shelved as: audiobooks
January 13, 2014 – Started Reading
January 16, 2014 – Shelved as: fae
January 16, 2014 – Shelved as: magic-and-witchcraft
January 16, 2014 – Shelved as: urban-fantasy
January 16, 2014 – Shelved as: prophecy
January 16, 2014 – Shelved as: kick-ass-heroines
January 17, 2014 –
55.0% "Similar to Fever series only Eugenie is less annoying than Mac, Dorian is more likable than V'lane and Kiyo is no Barrons."
January 18, 2014 –
68.0% "Dorian is growing on me. Kiyo is hiding something about Maiwenn..."
January 21, 2014 – Finished Reading
March 18, 2014 – Shelved as: elemental-powers

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