Storm Born

Storm Born

Title: Storm Born (Dark Swan #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Zebra Books
Publication Date: August 1, 2008
Number of Pages: 382
Format: Ebook
Source: Borrowed
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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 find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy–one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her…


“I mean, how strange is that we bring plant sex organs to people we’re attracted to? What’s up with that? It’s a weird sign of affection.”


Back in the day when I had a Nook Color, a friend of mine and I used to exchange books pretty often. I loved most of the books she loaned me, and so when I saw Storm Born pop up on my device I instantly accepted the loan without even thinking. After reading a chapter or two I thought to myself, “What the hell am I reading?” and finally looked up the synopsis to the book. I furrowed my brow wondering what I had gotten myself into. A kitsune and a bondage fairy? This is the kind of stuff that I would have been into over a decade ago. Not to knock it too hard, I can respect that everyone has their preferences and it isn’t a matter of maturity. For me it’s really that I feel like I’ve moved out of that phase of paranormal love triangles with moody and brooding protagonists.

I kept on reading though, mostly because I didn’t want to waste my friend’s loan but also because I thought that maybe the book would redeem itself and in some ways it did. The main plot with the missing girl took some interesting turns that honestly made me curious about how it would play out, but not enough to slog through more of the immature romance.

I just couldn’t get into any of the characters. Maybe it’s just the heroine that got to me. I didn’t like her and I didn’t care for all the angst. I rolled my eyes through the entire conversation when Eugenie met Kiyo, they think they’re witty but they’re not. Although the idea of the prophecy and all the demons wanting to have sex with her is unique, I couldn’t help but sigh at how vulgar it all was. I really don’t care for books that focus so heavily on how every single living thing lusts relentlessly for the oh so amazing heroine, it’s really shallow and kind of disgusting. This book and I just didn’t mix on a number of levels.


Strengths: Writing style and grammar are solid
Weaknesses: Unlikable and angsty heroine, lame prophecy plot
Warnings: Sex, violence


Where to Buy

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Thank you Kearin for loaning me a copy!

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