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Storm Born (Dark Swan Book 1) by [Mead, Richelle]
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"Storm Born is my kind of book - great characters, dark worlds, and just the right touch of humor. A great read"

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"Storm Born is my kind of book -- great characters, dark worlds, and just the right touch of humor. A great read." --Patricia Briggs

Product Details

  • File Size: 933 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (August 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001BAARE2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First with Vampire Academy, then with Succubus Blues, and now with Storm Born, Richelle Mead has stolen my heart through her wonderful prose, lively characters, and intriguing ideas.

In some ways Storm Born reminds me of Jim Butcher's Storm Front (odd coincidence there). Eugenie Markham is a shaman-for-hire (kind of like Harry Dresden being a wizard-for-hire), taking on the odd job of banishing spirits and gentry who disturb the human realm. But aside from some similar traits between the main characters, that's where the similarities end.

Things get sticky when a human named Wil hires her to rescue his teenage sister, who was kidnapped by gentry intent on using her body. Of course, being compassionate, Eugenie takes the job even knowing that crossing into the Otherworld to complete this task makes facing death that much more real.

Unlike her previous novels, Mead isn't shy about jumping headlong into the sex scenes. But like her previous novels they are tasteful, passionate, and written without silly euphemisms. And, like her previous novels, the concept of sex plays a larger role than just pleasure. The creatures of the Otherworld, knowing Eugenie's heritage even before she does, are intent on using her to sire a powerful heir.

Storm Born is full of fun characters, intense action, and passion that sizzles in the form of a love triangle. Eugenie is in love with Kiyo, a kitsune, but also dangerously taken by Dorian, a gentry king. Normally love triangles make this reader iffy, but Mead is one of the few who does it so well. Both Dorian and Kiyo are possessive of Eugenie, but Eugenie doesn't simply capitulate to either man's wants or desires.

In fact, Eugenie herself is my favorite aspect of the story.
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Seriously? There are maybe 5 accurate reviews. I'm not saying anyone is wrong for appreciating this style of book, to each their own, but really from reading all the reviews I expected something completely different. Okay, to those who haven't read it, this book is about 2 pages of sex to every 4 pages of plot. I got about 2/3 through and I can't finish it. I've never just left a book, ever. I even like steamy books, but this has the depth of a porn movie. The heroine must not remember her past because she was DROPPED ON HER HEAD as a child. She makes one ridiculous decision after another and is in no way likeable, let alone relatable. Everyone wants in your pants...yup...we get it....what else do you have to offer? Her roommate was funny though.

This is the worst review I have ever given. I've read TONS of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, ect ect. I really can't recommend this book. I find it hard to believe this author also writes for teenagers. Well no, what little plot there is could be teenager relatable, but the sex is so over the top, nonsensical, and never ending... I shudder to think what teenagers are getting into these days. Ugh. If you are looking for B movie porn in text format, hit up this book.
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No real plot to this book other than "I'm hot and sexy!" and graphic hot pornographic scenes.

I really enjoyed the first few pages of the book because there were the exciting beginnings of a plot, an adventure, and interesting character development. You can put the book down -- or throw it away -- after that.

However, *redeeming factor* I did just finish the book this morning and there is a fabulous five pages very near the end of this too-long sex-gasp.

Therefore I would have to say this is a very talented author if only she had given me something substantive to read in the middle between a great couple of pages in the beginning beginning and a great couple of pages at the end.
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You know how you stay up all night because you think you're about to read a great book, but when you get to the end it's so disappointing that you will never read another in that series? This is that book. The herione is dumb. Proof of that - She MUST NOT have a baby, but has sex with two different guys and one without a condom. She is wishy washy, her emotions are lusting after one guy, then in a split second, lusting after another. She makes stupid decisions and then goes back to the original guy after having sex with another one, who obviously didn't perform up to expectations. AND WHAT IS WITH THE CRAZY MAGIC?? All of a sudden the heroine has every power possible.....it makes it UNBELIEVABLE. She can do all this stuff, is a powerful demon killer and yet can't decide who she wants to sleep with, who her friends are and the story is really quite painful to read. Her sister that pops up is like a story killer, or plot device in the plain view of everyone. I found myself skipping pages and pages of dribble to get to the meat of the story and found the meat lacking. I will not buy the rest of the series.
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This is actually a review warning readers not to waste their time on this series. Unfortunately, I was not forewarned and have read all 4 of the Dark Swan books. I will say this, I really enjoyed the series all the way up to book 4 (Shadow Heir), but the ending of the series completely wrecked everything for me. If you don't care about reading a series with an absolutely horrific ending than read Storm Born. The book itself is a good book, but if you are like me and don't want to waste time reading a series that is doomed to failure I would pick another series to indulge in.
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