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Most Helpful Favorable Review

16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Highly Recommended - Great Read

I really enjoyed this book! It had an interesting plot line that sucked me in quickly, and kept my interest throughout the entire book!

posted by 5468668 on December 12, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

19 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

A great read for a younger teen!

Tempest is the story of Janelle, a teenage girl who discovers she is in fact, a hurricane. Janelle was a difficult character to like. I understand that she was frightened by her situation, but to me, she came off as incredibly selfish. If she would have just taken in al...
Tempest is the story of Janelle, a teenage girl who discovers she is in fact, a hurricane. Janelle was a difficult character to like. I understand that she was frightened by her situation, but to me, she came off as incredibly selfish. If she would have just taken in all the facts and made a decision based on them, she could have avoided the majority of her problems. I just felt like it took her too long to just accept her life for what it is. Instead she runs around for more than half the book, avoiding the help that people are giving her.

I did enjoy the fact that the romance between Janelle and Gary was slow moving. They certainly have a connection, but at this point, that's all it really is. The two hurricanes did not have time for a romance - they were much more concerned with saving themselves and the world. I feel like if the relationship were more developed, it would have felt forced and out of place.
In my opinion, Tempest is targeted towards pre-teens and younger teens. The storyline was incredibly over the top and grandiose. In a sense, it reminded me of the overall feel of Percy Jackson. I am not saying I did not enjoy Tempest, because I did. I just feel like the older audiences will have a harder time accepting the string of events (and reasons behind them), than a younger audience. There were a couple of instances when I was reading Tempest that I had to take a huge leap of faith with where the storyline was progressing; I caught myself thinking "that is incredibly unlikely" or "that doesn't make any sense". I simply had to sit back and think, is this book written for you? Would you have thought it made sense at 12? Once I did that, I was able to sit back and enjoy Tempest for what it was - an exciting and extravagant adventure story.

The same thinking can be applied to the villain of the story, Andrina. To me, she was not fleshed out and was rather one dimensional. But again, if you digress back to the state of a 12 year old, I am sure you will love her. I know I certainly didn't care if my villains were fleshed out then. I just wanted them to be evil and for them to loose in the end.

Unfortunately, I think it is difficult for some people to look at a book like this. They cannot read as a younger self; they cannot accept it for what it is. If you read Tempest wanting a young-adult paranormal romance with tons of character development, a sensible plot and fleshed out villains, then I can tell you right now, you are not going to like it. But if you can go into it as a pre-teen and simply enjoy the ride, you will find it rather entertaining. Tempest certainly isn't my favorite book of all time, but I did enjoy it.

posted by ThatBookishGirl on August 10, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2011

    dissapointing

    bad,just bad

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Couldn't sit through it

    I'll read just about anything but I couldn't get through this book. From the 200 pages i read I felt that the writing was mediocre, the characters one dimensional and the plot too crazy. I'm a fan of fiction and fantasy but there has to be some realism or the story becomes unrelatable and boring.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    Can someone lend me this book?

    sengel@isd507.k12.mn.us

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    Don't bother reading this book

    I am a fan of the supernatural, the occult, fantasy, etc. I cut my teeth on Asimov, Bradbury, Heinlein, Cook. Perhaps my standards are too high, but I have read recent books that were written well. This was not one of them.

    I don't know the age of the writer, but the style was very immature and perhaps written more for young teens than anyone. The only reason I read it to the end was that I had hoped that somehow it would miraculously improve. Plus the fact I was on a long flight and didn't have anything else to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Pretty bad

    Not only is this book boring, but its about unrelatable characters who put themselves in unforgivable circumstances. Read it if you want because, hey, its free. However, you'll feel like you just wasted an hour or two of your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Need help

    What age group is this in? Any swears?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    ?..... ???????

    I dont understand the reviews for ths book? What is it about?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    I

    Is there a secual

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    If its so good then why is it free

    A

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2012

    Dumb main character

    Janelle is so dumb I had to stop redding the book. She was just not likable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Fhh

    Im sorry to say i really did not enjoy this book. I found myself trying to force it upon myself. It took longer than i thought it would normally it would take not even two days but it took a week. So thats why i gave this rating

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Bleh

    Couldn't stand it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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