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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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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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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Not good

    This book was okay in terms of story line but it was not written well. The same exact descriptive terms were used again and again and it read like something written by a middle school student. Not worth it. Weak lead character, she doesn't take charge of anything until the last minute and really was just pathetic.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

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    Meh!

    It was ok. I wasnt overly impressed. I finished it, but it really fizzled out at the end and left me disappointed.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    repetetive and nonsensical

    this book, while possibly worth the 99 cents it cost, was hardly worth the attention necessary to read it. all the adjectives used were also abused, and the ending read like a manual on 'why hurricanes aren't as awful as you think.' the person who compared this to 'the lightning thief' was slightly out of it. please, if you want to waste your money on a good idea gone boring, go ahead-but dont waste your time.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    its a let down

    all through rhe book she complained and moaned about what she was. when she was needed she was scared. i thought this book would be good but its really not. for the quality of the book its overpriced

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    No, thank you.

    The line for this story was a good idea but it wasn't executed well at all. I mean, the characters are really flat. I actually liked the antagonist because she was the only character that really stood out. The main character, Janelle, just whines and whines and WHINES. Like please, shut up you're 16 not 5. That's how the WHOLE book is minus the last 20 pages. So she freaks out the whole time, has horrible "luck" though really she's just kind of an idiot, and then she finally does what she's been freaking out about and, oh look, it ain't so bad. Like a dang 5 year old. Supposedly there's a romance between her and a guy but he just holds her hand a couple times, which really doesn't mean anything. Like I said, really flat.
    Do not recommend. At all. Ever. Don't read it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Boring

    I started skimming over pages and I still didn't finish the book.

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    Posted June 11, 2012

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Wish i hadnt

    Not an interesting book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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