Tempest

Tempest

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by Holly A. Hook
     
 

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Book 1 of the Destroyers Series

Sixteen-year-old Janelle never thought the gray spiral birthmark on her arm meant anything special. That is, until she meets Gary, a boy her age with a birthmark exactly like hers. Gary's attractive, brooding, and perfectly normal...except for the fact that he materialized out of a dangerous hurricane right in front of her. Janelle's

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Book 1 of the Destroyers Series

Sixteen-year-old Janelle never thought the gray spiral birthmark on her arm meant anything special. That is, until she meets Gary, a boy her age with a birthmark exactly like hers. Gary's attractive, brooding, and perfectly normal...except for the fact that he materialized out of a dangerous hurricane right in front of her. Janelle's certain of only one thing. Gary's mark-and hers, too-mean something, but he's reluctant to tell her what.

At last she squeezes the truth from Gary about their markings. And the truth is utterly terrifying: Janelle and Gary are more connected to the destructive power of nature than she ever dreamed possible. And learning the truth about herself is only the start of her nightmare.

2010 Amazon Breatkthrough Novel Awards Semifinalist

"Meteorology may seem an odd literary motivation, but this novel puts weather at the center of a solid fantasy-adventure."--Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453645413
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/07/2010
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,089,160
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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Tempest 3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 308 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! It had an interesting plot line that sucked me in quickly, and kept my interest throughout the entire book!
ThatBookishGirl More than 1 year ago
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.
kgbabb More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Ms. Hook. This book is an exciting, fun ride. I'll admit that at first I was skeptical - the first few pages felt like a young adult novel, which is not my style. But I immediately got sucked in, and I felt driven to continue reading. By the climax of the story I felt a kind of emotional connection to the main characters. There were times when I wanted to grab Janelle and ask "What were you thinking?" And the character of Andrina would get me so angry - only good writing can elicit that kind of reaction. I think the best part of this book is the pace. There were times when I found myself reading much later than I should have. But I needed to find out what happened next. Because of the pace, the characters, and the potential for some pretty spiffy special effects, in my mind I could see this story becoming a motion picture. Pick up this book. Sit back. Enjoy the (wild) ride.
RatherbreadingNC More than 1 year ago
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.
GraceKrispy More than 1 year ago
Janelle, a normal teenager who has just made a move from Michigan to Florida with her dad, realizes something's not quite right the day her dad wants to stay in the path of the hurricane to watch its power instead of flee to safety. With the help of a police escort and a mandatory evacuation, they make it to safety just in time ... just in time, that is, to see a boy come out of the eye of the hurricane. Janelle's initial shock and confusion turn to anger and fear as she realizes there is more, much more, that she hasn't been told about her life. Now Janelle must come to terms with who- and what- she is, and figure out how to fulfill her destiny on her own terms. Engaging throughout and geared towards a young adult readership, this book is the first in the Destroyer series by Holly Hook. The storyline and pacing of the book are reminiscent of Rick Riordan's Olympians series with Percy Jackson, but with a unique concept that is ultimately satisfying in much the same way. From the initial scene with the hurricane bearing down on Janelle and her dad, this story pulls you right along through to the surprising conclusion. Creative and entertaining, this book is good fun from start to finish. The writing style is simplistic, using language and phrasing that will appeal to younger audiences. If this were a book targeting adults, my rating would reflect this simplistic writing style. Instead, I chose to rate this with regards to the intended audience. The lack of sophistication expected for an adult tale is completely appropriate in this story meant for younger audiences, and the book will likely appeal to a much wider audience. I hope the next book in the series will develop the characters a bit more to add a little more depth and authenticity to their personalities and relationships. @ MotherLode blog
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, with its unique ideas and well-organized plotlines, was one of the best I have read in a while. Although I would say its target audience would be young teens, maybe 11 to 15 year olds, it could be enjoyed by other age groups as well. My only true issue with this book is the amount of times the author uses the phrase "withe my\her luck." It is used A LOT, and grows very annoying. Other than that, it was really good.
Alanakat More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Once you get into it, you really get into it. I hope that she writes more about Jenelle who is the main character of this book. It is somewhat YA which I always enjoy but it is about not being afraid fo things that you cannot control. If it is something that has to be done. you can do it! Thanks Holly for making this a great read and helping my self esteem even!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
turlisa More than 1 year ago
It was ok. I wasnt overly impressed. I finished it, but it really fizzled out at the end and left me disappointed.
tst63 More than 1 year ago
This was a unique concept that kept my interest throughout. It definitely seems there will be (is?) another book, but you could read only this one and not feel cheated or left hanging. Good purchase. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would!
Bianca_Dolores More than 1 year ago
It was a great book and I kept turning the pages, I hated to put it down. Though, I did get annoyed at times I got into the story. Great buy!!!!!
LeeLeeAR More than 1 year ago
The idea is good, the story is good, but I felt a slight detachment to the characters. It felt as if they had no depth to them, but I still found the story compelling enough to keep reading.
joilgc 11 months ago
I really liked the idea of this story... A human hurricane society hiding amongst mortals; however, I intensely disliked the main female character from beginning to end, and I spent a large portion of the book rolling my eyes or huffing out a frustrated breath because of the way the story unfolded. I kept hoping things would get better, and I almost thought it would in 3 particular instances, of which I cannot fully describe, since that would be telling, but you may figure these placements out on your own, if you venture to read this story, but even these points of interest quickly became disinterest. I think my biggest gripe was that although there are usually lulls in every plot, this story didn't have strong characters and relationship connections that could carry the reader through, and the main female character was like a living embodiment of every thing I dislike; however, she did have a couple of good character traits, like selflessness and a subtle warmth, but these weren't enough to bring me round. I won't be continuing on with the series, but since I'm reading this story as part of a collection of firsts in a series, I will be sampling other works by this author. I received this freebie in exchange of a review. Happy reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting universe
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Book was good, it was slow at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Complete with supernatural beings who can control the weather & make hurricanes! But somehow the author makes it almost believable. I think you'll like it..... By the way---the supernatural beings "look" like normal humans....
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RoanokeMarc More than 1 year ago
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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To all the people who hate on this book GET OVER YOUR SELF!!!!!! This is a great stoy that anyone can read its a good book i LOVE it and people who dont can go screw themselfs! :) P.s. dead serious.
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