Tempest (#1 Destroyers Series) [NOOK Book]

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Reviews for Tempest (#1 Destroyers Series):

“In all honesty this is one of the most original young adult paranormal stories I have ever read before”

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

“I just finished Tempest I loved the suspense and the story line. I can not wait for the next book from Holly Hook.”

“This book is excellent from its exciting start to its ...

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Overview

Reviews for Tempest (#1 Destroyers Series):

“In all honesty this is one of the most original young adult paranormal stories I have ever read before”

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

“I just finished Tempest I loved the suspense and the story line. I can not wait for the next book from Holly Hook.”

“This book is excellent from its exciting start to its unexpected ending - it was impossible to put down.”

Sixteen-year-old Janelle knows something's not right with her father when they move to their new home in Florida. He refuses to evacuate them from the coast when a hurricane bears down on them, despite the fact that all their neighbors have gone. Even worse, it seems like there's something he wants to tell her, something terrifying, but he's not quite opening up.

Then Janelle's life flips upside down when a teenage boy, Gary, materializes out of the storm right in front of her. He bears a strange marking on his arm, a gray spiral that matches the one she was born with. Perhaps her strange birthmark means something after all. But when she points out Gary's mark to her father, he refuses to speak more about it.

It's up to Janelle to find the truth about the connection she and Gary share. When she tracks Gary down again and discovers it, it's far more terrifying than she could ever imagine: she and Gary share a powerful, deadly curse. Worse, learning the truth is only the start of Janelle's horrifying adventure into a world she had never imagined.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011080012
  • Publisher: Holly Hook
  • Publication date: 7/11/2010
  • Series: Destroyers , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 10,978
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 310 KB

Meet the Author

Holly Hook is also the author of Tempest and is currently working on two more young adult novels, the sequel to Tempest as well as a stand-alone comedy.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    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 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.

    17 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2010

    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!

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    Original and fun storyline!

    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

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    Definitely a good read

    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.

    7 out of 8 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.

    3 out of 6 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 November 22, 2010

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    Fun and hard to put down

    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!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Guess what?

    GOD LOVES YOU!!!

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Very Good

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

    Good Book!

    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!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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 27, 2012

    Awesome

    A great book for younger teens 12-17

    1 out of 2 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 27, 2011

    Tempest

    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!!!!!

    1 out of 1 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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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    Falls slightly short

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2010

    Fizzled out at the end

    This book had tons of action and high emotional conflict until the end of the book when it just fizzles out leaving the reader disappointed.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    Never Read this

    Can some onee go into ai lifttle more detail? Thnx

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