A single night can change your life… for the worst.
It’s been a century since the last Centennial Storm, the calamitous phenomenon that covered the world in disasters– tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, tsunamis, and dust storms– caused not by nature, but by alien creatures from another realm. The Stormkind.
Ava Reid tries not to think about that night, when she was caught in a hurricane and brought face to face with one of the Stormkind, the man with a dagger, and the agony she felt when he stabbed her with a crystal blade. Yet as she and the rest of Florida’s citizens begin to rebuild their lives, Ava can’t help but notice strange things happening around her. Things she seems to be causing. The gusts of wind and sudden floods attract the attentions of a mysterious stranger who leaves her clues, and the deadlier men following her.
It isn’t long before Ava is swept up into a wild conspiracy, led by a secret society that knows the truth about the Stormkind– and what their enemies have planned for the world she loves. If she wishes to protect her friends and her family, Ava must harness her strange new abilities and become part of the Stormkind society. Because if she loses control, there will be no force strong enough to stop her…
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About the Author
Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action. She has been featured on various author blogs and publishing websites, is an active member of the Writing GIAM community, participates in NaNoWriMo, and is the recipient of April Moon Books Editor Award for "author voice, world-building and general bad-assery." When she isn't writing, she's reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, and struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ava Reid’s world is about to be turned upside down. A race of superior and chaotic beings will descend on the Earth and cause elemental catastrophes that will wipe out millions. This culling happens about every 100 years, just enough time for the myths and fables to have grown, leaving the Earth's inhabitants totally unprepared for the true destruction on its way. Ava Reid is caught up by a Stormkind, the elemental beings creating the havoc, while trying to save her family. Taken by an unknown creature while the Stormkind cowers, Ava’s circumstance goes from bad to worse when she is stabbed with a crystal blade. Altered genetically, Ava is now something truly different. Ava finds herself caught up in a battle of the gods, protecting those she feared and doing everything she can not to turn into the creatures that once again destroyed her world. Wow, yup, I’m sticking with Wow. Where in all the world did Braun come up with this amazingly original world, plot, characters and did I mention world. I did mention world twice because the world building was truly amazing. You might ask why 4 stars and not 5, I utterly loved everything about this story except the romance. I just didn't feel the romance worked and was unnecessary for the storytelling…otherwise, what a marvelous stand-a-lone. Riveting, moving and absolutely shocking in its intensity, Storm Born is a young adult fantasy that should not be missed. I received this ARC copy of Storm Born from Amy Braun in exchange for a honest review.
An ARC of this book was provided to me by the author (and then I purchased the book). This in no way impacts the content of my review. Amy Braun's new book, Storm Born, is packed with explosive magic and incredible action! Mankind has learned to control almost everything in his environment, except for severe weather. Tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, dust storms -- they all have the potential to ruin in seconds what humans have spent decades or even centuries building. Our inability to win against such raw, destructive power is part of what makes it fascinating to us. We study it and dream about mastering it; she who can control the weather can control the world. For Ava, controlling the weather is both powerful and horrifying. Caught up in an experiment by a fanatic faction of nature guardians, Ava becomes the strongest hybrid of Stormkind -- an elemental weather spirit -- and human to ever exist. But before she can fully master her powers, she's stuck in a war that threatens to destroy Earth, and learns that, if she cannot control her powers, she will become the biggest threat of all. If you're a fan of action, you're going to love Storm Born. Between explosive weather and intense fighting, the action is practically non-stop! If you prefer a little tenderness, Ava and her Guardian, Hadrian, develop a special bond that goes beyond student and teacher. I think Storm Born will appeal to fans of young adult novels as well, since much of the book is about Ava coming into her own power despite all the people who seek to control her.
The main character, Ava has lost her home, everyone has. After a centennial storm that has created complete destruction, a Florida community is trying to rebuild and bring their world back to some semblance of normalcy. At the same time, Ava is struggling with losing more than her home; she has also lost herself. After losing a week of her life to unconsciousness, Ava discovers she has become a controversial creature; some believe they exist, but most don’t. As soon as she discovers the truth behind her new identity, she commits to protect her loved ones. The hard part is she has to protect them from her new found society. For a young girl that hasn’t mastered emotional self-control, this much more difficult than it sounds. I love the story, the characters, and the adventure Braun provides her readers. There isn’t a dull moment and the suspense will keep you ready. However, there was a bit too much sarcasm for my taste. I’m as sarcastic as the next girl, but when it comes to the intense moments, I felt it got in the way and took away from the suspense. With that said, I still loved Storm Born; I rate it with 4 Boundless Stars. Also, this did not affect my review or rating, but I have to say; as an editor, I have the unfortunate talent of reading my books word for word and catching every error. There are a lot of typos, and missing words in the e-book I received....Beth