Book 1, Destroyers Series
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Semifinalist in the 2010 ABNA Awards, with over 20,000 Copies of the Destroyers Series Sold!
Sixteen-year-old Janelle knows something's not right when she moves to her new Florida home. During a deadly hurricane, a teenage boy materializes out of the storm in front of her--Gary. He bears a gray spiral marking on his arm that matches the one she was born with. Janelle can almost wave it off as coincidence until he gives her the most horrible news of her life. Janelle's dreams of becoming a doctor and saving people shatter, for she and Gary are Tempests, literally able to become a force of nature--and soon it will be her time to kill. Can she escape her terrifying destiny?
"The plot was fast paced and constantly moving along. I was so intrigued by the Tempests that I had a hard time putting the book down. I am looking forward to the next book in the Destroyers series."--Reading Vacation
"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."--GraceKrispy, MotherLode Blog
"In all, Tempest is a wonderfully brisk read full of angst and self-discovery. Most of the characters ring true and are decently realized. The innovations are fresh and invigorating. I would most certainly recommend this book to anyone, or to anyone's teenagers."--Journal of Always Reviews
Tempest is the first book of the Destroyers Series. The other four novels of this series are also available.
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About the Author
Holly Hook is the author of the five-book Destroyers Series, which is the prequel to the Deathwind Trilogy. She began writing at a very young age and published her first book, Tempest, in September of 2011. Since then, Tempest (#1 Destroyers Series) has seen thousands of downloads and four sequels. The Deathwind Trilogy is a spin-off of the Destroyers Series, with three books planned.
The author is currently working on the Timeless Trilogy, another YA fantasy series with a hint of science fiction, and has written a few short stories. She grew up with a fascination with natural disasters and weather, especially storms. She enjoys writing stories about concepts that have never been done before. She also has a love for reading teen fiction and young adult books. She lives in Michigan with her two cats and an assortment of other pets.
I enjoyed this book immensely! It was a nice break from the standard vampire/werewolf love triangle nonsense. While I wouldn't have minded a little more scientific facts about hurricanes to feed my inner nerd, it was a really cool book. It ended wrapped up in a neat little package, so I didn't feel like clawing my face off from a bad cliffhanger. I will definitely be purchasing the rest of the series to find out what else happens to Janelle and Gary. I enjoyed this author's style of writing as far as successfully writing from the point of view of a teenager without sounding like a whiny ten year old. I wouldn't have minded a bit more description other than the basic hair color and texture and eye color. Besides Gary's mole there were really no defining features described about the characters, but all in all, the personalities of the characters shine through and though I didn't feel a huge connection to any one particular character, I did like who I was supposed to like and dislike who I was supposed to dislike. I also enjoyed the fact that Janelle didn't turn into a big whiny baby about every little thing. I very much enjoyed that she was a strong character and even though she got into a lot of bad situations, she didn't just lay down and take it. I also enjoyed the lack of instant love between the two main characters, there's obviously attraction, but it wasn't the main plot to the story and took a backseat. I find that very refreshing! I can't wait to see how things turn out!
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.