Title: Servants of the Storm
Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Servants of the Storm (Book 1)
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages
ISBN-10: 1442483784 (Simon Pulse)
ISBN-13: 978-1442483781 (Simon Pulse)
Reviewed by: Kaitlin
Dovey learns that demons lurk in places other than the dark corners of her mind in this southern gothic fantasy from the author of the Blud series.
A year ago, Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction—and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.
But recently she’s started to believe she’s seeing things that can’t be real…including Carly at their favorite café. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.
As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah—where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk—she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.
Quick & Dirty: In this novel, twisted beings have taken Dovey’s best friend, Carly, and locked away her soul — and it’s up to Dovey to set her free.
Opening Sentence: Hurricane Josephine is almost here.
Carly Ray, Dovey’s best friend, died in hurricane Josephine. So why has Dovey been seeing her in different places lately, seeming to ask for help? It could be the madness that her parents and doctors said she had caught after Carly dying, but somehow, Dovey doesn’t think so. She must enlist the help of two boys, one familiar and comforting and one mysterious and intriguing, and free her friend from the clutches of evil forces.
This is definitely a book that’s easy to get into. If you love Cassandra Clare and her books, there is no doubt you will love these too — lots of similarities, but not enough that it’s a carbon copy of The Mortal Instruments. From page one, I was hooked into the dark, creepy setting of the tiny Southern town. The author uses lots of imagery so you can imagine the characters in sharp detail and see the setting behind your eyelids as you read. Servants of the Storm is a perfect name for the novel and captures all the eerie feelings you get while you are with the characters — and I especially love the way the cover portrays a girl that is obviously controlled, in a blurry, uncertain, yet dark coloring. This book was both mystery, paranormal, and a romance, with a pretty good love triangle.
Dovey is a great character, with flaws and yet strengths. Her point of view is effortless and easy to enjoy, and had such a connection to her lost friend I couldn’t help feeling empathy. Sometimes the pacing of certain scenes was too fast, but getting bored wasn’t a problem and I genuinely loved the plot of this novel. Dovey is also a very unique name.
The two boys Dovey is interested in, Isaac and Baker, were both cute in different ways. Baker knows Dovey, really knows her, after all the years of friendship. But Isaac is exciting and new, with a rebellious streak that makes him intriguing. Personally, team Isaac all the way for me. He was one of those irresistible guys with the internal conflict and witty nature. However, I can see the charm in Baker as well, so this isn’t one of those books where the choice is bluntly obvious and the whole love triangle is overdone and cheesy. I write this and can think of a few books where I was so annoyed by this dilemma I stopped reading. Thank goodness that was not the case with this one.
For anyone who loves a good paranormal plot with a little romance to spice things up, don’t hesitate to try out Servants of the Storm. It’s easy to be hooked into this novel, and the characters are all amazing. It isn’t confusing, and fans of The Mortal Instruments will love this completely. Isaac isn’t Jace, I must say, but he sure does fight to get up to Jace’s level. Go buy Servants of the Storm when it’s out and email me — no one else can discuss with me yet since no one else has read it!
“Don’t-“ he says, but it’s too late.
With a low chuckle the fox-eared girl yanks my hand up to her mouth and bites off the tip of my pinkie finger.
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FTC Advisory: Simon Pulse provided me with a copy of Servants of the Storm. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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