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Monday, August 4, 2014

Review: Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson


Title: Servants of the Storm
Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
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 cafe. 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.

Dovey's running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can't see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly ... and everything to do with Dovey herself.
Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson is a book with a great premise and a great start, sadly it stays there.

Billie Dove (Dovey) Greenwood lost her best friend, Carly, when Hurricane Josephine hit Savannah. Witnessing Carly being taken away by the storm let Dovey traumatized.
After a year of taken antipsychotic pills Dovey is tired of feeling like a zombie and missing periods of time. After seeing Carly at their favorite coffee shop she decides to stop taking the pills. Dovey wants to take her life back and wants to know what is real and what is not. Now, medicine free, Dovey starts to see things that shouldn’t be there and knows there is a bigger mystery at hand, a mystery she needs to investigate because she’s sure she saw Carly because she needs her help.
Dovey’s investigation takes her to dark paths and opens her eyes to a dangerous world where she meets Isaac. A dangerous, sexy guy that may have the answers she seeks, if only she can convince him to help her. At least Dovey doesn’t have to do everything alone, her childhood friend, Baker, wants to help her in her search. A dangerous search that could end with them losing their lives and their souls.

I was sold when I saw the cover and read the blurb of this book. I really wanted to like Servants of the Storm, wanted it really bad. Everything started well, the first two chapters were amazing and I was sure I was in for a ride. Sadly the ride went downhill from there on and at times it was so dull and unbelievable that I found myself skimming a lot of pages.

Dovey is a very difficult character to like. The choices and risks she takes made her a TSTL heroine. I understand she is trying to help her “dead” friend, but… She took so many unnecessary risks that it was hard to watch.
I also didn’t like how indecisive she was in the romance department. I didn’t know if she was really confused or was just using the guys’ attraction for her own gain.
I hate love triangles and hate them even more when they are not clear and that was the case here. At least the romance didn’t play a big part in the story, but I would have liked it better without the unnecessary love triangle.

Now I have to talk about the guys. Baker is cute, he is a good friend, but at times he was competing with Dovey for the TSTL award. I admire that he wanted to help Dovey, but the way he was doing it was wrong. A simple example, their lives are in danger and they are going into dangerous territory. Dovey and Isaac ask him to take two sips of something and he takes six. Really? How can they know they can trust him if he can’t follow a simple instruction? Maybe nothing will happen, but there is an unnecessary risk he was taking. He was doing things like that all the time without considering the consequences or the risks.

Now Isaac, he was the character I liked the most. He’s dark, mysterious, and hot. He was the one that felt more real of the three. Since the beginning it was pretty obvious he was trying to protect Dovey, even though she couldn’t see it. He put his life at risk over and over for her and still she didn’t know if she could trust him or not. Really?

I liked the southern gothic setting. Mrs. Dawson does an excellent job bringing to life Savannah and the life of a city after a heavy storm. The story is interesting and has a lot of potential, the problem is that it stays there, in potential. There are so many questions and too little answers… and the end… the end is a kind of cliffhanger that leave you wondering about everything you thought to be true. The biggest problem is that we don’t know if there will be a second book or not. According to what I read, all depends on the sales of this book. So, if this book sales well there will be a second book, if it doesn’t, this will be a stand alone with a very crappy end.

I didn’t like Servants of the Storm, but have friends that have liked it. Maybe my experience with this book was one of those “it’s me, not you” cases; so I leave up to you to decide if you want to read it or not.

My Verdict: 2 ½ Paws

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6 comments:

  1. Eerie cover, and not for me I think

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  2. Yikes! I didn't pick this up coz I didn't have time for it. I do love her steampunk series though, sad this fell flat for you.

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  3. Yep you said the non magic words of love triangle. Won't be reading this one lol

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  4. Everyone seems mixed about this one but I liked it, so I'm surprised.

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  5. WHAAA TSTL characters every. where.

    No thank you miss, but wonderful honest review!

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  6. Ugh . . . I'm supposed to read this too . . . I really don't want to now . . .

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