[eARC Review] Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

Friday, August 08, 2014

Title: Servants of the Storm
Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Paranormal
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Release Date: August 5th 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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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.

From the synopsis of this book you are expecting a great mystery that sucks you in from the very beginning. And to be honest you do get that, but if I am honest with myself, this book was not what I expected.

First off I felt like I read two very different books while reading. The beginning was about a young girl who suffers a great loss after a natural disaster and decided to quit the drugs her doctor proscribed. I loved this part of the book. i wanted the whole book to be about her mental illness and how it effected not only her own life but those around her. I especially loved that she was hallucinating and we didn't know if what she was seeing was real or part of the withdrawal from the drugs. But sadly the book did not stay that way. It took a very weird and nonsensical turn that made me roll my eyes and question the motives of the author. The tone of the book completely changed and I did not like the way it changed. I found that the motives of the characters were off from the beginning of the book, and I didn't understand how our main character could just believe what was going on so fast. It didn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

Although I was never really invested in the story itself or the characters and their motives, I did really like the mystery element that was present for most of the book. It was what was driving me to finish this book. If there hadn't been a seed of mystery I don't think I would have finished the book. There were too many things that bugged me that I honestly think I would have DNFed it. I read until the end because I wanted to know what was going on in this small town, and to be honest it was a little lackluster. I felt gypped. There was really no resolution no conclusion for me as a reader. I was very upset about this and that is probably why i ended up with the rating I chose. Not enough resolution at the end for me.

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  1. It is really annoying when a book starts off great and then disappoints! Love the creepy cover though!

  2. So glad I read your review. I was going to pick this one up. But now it's a pass! Thanks!