Tempest (#1 Destroyers Series)

Rated 4.17/5 based on 20 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Janelle never thought the spiral birthmark on her arm meant anything special. But when gorgeous Gary materializes out of a hurricane right in front of her, that all changes, because he shares a marking exactly like hers.

When Gary shows her the truth about the curse they share, it's only the start of their nightmare.

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About Holly Hook

Holly Hook is also the author of Tempest and is currently working on two more young adult novels, the sequel to Tempest as well as a stand-alone comedy.

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Review by: Bailee on Jan. 05, 2013 :
Tempest by Holly Hook. Even the name sounds intriguing and intense. Of course, those two words correctly describe this book. I went into this novel, thinking that it would be an interesting read though it probably would be just like any other young adult book out there. Girl meets boy, they fall in love, they live happily ever after. That idea creates a certain amount of comfort in the back of my mind as I start any book. It caught me off guard how much more than romance this story was.

Janelle is a fun character to read with all of her characteristics that make her truly a YA main character. I like that there is a certain pattern they follow but I wish that there was something that made her more unique and standalone. A quality that perhaps other books lack in their characters. But I loved her nonetheless. Her relationship with her father is admirable. Her relationship with her mother can be summed up in one word: frightening. Her whole story is great, I liked it.

The idea behind the plot is different, there are no vampires, werewolves, ghosts, mermaids, or any of that sort treading through these pages. I think that's what really captures your attention is that it touches on something I don't think I've ever considered or read about. My desire to read is fueled by things that I don't know and want to know more about. This book brought up a new type of creature or human and made me look at "tempests" in a whole new light.

I really liked this book. I think anyone who likes these sort of paranormal stories will enjoy this.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ashley Casselman on Dec. 29, 2012 :
Overall, I did enjoy this book. The only problem I had was the main character, Janelle, did act like a brat several times throughout the novel.
(review of free book)

Review by: izzy green on July 06, 2012 : (no rating)
This book is absolutely wonderful! I could not put it down.I am siked to read the next book!
(review of free book)

Review by: Kelli Flores on June 21, 2012 :
When I first started reading The Tempest, I laughed: like the protagonist, I lived in Michigan when I was young and later moved to a tropical climate. However, at the beginning of the book, I was not impressed since it seemed that the plot would be very predictable, and the writing was rather iffy. As the book progressed, the writing improved and there were enough twists in the plot to keep my attention.

Janelle and her friend Gary are two young tempests who need to decide between good and evil. Janelle’s character has a tendency to act like a spoiled child, and this could be tamped down a bit for future books. The antagonist is also too one-sided, and I would hope the bad guys in future books are more complex.

If subsequent books in this series improve, there could be a philosophical backdrop: how are we related to nature? For this, however, the author will need to improve the writing to allow more depth, and make the characters more nuanced.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but hope for improvements. The idea is a good one.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Madame Diotte on May 26, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! An original premise, a fair amount of suspense, and I could easily identify with Janelle as we share similar personality traits. I must say, however, that this novel will most likely have more appeal for teenagers than adults. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ramplo on April 26, 2012 :
Quick and Dirty:

-Bizarre story that I could not enjoy
-Annoying main character, like you want to violently hurt her annoying.
-Would not suggest this book to anyone, I do not plan on continuing the series

Long and Wordy:
If you want to know more about what I thought, you can check it out here:
http://ramplosreviews.tumblr.com/post/21862013042/tempest-destroyers-book-1-holly-hook

Overall, 2.5/5
***This was received as an Advance Reader, this did not influence my review or rating of the book.***
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Scooby2 on Feb. 19, 2012 :
I'm glad I won this from Library Thing. I wasn't sure what to think of it at first, then it pulled me in (no pun intended). This is a book recommended for young teens/adults, so keep that in mind if your an adult wanting to read this story. This story was well written and flowed nicely. I found the ending great and of course it leaves you hanging for book 2. I would recommend this story for those who have teens or have a little free time to read a different story.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Melissa Corbett on Feb. 17, 2012 :
This book was a fast paced easy read. I felt like it had a lot of substance and i totally sucked me in. I enjoyed it and I felt like Janelle reacts like a real person would to a lot of the events, she freaks out and tries to get out of what everyone tells her has to happen, not like the heroes in some books where they just handle everything thrown at them.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: trish earl on Jan. 21, 2012 :
This is a great book and once you start reading be prepared on finishing. It keeps your attention and you won't want to put it down. Lots of action and wonderfull twists in the plot. Good read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nicole Wilkinson on Jan. 16, 2012 :
As a school librarian, I have read a lot of YA books. Tempest was a good story and it kept me interested. The only complaints I have are 1. it ended rather abruptly, I guess I will need to read the next book, but I wished the author had spent a little more time on the end. 2. There weren't really any surprises, I figured out most of what would happen before I got there. Overall, I'd be interested to read the rest of the series to see what happens!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Diane Curran on Jan. 07, 2012 :
At the beginning of December, I was notified from Librarything, that I had received 4 books. Three of them were young adult fiction and Tempest was the 3rd one that I read and the best that I read. These books all follow a formula. A teen girl discovers a secret about herself that her family has kept to protect her. She becomes angry and disbelieving before she accepts her fate and saves the world. Tempest follows this formula, but in a good way, in my opinion. The characters are well developed and consistent. The story makes sense (well as much sense that it makes that there are people who are destined to become hurricanes!). I would recommend this book to others and would consider reading the other books in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nancy Eriksen on Jan. 07, 2012 :
Hurricanes. Since Katrina, everyone older than 7 knows what a hurricane is and what they do. They
think. Actually, according to the Natural Law, Katrina was a girl who was born a Tempest. All Tempests
names come up once in their life and that is their turn to destroy and kill or, if they’re kind-hearted to
try not to.
Janelle and her dad had just moved to Florida from Michigan. Mom had passed away years ago and Dad
had a new job. Janelle was amazed by the power and force of Hurricane Gary – the first one she’d been
in. She was scared to death and, when she went out in the street to view the damage, she met a
stranger her age. Named Gary. Things didn’t click just then but they did soon after!
Janelle learns that dad had ulterior motives in hauling her to Florida. Everyone seems to have them in
this book. She also learns that the little spiral birthmark she has is shared by many beings and that her
grandmother’s name is Camille. (Remember her????)
This story really caught my attention. Janelle and Gary make it a Y/A novel but other things keep adults
interested as well. Since this is a “part 1” kinda of book I’m hoping Holly will let me read parts 2+.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: llyramoon on Jan. 06, 2012 :
I received this book as a Library Thing Member Giveaway. Here is my review:

I really liked this book. Unique topic and I enjoyed the character buildup. The action and suspense were written very well. It was a very well paced book. I am a little leery of the believability of hurricanes as humans but I hope with the next book in the series this author will go into more depth of the myths, history and extent to the abilities. This was my first time reading this author, and I would definitely recommend this book. Thanks for the read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tona Cruz Dominguez on Jan. 03, 2012 :
Ever had a book that made you talk out loud?

Janelle gets uprooted from the Midwest to Florida and her whole life flips upside down. Her dad is acting weird and keeping secrets. She's not even unpacked yet and in the middle of a hurricane. Then she meets Gary and he knows whats going on and wont tell her.

How would you feel if you had to do something terrible for the greater good. How can a teenager be expected to make a decision that will affect the whole world.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie on Jan. 01, 2012 :
I really enjoyed the twist and turns this book took. When I thought I figured it all out there would be another surprise! The story showed how believing in yourself and having a true heart you can do anything you want. Though Janelle faced tough decisions, she did what she had to do and made the best of the situation.

I would recommend this book to anyone who would enjoy a good book by the fire!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: MrsFlicker on Dec. 29, 2011 :
Tempest, by Holly Hook, is a young adult novel destined to enter the ranks of Percy Jackson and even Harry Potter. It is grounded in mythology, yet is presented in enough of a modern background so as to make it interesting. Its fast-paced plot structure and life-like characters make it hard to put down. Ms. Hook weaves a tale that is engrossing and that engages enough of a reader's prior knowledge to make it irresistible. As an adult, I found the story plausible as a mythological tale. I can only imagine the power that a young reader will give it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Tona Cruz Dominguez on Dec. 28, 2011 :
Ever had a book that made you talk out loud? This one made me say "What the h*ll" and " NOO!"

Janelle gets uprooted from the Midwest to Florida and her whole life flips upside down. Her dad is acting weird and keeping secrets. She's not even unpacked yet and in the middle of a hurricane. Then she meets Gary and he knows whats going on and wont tell her.

How would you feel if you had to do something terrible for the greater good. How can a teenager be expected to make a decision that will affect the whole world.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jody Darden on Dec. 27, 2011 : (no rating)
Let me preface this by saying that I am 50 years of age. I do occasionally read YA stuff for the fun and adventure of it. This book did not disappoint in that regard, however it did in the quality of the writing. Though written for YA the writing sometimes struck me as juvenile and aimed at lowest common denominator.
Someone else mentioned the typical kick-butt females in YA and I agree. I did find Janelle somewhat the opposite and at times almost whiny.
I did enjoy the premise and also found it a relief from vampires etc. The story idea is different and in more experienced hands may have been better.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: karen day on Sep. 23, 2011 :
This book I thoroughly enjoyed it is nice to see someone take fantasy writing to a whole new level. Loved it
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Merridith Koch on Sep. 17, 2011 :
Loved the book. Couldn't put it down. Very engaging characters, wanted to see what would happen to them. Great job.
Looking forward to reading the 2nd one.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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