Storm: a book review

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Now That Glade, Selah’s Protecting Force, Is Gone, the Hunt Is On to Capture Her

Selah has survived the forces of both man and nature to reunite her family. But her happiness is short-lived as they are forced into a barren world of volcanic ash that conceals the storm boiling beneath. The clock is ticking and Selah’s abilities are growing–along with the list of those out for her blood.

Selah feels unworthy of her status as a novarium and is tortured by the knowledge of lives lost to protect her. Her physical and mental abilities will tempt her to be reckless, but she must learn to wield such power responsibly. Time is running out as more lives are tragically cut short and the search for the Third Protocol takes Selah into lands that have fallen into legend. Can Selah follow the trail of ancient artifacts and finish the quest? Or have she and her companions pinned their hopes on nothing more than a fanciful story?

My Review:

The way over the mountains has finally been cleared, but at great cost to Selah, her family, and her friends. Now she must make a fast escape from Tic City and complete the course that will lead her to her final destination. But it isn’t that easy. Part of that route leads her straight through enemy territory, and her clock is ticking.

Is it really possible for action to become tedious?

The Stone Braide Chronicles rarely slow down, yet at the same time it feels slow. We just seem to step from one fight into another, and the quiet moments have the characters mostly just spinning their wheels or being cryptic. Calhoun can write a very good fight scene, she just writes too many. After a while it begins to blur.

The family is well written, each with very individual and strong personalities. We finally get to see a bit more of Amaryllis, but I still had difficulty connecting with Bohdi.

Selah is a somewhat headstrong girl, loyal and determined. Even though getting her to their mystery destination in one piece is their primary goal, she repeatedly puts herself at risk and doesn’t like to listen much. She trusts the wrong people and distrusts the right ones regularly.

Storm doesn’t really make much more sense than the last two books, and while in the end an explanation is given, it didn’t feel too satisfactory. It also felt rushed and just a bit too convenient. The ending does make me wonder if this really is the end though. There are a few hints and loose threads that could become another book, but will it?

Overall, I have mixed feelings about this novel. It has great potential, but just falls slightly flat.

**I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way required to leave a good review. I promise this review is my genuine opinion of the book.**

If you are interested in this book, be sure to check out Surge, a free Kindle short with several extra chapters that take place between Lightning and Storm:

My Rating: Three 1/2 Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: clean
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs: a drug called STORM is used by some to prevent illness and promote long life.
Blood/violence: There are a great number of fights, explosions, shootouts, and a few deaths. There is a very small amount of blood. Not as much as was in book 2.

Amazon Kindle Link:Storm (Stone Braide Chronicles Book 3): A Novel
Amazon Paperback Link:Storm: A Novel (Stone Braide Chronicles)

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Lightning: a book review

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After she found her real father, life for Selah should have felt settled. But the horrors have just begun. In her broken world of toxic earth and tribal clashes, Selah must
battle the forces of nature alongside those in the Mountain who are calling for her blood. Haunted by the pain of mounting losses, she forges on, seeking her lost family and
uncovering new mysteries. But the ultimate betrayal of her own body may soon make her quest impossible as it becomes apparent that what has made her new could also drive her to a life of madness.

Bonnie Calhoun whisks readers back into an otherworldly struggle as Selah continues her quest for answers–and freedom.

My Review: 

My memories of book 1 in this series – Thunder – are not particularly clear, but I do remember being confused often by lack of information and sometimes description as well. Lightning was a sight better. The book started off slowly and it took about three chapters and several starts and stops before I got into it. Even though I don’t recall much of the first novel I still managed to catch on to the plot again with minimal trouble.

The author still doles information out sparingly and more questions than answers are still floating about. I’m still trying to figure out all the ‘protocols’ and what exactly they mean. Hopefully the author will decisively clear up these questions in book three: Storm.

Selah feels like a good character, but not a great one. She is very loyal to her family and tries to see the best in people, but she can be quite foolish at times. Bohdi is just one big question mark for me. He seeems like a nice guy, but I can’t say I really felt anything for his character because I never really KNEW him. He was just…there. His past is mostly a blank to both us and him. Perhaps if Storm delves into these questions then we might get to understanding him a bit better. I hope.

My Rating: three 1/2 flames.

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: clean
Language: clean
Drinking/drugs: villain is mad scientist. She does use some drugs and chemicals.
Blood/Violence: there is a lot of action in Lightning. Most of the novel is like one big chase scene. There are fights, shootings, kidnapping, explosions, floods, murder, holes blown in people, and an assortment of other injuries. The author does keep the blood minimal though.

And don’t forget to read the short story Aftershock before starting this book. Every novel in this series has an e-short prequel attached. Fnd it for free here on Amazon:

Amazon Kindle Link:Lightning (Stone Braide Chronicles Book 2): A Novel
Amazon Paperback Link:Lightning: A Novel (Stone Braide Chronicles)

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