by Delilah S. Dawson
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (August 5, 2014)
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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.At a Glance:
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.
This book started with a chill, and had me squirming and questioning everything at first. But then it got really slow. Then it got weird. Then I didn't really care anymore. It wasn't bad, but in the end, I just didn't love it.
If I can give you one piece of advice, it is this: DO NOT find out what this book is about until you read it. The beginning of Servants of the Storm was so creepy and mysterious. I spent the first half of the book wondering what in the world was happening, and that added so much mystery and really compelled me to keep turning the pages. I just had to know!
Dovey's quest to find out what happened to her best friend was intriguing, as were all the weird things that were happening in her town after Hurricane Josephine struck. I didn't know if there was some paranormal element, or if Dovey was just insane and needed to go back on her medication. It was just all so cryptic!
There are so many things that this book had that seem like a perfect fit for me. I honestly normally like weird books, and this one definitely had an element of weird going on. It was dark and a little gruesome (pinkies bitten off left and right), and had the spooky element down, but something was missing for me.
The Last 50%
About halfway through is where it took a nose-dive. So much so that I almost didn't finish reading it. I really had to push myself through, and I can't say that in the end I was glad about it. It just got really boring for me, I'm sad to say. Once the mystery of what was happening in the town was solved, I just didn't really care anymore. Dovey wasn't a character that clicked with me. I didn't enjoy the love triangle. Isaac was pretty swoony, but even he wasn't enough to keep me interested.
In the end, this book was decent, but it isn't a book I'll be pushing on people. If you're curious, and want to find out what it's all about, then you may end up liking it. Just don't read any spoilers!!