Friday, 10 October 2014

Storm Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Storm (Salt #2) by Danielle Ellison. Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for letting me participate! You can check out the full tour schedule here. Check out my review of the book below and enter the giveaway!

Title: Storm (Salt #2)
Author: Danielle Ellison

Release date: September 29th 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Format: eARC
Pages: 362

Source: NetGalley
Purchase links: AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo Books

Up until recently, Penelope was a witch with no magic. After having it stolen by a demon when she was just a child, Penelope had been forced to rely on sharing others’ powers as she went through the grueling training required to become an elite demon hunter. Now Penelope has more magic than she’s ever known. And when you’re this powerful, who needs salt to keep the demons away?

But power has a dark side.

Carter Prescott just wants to hunt demons and be with Penelope. But suddenly, witches who formerly had no magic are developing terrible, out-of-control powers. Now the world Carter swore to protect isn’t just endangered by malicious demons―it’s threatened by the same witches who once defended it. And Carter is horrified to see his girlfriend starting to change. Stronger. More powerful. Unrecognizable. It’s just a matter of time before Penelope changes into something far beyond his worst fears...

Salt was an awesome start to this paranormal series, and I was really excited when I heard about the release of Storm. Though I did enjoy being back in this world and learning more about how magic works here, I didn't love it as much as I did Salt.

After the events of the previous book, Penelope now has access to the void. She and Carter are both halflings, but both deal with it in different ways. Penelope begins to change, and Carter doesn’t know what to do about it. She wants her magic back, and she’ll do whatever it takes. But when Statics suddenly start gaining uncontrollable power, things become chaotic. Penelope and Carter know they have something to do with it, but can they stay on the same side long enough to fix it?

Storm is told in a dual POV of Penelope and Carter. I think that was a great move, because if it were just Penelope, I don’t know if I could’ve gotten through the entire book! It was interesting to read Carter’s thoughts on everything, and definitely sweet to see how deeply he cares about Pen.

I loved Penelope in Salt, but in this one? She’s so different! The magic she’s gained from the void has gotten to her head, and she’s reveling in a power she knows pretty much nothing about. She’s in way over her head, and doesn’t want help from anyone – especially Carter. The only one she goes to is Lia, the mauve demon she met in the previous book. Not a good choice, Pen!

Carter, though. He’s absolutely perfect. Like, honestly. He’s the same Carter we met in Salt, but sweeter in this book. He’s really protective of Penelope, and I wanted to yell at her to open her freaking eyes and see that she’s taking such an amazing guy for granted! Carter has to deal with his own personal issues as well – regarding his family, specifically his father and the Prescott line. He’s under a lot more responsibility now, but all he really wants is to make sure Penelope is okay.

A lot happens in this book, and it’s actually pretty long. Though I did feel it dragged quite a bit in the middle, I was still intrigued by everything that was happening – especially the situation with the Statics. I wish we could’ve seen more of Ric, though. He’s an awesome character and incredibly funny and supportive.

I felt like the plot was dragged out for the most part and then the ending was rushed a little. Things wrap up quite fast, and it’s kind of unexpected. I don’t know if there will be another book in the series, so I’m glad there’s nothing really left hanging. But I would’ve liked more of an explanation as to how everything got sorted out so fast. Either way though, Storm is an enjoyable sequel to Salt, and if you like series about witches, I’d certainly recommend this one.

*Thank you to Entangled Publishing for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3/5

About the author:

Danielle Ellison is from a small town in West Virginia. She spent her childhood pretending to fly, talking to imaginary friends, and telling stories. She hasn’t changed much since then. You can still find her pretending to work, talking to imaginary characters, and writing stories.

When she’s not writing, Danielle is probably drinking coffee, fighting her nomadic urges, watching too much TV, or dreaming of the day when she can be British. She is the author of five upcoming novels and you can find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.

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