So, after I finished Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs, I saw that this was right below it and was like, "What the hell, lets read some more tempesty goodness." Sometimes, you shouldn't judge a book on other's with a similar name...
Tempest, by Holly Hook, still centers around the oceans and the turmoil within them, but it follows a totally different mythology. Actually, I'm kinda sad to say it follows any legitimate mythology, no matter how the author twisted it. The novel follows Janelle, a 15 year old midwestern girl who's recently moved back to the place of her birth, Florida, at her father's insistance. The opening scene is of the two of them taking shelter from within their house as a hurricane strikes. I should have known from the first pages that the book was a dud, but then again I was like, "Well, it's hurricanes and I like hurricanes; just because the author writes a category two hurricane as being this giant monster that destroys towns and knocks down entire trees, and tears roofs off of cars and homes alike, doesn't mean she's completely ignorant about them..." (note: I've been through MANY hurricanes, and a category two will pretty much take down a limb or two, and dent your car in with some hail. Occasionally, you may lose some shingles or a window but that's about it.)
I was wrong.
But we'll get to that later.
Anyways, Janelle's rather psychopathic acting dad is all, "OMG OMG OMG THERE IS A HURRICANE! BEHOLD THE BEAUTY OF A STORM!" And as these massive wind gust destroy all the houses around them (as I said, a category two doesn't do much damage unless your house is a bajillion years old and in bad shape. Janelle's neighborhood? It's pretty nice) her dad continues on sputtering nonsense about how they're storm proof and she just needs to enjoy is and that the hurricane would never hurt them...Finally, cops come and Janelle leaps into their arms and begs them to take her to safety as their house shudders around them. Reluctantly, her less than stable father agrees to come as well, and they venture off into the horrifyingly bad storm (insert eye roll here) to find safety in a high school gym.
Then! In a movement of sheer heroism, Janelle rushes back out into the storm that terrified her only moments before, to save a small child who had rushed out into the now downgraded tropical storm to retrieve a toy from the car. And voila! We meet our hero, a scrawny kid named Gary who strangely enough gets dumped into the middle of the parkinglot by a water spout (I've never actually heard of a water spout making it as far inland as the author describes...considering that water spouts have to be over, well...water...to be called a water spout.)
Needless to say, I wasn't impressed. And as I forced myself to read further, I became even less than impressed. Gary informs Janelle that she is a "Tempest", and is essentially a hurricane and that if she ever fell into the ocean, she would spawn a hurricane of epic proportions. Well, immediately Janelle is all like, "I WOULD NEVER BE A HURRICANE." And then some how, she's splashed with water or Gary is splashed with water, or some such nonsense, and BAM! Instantaneous storm for 2.5 milliseconds. Come to find out, when a "Tempest" is born, their name is immediately logged on the hurricane name list (it's a real thing, it's kinda cool. You should research the hurricane name list and see when your name comes up, unfortunately, mine never will. Sigh. and when a hurricane or tropical storm with their name approaches land, it's their turn to dive into the water to give it the necessary juice to make it a big storm. Note: This is another point in time where the author's researching skills are obviously very lacking as the list of names for hurricanes is recycled every 6 years, they don't add NEW names to the list unless a major hurricane hits and that name is retired. That doesn't happen that often. There's like...one or two major hurricanes world wide a year, and some years, there are none...so out of a list of 26 names per year, on average only one is removed every year...so...GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND! Do your research! Or don't...it's whatever).
Getting back on track, apparently, recently Gary's name appeared in conjunction with a small tropical storm, and therefore his guardian had dumped him into the ocean, spawning a Category 2 hurricane that killed like...9 people or something (category two killing 9 people in a community that goes through hurricanes every year? Highly doubtful. Perhaps if it hit a huge coast city that never has hurricanes...like, lets say, NYC? But a Florida town? GIVE ME A BREAK! Seriously, my brain is trying to bleach itself of this book. Don't judge me) and she was now after Janelle to do the same, because Janelle's name was next on the hurricane list and it was her turn to wreak havoc and destruction. The villian in the book has no sound reasoning for being...well, a villian. She just spouts off the normal, "Humans hate hurricanes, so therefore we much kill them all and rule the lands." (Odd enough, I wonder if the author ever considered that hurricanes can only happen on the coast lines...it's hard to take over the world if you can only dominate the coasts.)
I have to be honest, and this is one of the few times I'll be brutally so, because this book killed me to read. The characters have little to no development, they're crudely written and for the most part, Janelle can't decide whether or not she wants to give Gary her virginity, or if she wants to beat him with a stick. Which, keep in mind this is understandable for teenagers, BUT NOT WHEN THEY ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A LIFE OR DEATH SITUATIONS. Even hormonal teens don't get all rambunctious and naughty when they think they're going to die a horrible death in the next 5 minutes. The plot is just...ugh...it's badly researched, it's badly prepared, and has plot holes big enough to make one think a hurricane went right over the book while Hook was writing it. The writing itself is...okay. It's nothing special, but it would pass a generic grammar and punctuation test. The best I can give this book? Your very, very, very young pre-teen or teenager might enjoy it, but that's doubtful.
Reviewed for MyVampFiction.com