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Artichoke Hearts by
“Most people, by the time they get old, have grown tough little shells around their hearts. Babies, like little Laila, start off with tender, loving, trusting hearts, but gradually, gradually, they learn to protect themselves and, as the years go by, grow tougher and tougher layers. Look at this! The outside layers of the artichoke are so tough they aren’t even worth eating but they become more and more tender as you come closer to the heart. These tough outer layers stop you feeling so much, so people walk around with hard little hearts that no one can touch. Of course there are some people who don’t have a choice – they just never learn to protect themselves…now that can be both a blessing and a burden.”
Servants of The Storm by Delilah S. Dawson
Genre- Young Adult, Thriller, Paranormal
Publisher- Simon Pulse
Release Date- August 5th, 2014
I received a copy of this book in exchanged for a honest review. In no way did the author or publishing company influence my review. For info on my book reviews and rating scale, click here
This might be the best ARC I’ve ever received. It’s creepy and mysterious and the plot line was amazing.
Dovey’s life nearly ended when a hurricane, called Josephine, swept over her hometown of Savanna, Georgia. While Dovey survived, her best friend Carly did not. Everyone expects grief when love ones die, but no one expected Dovey to go absolutely insane. Soon, she is heavily medicated and dozes through life. But that changes when she thinks she sees Carly, alive and just the same as the last time she saw her, at their favorite cafe. Soon, Dovey, her and Carly’s best friend Baker, and the mysterious Isaac are thrown into a journey to find out the truth about Carly’s death, the hurricane that caused it, and Dovey herself.
This book was so good. Let’s start with Dovey: First of all, she’s bi-racial, which I found is rare in YA books. I was a bit irritated that the cover doesn’t show that, but it’s a pretty cool cover. She’s great. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I really liked her. She loves acting and is a little shyer then her best friend, but after Carly’s death is starting to come out of her shell.
I had a harder time liking Isaac. He seemed to be made out to be more helpful then he was. Plus the whole I-should-be-evil-but-I’m-not thing was weird. Nothing was mentioned about him fighting evil urges or having dark thoughts or anything. So the rest of his kind are evil but he’s not. Yeah, ok. No explanation needed, I guess.
I did love Baker. I always like the guy-friend in love triangle books. Although, love triangles are over used so it would be better if Baker had just been a friend.
The setting; I love books set in the south, which is weird because you’d think living in the south I would hate the clichés (I have never drunk sweet tea on the porch, nor do I freak out if it snows.) but I love them. Anyways, I feel like a smaller town would have worked better. It seems weird that a whole, huge, town would have been drugged and no one noticed. But I do like hearing about other historical towns, as I live in one.
The plot was so original. There are a ton of books today about demons, but I’ve never read one like this.
I recommend Servants of The Storm to fans of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Caster Chronicles and The Shadowhunter Chronicles.
The Kill Order by James Dashner
“Scared. That’s good. A fine soldier is always scared. Makes you normal. It’s how you respond to it that makes or breaks you.”
The Treatment by Suzanne Young
“It’s taken me all this time, all this loss, to realize what really matters is now.”
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
“Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.”