Thank you Wednesday Books for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for a honest review and inviting me to be a part of this blog tour!
Rating: 3/5 stars
Format: Physical copy
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Foster Stewart knows she’s different. Her life has never been “normal.” Talking to plants and controlling cloud formations aren’t things most seventeen year olds are into. Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor is perfect. Star quarterback and all around dreamy boy next door he never thought about his “extra” abilities. What quarterback wouldn’t want night vision? That’s not weird, right? It’s cool!
But on the night of their first meeting a deadly tornado brings them together and awakens their true abilities – the power to control the element air. Unbeknown to Tate and Foster, they are the first in a group of teens that were genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements. Which truly sucks for Foster, as she has to face the fact that Dr. Rick Stewart, her beloved scientist father, betrayed her and now wants to use her and the others for his own nefarious world domination plot.
Foster and Tate must stop Dr. Stewart and his minions before he destroys their lives and the world.
When I first heard that P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast were co-writing a brand new series for us I was over the moon. In case you don’t know, the mother/daughter author duo wrote The House of Night series which was a wildly popular vampire/paranormal series in the early 2000’s when vampires were all the rage (still waiting for them to make a comeback, just sayin’). So, I was excited to dive into a new series from two authors I was familiar with and loved back in the day, however, I was hoping to love this a little more than I did.
The concept of this book was EXTREMELY intriguing to me. A group of teens that were genetically modified are able to control the weather and elements, it’s something that is 100% up my alley. And don’t get me wrong I did enjoy the plot, but I did have a few issues with this one. First, the writing seemed extremely rushed and awkward at times. Majority of this book is told through dialogue or the characters talking out loud to themselves, because of that I found the writing could occasionally be cringe-worthy. Second, the characters themselves just weren’t very likable until almost the very end, and even now I’m still on the fence of liking them. Character growth is pretty minimal in this, but hopefully we’ll get to know the characters more in the following books. Third, this felt a lot more juvenile than I anticipated, so I definitely think it will appeal to the younger side of YA readers.
As for what I did enjoy, besides liking the overall concept of the book, this book definitely has all the trope-y superhero vibes. I don’t read books like this very often so it was a nice change of pace. Plus, this book includes illustrations so it gives it a nice graphic novel touch without being overpowering if graphic novels are not your thing. It was definitely super cool to be able to see the characters brought to life in that way since the writing kind of stunted them. The pacing throughout this story was also done very well. There weren’t really any parts of the story that dragged and once the action started it was so easy to fly through the rest of the book. As for the ending, I was pretty happy with it as well. I think it leaves a great setup for the next book without having too much of cliffhanger, I don’t know how many more major cliffhangers my heart can take!
All in all, although I did struggle with the writing and liking the characters, the concept and plot of this book was definitely enough to keep me intrigued to see where the characters will end up next!
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