Review: Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

Title:  Servants of the Storm
Author:  Delilah S. Dawson
Series:  None?
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Publication Date:  August 5, 2014

Pages:  376
Format/Source:  ARC/From Publisher
Age Group/Genre:  Young Adult/Fantasy, Horror

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 cafe. 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.

Dovey’s running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can’t see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly … and everything to do with Dovey herself. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

All Kinds of Creepy…

So I’m pretty much a wimp when it comes to gory or really scary stuff, especially in TV shows and movies.  I can kind of handle it in books, but, for instance, I will never be watching movies like Saw and TV shows like The Walking Dead.  I LOVE Game of Thrones but I cover my eyes during all the really gory or scary scenes–I just have to.  I can’t handle that stuff.

BUT I really enjoy creepy stuff.  And Servants of the Storm came through with the creepiness factor, for sure.  It might not be scary enough for some of my friends who really love Horror, but I found it very sufficiently creepy.  In fact, I wrote “SO CREEPY” at least 4 times in my notes.

I also enjoyed the humor in Servants of the Storm, as well as the fact that there was action right from the beginning.  And the ending had a fantastic (also creepy) twist.

But I did have my issues with the story.  I don’t enjoy it when characters have all these crazy things happen to them, and then when someone explains it, they refuse to believe it.  It’s like, “Hello!  You have all this crazy supernatural stuff happening around you and you aren’t going to believe the obvious explanation?  Why the hell not?”  Dovey does come to believe it fairly quickly, but not as quickly as I would have liked.  I also don’t like it when there is a supernatural guy who doesn’t have a bed in his room.  It reminds me of Twilight, which is a series I enjoyed, but I don’t really like other books to remind me of that story.  I don’t know, it just wasn’t the best story in the world, you know?  And in Servants of the Storm, it totally doesn’t make sense that this guy wouldn’t have a bed in his room.

There’s also a love triangle going on in this story, and to be fair, I do think that Dovey really doesn’t know exactly how she feels about either of them for most of this story.  But still, it’s not one of those excusable love triangles. (Like, for instance the one in the Throne of Glass series.  That’s a totally excusable and complex love triangle and I fully support it.)  But I still enjoyed Servants of the Storm despite all of these issues.

Bonus Points…

Delilah S. Dawson gets some of my Bonus Points for the following reasons:

  • Mentioning Dr. Pepper = 50,000 points (It’s the Nectar of the Gods, people!)
  • A Star Wars reference = 50,000 points
  • Mentioning Mississippi Mud Pie = 50,000 points (This is a dessert I grew up on and if you haven’t had it, I suggest you change that immediately. And wash it down with a Dr. Pepper.) (Now I’m extremely hungry and thirsty…)
  • A Super Mario Bros. reference = 25,000 points
My rating for Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson:
4 big stars.  I really hope there is a sequel to this story, because that ending had such a cool twist and I could see there being more to this story!
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other way for this review.

1 Comment

  1. Brandi Kosiner

    July 21, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I actually usually avoid the creepy in books too, but its good to hear that you enjoyed it in this one.

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