Okay, I fully enjoyed reading Salt, the prequel to Storm, back when I read it earlier this year (or maybe it was just Penelope's voice). Plus, I probably spent too much time talking about Sodium Chloride and onion rings in that review.
Talk about a bit of embarrassing. It's a bit too late to do a re-review though. Or... is it?
Basically, I had high expectations for Salt's sequel because when the first book in a series is really good, the second book has to be equally good or better.
Problem: Storm suffered a little bit of sequel syndrome. Or, as TV peeps like to call it, "second year syndrome."
Back in Salt, we find out Penelope Grey is a witch without magic, and in order to actually use magic, she has to rely on others. (This duology must be highly based off Chemistry. Sodium Chloride, Covalent Bonds... am I boring anyone?) But after everything that happened in De'Intero, Penelope now has access to magic without having to rely on others. Shortly after, those who once had no magic suddenly have magic, and Penelope's changing into an entirely different person than from who she was before.
Let's get this out of the way: Storm isn't just told in Penelope's view. It's told in Carter Prescott's view as well. We get an inside look of Carter's life, his fractured relationship with his dad, and how much change the Triad actually needs. I personally think Carter's view is a great contribution to him as a character and to the book as well. Whereas Penelope is using her own assumptions about the mysterious Void – being extremely stubborn and conspicuous in the process – and trusting the words of a "friendly" demon, Carter actually goes in and takes the time to find out everything possible before jumping to conclusions.
Despite the fact I dislike Penelope 2.0, Penelope undergoes a major character change from Salt. No thanks to the Void, of course. She's a lot more stubborn (said that), confident, and completely blind. I mean absolutely blind. (Really. I don't mean vision wise, though if I want to save my vision, I'll have to start reading less or learn to deal with audio books. BOO.) The warnings are everywhere – what kind of demon helps? A demon is like a wish – you have to be careful.
But with everything that happens to Penelope within a span of a few days, it's no wonder history repeats itself. Hint, hint. Nudge, nudge.
I am, however, a bit disappointed with the way the ending goes. Or at least, how it all goes down back in De'Intero. What happens in De'Intero Part 2 is basically De'Intero Part 1 on dark steroids. The demon changes, a little bit of the showdown changes, there's more people around, but the gist is pretty much the same aside from the end, which is basically a happily ever after. I wanted someone to die... I think.
Storm didn't really meet all of my expectations as it did in Salt, but I highly enjoyed it. It's a great series for those who enjoy romance with a touch of paranormal and fantasy.
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.