Published: July 7, 2010
Life blows for sixteen-year-old Janelle. Ever since moving to Florida, she's been accidentally breaking people's arms just by touching them. And yanking steel doors off their hinges. Then her new crush, Gary, sees her gray spiral birthmark and tells her she's a Tempest. A person who can turn into a hurricane by touching the ocean. Like him. So that's why she feels ready to explode when she's at the beach. As if that's not lousy enough, all Tempests have to become storms once in their lives. It's their secret law...and it's Janelle's turn. And it's not long before the Tempest leader abducts her. Janelle's told that she's destined to become the worst hurricane ever. And now she's the main weapon in the Tempest leader's plot to hold the world ransom. No way can Janelle live with herself if she kills thousands. But using the power she fears most might be the only way out.
Loved it! This first book in the Destroyer series makes me see hurricanes everywhere. Just kidding. But I'll always look at them differently. Such as thinking that anyone with hurricane names is one. Janelle is also a very strong main character. She doesn't let anyone walkover her. Example: her crazy mother who wants to destroy the world. The Tempests are like their own civilization with their own god and way of life. Hurricanes are also needed for many people near the coast. They provide rain during droughts and fertile soil for farming.
And just so this doesn't become the discovery channel let's go back to the book. I'll give you all a short summary of the book. Janelle finds out that shes a Tempest or hurricane and that she has to turn into one the day that hurricane Janelle is expected. She also finds out that her biological mother was a Tempest and that she wants Janelle to destroy New York, so the Tempests could take over. I'm the end she gets a surprise that she wishes could have stayed buried.
I'd give it 5 stars. Holly Hooke created a whole new world with living disasters that walk around like real people.