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The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum
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May 31, 2010

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** spoiler alert ** As a huge fan of Jenna Blum's first book Those Who Save Us, I was disappointed that this book didn't deliver the same impact as her first. And very surprised that the writing style is one of the major drawbacks. The plot is certainly compelling enough - Karena is searching for her estranged bipolar twin among the storm chasers of the mid west. Karena and Charles carry a dark secret that binds them as much as their twin-ness. A romance, a tornado, and a reunion all add to the fairly fast paced storyline. Some of it works (storm chasing is on my bucket list so I was happy to read about their adventures with nature) and some of it doesn't (I'm not one for everything to get tied up with a bow at the end - this was a little too easy, wasn't it?). But more distracting is Blum's incessant use of character names in the dialogue. When I talk to someone directly I rarely state their name - they know who they are! But Karena's storm chaser boyfriend Kevin uses his nickname for her, "Laredo", in almost every line of dialogue. I just opened to a random page and found three examples. This sounds like nitpicking but it was very noticeable and really detracted from the naturalness of the dialogue. And now that I've pointed it out you will be hard pressed to ignore it. Sorry. This book has a lot going for it as a fun summer read but if you are a fan of Blum's first book, go into this with reasonable expectations for a fun soap opera plot and a made-for-tv ending.
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message 1: by Relyn (new)

Relyn The constant "Laredo" is driving me nuts as I read it. I'm with you.

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