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Dovey learns that demons lurk in places other than the dark corners of her mind in this southern gothic fantasy from the author of the Blud series.

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
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Simon Pulse
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Rebecca Costello I read it and loved it! I would recommend it to you if you are a fan of the horror/thriller genre. It kind of has this Stephen King feel to it,…moreI read it and loved it! I would recommend it to you if you are a fan of the horror/thriller genre. It kind of has this Stephen King feel to it, although it is written for young adults. I should warn you though, it does talk about some gory subjects. But if you don't mind that, I highly recommend it. I can't really say much about it because it would give too much away.(less)

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jv poore
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it
Scintillatingly succulent, Servants of the Storm sucks you in with the force of a Frog Strangler and captures you completely with its ferocious, phenomenal grip. I mean that in the most spectacular way possible. The clarity of Ms. Dawson’s writing had this reader picturing bubble-gum pink as my fingertips felt the warmth of rubbing a small hair bead between my forefinger and thumb, in an intriguing déjà-vu type of way.

Immediately invested in the courageous teen-aged Dovey, her two best buddies
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Giselle
DNF 45%

This one sounded sooo good and the blurb alluded to a fantastic psychological thriller - my fav genre! It did start out as a fairly awesome and thrilling read, kind of mind-f*cky and cryptic, but then all of a sudden it turned into a completely different story which wasn't at all what I was expecting or wanted to read when I picked this one up. Plus there were other little things that annoyed me like the MC's underwhelming reaction to what was actually happening. As if sh*t like this is
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Alyssa
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Rating: 2 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
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pdbkwm
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Hmmm. I feel bad, because Servants of the Storm should be a book that I love. It has a beautiful cover, the synopsis promises some creepy mystery, and the main character is biracial, which is something you don’t see in a lot of YA.

And when I first started to read this book, I was really into it. The first two chapters were great and really helped set the scene for this creepy tale. Billie Dove, aka Dovey, and Carly are at home alone when hurricane Josephine rages through their small town. During
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Lindsay
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Savannah, Georgia was devastated by Hurricane Josephine, in the process taking the life of Dovey's best friend Carly. That's about when Dovey went crazy with grief and began taking the pills that kept her numb for the next year.

Until she sees Carly again.

So the story starts with Dovey flushing her meds, and strangely enough, she soon starts seeing things. Dovey's on a mission to find Carly, but everywhere she looks she sees things like a girl with fox ears, or hair that moves, or people with
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Mauoijenn
This was an interesting story. It takes place right up the road from me so of course I was curious. Especially about a hurricane and seeing dead people. Sign me up. Well the story was good but I kind of felt like it was not as good as it could have been. My humble opinion.
Xan
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book is a mess.

So there’s this scene where the narrator, Dovey, who’s biracial, describes her skin color and she refers to her complexion as “the soft brown of bread crust”.



A person of color would never describe their skin color in this way. Yeah, it’s a common mistake for white authors to describe their non-white characters with food descriptors, but when you have the character themselves describing their skin color as “bread crust”…… It’s just glaringly bad writing. Tip for all the white
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Kathylill
Servants of the Storm will be one of the most amazing young adult books of 2014. Of that I am sure.

That creepy cover! That spine-chilling story! Those unsettling characters! It kept me on the edge almost to the finale. And what a damn awesome ending! The shadowy story is hauntingly beautiful as is the writing and it stays with you for very long, lingering subconsciously night and day. The descriptions of a Savannah destroyed by hurricane Josephine, infested by sinister characters, full of
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Magadored wants to extrude your face normals
One, two, three, four - I declare a thumb war.

This book was so underwhelming it inspired interpretive art.



Actually, my art program crashed while making this so I recovered what I could then covered up the artifacts with stickers, psychedelic clip art, and fucking fire. You're welcome. I feel like the final result sums up my feelings pretty well, i.e. it sucks.

This is not a spooky book dealing with natural phenomenon made fantastical and creepy like the back blurb implies. What it actually is,
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Robyn
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 that I am rounding up. A haunting story of grief, demons, and madness (or not madness), but ultimately one that I didn't connect to as much as I thought/hoped I would.
Zoe
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


Some books you put down and ultimitely just don't feel anything towards besides a sense of great indifference. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't anything fantastic either. That's how I felt towards Deliliah S. Dawson's Servants of the Storm.

Servants of the Storm starts out with a bang as best friends Dovey and Carly huddle together as a hurricane sweeps through their beloved Southern hometown ripping their lives apart. Dovey survives. Carly doesn't.

A year later, Dovey is still in a numb haze
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Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the paranormal genre
I received a free copy from the publishers via Edelweiss.

Not entirely sure what to rate this. At times I thought it was beautiful and creepy, but at others I felt it lost a bit of its magic. Nevertheless, Servants of the Storm is one of the best paranormal books I've read in a long time. (4.5 rating, I guess. I don't know. Perhaps I'll change it later. - EDIT. I'm leaving it at 4 stars because it lost it's magic. Still a great read though).

After the death of Dovey's best friend, Carly, during
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Dreamingalice
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Well that was certainly a disappointment. I was initially intrigued by this book's cover, and after skimming the synopsis I was very excited to read it. The questions presented at the beginning of the book really drew me in. I found myself wrapped up in al the mysteries surrounding Dovey's home town and the night her best friend drowned. This was all fine until the book started to become too convoluted for it's own good. Or more like it couldn't handle itself. Lots of aspects went unexplored and ...more
Terri
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, 4-stars
Review also found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/2...

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Simon Pulse via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is August 5, 2014.

This was a highly entertaining young adult read. Fans of the paranormal will certainly enjoy this book as it is full of demons with the main character on a quest to battle them in an effort to save her best friends soul. Add to this a seedy portrayal of Savannah and it
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Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Originally posted at The Bookaholic Cat

My Verdict: 2 Stars

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson is a book with a great premise and a great start, sadly it stays there.

Billie Dove (Dovey) Greenwood lost her best friend, Carly, when Hurricane Josephine hit Savannah. Witnessing Carly being taken away by the storm let Dovey traumatized.
After a year of taken antipsychotic pills Dovey is tired of feeling like a zombie and missing periods of time. After seeing Carly at their favorite coffee shop
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Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
This book faced-off against The Girl from the Well in Badass Book Reviews' Genre Book Showdown!

Servants of the Storm was one of my most anticipated reads for 2014 and I was utterly disappointed by the story. What started out so strong and with definite southern gothic overtones quickly devolved into just another typical YA paranormal.

Servants of the Storm's Dovey was not my favorite character. She made a lot of stupid decision that could have been attributed to her freaking out over all the
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Kelly
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
***SPOLIER ALERT***THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS***

I really enjoyed this book, but I initially came away from it feeling like I had missed something or didn't catch on to something that was implied. This bothered me enough that I read some other reviews to see how other readers perceived the story and sure enough, several brought up something I hadn't really considered. First, some backstory. I read this book with the view that everything that was happening to and around Dovey was real. However,
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Nathan
Fantasy Review Barn

A sum that is perhaps a bit better than its parts but nowhere close to the potential it initially showed. Servants of the Storm caught me with a great premise and a strong opening. A hurricane is coming and people are bunkering down. Young Dovey and Carly are stuck at home talking on a dying cell phone assuring a worried mother that they will be fine. But when the storm finds itself at its end? Of course everything is not alright.

Fast forward a year and Dovey has spent most of
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Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
In the beginning, what appears to be a tragic death during the ravage of Hurricane Josephine in Savannah, Georgia becomes a dark story about demons and one girl's determination to free her dead friend's soul. Loyal friends since grade school, Dovey and Carly were inseparable until the night Hurricane Josephine swept Carly away with its thick, putrid waters. One year later, Dovey and the city of Savannah have still not recovered from that night.

Started on anti-psychotics after Carly's funeral,
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Paula  from Reading Lark
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’ve got it bad for this book. I finished reading this book about a week ago, and I’m still so engrossed in the story that I’ve had difficulty picking up anything else. Indulge me as I share several of the reasons I’ve already decided that Servants of the Storm will most definitely be on my “Best of 2014” list.

Dawson does a beautiful job with setting and scenery description. I’ve never visited Georgia, so I have no idea what Savannah actually looks like, but the writer created such a vivid
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Sherrie
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding Southern gothic magical realism novel that I'd put off reading due to "judging a book by it's cover". It just didn't LOOK interesting to me. However, once I started last night I whipped through it by early this AM. Post hurricane Savannah Georgia is overtaken by demons who drug the humans into compliance and create an army of zombie-like servants and engage in bloody demon turf wars. One teen stops taking her antipsychotic meds and fights to reclaim her late best friend's soul from ...more
Eric Devine
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent YA creepshow that blends natural disaster with the Southern Gothic. Labotomitzing drugs, demons, and the undead make this a thrill ride for the macabre, but it is mostly a story about friendship and the quest for truth. Well worth riding out this dark storm.
Danya
3.5 stars

I mean...that ending though. Was not prepared for that.
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I received via Amazon Vine.

Servants of the Storm is one of those books that wants to fuck with your head so deeply you're in a book coma for a little while afterwards and it's probably going to succeed based on what I read. Jesus, this book is weird. I don't know what else I can say to sum it up for you because it's just so weird.

One of the most appreciable elements of the story is the question of reliability hanging around Dovey
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Cassandra Page
Holy shit, that ending.

I'll write a review when I can think again.

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(Later)

This is a book that is going to polarise people. I gave it five stars so clearly I'm in the "I loved it" category, but I can't think of the last time a book pulled the rug out from under me in the last chapter like this one did. I lay awake half the night thinking about it. If there were a sequel available for me to read RIGHT NOW, that wouldn't be so bad. But there isn't. And I want to cry a little from
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•Amy and Sophie•
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, favourites
Imagine me and you, in a room together. We're sitting in silence. I'm desperate to tell somebody about this book but I can't work up the courage.

Then you ask: " Read any good books lately? "

Then I start smiling and telling you everything about this book, yammering on and on until you think you might die of it.

" And do you recommend it? " you ask.

Then I scream: YEESSS! And I'm yammering all over again.

Beginning to get eager , you ask more: " What s this about? "

And then I say: " Yes! I wanted
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Reading Teen
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
At a Glance:

This book started with a chill, and had me squirming and questioning everything at first. But then it got really slow. Then it got weird. Then I didn't really care anymore. It wasn't bad, but in the end, I just didn't love it.

The Beginning:

If I can give you one piece of advice, it is this: DO NOT find out what this book is about until you read it. The beginning of Servants of the Storm was so creepy and mysterious. I spent the first half of the book wondering what in the world was
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Benni
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review: http://bennitheblog.com/bookbiters/se...

Hurricane Josephine hit Savannah, Georgia one year ago and took Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Absolutely devastated, Dovey’s since been heavily medicated. But when she sees Carly at their favorite café, Dovey vows to stop taking her pills. And that’s when she starts seeing demons everywhere.

With the help of her friend, Baker, and the mysterious Isaac, Dovey will find and help Carly, no matter what. Even if she’s unsure of what she may really
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christine
wait um what the fuck just happened

Everything was going all well and dandy and then the ending WHAT?! I didn't even see any reviews about this and it confuses me because the ending REALLY LEAVES ME HANGING and is making me so bloody confused like was it all a dream or some shit ugh.

Okay, now that I've got all those incoherent thoughts out of my system, here's a review. I'm actually giving this a 3.7 stars, but I really don't want to round it to four because it just doesn't seem anywhere near to
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
As haunting as a ghost story, SERVANTS OF THE STORM brings terror, doubt, and brief triumphs against staggering odds. As Dovey struggles amongst the wreckage and rot left behind by Hurricane Josephine, this is a story only to be read on safe, sunny afternoons when you can remind yourself that the storm isn’t real… no matter how true it feels.

Any magic feels more solid when mixed with touches of reality, and unfortunately, the same is true for horror. Starting this story with Dovey going cold
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Delilah S. Dawson writes whimsical and dark Fantasy for adults and teens. Her Blud series for Pocket includes Wicked as They Come, Wicked After Midnight, and Wicked as She Wants, winner of the RT Book Reviews Steampunk Book of the Year and May Seal of Excellence for 2013. Her YA debut, Servants of the Storm, is a Southern Gothic Horror set in Savannah, GA, and HIT is about teen assassins in a ...more
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