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Moss has grown up on the strangest and most magical of islands. Her father has a plan to control the tempestuous weather that wracks the shores. But the island seems to have a plan of its own once Callan -- a wild boy her age -- appears on its beaches. Her complex feelings for Callan shift with every tide, while her love for the island, and her father, are thrown into doub ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Chicken House
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Kathy Cunningham
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lucy Christopher’s STORM-WAKE is a mystical fairy tale loosely based on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Most of the story is told from the perspective of Moss, a girl stranded on a magical island with a man she calls Pa. Moss is a young child when the novel begins, but she’s a teenager by the end. And in the years in between, we come to see the island and Pa through her eyes. This is a lyrical story, told in magical prose, providing little clue as to what parts of it are real and what parts are not ...more
Katherine
Apr 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2018
This review is based on the Advanced Reader Copy lent to me by a friend. The opinions expressed in it are my own unsolicited thoughts.

I had such high hopes for this book. The Tempest is one of my favorite plays, and I love re-workings of old and well-loved stories.

Storm-Wake, however, was a trial to get through. The writing itself is not bad. I enjoyed its lyrical, dream-like quality for the most part. It suits the story Lucy Christopher set out to tell. But I couldn’t read more than thirty page
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Nikki
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a tough one to review because I did really enjoy the writing and the story, but it a little like two stories that don’t quite fit together.

The first part is the story of Moss and her dad on the magic flower island. It’s a bit more confusing and slower, but gorgeously written. I particularly loved Jess, Cal and Aster too.

Three second part starts after the time jump really, and with the introduction of Finn and Tommy. I liked this in a different way, because it had more purpose but the w
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Livy
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Lucy Christopher's Stolen is one of my favorite books of all time. It's incredible. You will not be the same after reading it. (If you don't believe me, it won the Prinz award.) However, her other books have been a bit hit-or-miss for me. None of them have lived up to Stolen. Flyaway was soft and beautiful and sad. The Killing Woods was intriguing and enjoyable enough, but ultimately nothing really special.

Her new book, Storm-Wake, is different from anything she's ever written, at least style-wi
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Jennifer
Received advanced reader copy from publisher via Baker & Taylor book supplier

The Tempest is one of my top two favorite Shakespeare plays. So I grabbed at an advance copy of this story that claims to be a “reflection” of the play. I made it twenty-six pages before I said “Nope. No more. Not even giving it my normal 50 pages before I decide whether to continue. It stops here and now.” Flowery (literally and figuratively) and moved slower than a breeze through my hair. I just couldn’t do it.

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Brenda Ayala
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: yallwest-2018
Stormwake is a highly whimsical novel that throws you in to the weird island setting without any preamble. There is no introduction to explain anything—what the flowers are, who Moss is, etc. The ones that drove me nuts were the way the dialogue and action were described. It wasn’t just “shutting her eyes” it was “shutting her eyes squint-shut”.

True-fast
Core-deep
Gentle-slow
Crinkle-kind
Quick-fast
Sweet-tasty
Sudden-scared
Tingle-quick

You get the idea. It couldn’t just be “she moved quickly through t
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Christopher, Lucy Storm-Wake, 320 pages. Chicken House (Scholastic), AUGUST 2018. $18. Language: PG (12 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

Moss and her Ps have lived on their secret island for more years than Moss knows. Their only companions are a horse and a dog and Cal, another odd castaway thrown up by the sea. Pa puts all of his energy into the magical flowers that bloom all over the island. Cal, though is always looking for a way off the island. When two new boys are shipwrecke
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Ashley
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This was, to put it mildly, a very strange read. When I went to research it after the fact, I learned that this book is based loosely on William Shakespeare's The Tempest. As I have never read the play, I could not attest to this, and it probably also hindered my enjoyment of the book because I had absolutely NO IDEA what was going on for most of the book. The novel is written in a strange, halting style that gets a little tedious after a while, and parts of the book came dangerously close to pu ...more
Evan S
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jayme Carruthers
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Thank you to the #KidLitExchange network for the review copy of Storm-Wake. All opinions are my own.

Storm-Wake was a bit difficult for me. Partially, I think it was because I loved Lucy Christopher's book Stolen so, so much and so I just had hopes that were a little too high for Storm-Wake. Additionally, there just didn't seem to be a lot of flow in this novel. Parts seemed choppy and disconnected.

Storm-Wake is based on The Tempest, which is a Shakespeare play that I have
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Amelia Bailey
I received this as an ARC through my job at Coles.

I’m not into plays or classics so I didn’t really have any expectations for this book. I figured it would give me an idea of The Tempest without having to read Shakespeare. (not trying to slam him, I’m just not into it) I’ve read a lot of reviews from people who were comparing Storm-wake to The Tempest and ended up not enjoying it. However, as someone who has never read The Tempest, I really enjoyed Storm-wake.

The writing was dreamy and the atm
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Rachael
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a review copy of this from Chicken House and wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s taken me a while to get round to reading and I wish I’d read it sooner. It was wonderful.

Classed as YA, it is in one sense a classic ‘coming-of-age’ narrative. We see Moss as she grows from a ‘Small Thing’ into her teens, and watch as her relationships with both “wild-boy” Cal and Pa change as she does. However, there’s a lot more going on here, and in some ways I’m not sure where or how I’d categorise this,
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Jennifer Dulo
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A few weeks ago, I received my first ARC (Advanced Reviewer Copy) of a book by one of my favorite authors: Lucy Christopher. I was totally excited to read it because I absolutely loved her books Stolen and Flyaway.

Storm-wake is a novel loosely based on the Shakespeare play The Tempest. The story surrounds a young girl named Moss and her father who are living on a deserted island full of magical flowers. These flowers have the ability to heal and give a sort of high to those who ingest them. They
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Jessica
Aug 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
No. This author wrote the most amazing book with Stolen but this.... I JUST KEPT EXPECTING SOMETHING TO HAPPEN & while things did happen; nothing made sense. One time in school I had to read this magical realism book and I hated it. Maybe that’s why I didn’t like this book?
Laura
Jul 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF - did nothing new to the Tempest story.

ARC provided by publisher.
Rachel
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who don't mind confusing books
2.5 stars. (If ever there was a time for half a star, it's now.)

I am very torn about this book.

I absolutely LOVE the cover of this one, both the book jacket and the hardcover book itself. Underneath the cover, the book is this deep forest green, just a lovely color really, with a shiny silver font and a gorgeous flower accent.

But I gotta tell you that I really only adored the cover for this one.

I guess I just feel a bit let down. The idea of a YA Shakespeare retelling of The Tempest immediately
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Barbara
One of the things I most admire about this author is her willingness to take risks and to tackle different topics. In this case, she draws inspiration from William Shakespeare's The Tempest to tell the tale of a girl and a man living on an island far from anywhere else. The story moves from somewhere ten years ago and then covers the next years in brief increments. Since Lucy Christopher organizes her story with the typical elements found in plays--acts and scenes--readers won't have trouble kee ...more
Kavanand (Reading for Two)
Storm-Wake is an interesting book, and it's beautifully written, but I never felt a connection to it. It's a reimagining of Shakespeare's The Tempest, and it initially stays quite close to the plot of the play. A young girl named Moss and her father, Pa, live alone on a deserted island where they were shipwrecked some years before. Pa tells Moss that floods have claimed the rest of the world and that they're safe on their island. The island is covered in flowers that Pa tries to use for magic to ...more
Lisa Rowland
Aug 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
I wasn't thrilled with this book when I started it, but I hoped that I would adjust to it. Eventually I did, and in the couple of chapters right before the end I started to think "maybe this isn't the absolute worst, maybe I'll give it 2, 2 and half stars." Then I finished it, and it went straight back to one.

I feel the need to admit that I've never actually read or watched the Tempest. High school English squashed any possibility of me enjoying Shakespeare, and very few remakes even tempt me. T
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Vera
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads giveaways, and I was super excited for it! I loved Stolen and The Killing Woods, so I was looking forward to a new book from Lucy Christopher.

On the whole, I really liked Storm-Wake. I very much enjoy Shakespeare retellings and Shakespeare inspired stories in general, and The Tempest is such a great play to retell. I connected with the main character, Moss, and I enjoyed seeing the plot and backstory unfold throughout the book. Lucy Christopher's writing
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Christina Reid
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars for me!
I knew that I had to read this as soon as I heard that it was inspired by The Tempest ( I love it!) and is set on a mysterious, magical island, cut off when the rest of the world was flooded. I have always enjoyed the eccentricities and oddities of island culture and have several fantastic books with an island setting.
We follow a young girl called Moss, who lives on the island with her Pa and their dog, later joined by a fish-boy Callan and a horse made from flowers. I was imme
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Amy (Golden Books Girl)
This tells the story of Moss, who lives on a secluded island with only her Pa, her dog Jess and a boy called Cal, as everything begins to change on the island after a storm brings in something very unexpected. While I mainly enjoyed the very descriptive language, I did find myself having to reread passages quite often as I was getting very confused and it did take a bit of getting used to, which is why I struggled to get into the book for a while. I thought the worldbuilding was interesting, lik ...more
Anne
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Moss and Pa and their dog live on an island where they were shipwrecked years ago when Moss was little. The island is covered with magical flowers that Pa uses for healing and to send spells out into the world to keep it from drowning in a weird form of reverse global warming and perhaps to uncover land nearby. One day a storm washed up unusual treasure in the form of a sea/water horse that they name Aster and a fish-boy that the name Callan. As time passes, Pa seems to be suffering from mental ...more
Sarah
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I received this as an eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Moss and her father live on a magical island. They use the power of the flowers to stop the world-wide flooding. Over time, things wash up on shore, like a water-horse and a fish-boy. Moss’s father warns her that the fish-boy Cal will lie to her and take her away from the island. While she can never believe that she would ever want to leave her father or the island, as she grows up she begins realizing that her father is
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Victoria
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is actually my second experience with Christopher’s writing. Her debut novel, Stolen, is actually a debut of a sorts for me as well – this was my first Audible listen ever! So without me doing more than skimming the premise (YA dystopian-ish novel inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest), I eagerly scooped this one up to read. And while you can see The Tempest flickering through at times – the structure, some of the characters (admittedly, comparisons could be easier made had I more recently ...more
T
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, dystopian
A modern version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

A strange, magical, confusing, but moving story of Moss, a girl who has grown up on an odd, ethereal island with a mercurial father who plans to control the tempestuous weather.

When Callan, a wild and mysterious "boy" appears out of the ocean, Moss' feelings for Callan and for her father and the island are muddled. Everything she has ever believed and known is thrown into doubt.

An odd, eerie, surprising tale of love, family, friendship, and self-d
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Sarah
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
And I have finished the last of the four "The Tempest" retellings for our AP Lit Tempest book club. Of the four, this was perhaps my least favorite? But also it was still really engaging. I have some questions about the world-building that I don't think I will ever find adequate answers to--which is to say, I suspect there's too much convoluted back story here. So I'm just not gonna think about that and be happy that I enjoyed reading this so much before bed.
Adam Bullock
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
There were so many things I didn’t care for in this book.

I gave it two stars because, in typical YA fashion, it had that little snowball effect to the end.

But man alive. I didn’t care for the writing style. The quirks in how the characters phrased things at times. The pacing was weird. The first halfish of the book was sort of unnecessary? The setting had a really good opportunity to be interesting and I couldn’t tell you what it even looked like except for the lizards were big.
Amitai
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay so I give this book 4.5/5 stars
I really enjoyed this book, and there were many parts of it that were so book gripping! However the entire book was written in improper English because of the lack of English the characters knew, so a lot of times it was hard to follow. Besides that, it was a great tale with great aspects to build off of, along with much mystery to uncover
Nicole
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was not what it seems. I was truly bored until the last 50 pages then completely shocked and unprepared for the horrific realization of what this book is really about. I've never had such conflicting feelings after a book. Lucy is a great writer but I never would have chosen to read this.
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Lucy Christopher was born in Wales but grew up in Australia. She obtained an Undergraduate degree at Melbourne University. She moved to the UK to earn a distinction in a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University. The novel she wrote for this class, The Long Flight, was picked up by a publisher under a new name of FLYAWAY.

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