Strange Weather by Hannah Mathewson
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Publication Date: July 11, 2016
Format: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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(This book is free on Amazon for Kindle Unlimited users so go and read that while you can!!)
Lightning strikes a sleepy valley in the rural Lake District, Northern England, and something extraordinary begins for sixteen-year-old Ivy Tallis. She’s the only witness of this single, silent bolt, and she’s no weather expert, but she’s sure there need to be clouds for there to be lightning – and there are none.
It’s just the first in a series of increasingly bizarre goings on. Soon, Ivy is performing feats of supernatural speed, extra-sensory ability, and telekinesis, and the only clue as to why lies with her high school nemeses; the pretty, popular Sasha Rivers and her twin brother James.
Meanwhile, her neighbours’ new lodger appears to be haunting her every move. The enigmatic William Winter has no home, no family, and no comment on the matter of who he is or where he came from. All Ivy knows is that she’s crazy about him.
But the horrifying truth of what Ivy really is – and the death and destruction she is fated to cause – will threaten the future she thought she’d have, and tear her and William apart. Ivy wants to trust him, but the mysterious stranger has a secret of his own, and sharing hers could cost Ivy her life.
Strange Weather is nail-biting from start to finish and tells the story of what can happen when you can’t tell your enemies from your friends.
This book is in the YA paranormal genre, which again, is a genre that I’m not entirely comfortable with reading in, but since the author reached out to me, I decided to give the book a try, since the last book I read in the genre was one I actually enjoyed.
Truth be told, the summary of the book really freaks me out. I think it’s just the element of haunting that really gets to me. But I mean, No biggie, because I obviously finished the book.
Even just in the first chapter, Ivy’s brother seems so hot. (Or maybe that’s just because I’ve been watching too much of the Olympic athletes and binge-watching The Bachelorette.) I love that kind of sibling relationship and it’s ugh, just so perfect.
I love the amount of imagery in the book. It makes you really feel like you know exactly where everything is placed at and if you were suddenly placed in the book, you will know how to get everywhere. Not a lot of paranormal books actually do that so I was pleasantly surprised with that.
Then we meet the Bridges, on Ivy’s run on the first day. The Bridges were the ones who helped Ivy’s brother out when he ran away from home, and everything they said has some kind of mysterious tone to it.
Ivy’s first teacher of the day, Mr. Faulkner seems like the teacher that everyone wants to have. He has a sense of humor and knows how to get along with his students.
Then after that, we meet the River’s twins, which has something off about them that I cannot place. James was so different from his sister, although everyone else sees them as attached at the hip and inseparable.
After reading for quite a while, I checked my progress to see how far I was into the book and was surprised to see that I was only a tenth of the way through the book. Like this book is twice the length of most other books in the same genre out there (From my assumptions because I am reading on an e-copy).
Then we learn from one of Ivy’s classmates that ever since the Rivers twins showed up at the school, mysterious things have started to happen, although nothing has been confirmed by anyone.
I did find myself having a hard time concentrating on the book, just because there was so much to it and there were a lot of really boring scenes.
Then a little while later, we find out more about the Rivers twins and how Ivy is more similar to them than she thought. They tell her everything there is to know and help her through most of it.
Overall, the book did not disappoint. I really liked how it speeded up in the second half of the book, and had so much more revealed that had me hooked. I give the book a 8/10 (4/5 stars). It started off slow but really made up for it in the rest of the book. The ending was really sweet and I do want to know more about what happened to the River twins (maybe an idea for a second book??). I recommend this to people who enjoy reading paranormal novels. I really find myself liking the genre more and more as I read more books in the genre.
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