At the end of a life-changing summer a devastating tornado hit the small town of Hope’s Grove, Oklahoma.
While the brick suburban mansions of Summit Bluffs saw very little damage, their occupants weren’t so lucky. As the members of both communities struggle to put the pieces of their lives back together, lies will be told, truths will be revealed, and nothing will ever be the same. The road to recovery is long and paved with past hurts and future heartbreaks.
They ignored the warning signs, and one of them didn’t make it out alive. The four that remain know they’d be crazy to think the storms are actually over..
Because it’s just when you think you’re safe that you find yourself right in the path of destruction.
I don’t typically read YA books, but Storm Warning came highly recommended by one of my friends. Told from 5 POVs, I was leery I wouldn’t connect with the characters. Also given the age difference between them and myself (I AM OLD), I thought maybe it would be hard to relate to their issues, but that couldn’t be further than the truth. The authors did a great job of capturing each characters emotions, making their stories easy to connect to. I felt like I was transported back to my high school days, with insecurities and crushes, catty girls and douchey boys all reigning the hallways.
Then that ending! All I can say is that I’m so happy I had book 2 in my hands already, as that cliffhanger was brutal. Despite my eagerness to begin book 2, I was equally terrified.
WARNING: Don’t read this next part, if you haven’t read book 1.
We know people died at the end book 1, we just didn’t know who. Reading page 2 of this book, dread started to seep in.
Side note: The downside of reading an ARC is that sometimes you can’t do a group read and get the emotional support a book like this needs. I even sent out a plea to the authors.
I had a feeling that one of the main characters died, and as I was trying to prepare myself, I realized I wouldn’t be ok with any of the 5 main characters passing. Like some of the characters, I was in a bit of denial as I was reading, trying to avoid what truly happened. But at 10% it is officially confirmed and my heart broke. Whhhhhhyyy? I should have known this was coming based on the series title, but the authors pull no punches in this book. You feel the pain of loss with each character. My heart hurt A LOT, and I fought tears throughout reading this story.
To avoid spoiling who dies, I really can’t talk about any of the characters. But I will tell you, it is hard to tell who had it worse. Each of the 4 remaining characters are going thru so much, on top of just surviving high school, I wanted to give them all a hug.
Some characters begin a downward spiral, while others try to move on to forget. But the pain seems to resurface at every turn. I felt like yelling at the authors, “Come on, cut these people some slack.” There were some minor points of happiness, as a new relationship is formed. But lots of old relationships are tested or broken.
As this series will have four books, this one ends in another cliffhanger. Is it as bad as the first book? Hard to say. But given the series title and one character’s lost hope, I have a feeling these authors aren’t done in breaking me down.
*An ARC was received for an honest review.
Title: Storm Warning (Broken Heartland #2)
Author: E. Lee and C. Quinn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: December 12, 2013
Age Group: YA
Sometimes you can’t see the storm coming until it’s too late…
Severe Storm Warning Tip #1:
Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
Severe Storm Warning Tip #2:
If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.
Severe Storm Warning Tip #3:
They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.
Situated just outside of Oklahoma City, Calumet County is divided into two drastically different communities: Hope’s Grove and Summit Bluffs. One is the small backward town where dirt roads lead the way to field parties and railroad tracks. And the other, a sprawling suburb where paved drives lead to the landscaped lawns of the wealthy and over privileged.
For five teenagers smack in the middle of Tornado Alley, summer is heating up fast. The winds of change are blurring the invisible line that divides the rich and the rural.
One has a secret.
One has a crush.
One has been lying.
One will get caught.
And one might not make it out alive.
They’re from two different worlds…but one summer is about to change everything.
Whether you believe in destiny, divine intervention, or just plain ol’ dumb luck, several things happened in 2013 that caused E. Lee and C. Quinn’s paths to cross. It may have been that the stars aligned perfectly, or the fact anytime Luke Bryan was mentioned on a social media site both of them were tagged, or maybe it was just that their small town roots and country girl attitudes were magnetically drawn together—calling out to one another, “Y’all should write a book!” Despite geography keeping them apart—Lee in Illinois and Quinn in Alabama—they did. Thanks to three-hour phone calls, ridiculous amounts of online chats, and umpteen Google Docs—Storm Warning is the first book in their edgy new Young Adult series, Broken Heartland.
Born and raised in the middle of a Midwestern cornfield (not literally, that would be weird), I’ve spent my entire life imagining stories. Stories where the right guy always gets the right girl, first kisses are as magical as they are on the big screen and anything is completely possible if you believe.
Although this journey began years ago, it recently took on a whole new life.
After years of devouring hundreds of Romance, YA and New Adult novels, I had an epiphany… I should write a book. And I did it!
If I’m not reading, writing, enjoying drinks with my amazing group of girlfriends or chasing around a sarcastically funny kid, I’m probably watching television shows that were created for teenagers, while my husband teases that I’m too old to watch them.
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Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com .