Monday, April 21, 2014

Release Day Review: Before the Storm by Claire Ashgrove

Title: Before the Storm
Author: Claire Ashgrove
Source: Author Request
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: Today!  April 21, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

Halle Rhoads has a terrifying gift--she can kill with the fury of the storm.

She should have known that kind of power wouldn't go unnoticed. Thrust into a world full of dark magic with a handsome stranger who claims he can teach her, she struggles to master her abilities and stumbles onto a dangerous truth. She's a windwalker, the chosen vessel of the ancient dragons who once ruled the world. Many will stop at nothing to possess the power in her blood, should they discover her secret. With necromancers hunting her and Halle's closest allies guarding secrets, mastering her magic becomes a matter of necessity.

But accepting her destiny is altogether different. For doing so means she must sacrifice everything.
There is a whole lot of good stuff going on in this book.  Halle has been on her own for years - ever since she called down a storm and killed her father.  She is a very hard person with quite a huge chip on her shoulder.  At first I didn't really like her - but after she met Kale and realized that she wasn't some big freak of nature, she became more of a person that I really enjoyed.  Her past attitude was quite understandable as more of her history becomes clear.

But her new family isn't everything they are making themselves out to be.  So when Halle realizes it she is far from happy.  With powers that no one seems to completely understand, she strikes off on her own only to find herself in way over her head.

I loved the lore that was built into this world.  With such a deep history at its foundation it was very easy to love it.  There was tons of action that got really exciting and tense - both magic and physically.  This book had a taste of everything I look for in a good paranormal.  I only wish I had liked Halle better the beginning,

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If you want to know, we'll be hosting Before the Storm and Claire Ashgrove as part of the tour on April 30th.  So come back and check it out!  The full tour schedule can be found HERE.

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