Thursday, 25 November 2010

Review: Mistress of the Storm - M. L. Welsh

Published: July 1st 2010, David Fickling Books

Pages: 319 pages, paperback

Acquired: Sent for review by the author

Summary (from Goodreads): The wind blew fast and clean straight into Verity's lungs. Even from the downs she could smell the salt spray - fresh and cold - and hear the crash as the Storm ploughed head-on into green and churning waves. Sea water washed over her prow and drained back in torrents of foam. Verity Hunter is just a normal, lonely little girl who has never quite fit in.

But suddenly it's down to her to solve the riddle of an ancient pledge and protect her family from the evil Mistress of the Storm. What hope does she have against a witch so powerful that she can control the wind and create storms at will? Luckily, Verity does not have to face her enemy alone. As events begin to spiral out of control, she finds two loyal and steadfast friends to stand by her side. The Storm is coming. And it will change Verity's life forever.

My review: Mistress of the Storm is definitely a book outside of my comfort zone but I was intrigued by the synopsis so I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did as I discovered a sweet, nicely written story that’s wrapped up in a gorgeous cover.

Verity is our heroine in Mistress of the Storm and, like most of us did as younger teens, she’s going through a bit of an identity crisis. Her sister, Poppy, is the pretty and popular one and Verity is worried that she’s going to blossom like her sister has.

However, when Verity is given an old, red book everything changes for her and life becomes one big adventure. Her little town of Wellow will never be the same again as it’s up to Verity to protect her family and her town from the book’s villain, the Mistress of the Storm.

Mistress of the Storm is pure whimsy; honestly, there’s no other word for it. The cover perfectly reflects the story inside and if you’re looking for a harmless read that will leave you feeling satisfied once you’ve finished then look no further. This one is perfect for younger teens.

That said, I do like my stories with a little more edge so I was slightly let down by Mistress of the Storm. Everything about the book is nice but…a little too nice, in my opinion anyway. I would just have liked a little more action, a little more drama and it would have gone from being a good book to a great one.

First line: ‘Wellow library was quiet.’

Read if you liked...: The Thirteen Treasure – Michelle Harrison

Plot: 4/5
Writing: 3/5
Characters: 3/5
Cover: 3/5
Total: 13/20 (C)

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