Review: The Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith

the storm makers by jennifer e. smith

Enter the world of The Storm Makers, where there’s magic behind every forecast.

What starts as an ordinary summer turns exciting and perilous for twins Ruby and Simon when strange occurrences begin happening on their farm — sudden gusts of wind, rainstorms, and even tornado warnings — that seem eerily timed to Simon’s emotions.

Then a stranger arrives and tells the twins that Simon is a Storm Maker — part of a clandestine group of people entrusted with controlling and taming the weather — and that he is in great danger. Soon Simon and Ruby must race against the clock as they try to master Simon’s powers in time to stop a rogue Storm Maker’s treacherous — and potentially deadly — plans.

In this thrilling new adventure, loyalties can shift as quickly as the wind . . . and the ordinary can turn extraordinary in the blink of an eye.

Description taken from Goodreads.

This book started out amazing and continued on all throughout the story. I was expecting a book about weather to be pretty dull but it ended up being a lot of fun. From the very first page, because of the drawings as well as the way that book starts out, I got the same feeling as in a SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS. Both Simon and Ruby were very well-crafted characters and I enjoyed their journey every step of the way there.

The pacing was the only thing that bothered me throughout this story. The action and adventure reads well and almost makes up for how slow the pacing can be at times, but I thought this story had wayyyy too many pages for the plot points. Things were just way too stretched out.

Other than that, characters, overall plot and premise were all really fun. I think this story will go over really well with fans of magical realism as well as Jennifer E. Smith’s YA fans. I didn’t know what to expect going into this story since this is Smith’s first MG title, but I loved this story and I hope to see more from her in the future for this genre. Past the initial judgement about the cover and the premise, this story has great development and I would definitely recommend it. 4 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 384


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