The blurb for After the Storm by author Katy Ames really drew me in and I was looking forward to reading this book. However, it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t hate it, but it wasn’t my favorite. This is the 3rd book in the Seven Winds series and can be read as a standalone (which I can attest to as I haven’t read the first 2 in this series).
First off, I don’t care for 3rd person narrative. I don’t like when the character refers to themselves by their names it drives me crazy (that is just a personal preference). So that was off putting for me. Second, the author set up the book at the beginning and lead me as the reader to think that the old man on the bus was going to be an important person in the story (and honestly I kept searching for it through the book) but he was never brought up again making it seem that he was unnecessary for the story.
Also, I understand that these books are fiction, however, if you are writing a book placed in the “real world” I think that you should use the laws of physics when putting things in your story. I am referring to the fact that the Heroine, Tessa, went out in a category 3 hurricane and is on a rocky cliff with the waves beating against her and she starts to scream for the Hero, Tristan to come and help (who is some distance away) and he hears her? I am sorry, but personally I find that highly unbelievable.
My other issue is that the author threw in something that I felt had no bearing what so ever on the story. It was something that happens before the characters even KNEW who the others were and to me it just seemed like something thrown in to add “angst” but it didn’t work for me.
The characters were okay, Tessa and Tristan, however I wasn’t really all that invested in them to be honest. I think because of the narrative that the author chose to use just threw me off on the story and I wasn’t able to connect with the characters on the level that I want.
The build up to the ending felt like a let down. For the person to go to the extremes that they did, to just basically sit down in defeat and stare vacantly at the wall? I think I wanted MORE to happen there and just felt that it just ended.
Overall, I will say that the writing isn’t horrible, just not my preferred writing style. The pacing was okay and the flow okay.
This book wasn’t my favorite but again these are my opinions and I always say, read things for yourself. While I personally didn’t love it doesn’t mean that others won’t love it.