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tornadoes & hurricanes & lightning oh my! (5 weather related books)

Okay guys, have you ever fallen in love with a book you never thought you would? How about a book that you never even wanted to read at all? That’s EXACTLY how I felt about Storm, the first book in Brigid Kemmerer’s Elementals series. Initially I wanted nothing to do with the book but then it completely stole my heart. Since today is the release date of Storm‘s sequel, Spark (!!!), I thought it would be fun to share a few more weather-y books!

Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer. (review → here)
Hey, big surprise here, right? Naturally Storm would make this list!

Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys – all the ones she doesn’t want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming.

Not one, not two, but FIVE swoonworthy boys who can control elements? How could you possibly pass that up!

The Waiting Sky by Lara Zielin. (review → here)

One summer chasing tornadoes could finally change Jane’s life for the better

Seventeen-year-old Jane McAllister can’t quite admit her mother’s alcoholism is spiraling dangerously out of control until she drives drunk, nearly killing them and Jane’s best friend.

Jane has only one place to turn: her older brother Ethan, who left the problems at home years ago for college. A summer with him and his tornado-chasing buddies may just provide the time and space Jane needs to figure out her life and whether it still includes her mother. But she struggles with her anger at Ethan for leaving home and feels guilty–is she also abandoning her mom just when she needs Jane most? The carefree trip turned journey of self-discovery quickly becomes more than Jane bargained for, especially when the devilishly handsome Max steps into the picture.

This book totally caught me off guard. I’m extremely hesitant when it comes to issue books and this one had them in spades. Jane’s father is gone, her mother is a raging alcoholic who spends their money on booze instead of bills, and her brother skipped town the second he graduated high school. After her best friend gives her an ultimatum, Jane heads west to tag along with her brother’s storm chaser group.

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. (review → here)

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

This book broke me. I’ve forced this book upon so many people – and with good reason. It’s haunting, it’s magical. A part of it is even terrifying in the sense that this world could easily be ours. One day the Earth’s rotation slows and no one can figure out why.

Struck (Struck #1) by Jennifer Bosworth.

Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

Unfortunately I haven’t read this one yet, but the reviews sounds incredible!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

In a terrifying instant of darkness, a tornado snatches up Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto, whirling them on the wild wind out of Kansas and straight to Oz.

In this wondrous world of sorcery and danger, Munchkins, flying monkeys, talking mice and fighting trees, all Dorothy wants to do is go home…

Together with the Scarecrow who wants a brain, the Tin Man who wants a heart, and the Cowardly Lion who wants courage, Dorothy and Toto must follow the Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard of the Emerald City. But before the wizard of Oz will grant their wishes, Dorothy and her friends must do the impossible–Destroy the all-powerful Wicked Witch of the West.

:) A little bit of nostalgia with this one. Perhaps the most famous tornado of all?

What other weather-related books (gosh, shipwrecks/sea storms are a genre all on its own!) would you recommend?

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