I wish I hadn't read this book. I really do. Because dear lord, I loved it so, so much, and then I got to the end and was consumed by a fiery rage. For the vast majority of the book, I was enthralled. I loved Dovey, and Isaac, and kind of hated Baker because he was annoying, but overall the story reminded me of nothing more than Holly Black's Tithe and Valiant and Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely, except it doesn't deal with faeries and it was set in the south, specifically Savannah. It has the same deal of someone seeing what other people can't and getting pulled into a mess bigger than themselves and oh dear lord, I was loving it so, so much.It had a sort of post-apocalyptic feel to it, too, though it was actually a post-natural disaster setting, and that mixed with the supernatural aspect also had me thinking of Kresley Cole's Poison Princess, which I found annoying to begin with but was completely enthralled by when I got to the end. It was set up to be a five-star book, to be read again and again, all the way. This was going to be a book I was talking about for days, recommending to everyone I came across. It was on its way to being a star.
And then the end. This is a book that, if I had not been reading it on my laptop (it was Simon and Schuster's book of the week on their PulseIt website), I would have thrown it across the room in a fit of rage. Is Dovey an unreliable narrator? Is she not? I don't know. I HATE IT SO MUCH. Is there a sequel? Don't know. It's set up like there should be, but since this book technically hasn't even been released for about a half hour after I'm writing this (11:30PM on August 4th, though this will likely be posted later) it's hard to say. It's not listed as being in a series on either Goodreads or Amazon, though. But then, I don't think Tithe was supposed to have sequel/companion books when it was first published, either, though I could be wrong about that. But STILL. I am so angry at Dawson right now that I can barely type. I want some type of closure in my books, you know? It doesn't even have to be closure that I like, though I obviously prefer closure that I like! BUT THIS. NO. NOT EVEN A LITTLE. In fact, this book has led me to create a new "rage-inducing" shelf on Goodreads, of which it is currently the only occupant.
I adored SO SO MUCH OF THIS BOOK and then absolutely HATED the ending, and not in the same way I hated the endings to other books, like Gods in Alabama. With that, I felt disappointed that so much excellent storytelling had come to such a lackluster conclusion. With this, I just feel cheated. Cheated isn't a good way to leave your readers--or at least it's not a good way to leave me. It makes me hold a grudge against you, dear Delilah S. Dawson. How I wish you had chosen to do something else. If a sequel to Servants of the Storm appears, I'll probably pick it up seeking the closure that I didn't get here--but I won't be reading any of Dawson's other books, because I'm not going to set myself up for that sort of disappointment again.
Seriously, guys. Just go read Tithe instead. It'll give you the same feeling of beauty and decay and creepiness and fantasy and romance--all of the good parts of this book--and in the end, you'll still have closure.
2.5 out of 5 stars, right in the middle, for both the beauty and rage.