Oct 14, 2011

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Review: Stormwalker by Allyson James (Stormwalker #1)

Paranormal Romance
May 4 2010
Mass Market Paperback
330 pages
Berkley

Yummy Man – Mick
Kick Ass Chick – Janet

From Goodreads –
Half-Navajo Janet Begay possesses extraordinary power which is tied to the storms that waft across the desert. The only person who can control her when she’s caught in the storm’s evocative power is Mick, a dark-haired, blue-eyed biker Janet can’t seem to touch with her powers. He can wield fire and not get burned, and Janet’s never sure where he goes when they’re not together.

Together they investigate mysterious disappearances, which Janet fears are tied to her mother’s people, the mythical gods from below the earth. They are helped along the way by Coyote and Crow, but these shapeshifting gods have their own agendas.

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Stormwalker is the first book in Allyson James’ Stormwalker series.  I had high expectations for this book.  I have many blogger friends who anticipate the next books in this series and many have told me that I am missing out on something wonderful in my life because I had yet to pick up book one.  Maybe that is why this book didn’t wow me the way I was expecting it to.  And let me make it perfectly clear:  I blame my friends.  It is totally not me.  *g*

Stormwalker is about Janet, a Stormwalker.  She can manipulate a storm’s power and control it, use it as a weapon even.  She has trouble keeping her power under control, but she is getting better.  I tried to write what happens in this book but deleted it because it made no sense whatsoever!  Go me.  So instead I will give little snips.  Janet’s mother is a crazy goddess who lives in Beneath and who wants Janet and her power to help free her.  If she is freed, she will destroy the world.  Janet is not interested in this plan.  At all.  She thinks her mother is a crazed lunatic and thinks this even more as the story progresses.  There is also a mystery going on in Stormwalker that is pretty interesting.  Amy has gone missing a year ago and Janet has been asked to see if she can find any new info since she can read auras and such.

Almost at the very beginning, we meet Sheriff Nash Jones.  I didn’t like him in the beginning of this book and I still didn’t like him at the end.  That may be the point of his character, but still.  When he appeared on the page, he was either arresting Janet or just being a meanie towards her.  I mean…what’s his deal?  What died and crawled up his butt?

Mick I liked better, thank goodness.  But I still didn’t feel as much for him as I think I was meant to.  He is hot and yummy and his smutty scenes with Janet were hot and all, but I didn’t understand how Janet could be so in love with someone who keeps her on a leash and won’t share his life with her and keeps her in constantly in the dark.  It got better the more you uncover about him, but I still think he should have appreciated Janet more and worked a little harder for her.

Oh, but I loved Coyote.  I really liked how Allison wrote him.

Despite my reservations about this book, I will most likely give book two a try.  The guts of this story were good.  I did enjoy Janet and found her to be an intriguing character.  I like her voodoo aura stuff and am curious to see more of that aspect of her.  There is more to her too and I want to know what that is.  I also feel there is more to Mick and I hope that maybe since his secret is out now he’ll be a little more open with Janet.  I like the world that Allison created and I did enjoy her writing voice.  The story read well enough for me and the words were very visual and painted lovely pictures.  For all those reasons, I believe I will give Firewalker a try.

3 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“Fremont eyed my bike in trepidation, as though it had just dawned on him that I was his ride home.  ‘I can call a friend to pick me up.’

I patted the seat.  ‘No, you can’t.  Mount up.  I’m taking you to dinner.’

Fremont put his leg over the bike, looking worried.  I got on in front of him, started it up, then told him to hang on.

‘To what?’

‘To me.’

Fremont froze.  ‘You’re boyfriend’s big, Janet.  I’ve seen his muscles.’

‘He won’t touch you, I promise.  I won’t let him.’

‘All right, but if he comes after me, I’ll…I’ll scream and run.’

I laughed.”

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“Coyote laughed at me.  ‘I like the way you think, Begay.  I’m out of here.  Have things to do and places to go before morning.  Be careful.’  His voice dropped to serious tones.  ‘Things are dangerous, and your time is coming.’

He swung around and walked out, his boots grating on the tile floor.

‘I wish he wouldn’t do that,’ I said.  ‘Cryptic is one thing, but he’s just spooky.’”

Books in the Stormwalker series –
Stormwalker
Firewalker
Shadow Walker
Nightwalker (release date TBA)

  1. I’m sorry you didn’t like it. I know I’m one of those evil friends who recommended you this series.
    I hope you like Firewalker better.

  2. You are getting me a bit worried now *bites nails* So it did not rock you? Oh no, I do want book 1

  3. I have read recommended books and totally hated them, it happens. I have this series in my TBR list, and I am still looking forward to checking it out. Interesting to see your point of view on it though.

  4. Bookaholic Cat – Don’t feel bad Marcela. It happens. I didn’t hate it or anything. 🙂

    blodeuedd – LOTS of people love this book. You’ll be one of them. Just because I wasn’t. LOL

    Lexi – I often say that each person will enjoy a different book in a different way. That our tastes are all different. That is why there are so many books in a bookstore!

  5. I have this one in my TBR pile for a while. Sorry it didn’t work for you… I think I will see how it will be for me. The voodoo thing sounds quite interesting ! I’m curious to learn more about it. I hope you’ll like the second better. Thanks for the review

  6. Melliane – More people like it than not so the odds are good that you’ll enjoy it. 🙂

  7. Nice review Julie, even though you didn’t like the beginning of the review as much so deleted it. LOL. I am so happy that you are going to give book 2 a try. I was going to suggest that to you because I had the same feelings when I started the Fever series. I didn’t really like book 1 as much but once I got to books 2 and 3 I was hooked. I have the first 3 books in this series on my shelf (thanks to the crazy buying sprees from the book store closing) and I’m looking forward to starting it. The difference with me is I haven’t read very many reviews of this series….Can’t wait to see what you think of book 2.

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