Hurricane Kiss (YA Review)

Book Review, Young Adult Books
Hurricane Kiss. YA romance and natural disasters #YAreads |

Hurricane Kiss. YA romance and natural disasters #YAreads |

Hurricane Kiss by Deborah Blumenthal

Age range: 14 and up | Hardcover: 256 pages | Publisher: AW Teen (May 1, 2016)


About Hurricane Kiss

For sixteen-year-old Jillian McKay, the threat of Hurricane Danielle means a long car ride with her neighbors―including River Daughtry, the former star quarterback of Harrison High. The guy who was headed to glory until suddenly he disappeared to a West Texas juvenile detention center. Once cocky and flirtatious, he’s now silent and angry. When their evacuation route is gridlocked, River is the first to recognize the danger they’re in. Together he and Jillian set out to seek shelter in their abandoned high school. As they wait out the storm, they confront the past and realize survival is about more than just staying alive―it’s about fighting for yourself.


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My Thoughts on Hurricane Kiss

Houston is in the path of mega-storm Danielle and the entire city is evacuating. Jillian is going with her neighbor, River, and his father. River used to be a bright, happy boy, before he spent time in prison. After getting stuck on the highway, River and Jillian abandon their car and head back into the city to search for shelter. They take refuge in their school, but the storm is only one of their problems. Stuck together, the secrets they’ve both been holding on to for years finally make their way to the surface.

I requested Hurricane Kiss because it sounded like a good summer read with a healthy dose of romance. For the most part, I was right. The characters have a history together that plays a significant part in the story. The electricity between them is tangible and grows over the course of the book. Even though the time frame of the story is just a couple of days, their relationship makes sense because of all the history that exists between them.

The suspense interspersed throughout the story kept me turning pages. Much of the characters’ trouble came from reckless choices they made. Some things are over the top, and half the story is told in flashbacks. I have a difficult time connecting with books that rely so heavily on flashbacks, especially when so many of them are about the same incident. However, I liked the slow reveal of the reasons behind River’s stint in prison and his transformation into an angry, bitter boy.

This book isn’t without it’s problems, but it is still a good read if you like books about natural disasters and romance.

Content: Strong language, including f-bombs and taking the Lord’s name in vain. There is also violence and references to sex.

Source: I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. This did not affect my review in any way.



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  • Reply
    Olivia Roach
    June 25, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Hmm… I’m not sure how I feel about this one. It sounds like a good book but also that it relies so heavily on flashbacks is a bit of a turn off for me. The constant time jumping may make it hard for me to connect as well. And too many reckless choices annoy me! But otherwise, it sounds like a pretty decent romance.

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      June 27, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      The flashbacks were one of the drawbacks to this book, but the romance was good. It was kind of a take-it-or-leave-it kind of book for me. Good, but not earth shattering.

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