Unleash The Storm by Annette Marie | Book Review

Unleash The Storm by Annette Marie (Steel & Stone #5)
Publisher:Annette Marie
Format: ebook
Genre: Urban Fantasy, YA
Publication Date: 4 March, 2016
Piper thought she could handle the Sahar, the most powerful magical weapon in existence. She thought she could protect her loved ones and stop a war. She thought she could make a difference.

She was wrong, and her mistakes were paid for in blood.

Leaving her world—and her failures—behind, she retreats to the Underworld with Ash and the other draconians. They forge deep into long abandoned mountains, the first draconians to fly the valleys and passes in centuries—or so they thought. Until now, Ash’s mysterious heritage has been nothing but a name, but his presence does not go unnoticed. A new danger stalks him, one that may be even greater than what they escaped.

Cut off from the power she’d come to rely on and lost in a world where she doesn’t belong, Piper has never felt so hopeless. But she must find her strength, and find it quickly, before she loses Ash to an ancient power he can’t fight, before her home is devastated by the daemon war, and before her mind, body, and soul are consumed by the Sahar’s insidious magic.

"Loss can be like chains holding you in place or a fire pushing you onward. We each choose every day what it will be to us.”
-Unleash The Storm by Annette Marie

Ugh, this book. It ripped my heart out, put it back together, then did it again. This is what I get when I ask for some maturity in my YA reads--mature, heart-wrenching, realistic finales. (Cue tears.)

For a little while in the beginning the book felt like it was all over the place. A lot happens, and many discoveries take place, along with the obligatory changes in mission due to those discoveries. However, the many threads spun in the beginning and in previous books come together nicely in the end, creating a powerful ending that is just as satisfactory as we've all hoped for, five books later. That is, except for in one aspect, but as I said above: I asked for maturity and this is the price.

I really like Piper in this book. She has truly grown into the best possible consulate/daemon/friend/girlfriend/daughter/human being. Her relationships with those around her are extremely important, and she nurtures all of them in surprising and insightful ways. No longer is she the damsel in distress; she's the one doing most of the rescuing, and her confidence to do so shows in her improved fighting skills and decision-making ability.

Ash has also grown right along with her, finally letting her fight her own battles, and empowering instead of hindering her. He also finally steps up and begins to take on the role of a leader. Instead of determined defiance, he is now the determined and confident leader the draconians have always needed.

Overall, this is a very satisfying conclusion. While there are some heart-wrenching moments, there are also touching moments to balance them out. The maturity and depth we've seen glimpses of in previous books is now present in force in each of the characters. Surprising allegiances are made, and even more surprising separations take place.

If you've been reading this series and aren't sure if you want to pick this one up: go for it. You'll enjoy it. Just be prepared for the shocking, but mature decisions made at the end.

Read this if:
...you enjoy urban fantasy, level-headed characters, and dire circumstances.

Content Warning
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{Typical war violence, though not graphic; some kissing.}
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