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Description: In the high-flying, heady world of 1920s aviation, brash pilot Robert “Hitch” Hitchcock’s life does a barrel roll when a young woman in an old-fashioned ball gown falls from the clouds smack in front of his biplane. As fearless as she is peculiar, Jael immediately proves she’s game for just about anything, including wing-walking in his struggling airshow. In return for her help, she demands a ride back home . . . to the sky.
Hitch thinks she’s nuts—until he steers his plane into the midst of a bizarre storm and nearly crashes into a strange airship like none he’s ever run afoul of, an airship with the power to control the weather. Caught between a corrupt sheriff and dangerous new enemies from above, Hitch must take his last chance to gain forgiveness from his estranged family, deliver Jael safely home before she flies off with his freewheeling heart, and save his Nebraska hometown from storm-wielding sky pirates.
Cocky, funny, and full of heart, Storming is a jaunty historical/dieselpunk mash-up that combines rip-roaring adventure and small-town charm with the thrill of futuristic possibilities.
I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure. ;) I loved the characters; complicated, realistic Hitch and stubborn, sweet Jael were an awesome flying duo. (I grinned every time she scared him.) ;) I couldn't help liking Griff in spite of myself, and Walter was sweet. His big moment was so unexpected! The author did a good job making me thoroughly hate the antagonists. Don't ask me to pick my least favorite. Oh, and the Berringers made me laugh! Good job making Hitch apologize for that horrid "joke", boys. They were responsible for the comic relief sprinkled amongst a ton of heart-pounding action (except when it slows down enough to make you cry. Grrr.). Seriously amazing. I would not recommend this book for younger readers because of intense action (including infliction of knife wounds and people falling from great heights without parachutes), some slight romance, and Hitch's past which makes people automatically doubt his motives towards women.
Best quote: “I will tell you in car.” She gestured to J.W.’s jalopy. “Should I drive?” “No, you should not drive.”
Altogether, I found this to be a great read for young adults who enjoy dieselpunk. ;)