Author: Elle Cosimano
Published Date: June 23, 2020
Series: Seasons of the Storm #1
Thank you so much to HarperTeen for giving Elle Cosimano’s Seasons of the Storm in exchange for an honest review via Edelweiss.
I have read this book around April. I planned a review on it but it never came to fruition. I have never read another book after I finished this. Perhaps it was because of disappointment. Maybe some part of me had been traumatized.
Since it has been a long time since I’ve read this book, I’ll try to be objective as I can and remember the important parts but I admit what I can remember is mostly the negative parts.
I had high expectations for this book. It has beautiful prose, beautiful cover, a fresh concept. I actually really liked the concept of seasons controlled by people with a specific power. It’s similar to Jack Frost except people always believed in the existence of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Unfortunately, the execution fell through
The world building is not explained thoroughly, I did not understand how the ending came to be. The voices of Winter and Spring (I apologize, I forgot their names and cannot be bothered to search for it) are too similar that I sometimes become confused on whose POV I am reading. I swear, I had to pause a couple of times just to read back and trace whose POV I am reading. Even though I know, I cannot distinguish their voices from each other. The characters are… I don’t know… unlikable seems extreme but I don’t feel a connection with them. It does not make me root for their aspirations and goals. Reaching their goals does not make me happy… It’s just blank.
It’s disappointing to have such a great concept, which I think is fresh, only to be dragged down by its execution. I feel like I was traumatized reading this book as I went on to have a long reading slump after this.
I really wanted to become attached and fall in love with this book but unfortunately, I didn’t. It makes me sad. I think it has potential, though. For the mean time, I can only give this two stars for its wonderful cover which I think perfectly highlights the story, and the concept.