Zoe and her sister Saffron are secret were-panthers. Adopted, and forced to hide their true natures, they struggle to balance their human and feline natures. But when a sinister werewolf scents them and makes them his prey, it is up to Zoe to save her sister and herself.
Unfortunately, this novella reads more like the outline of an unfinished novel. While the premise is solid YA fare, the bland, matter-of-fact narration lets it down. Zoe and Saffron’s backstory is summarily told to the reader instead of letting it unfold throughout the first few chapters. Their emotions are stated instead of shown, leaving the plot with no tension – and no reason to keep reading.
The world, the characters, and the conflict all need a lot more building up. I’d love to see The Storm revised and expanded, but as it stands now, I can’t get invested at all.