Review: The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges

imageTitle: The Gathering Storm
Author:  Robin Bridges
Format Read: 
e-ARC provided by NetGalley courtesy of the publisher
Series: Katerina Alexandrovna #1
Publisher:  Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult 
Release date: January 10th 2012
Formats Available: hardcover, ebook, kindle 
Number of pages: 400


Book Blurb:

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.
An evil presence is growing within Europe’s royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina’s strength as a necromancer attracts attention from unwelcome sources . . . including two young men—George Alexandrovich, the tsar’s standoffish middle son, who needs Katerina’s help to safeguard Russia, even if he’s repelled by her secret, and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, to whom Katerina feels inexplicably drawn.
The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?

My Thoughts:

When I first read the summary for this story, I decided to give it a chance even thought historical are not my favorites. But sometimes this is so not the most important thing in a book. This one is about supernatural beings, and trust me there is more than I could even count on. Some were left mysterious and left me to believe they will be explained more in the future books on this trilogy.
At first the book is a bit confusing, because there so many names and titles and until I put the people in their family, was a little strange. Don’t know if it was just me, but I not used with monarchy.
Loved Katerina, she’s strong, confident and hás a great view of things, normal or just a bit different. She wants to be a doctor, but the kzar has forbidden women to study, Katiya don’t give up on her dream and is still able to discover the supernatural creatures living around her trying to kill the royal family.
And for the best, there are two boys, yes, one bad boy and a knight to rescue her. Georgedoesn’t start the book on Katiya side, but only because he think she’s dangerous for his family, and yes he’s Royal blood. But there is also Prince Danilo, and he’s dark as night, uses tricks to get her, and trust me, he’s The Bad Boy, mama says to get away.
I liked the and since this is a debut I think will hear a lot about Robin on the near future. Definily waiting for the next one, don’t have a release date yet, not even a name.

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Books in this Series:

This is the first one and so far there wasn’t any name or date for the next one but is a Katerina trilogy so probably will be three books.