Rachel Caine is the author of the Morganville Vampire series, which I read and loved. I was eager to get into this Weather Warden series, having heard...moreRachel Caine is the author of the Morganville Vampire series, which I read and loved. I was eager to get into this Weather Warden series, having heard good things about it and wondering if I would like this series just as much. So far... I did. What I really loved was how different it is than any other fantasy series I've read to date. The world Ms. Caine has created for these weather wardens is amazing. She doesn't just tell us that her characters can control the weather, she proves it by showing us the character's knowledge of how the weather works and how they "fight" Mother Nature. I thought it was interesting that Ms. Caine used the commone theme of control of the elements, and related it to the weather and created this wonderful world to visit. It always amazes me what an author can create from their imagination, and Ms. Caine seems to have a very vivid one!
Not only was the writing really great, but she expertly dangled the mystery in front of our noses that left me needing more. Plus, she threw in a twist there at the end that I really didn't see coming. Not that that's hard to do, as I'm an incredibly gullible reader, but it's always interesting when the bad guy turns out to be the person I least expected. The characters were well written, but the synopsis led me to believe that Lewis was going to take a more major part in it than he did. Really, the story is mostly about Joanne and David, with Lewis only making a few cameo appearances through Joanne's memories. I spent about half the novel wondering when Lewis was finally going to show up, and then decided to relax about it and just enjoy the ride.
All in all, a really interesting read. I'm not dying to read the next book in the series, but I enjoyed it enough that I'm going to keep going. I'm mainly impressed with the story and the imagination and thought that went into creating it. There are some really incredibly talented writers out there, and I truly believe that Ms. Caine can be included in those ranks. Add this book to your list to read someday, and hopefully you will be just as impressed as I was! (less)
I debated between a 3 and a 4 rating on this book. I'm not really sure what to think of it. I felt like it took way to long for the author to start te...moreI debated between a 3 and a 4 rating on this book. I'm not really sure what to think of it. I felt like it took way to long for the author to start telling us what is happening. It started to get a little bogged down with the day to day routine of the characters.
Despite all that, I'm still intrigued with the world that the author has created and I, slightly grudingly, have become invested in the character's fates.
It was interesting, a tad slow, but worth the read.(less)
I finished this book yesterday morning and I spent the day musing over it and trying to form some kind of opinion. I've decided that I liked it. There...moreI finished this book yesterday morning and I spent the day musing over it and trying to form some kind of opinion. I've decided that I liked it. There were good and bad things about the book, but overall the hours I spent reading it weren't wasted.
Things I liked:
-Spade was really sexy. That shower scene... whoa baby!
-I felt the connection between the two... by the end of the story. Which, if we're thinking positively, is better than not feeling it at all.
-My two favorite characters made an appearance.
-The writing and descriptions were consistent with the Night Huntress series books. She didn't create a brand new world just for Spade and Denise.
-Ian was absolutely hilarious. I would love for him to have his own story. It would take a pretty kick-arse woman to tame that man!
Things I didn't like:
-The whole beginning was just.. weird. They both just hopped right into it and there was hardly any build-up at all. Also, the whole reason for not calling Cat & Bones seemed contrived and unbelievable. I almost wonder if Ms. Frost wanted to give the readers time to get to know Spade and Denise on their own, without Cat & Bones intruding. I admit, when Bones first called Spade I squealed like a crazy fan. Then when he showed up, I lost sight of Spade and couldn't wait to get more of Bones. I'm obsessed, what can I say?
-Denise kind of bugged me. She wasn't the worst female character ever written, but she wasn't the best either. Some characters are written to be side characters and really, they should stay that way. I didn't think Denise was super great in her own love story. Her complaining about being left behind over and over again, became old real quick. Woman, you don't have any skills. You're just going to get everyone killed if you arrive at the front lines, trying to fight. They'll spend more time protecting you then actually fighting. Why can't some female characters understand that?!
So, didn't hate it, but didn't love it. I couldn't come up with a solid rating, so depending on what we're talking about, the number will change. It was all right for a one time read. At the very least, you'll get your Bones fix which should last you until the next Night Huntress book is out. Maybe. ;-) (less)
What to say about this book? This was my first book by Ms. Cole and it was... meh. Not bad, but not great either. I, of course, loved the Alpha male L...moreWhat to say about this book? This was my first book by Ms. Cole and it was... meh. Not bad, but not great either. I, of course, loved the Alpha male Lachlain. Boy oh boy, was he Alpha! Although, I admit I was a bit freaked out in the destorying the hotel room scene. Yikes!
Emmaline was an all right heroine. She wasn't super kick-arse, but not a total softy either. I appreciated her growth in the novel. Just because you've always been one way doesn't mean you can't change. I think the thing that semi-killed the deal for me was that the ancticipation went on a little bit too long. I'm fine with resisting, but there's a point when she just needs to give in already. Emmaline went past that and beyond, and still couldn't get over her issues. Slightly pertrubed that it took her 90% of the book to finally get a grip before she rushed off to save the world all by herself. They didn't have hardly any time to be together. Bummer.
Just to forewarn you, this book was a bit gruesome. There's some tearing of one's own limbs off, and hacking bodies parts into pieces. *gulps* Uhh.... Please excuse me while I go hurl.
So, all in all... all right. I'll definitely continue on with the series, because so many people love it. Maybe this is one of those series that just gets better and better with age. That true? (less)