I've read Glass Houses before, before I ever started blogging, and so I'm writing a proper review for it. It's been quite a while since I last read Gl...moreI've read Glass Houses before, before I ever started blogging, and so I'm writing a proper review for it. It's been quite a while since I last read Glass Houses, that I couldn't quite remember the story. I remembered Claire left her dorm at uni to go live with Michael, Eve and Shane after being attacked by Monica, I remembered her finding out about the vampires, and I remembered a search for the book, but there was quite a lot I didn't remember, which made the reread pretty exciting!
Some of the things I didn't remember. Claire has had black hair since when?! I've always imagined her as a blonde! Probably because of the cover of my edition (above). I'd forgotten just how psycho Monica is - who I have always imagined to look like Megan Fox; Monica is a psychotic version of Megan Fox's character, Carla in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen - and how she actually wants Claire dead! She's a cow throughout the series, but I forgot just how bad she is in this book. I also forgot the introduction of certain characters in this, I didn't think they were introduced until several books into the series! And I forgot how this book ended! I thought something that happens in a later book ended this one! It got all confusing! But almost like a completely different, unread book, as I wasn't sure what was happening! It was fun! And I didn't realise the "will they? won't they?" romance between Claire and Shane even started simmering in this book! I thought it happened later on! So that was a lovely surprise and really fun to rediscover! Ohhh, it's so sweet! I do love those guys.
The story itself is exciting! The vampires are scary, and it's sitll easy to get freaked out right along with Claire even though I've read all the other books. It's so cool to have a series were the vampires are scary, there don't seem to be many of them any more. The action is still edge-of-your-seat good as I had forgotten the specifics. However, having read all the other books, despite Glass Houses being brilliant, it's very much a first book in the series, because so much more seems to happen in the other novels. But still a great start to the series! I love it, and I'm looking forward to rereading the others!
After having David make her into a Djinn after she dies from having two demons tear her apart from the inside out, Joanne Baldwin has some learning to...moreAfter having David make her into a Djinn after she dies from having two demons tear her apart from the inside out, Joanne Baldwin has some learning to do. She now has all this power and she doesn't know how to use, and she does things, like levitate, without meaning to. David attempts to teach her, but then Jonathan, top Djinn, the most powerful, and considered their God, calls David in for his crimes. Not only did he make Jo a Djinn, but he made from himself. He is now half the Djinn he used to be, and is slowly dying from "feeding" Jo energy. Jonathan decides Jo has a week to learn how to be a Djinn, away from from previously-human-now-Djinn Patrick, the only of his kind to have survived.
But they all have bigger problems than their own lives. Humans and Djinn alike are in trouble. There is a rift in the universe, and "coldlight", blue sparklies that no-one understands, is coming through at an alarming rate. Several powerful natural disasters unnaturally occur, that Wardens and Djinn are having trouble fighting. Death is looking likely for both races and time is running out fast.
Another brilliant novel by Rachel Caine! I will never know how she is able to come up with such unique storylines, and have every second of every book one big adrenalin rush!
The Weather Wardens series is unique not just in the individual storylines, but in it's supernatural elements too. I've een a fan of fantasy for a fairly long time now, and I've never come across anything like this. The Wardens, who are able to control weather, fire, and earth through the use of magic and science, are just incredible. I'm not brilliant when it comes to science, so I never completely understand what's being said when Jo effects the weather, but it's so believable, and you know it just makes sense - it's based on science, whether I get it or not. But with Heat Stroke, we also get a look at how Djinn work, the power they have and how they use it, through Jo's life as a Djinn. The things they are able to do is practically limitless, and they are just amazing.
We get to revisit some great characters in Heat Stroke; David, the Djinn Jo fell in love with who saved her life, Lewis, the most powerful Warden going as he can control weather, fire and earth rather than just one, and Jo herself, who has such a cool sarcastic sense of humour, and makes me smile with her obsession with fashion and fast cars.
There are also some new characters to love. Jonathan, the Djinn God, is just fantastic; as powerful as he is, and as much responsibility as he has, he's quite cool when he's not being high and mighty. There's also Patrick, the once-human Djinn who is practically a pervy Santa Claus with a tough love form of teaching.
As with all of Rachel's novels, Heat Stroke is very fast paced, events or moments running head first into each other. The characters get very little breathing space, but the novel is action packed. When Jo is racing against the clock, you'll be flying through the pages as fast as she's running.
Heat Stroke has a very unpredictable plot, and at times I literally could not see any way around the problems going on in the world. You can't help but be filled with despair as everyting that could possibly go wrong for the characters you love does, when the outcome looks grim. The ending is just just unbelievable, and incredible, and just genius, because I know the next book, Chill Factor, is going to be just as amazing, if not better. I cannot recommend this series enough.(less)
I find it truely amazing how much you can forget about a story. The main things I remembered about this story? The invitation the The Dead Girls' Danc...moreI find it truely amazing how much you can forget about a story. The main things I remembered about this story? The invitation the The Dead Girls' Dance, the actual dance, with the searching and that things go wrong. But actually got the plot of this story way off. I could have sworn this story happened much later in the series, but after re-reading how the first book ended, it seems quite obvious that this story would be book two. Even so, I remembered very little of the actual plot and how things worked out, so it was almost like reading a new book in the series, just as exciting, because I didn't remember!
Frank Collins, Shane's father, is back in Morganville, and he's brought some friends. A whole lot of friends. Bikers to be exact. All with one purpose in mind; to kill them some vamires. Frank Collins, never the nicest of men, went completely off the rails once he remembered how his daughter, Shane's little sister Alyssa, was killed, and following the death of Shane's mother, and he wants revenge. And plans to forcefully drag his son down with him on what is practically a suicide attempt. So, because gets involved and in some trouble, Claire, Eve and Michael get involved too.
I love these characters! They're just so awesome! Shane with his fierce protective streak and his loyalty, despite what he can sometimes get in return. Claire with her determination to save those she loves even if it risks her own life. Eve with her spunk, general fierceness, and sense of humour. And Michael with his sensible responsible side, trying to help but also keep everyone safe and out of trouble at the same time. I LOVE THEM! And we meet Sam in this book too, and he is just a sweetheart, even if he is a vamp. I do love him.
What I love about this book is how much they all have to go through. You'd think one problem is enough to deal with, but Caine disagrees, and chucks more and more on their plate. On the path to trying to sort out one problem, they turn a corner and BAM, there's something else to deal with too. At every corner something new, some things so terribly awful, it's amazing how they don't crack under all the stress. It's fast paced, with action a-plenty, and completely gripping. I've said it before and I'll say it again; Rachel Caine is a genius!
I've recently been in the mood for more adult urban fantasy over YA so have been reorganising my TBR pile to find them. I knew I had Kitty and the Mid...moreI've recently been in the mood for more adult urban fantasy over YA so have been reorganising my TBR pile to find them. I knew I had Kitty and the Midnight Hour in there somewhere, and thought I'd give it a go. And now I'm not sure what I think.
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, I did enjoy it to a certain degree, but it did feel very much like a first novel in a series. Despite the fact that there was a fair bit of action and excitement, and there was a complete plot. The way it's set up just seemed a little random to me. Kitty's radio show because an almost supernatural problem/discussion show, and because she now has the show, she ends up finding out things, and people want her to help them. It's like things just fall in her lap randomly. Things link together and make sense in the end, but it's how they come to her attention that I found a bit iffy.
There are two main storylines to this book; a rogue werewolf is killing young women, and someone wants Kitty dead. There is another storyline that will follow on, about a preacher who says he can cure the supernatural. Now the problem with the randomly falling into her lap is to do with the rogue werewolf, where as the trouble with someone wanting to kill her works better. Pack dynamics in this book are.. well, disgusting. I was actually moaning to my mate about how the alpha of the pack treated Kitty, and was thinking of putting it down because there is no-way reading it could be enjoyable. Carl, the alpha, is god. What he says goes. You do what he tells you to, when he tells you to do it, or else you get the beating of your life for undermining his authority. So when he says you have to quit your job, you're expected to do it. When he is "teaching you a lesson", you're supposed to take it. When he decides he wants to have sex with you, you allow him. Take out the supernatural element to this, and it's abuse, plain and simple, and it was completely disgusting to watch, seeing Kitty just accept that this is the way things are. It was awful. But when someone thinks the alpha is paying far too much attention to the "cub" of the pack, and might be gaining a bit too much power, well... instead of outright challenging, they're a bit underhanded about it, and trying to get rid of Kitty in other ways.
I have to beonest and say the way the alpha treated Kitty, and how she found out about things has kind of coloured my view of the story, but despite those things, it was actually really good. The action and excitement was spot on, there was intrigue, a possible romance, and certain things left open to carry on in the next book. So yes, through writing this review, I've decided I did enjoy this book, and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Kitty goes to Washington.(less)