I've been wanting to pick back up the Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine for a while now. A few years ago I got into them, read the first three (an...more I've been wanting to pick back up the Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine for a while now. A few years ago I got into them, read the first three (and bought all of the others) and then set them down. Not for waning enthusiasm, though, but for the old bookstore distracted-by-something-else scenario. This week I picked up Windfall, the fourth book in the series, and wow, am I in love. Wow. I remember this old flame. Very well.
Windfall finds Joanne working as a weather girl in Fort Lauderdale. She quit the Wardens at the end of book two and is now struggling to make ends meet. Enter one down-on-her-luck sister, Sarah, and suddenly Joanne's financial straits prove even more difficult. Oh, and her boyfriend, David, has become a power consuming Ifrit... and Joanne's pregnant with his half-Djinn baby.. and... and... and...
A co-worker pointed out something fairly illuminating to me a while back - readers often read series so they can experience the same book over and over again with minimal variations on the same theme. Whilst I don't completely agree with this elitist point of view (said the girl hooked on 80+ series) I do agree to a point... people like to read similarities again and again. Well, the thing you have to know about the Weather Warden books is this - expect the unexpected. No book is exactly the same as the one prior. In fact, Caine manages to surprise, and dupe, the reader again and again. Just when you think you know where it's going Caine and co. surprises you with the unexpected.
Can't go much into the details on this one because it will be spoilerific. Just, trust me, if you haven't started this series you need to. Book four is one of my favourites.
I was all excited to pick up Firestorm by Rachel Caine. So very excited. My reading of it, though, is rather lacking in the experience I wanted. It wa...more I was all excited to pick up Firestorm by Rachel Caine. So very excited. My reading of it, though, is rather lacking in the experience I wanted. It was utterly a fine read and that was the problem. It was only fine and I wanted it to be brilliant.
The Weather Warden series has continued to wow and surprise me. Even if upon initial reads my opinion is minor my esteem grows with examination. These books build, frankly. They grow in the reader's mind. They gain strength.
This one, however, was the first book in the series I found myself skimming. Heavily.
This is the book that illustrates the break between the Warden and Genie factions. War is at hand and Joanne must decide where her heart is - with her Warden/human side or with the Djinn; with David, her one true love. She more or less spends the entire book bouncing between one side of North America to the other and the feeling creates a sense of whiplash for the reader. Somewhere in the bit where she was Canada I grew bored. It began to drag, and my skimming glasses came on. It picks up at the end enough to pull the reader back in, but I felt a bit dismayed by that point. How can this happen? These series is phenomenal. But, then again, it is the fifth book and the first book that really breaks with the core formula. I have noticed a pattern in which I do not like Caine's fifth book in a series (this happened with her Morganville Vampires series as well). I hope it doesn't mean I am, overall, growing weary.
I should give this a 4, because much of it was interesting, but I can't. It's a very high 3 out of 5. I should also probably grab another book for a break. Maybe it's time to read my monthly Newbery title. Here's hoping that when I come back to this series (later this week) book six will be a good one.
Book six in the Weather Warden series turned out better than I hoped, considering I was so disappointed in book...more Gods, that cover is sexy. Just saying.
Book six in the Weather Warden series turned out better than I hoped, considering I was so disappointed in book five. Thin Air starts out with a bang. Joanne has lost her memory and is wandering around in the wilderness with Lewis trying to avoid detection on the aetheric level. She doesn't know who to trust, only knows that Lewis seems a friend, if not more. David also adds to the confusion, professing feelings for her she doesn't recall. Add to this mix a drug addled sister, a demon possessing anyone it can, a fast car, and Mother Nature tearing shit up and you have a great read.
Rachel Caine... you've sucked me back in. With a vengeance.
I really loved what happened with Joanne in this book. The story surrounds two elements I always love in books - amnesia and dual personality plot lines. This is, more or less, the book in the series that is written for me. I really loved this book, however, there were a few between bits that I zoned out in. I blame outside influence, but the read is still really damned good. I read most of it yesterday.
I rank it a really high 4 out of 5 stars. It's (almost) perfect, lest we forget my zoning out.
It took me a few days to read through Gale Force. I blame an abominable head cold more than the book. It was really good, too good to not read during...more It took me a few days to read through Gale Force. I blame an abominable head cold more than the book. It was really good, too good to not read during the dizzies. I had to peck away at it...very...slowly.
Rachel Caine has created a series rich in mythos and varying at every turn. That's one of the things that is so bloody brilliant about the Weather Warden books - that ever single one of them is very different. In Gale Force Joanne and David have made the ultimate commitment to one another - they are planning to wed one another. This enrages both the Djinns and the Wardens who fear the impact this decision may have on the world. Joanne is not without her own doubts, but she loves him, and wants him, and very much wants to wed him. The Djinns have declared war and earth is on the line. Will Joanne have the will to carry this one out?
A large part of this book follows the wedding plans, the build ups, the ensuing chaos. Suffice it to say, it's much ado about nuptials. I did enjoy that a bit. There's something off about this enough to make me to not blow through it. But that could be the excessive amounts of cold medications. I think I'm going to take a small break from these and resume in a bit with the rest of them.
Earlier this year I made a dent in the Weather Warden books by Rachel Caine and then I needed a break. I love these books overall, but blasting throug...more Earlier this year I made a dent in the Weather Warden books by Rachel Caine and then I needed a break. I love these books overall, but blasting through a series begins to hurt my soul a few books in. I'm happy with this addition to Rachel Caine's phenomenal series though.
In Cape Storm Joanne's oldest enemy is wreaking havoc on the world - a violent hurricane is ravaging the southern coasts leaving the Weather Wardens only one option - to hijack a luxury cruise ship and battle it from the source, of course (makes perfect sense to me!). While at war Joanne is dealing with yet another old friend; a new demon mark. She makes an agreement with Lewis to kill her if the demon takes over but will he be able to do it in time?
Caine has just created wow with this series. Wow. Seriously, I'm in awe. She continuously takes it in turns I never expected, nor could have predicted. I love how random these books are. I love how she comes full circle, simultaneously making this a human apocalypse book and a vehicle where she can make fun of Titanic. Brilliant.
I do believe, if I am not mistaken, that I only have one more book left in this series. One. More. Book. *sigh*... and then the Outcast Season series, of course. But wow. This is one series you all should be reading, imperfections and all. There's just too much awesome here for one book binding to contain.
4 out of 5 stars, for a few slightly less awesome spots, but still a damn good read.
Charlie Madigan died 8 months ago and was resurrected. Now she experiences a host of bizarre side effects…the ability to see people’s auras for one. S...moreCharlie Madigan died 8 months ago and was resurrected. Now she experiences a host of bizarre side effects…the ability to see people’s auras for one. She’s also experiencing horrible nightmares which influence her sleep and creep into her days. Charlie works for the ITF, or the Integration Task Force, policing the good and the baddies that are finding their way from the nearby dimensional planes. Charbydon and Elysia resemble heaven and hell, and they definitely have there share of angels and demons.
When a girl at a local school goes comatose, likely under the influence of a terrible new street drug named “ash”, Charlie is called in to investigate. The case hits home because the young woman, one Amanda Mott, is close to Charlie’s daughter, Emma. Charlie vows to help Amanda anyway she can, but when the case takes several different directions it’s all Charlie can do to not bring those she loves into it.
“The Better Part of Darkness” is an interesting read. However, I’m not sure if I will go rushing for the sequel. At first I felt like I was just re-reading Kim Harrison’s “Hollows” series with a slightly different mythos. It becomes apparent quite quickly that this initial impression is flawed. The Christian overtones add some interest, as does the fact that Charlie is a mother (Something one doesn’t always find in the Urban Fantasy/Paranormal genre)… however, I’m not wowed. Will I handsell it to my customers. Yes, very likely. Will I keep it around to put in people’s hands for “A very different read”…probably… so why wasn’t I wowed?
Maybe it gets better in the second book… a distinct possibility.
…Maybe it suffered from being read just after I finished Caragh O’Brien’s “Birthmarked”… an extreme probability. Whenever I find something I’m uber giddy geeked about (as I am with Birthmarked) the next read always suffers a tad. Fact.
So, what’s wrong with the read? It’s got a great premise? It’s got a great heroine? It’s got a lot of interesting diverse mythos, and I enjoyed reading it. Let’s chalk it up to poor timing, and leave it at that. I liked it. I guess I wanted to like it more, but four of five stars is still pretty good.
Poor timing. Sorry, Kelly Gay. It’s entirely my fault. Or, at the very least, blame Caragh O’Brien. (less)
(That damn song has been in my head ever since the title to the final book in the Weather Warden series was announced. Sigh.)
All hell breaks loose in Total Eclipse (of the heart!) by Rachel Caine. Great, now I have Misfits stuck in my head. Gyah!
Strike that. Reverse it. Let's start over, shall we? Non-musically, of course.
Joanne Baldwin and her Djinn lover David have been changed. They have been rendered human by a contaminate unleashed by mother nature that is destroying the Earth - and the Djinn at large. Amidst the dying brethren Joanne must figure out a way to square off against the Mother (and win) while being completely human... no powers, no nothing, while the proverbial shit gets effed up.
This book is... episodic, in a very good and very bad way. I'm very happy with the way the series ended, but, in truth, the epilogue saved it for me completely. It's a very sad book in the series, but also very bi-polar. One minute we're here, next this thing happens and we have to combat it here. Next this happens and someone dies (spoiler!) next this happens and someone is in the hospital. Now there's a mob. Now there's existentialism. *exhales* It's very frenetic. And chaotic. And wholly reminds me of book five, Firestorm, which, to date, is my least favourite in the series.
It's not quite what I wanted, but at the core it's a very good ending and very true to the series. Caine has made this series be all over the world situation speaking and I don't mean geographically. I'm metaphorically speaking. These characters go through, well, damn near everything. And in the most unexpected ways. This book proves no exception. It's just as "Wait, huh?" as the previous eight books it's just too chaotic to be perfect. Unfortunately.
I was prepared to give it a 3... and then I read the epilogue... the sweet, endearing epilogue... and it's a 4. She introduced a few characters (at the end) and plot situations (at the end) that REALLY make me hope for a spin off (besides the Outcast Season books, which I have yet to read. Who knows, maybe it's in there). But I can't talk about that, because I'll spoil it for everyone. So, you just have to trust me when you read it. There's a few tidbits thrown in there to tease and intrigue and I really hope that (eventually) Caine goes somewhere with them.
4 out of 5 stars. Great series overall though. Prolly a 4.5 starred series. Thanks, Ms. Caine for writing this.
Well, I'm very happy with the latest release by Nicole Peeler. These books are always a treat, but the third book in the series quite simply blew me a...more Well, I'm very happy with the latest release by Nicole Peeler. These books are always a treat, but the third book in the series quite simply blew me away. I think it's my favourite in the series currently, and the books just keep getting better and better. Shiny.
Tempest's Legacy picks up shortly after the events of book 2. Jane is training vehemently on her offensive power while staunchly avoiding Ryu, whose relationship has become strained. She's also developing feelings for her Barghest partner, Anyan, who has been by her side since the beginning. Suddenly news arrives of females being attacked and Jane gets news of the one person she most wants to hear about. Jane leaves Rockabill with co. in tow in order to pursue these rumours and hopefully, at last, find - her absent mother.
Like I said earlier this book simply Rocked. My. World. Great concept. Great execution. I always enjoy following Jane around anyways, but when I go for a while between books (and these are pretty much auto-reads upon release) I love getting back into her head. I adore her voice; the voices of her virtue and her libido as well. She's always so much fun to read. The fact that the sexual tension is so heightened between Jane and Anyan in this one is sheer delight. I was getting over Ryu, so I'm gunning for Anyan hard. I usually don't get all swoony and moony over characters, but I really want these two to end up. In fact if Jane can figure out a way to launch herself vagina-first at Anyan I think that could potentially make my life.
Solid 5 out of 5 stars. Actually, scratch that... 6 out of 5 stars. I loved it. Nicole Peeler has not only become my favourite Orbit author, but could also be writing my favourite Urban Fantasy series. Again. I. Love. It.
I started this book ages ago. I've been reading it slowly between other books, a story here, 3 stories there... I love many of the authors in this boo...more
I started this book ages ago. I've been reading it slowly between other books, a story here, 3 stories there... I love many of the authors in this book but short stories are so usually not my thing. I'm trying to be better about that though, because there are many authors out there who write work I genuinely want to read.
So... we better ourselves, apparently.
Enthralled has many stories with themes I love - ghosts, vampires, the undead, the supernatural. Make sense because it is, after all, a paranormal themed anthology. There are some stories in this book that I loved utterly and some, well.. some that I didn't finish (those were few). A large part of these stories are very worth reading though. I personally loved Giovanni's Farewell by Claudia Gray, Bridge by Jeri Smith-Ready, and IV League by Margaret Stohl.
4 out of 5 stars. I'm going to try to read more anthologies in the new year.