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Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine
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Dec 07, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 07 to 09, 2011

Heat Stroke is the second installment in the Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine. It picks up where Ill Wind finishes and follows Joanne Baldwin, former Weather Warden turned Djinn, and her Djinn lover David, as they begin a new journey together, as free-range, unclaimed Djinns. Before Joanne was a powerful Weather Warden who possessed a Demon Mark and died becoming a hero.. but what nobody knows (except for Lewis) is that she was reborn into a Djinn thanks to David. Now that the damage has been done, she must learn the ropes to harnessing and using her newfound powers (which are pretty cool!).

Danger in the form of a rift in the aetheric finds their way to David and Joanne, who both are stumped and clueless when they come across coldlight (aka blue glitter/sparklies) that is both unheard of and questionable, leaking from the rift. Trouble calls when they are both ordered to see Jonathan - the first and most powerful Djinn (aka their god). Turns out the consequences of David breaking laws and turning Joanne into a Djinn must be paid. What Joanne doesn't know is that David's actions caused him to become weaker and weaker ('suicide by girl') as he continues to pour his energy into sustaining Joanne as they are both just half a Djinn. She has a week to learn the hard way how to fully adjust by learning under the tutelage of Patrick - the only other human who successfully changed into a Djinn. She can no longer rely on David's help as he's now under Jonathan's control.

Learning from Patrick is not the hard part - it is escaping being claimed when the pair, along with Lewis, are paid an unexpected visit from Yvette Prentiss - a beautiful female version of Bad Bob - and teenage stepson Kevin. As it turns out, Patrick owes her a favour and that favour is repaid by taking Joanne. Joanne is now claimed for the first time by her horny, lecherous stepson. But she's only a means to an end. Yvette is really after David, and has been for a long time. This is when the action starts to escalate as Joanne must find a way to save David (as he eventually comes to save Joanne and gets reclaimed by the evil, sadistic Yvette to pay the price for her freedom), free herself from Kevin, and help repair the rift - oh and save the world at the same time, with very limited help.

The Weather Warden series is fast becoming one of my favourites. The storylines are not always enticing but the plot really does thicken and the action kicks in about halfway through this book. Joanne is a spectacular force to be reckoned with. She's smart, lethal, heroic, and has nine lives. She's also witty, sarcastic, fearless and isn't afraid to question authority. As far as heroines go, she's likeable and well-rounded and remains constant, although the other characters around her change and grow. I definitely recommend this series to any romance/paranormal/urban fantasy/adventure fans. I have very few complaints. You really get sucked into Joanne's world and as a reader, find it pretty hard to get your head out of the book! 4.5/5 stars.
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Rachel Caine
“Lewis and I played my-God-how-tacky-is-that? with Patrick's collection of objets d'crap, finally coming to the conclusion that only a going-out-of-business sale at a whorehouse could really explain a lot of it.”
Rachel Caine, Heat Stroke


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