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Weather Witch

(Weather Witch #1)

3.04  ·  Rating details ·  369 ratings  ·  138 reviews
In a vastly different and darker Philadelphia of 1844, steam power has been repressed, war threatens from deep, dark waters, and one young lady of high social standing is expecting a surprise at her seventeenth birthday party–but certainly not the one she gets!

Jordan Astraea, who has lived out all of her life in Philadelphia’s most exclusive neighborhood, is preparing to c
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
"If you weren't known for your rank, you had to be known for something.
Jordan, knowing her limitations, chose to be known for her beauty."

You can probably guess where this review is going.

The characters are mostly non-contributors to the storyline, and the setting, though initially intriguing, doesn't make any damn sense without context. This book offers an interesting and novel promise of a Steampunk United States, specifically Philadelphia, ended up being an enormous letdown. The summary o
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Le sigh. This had such a great premise, but was full of very shoddy execution. The author has great ideas, but fails to fully explore or detail them to the satisfaction of her readers. Weather Witch is a confusing, jumbled mess - one that could stand to lose chunks of the narrative for a more streamlined and interesting read.

The way the book was written was.. odd. Too much infodumping WHILE still not providing enough basic information? I don't know how that happened, but it did. I was wary after
Mar 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Thank you for the chance to read this.

I just couldn't do this one. The first chapter seemed to come out of nowhere and lacked the world-building that I need to really get into a book. By the second chapter I was really struggling with the writing and had a hard time with who was doing what. I gave it just over 50 pages, but I couldn't force myself to keep going. It just didn't work for me at all.
Full review to come on the release date...

The story is full of intrigue, evil versus good, and the wonderful possibility of romance all built around magical elements with a bit of steampunk delicately woven in.



Jordan is almost seventeen and at her birthday, her biggest worry is how she will look at her party. Her best friend, Catrina has been helping her prepare and as they gossip about the boys who will be there, Jordan only has eyes for her childhood sweetheart,
Kate Atonic
Jul 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Many have expressed annoyance with plot weaknesses, e.g., why are there lords and ladies in America, how does the rank system work, why are witches bad (m'kay?), and how do all of the other-folk fit into the story? What this book really needs, though, are commas. Before you laugh, here is an example from the very first page:
The straps cinched tight across his chest and threatening to squeeze the breath out of him declared his place plainly.

Time and time again there were sentences and phras
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Jan 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: net-galley
OK ok ok. I'm done. I made it through 80% and I just couldn't bear any more. This review will have spoilers... I think (I'm not even sure anymore).

Weather Witch by Shannon Delany is about... a collection of people, some of which are Weather Witches (I think), a girl who is accused of being a witch (but denies this over and over again), someone who is in love with that girl (but denies this over and over again), and a little girl (not sure what her point is).

As you can tell from my description,
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Griffin for giving me this book to review.

In an alternative 1844 Philadelphia, noble born Jordan Astraea is celebrating her 17th birthday with her beau Rowen and best friend Catrina. However, her party was brought to a halt when she is accused of being a weather witch, a person who can control the weather. Jordan is sure that she is not a weather witch, but that does not stop her
Laura Kreitzer
Shannon Delany weaves a cunning tale of magick so electric and magnetic that you'll practically feel the dynamic forces of the weather. Prepare to be shocked.
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

So, this book...

First let me say I was pretty keen for this book. Alt-history, witches controlling the weather, and set in my hometown? Add in a gorgeous cover, and I was there.

And then, well...

Then lines like this happened:

"Wearing relentless black, from their strange soft boots and long frock coats to their tall crowned top hats shrouded with mourner's black, the Wraiths cut imposing figures against the backdrop of the crimson-and-bone hall. Still as stone they stood, faceless beneath the
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book #11 Read in 2013
Weather Witch by Shannon Delany (YA)

This is the first book in a new series by Shannon Delaney. Weather Witch is set in Philadelphia in 1844. The culture is one of fear of the paranormal. . . those thought to be weather witches are imprisoned and tortured.

Jordan is taken into custody for being a weather witch, though she swears she is not one. She is taken to the Maker, a man named Bran, who tortures the witches until they show their power. But Bran cannot get Jordan to unle
**An ARC was provided by St Martin's Griffin in exchange for an honest review**

Beyond the initial draw of Weather Witch's stunning cover, I was naturally attracted to the fact that this story revolves around Witches (big surprise, yeah? >.<)...but not just any kind of witches, ones that can control the weather! I though that this sounded beyond cool, especially set in the mid-1800's. The concept was brimming with possibilities and the added mention of steam power right at the beginning of the b
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: This story had a lot of potential with an intriguing idea, but unfortunately the writing style left me very confused and lost for most of the book.

Opening Sentence: A banner snapped out on the pole high above the restrained seventeen- year- old boy, straightening to its full length

The Review:

This book is set in Philadelphia in the year 1844. The weather is controlled by the mysterious Weather Witches. A Weather Witch has the power to control t
May 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
This review contains some spoilers. Read at your own risk.

This book was a ridiculously easy read, but it took me FOREVER to get through. I had to make myself sit down and finish it.

There were a few things in particular that really bothered me about this book.

1. The characters
2. The setting

Starting off with the characters.

The 'main' character Jordan was the most obnoxious girl I've ever had the displeasure of reading about. All she cared about was her physical appearance and the quality of her
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-releases
*Genre* Young Adult, Steampunk, Historical Fantasy
*Rating* 3.0


The Weather Witch is a story that had lots of potential, but seemed to, instead, wonder aimlessly through the wilderness until it finally finds a compass to lead it out of the confusion and into the light. The Weather Witch suffers from first novel syndrome in that there is a TON of information dumping and a plot that meanders through a myriad of situations and possibilities and leaves readers scratching their heads with a
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay, let me just get this out first: I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH OMFG ASDFJKLDS.

Ahem. I’m done. (Not really.)

I don’t really read much steampunk, mostly just because the stars align that way when I’m book-shopping. But I saw this one in my local bookstore and had a love-at-first-sight moment because a) the cover is really freaking cool, b) witches are awesome, and c) weather witches? Hell yes. So I took this baby home and then read it on a flight to Philadelphia, which is funny since the book is s
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won my copy of Weather Witch by Shannon Delany through GoodReads FirstReads and I LOVED it! It's about an alternate 1800's Philadelphia where people called Weather Witches are rooted out by a person called the Tester who finds them by following unscheduled storms,the weather is strictly controlled, then the Tester touches the suspected Witch and if sparks fly they apprehend the Witch and subsequently ruin the societal rank of their family and take the witch to the Maker who essentially torture ...more
Wayne McCoy
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
'Weather Witch' by Shannon Delany takes place in an alternate Philadelphia where electrical power is generated by people with a strange gift.

Jordan Astraea has lived a life of privilege among the wealthy. During her birthday party, it is discovered that she might be a weather witch. This devastates her family as their home is forced to remove all electricity for harboring a weather witch and Jordan is taken into custody to be shaped with her newfound power. Her imprisonment is cruel as it is tho
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, series, arc

This was pretty something.

It was a different take about witches with a historical mix, both I didn't know I would like. I thought this was highly original; from the characters, settings, and sorcery. Though this was a more juvenile read for me, the events kept you up on your toes.

Jordan was a great heroine and the ending was kind of a bummer so I was happy to know there will be a sequel because I was really hoping she and Rowen will see again. Okay, the ending was exhilarating and fun that I th
Disclaimer: I received my copy of this book free as a first reads give away.

I waited a few days to review this book. Overall, I liked it quite a lot. It was a new world and a nice mix of history, magic, and a little bit of technology/invention.

Things I liked: Not afraid to kill people off, but not done strictly for shock value.

Things I didn't like: The ending. I would have liked a smidge more closure between the lead and her love interest. It still works, given that this is the first in the seri
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome Book Shannon is an extremely cerebral author, if you want "fluff" go look elsewhere. She creates a world that could have been, characters with depth and sustenance and I for one can not wait to see what happens with Rowen and Jordan in the rest of the series! Kudos Shannon! Great job!
Lucia  The Loyal Book
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Loved it. full review closer to release date
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! (review to come)
Jan 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Weather Witch by Shannon Delany
Book One of the Weather Witch trilogy
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Rating: 1 star
Source: ARC from publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

In a vastly different and darker Philadelphia of 1844, steam power has been repressed, war threatens from deep, dark waters, and one young lady of high social standing is expecting a surprise at her seventeenth birthday party–but certainly not the one she ge
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I want to thank St. Martin's Griffin for providing me with an ARC ecopy of this book to read and review. The first time I saw this cover, I just knew I needed this book, and I hadn't even read the blurb yet! And I knew that Shannon Delany would write something terrific! I was very excited when I was contacted to have been pre-approved on Net Galley! And now I own a paperback copy! Receiving this book for free has in no way changed or influenced my opinion or review.

Blurb from Goodreads:
In a vast
Rachel Sharpe
Jordan is celebrating her 17th birthday, which is a momentous occasion in someone’s life. It means she’s not a weather witch, the worst kind. Only things don’t go as planned. A tester suddenly interrupts her party, declaring that someone is a weather witch, and that someone is Jordan. Torn from her family, Jordan is carted away to meet the Maker, who tortures her daily in an attempt to force her to show her magic.

Meanwhile, Jordan’s friend and beau Rowan is determined to clear her name, even goi
Amanda Northrup
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
It's 19th century America and the world of magic occupies a precarious position. Electricity is created through magicians held in slavery. This makes witches essential, but the presence of a witch in one's family devastates a family's honor. Now Jordan, a wealthy teen, has been accused of witchery.

3 adjectives that describe this book: difficult, confusing, dark

I'm sure you can see from my adjectives that this book has some serious problems. I think the cover is fabulous, though, and should attra
Frk. Hyms
This had so much potential to be an amazing story but it fails miserably. The world building is lacking non-existing. I was so confused at first and it just got worse through the book. More and more stuff is revealed but it didn’t help the world building and it seemed like a lot of great ideas that were only partly explored. It was such a shame and I wanted to know more without having my wish fulfilled. So many new words were introduced and used as if the reader knew all about it and since they ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don’t have to wait long for a new YA adult series to come along after I'm done with the previous ones and get me hooked.
I do wish though that the story progressed a bit further, as it is, it feels more like a novella than a novel.

But as it’s my new favourite genre, steampunk, also featuring witches, I’ll let it go.

I also decided it might be more informative if I were to post the descriptions with the books I read:

Hhat is missing from the description of the book is the terrible injustice slo
Looking for a different take on the paranormal, or specifically on witches in a steampunk setting? Weather Witch by Shannon Delaney, the first in a new series might be the change you need! In an alternate history, mid-nineteenth century Philadelphia, a young woman celebrates her seventeenth birthday, a rite of safe passage, if you will, because it means she is not a dreaded and feared Weather Witch. When something goes terribly wrong and she tests positive, Jordan is carted away to meet the Make ...more
Penelope Bartotto
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The story was a great delight to read, replete with crafty characters and interesting story twists. The one thing that got me, that damn abrupt ending... and no sign of the sequel in sight, other than a notation on Goodreads. I need the sequel! You know I have a NO Spoilers rule, and I won't say anything to give the story away, but know that Delaney sure knows how to leave you hanging on that last word!
Steampunk Quotient = 6/10
While I loved the book, I found that the steampunk details didn't tr
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