Mistaken for a murderer, Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is hunted down and killed by her colleagues. Reborn as a Djinn, she senses something sinister entering earth's atmosphere - something that makes tomorrow's forecast look deadly.
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She gives an informative review at the begining and get right into the story. It is for each book to stand aloneenjoy the story great story. Fast cars, Magic, no graphic sex, great characters, a unigue plot, and of course love.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I think I liked it better than book one... there is less focus on weather and how erotic it is, and more focus on developing a suspense/angst filled plot.
Are the characters over the top? Sure. But, then again, they're djinn so what do you expect? I liked the multiple story lines, and while the main 'rift' was a tad confusing (I'm still not really clear on what happened to fix this issue)... the story had plenty of suspense to keep the pages turning! It is particularly effective if you like Joanne - she gets into some pickles and it is a bit tense sometimes wondering how it will work out.
Do I like how Joanne's story was resolved? Not really but I think that was probably the only way to continue on with the series...
It is a bit of a cliff-hanger though. Not an annoying one because at the end we know what's going on with Joanne and David, but enough of one that I'm going to pick up the next book because I want to find out how they resolve this next emergency.
Overall, the narration is okay. I am not a fan of how the narrator 'emphasizes' things - it's like she's overacting from time to time - but it's not a bad narration, just a bit excessive on occasion. There is no graphic sex or violence and I don't think there was much foul language either.
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Read from July 07 to 11, 2013
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Overall Rating: 4.75
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 5.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Totally would have been a 5 except for that dratted cliffhanger and the fact that I don’t have book 3 (totally not the author’s fault on that one LOL)
Story Thoughts: OMG y’all! The Weather Wardens have totally rocked my world and I am INVESTED in how all of this is going to work out. In Heat Stroke things got twistier and can I say it THINGS HAPPEN (stealing that from Kelly). I wasn’t a fan of the cliffhanger at the end but then again it is only because I don’t have book 3 yet. Looking forward to getting to it soon.
Character Thoughts: The characters rock this world! They are what makes the weather warden series shine. I am so invested in their lives and twist my hands when they are in life threatening situations. I love being that invested but it causes me stress :)
Narrated By Dina Pearlman / Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
I am becoming a bigger fan of Dina Pearlman. I really have enjoyed her narration of this series! I need to go look up some of her other work.
Final Thoughts: I need book 3—darn my book budget!
I liked the first book in the series. I like the main characters. I like the different take on urban fantasy: magical weather wardens rather than the standard vampires, werewolves, etc. However, I just didn't think this story was well plotted, and I don't think Rachel Caine thought hard enough about how the magic in her world should work.
It just seemed like she was making stuff up as she went along. Which she was, of course, but with a top-of-the-line author, it doesn't seem that way. I think that in the best fantasy and science fiction, the author figures out in advance how the magic or technology in their universe works, and then creates a story within that framework. But in this story it seemed like she would reach a problem point in her story and she'd think to herself, "Okay, I'll make up a new rule here." Most of these rules seemed arbitrary and merely there to create a problem for the heroine. Most of them are not explained in any way. They don't seem to fit into a logical magical world. There is just a mishmash of rules that don't relate to one another. Here are some questions I had as I read which the author does not answer. Where do djinn come from? What does a bottle have to do with enslaving them? Why are they so easily enslaved and why can't they avoid it? Late in the book it is mentioned that many djinn have gone on to "another plane of existence." If it is so awful being an enslaved djinn, why don't they ALL go on to this other plane? How come they are more powerful after they are enslaved? What are the blue sparklies? Where do they come from? Why are they dangerous? If ifrit are so dangerous to djinn, why didn't they make Patrick get rid of his? After they find out what Patrick has been doing for his ifrit, why isn't he punished?
And the heroine makes the wrong decision so many times that I wanted to pull the author's hair out. You know the old horror movie cliche--they hear a sound coming from the darkened room. What should they do? They definitely should NOT go into the dark room. So what do they do? THEY GO INTO THE FREAKING ROOM! That's about the level of the plotting in this book. I will give one concrete example from the first chapter of the book. Jo was killed at the end of the first book. Should she go to her own funeral? No, she shouldn't. It's very dangerous--both to her and to her lover. So what does she do? SHE GOES TO THE FUNERAL. And the whole bit with the psycho stepmother and the psycho stepson: should she kill either or both of them? When they are asleep should she wake them up? What about this? What about that? Whatever the question, be certain Jo will make the wrong choice.
So should you try this book? Maybe. If you read the first book in the series and REALLY liked it, give this one a try. This book has received many positive ratings, so you won't be alone if you like it. But if you were hesitant after reading the first book, maybe you should just let it go. I don't think I'll be reading any more of this series.
This books are a refreshing departure from most of the Urban Fantasy out there. The weather is a character causing its own plot turns. Joanne, the main character has the worst luck in the universe, no matter how much she tries to help and do the right thing, bad karma follows her around. She is a weather warden turned into a Jin. The writing is witty and fun even in the midst of unbelievable danger and tragic endings. One thing is for certain if you read this series you will never look at weather the same way again!
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