Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she's trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she's resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life.... Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he's stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn - making him the most wanted man on earth. Still, she's racing hard to find him - before the bad weather closes in fast.
Stormy weather: listen to the rest of the Weather Warden series.
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"A fun read. You'll never watch the Weather Channel the same way again." (Jim Butcher, best-selling author of The Dresden Files)
This was one of the books I bought through audible sale. And as recommended it was a very entertaining read. I really don't need "hot steamy" sex in my urban fantasy books, which seems to be almost mandatory these days. Even though this book does have sexy scenes, it's not overwhelming nor excessive which was a big plus for me. Also the story was straight forward, easy to understand and the main character likable.
Unlike the other urban fantasy novels I read, Joanne is not an ass kicking "the best" weather warden ever. She needs help and gets it from a very attractive djinn named David. One thing I can say is that their romance is bit too hastely made. I mean I can see the attraction, appreciation, guilt and all that emotion jumbled together, but from that chaotic feeling to "true love" in several days? That was too convenient and quick.
The ending was something I didn't expect and I would like to read more in this series. I found it is actually a series with a nice ending (book 9) so now I have to go hunt more.
I recommend this series for anyone who likes a fun easy urban fantasy with a bit of romance!
QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
This was a really fun "read". The characters are great, the story has an ending. (I hate it when a author writes a partial book, it always feels like rip off).
I knew when I was only half way through the book, that I wanted to follow this series. The narrator is great. Dina Pearlman is a real talent.
I would recommend the "Weather Warden" to anyone that enjoys books like "One foot in the Grave" by Jeaniene Frost, and or "City of Ghosts" by Stacia Kane.
The story's fast-paced and entertaining. The narrator is superb, and that's a help, too. This author takes a fresh approach to material that's been touched on before. Her heroine is flawed, but that's what makes her interesting. Nice descriptions, good writing, and an interesting cast of characters.
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Just go ahead and down load the complete series because it is that good. The books end in a cliff hanger but you will enjoy it and race to complete the series. I did not know that weather could be so interesting.
I know most of the reviews on this book are good and I really, really tried to like it but I just couldn't. I'm writing this review before I ask for my credit back. First, the story begins but you feel as if you are in the middle of the book instead of beginning. I found my self checking several times to make sure I had book one. I felt confused and like i was missing something. The character keeps referring to something that has happened but that you know nothing about, it was distracting and annoying. Because of this insane way of starting the book you have endless flashbacks to tell you the story which made me want to pull of my ears and throw them. Tell me what happened let me be a part of it so I can go through the story knowing what you are talking about instead of getting a little at a time through yet another flashback. I hate it movies, series and especially books. Due to this annoying way of telling a story i just couldn't continue or care what happened next. The narrator. She did an awesome job I really enjoyed listening to her and will look for her name in the future she made the story more believable. But even with her excellent reading/acting skills couldn't make me want to stay and continue to be frustrated by a book that is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable. This being said I actually like this author and have enjoyed some of her other books so she can do better this was just maybe an experiment gone wrong. So listing to this book is at your own risk really you may love it you may hate it but if you hate flash backs like me save the credit.
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Read from July 04 to 07, 2013
Listened/Read for Fun (Library Audiobook/Paper Copy)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Oh my! Why did I wait so long to start reading these!
Story Thoughts: Confession: Urban Fantasy is always hit/miss with me. I love strong women characters but I also need them to not be totally unidentifiable (they must have quirks and flaws). Ill Wind was right on the money with what I expect out of a very good Urban Fantasy novel. It had action right from the get-go! The story and character building happened as the story progressed instead of being an information dump. It also had heart! I was just really sucked in from beginning to the cliffhanger ending (I didn't dock Ill Wind for this but I did the next one LOL--you only get one cliffhanger free pass from me)!
Character Thoughts: Ill Wind's characters ROCKED! Hard core rocked! I immediately felt myself rooting for JoAnne even though I wasn't sure if she could be saved (OK--as lead of the series I had a pretty good idea but you never know). I loved her fight to do right, her bone-headed ability to turn down the easy fix, and her end struggle! I loved all the boys too: Lewis, Phil, and David. I even liked the Weather Wardens that were on her tail! In other words, the characters totally sold me on this series.
Narrated By Dina Pearlman / Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
I have never listened to a book narrated by Dina Pearlman before but I will again in the future. I thought she did a great job with the pacing, emotion, and timing of Ill Wind.
Final Thoughts: I am on board with the Weather Wardens!
I am easily amused!
This is an original take on the urban fantasy genre with Weather Gins. It has a strong start for a series and piqued my interest. The narration is wonderful and I plan on listening to the rest of the series.
Fast moving and very well read.
Joann as she's a sassy girl with grit. Second I like David... he came in under the radar and turned out to be a knight in shining armor.
Raquel, the gin always dressed in neon.
When Joann laid eyes on the car that would replace Delilah, her mustang.
I prefer to read sequels as I am always wanting more. Ill Wind left me excited to listen to the rest of the books (and there's many - woo who!).
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)
You know that phenomenon called Gun Porn? Where we get detailed, descriptive and practically sexually active descriptions of weaponry - the guns don't quite need to wear condoms, but it can be close? Well, this book swaps out the guns for weather systems, but the pornographic imagery remains.
Perhaps the word 'pornography' carries too much bias... how 'bout we call it weather that'll make you blush. But anyway, that's what this book contains. Lots of it! And I have to admit, I never thought weather could be so HOT this far north... hahahahaha...
There isn't any graphic human sex, and I don't think there was much in the line of foul language or gore... but what the book does have - other than weather, of course - is a lot of action and suspense and character development. I really like the very original concept behind the Wardens and the Djinn and how Caine managed to make us like/care about the characters, the weather, heck, even an old car or two. I even liked the (somewhat odd) ending: it managed to wrap up this story, but leave the reader with a hook for the next book.
The narration is... pretty good... though I found it to be a bit "breathless" sometimes. Certainly good enough that it didn't stop me from buying the rest in the series from Audible.
This one took me a little to get hooked, but when I did, it was great. Can't wait to buy to second one. Plot twists were great.
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