Firestorm by Rachel Caine

Firestorm (Weather Warden, #5)Published in: 2006
Pages: 292
Edition read: Paperback
Book #: Book 5 in the Weather Warden series

Book description:
Rogue Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is racing to New York to warn her former colleagues of the impending apocalypse. An ancient agreement between the Djinn and the Wardens has been broken, and the furious Djinn, slaves to the Wardens for millennia, have broken free of mortal control.

With more than half the Wardens unaccounted for in the wake of the Djinn uprising, Joanne realizes that the natural disasters they’ve combated for so long were merely symptoms of restless Mother Nature fidgeting in her sleep. Now she’s waking up—and she is angry….

My review:
Jo and David’s daughter Imara was born at the end of book 4, and in this book she pops in and out of Jo’s life as Jo rushes across the USA trying to locate the three oracles, in hopes of trying to get them to get a message to Mother Earth to go back to sleep and stop taking over the Djinn- because for some reason, the earth can control the Djinn and make them do her bidding. It’s a weird but kinda fun story, lots of travelling around the country and trying to locate the oracles.

I think my favourite of the oracles was the Air one, because that was just nuts. The fire oracle and earth oracle seemed like normal people by comparison. I also enjoyed reading about the relationship between Jo and Imara, because she really didn’t know how to go about suddenly having a fully-grown daughter.

And of course, my favourite part of the book was the ending- because it was like WHAT?!?!?!?!? Wait, hold up, WHAT?!?!?! Oh. My. God. Next book is gonna be hella good….I think I lasted about three minutes before starting the next book because I had to find out what the hell happened to Jo.

Final review:
Firestorm rating:
8.5/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of the Author, fans of the series, fans of paranormal romances.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/157572.Firestorm
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Firestorm-Weather-Warden-Book-5/dp/0451461045
Author’s website: http://rachelcainebooks.com/Firestorm-Mass-Market-Paperback
Googlebooks: https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Firestorm.html?id=IOr79FNLQx0C&redir_esc=y

 

Windfall by Rachel Caine

Windfall (Weather Warden, #4)

Published in: 2005
Pages: 330
Edition read: E-book
Book #: Book 4 in the Weather Warden Series

Book description:
Less than a year ago, Joanne Baldwin was an agent for one of the most powerful organizations in the world, entrusted with the safety of millions of lives on a daily basis. Now she’s a scantily clad “weather girl” for a Ft. Lauderdale television station.

After losing her job as a Weather Warden (those with the ability to manipulate the weather and avowed to protect humankind), Joanne is finding life in the “real world” not as enticing as she once thought. Her job as a cheesecake weather girl is humiliating, especially with a lecherous head meteorologist (deliciously named Marvelous Marvin McLarty) who delights in devising new ways to embarrass her on camera. But with her supernatural Djinn lover slowly dying and a recently divorced, shopping-addicted sister camping out on her sofa, Joanne’s problems couldn’t possibly get worse — or could they? Throw in a highly suspicious detective bent on arresting Joanne on murder charges, a Djinn civil war, and a monster of an approaching hurricane –and suddenly Marvelous Marvin’s antics don’t seem so bad!

My review:
Although this was a good book, it took me forever to read, but that could be cos I’ve had a busy few weeks. Joanne is trying to have a normal life by being the weather girl at a terrible morning television program while David is still trying to heal (and doing a damn terrible job of it), and we get to meet Joanne’s sister Sarah, who attracts the worst guy. I have to admit that although it seemed too good to be true with Eamon, I still didn’t see it coming (but then it was like “oh duh”).

There is a lot happening in this book, there’s a lot of bad things happening with Jonathan (dude, what are you doing?), there’s some new characters, there’s a lot of weather happening, and we get some more background on what happened to Joanne years ago with Quinn (I am so glad that dude is dead, I wanted to reach into the book and pull him out and strangle him for what he did to Jo, who is handling it really well considering).

It’s a really fun read, as this entire series has been so far. The ending of this book leads to a lot of crap for the next book- which is super exciting because it’s apocalypse time and you know that means the next book is gonna be super mega action-packed good times!

Final review:
Windfall rating:
8/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the series and the author’s other series, fans of paranormal romances.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/157569.Windfall
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Windfall-Weather-Warden-Book-4/dp/045146057X
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/search?searchTerm=Windfall+Rachel+Caine&pdg=kwd-74093026688:cmp-613071998:adg-29755994339:crv-110931545939:pos-2t3&gclid=Cj0KEQjwouW9BRCN0ozIifTI6_cBEiQAD9gNseofgPJ55W4nPeEBnbpwm-XuRTQvtmi50nplNTzpBPUaAgbL8P8HAQ

 

Chill Factor by Rachel Caine

Chill Factor (Weather Warden, #3)

Published in: 2005
Pages: 335
Edition read: Paperback
Book #: Book 3 in the Weather Warden Series

Book description:
Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin has protected the human race from monster storms, been killed, reborn as a Djinn, and then restored to her original form. Now she’s throwing the dice to stop an infinitely powerful, deeply disturbed kid-who is holed up in a Vegas hotel-from bringing on a new ice age.

My review:
Ok this book… what the hell. For starters, why does everyone in this book suck? Like, suck big time. David, for what he does to Joanne (dude, how was that a good idea? Sure, Jonathan won’t kill her now because of it, but come on, maybe you could have discussed with her first?) Lewis, for what he does. Good intentions and all, but could you not have let Jo in on the whole deal? No? Paul, for being an asshole. Marion for helping Paul to be an asshole, but she redeems herself later on. Quinn, because of what he did to Jo 7 years ago (I’m a little confused as to exactly what he does- initially I think he did one bad thing, but then later I’m thinking maybe it wasn’t that bad thing exactly but another bad thing… trying to write without spoilers is tough yo).

It was such a good book, so much happens as Joanne bumbles her way through another shit scenario while trying to make the world a better place, but you get so angry at the cast of other characters who are continually just being assholes and doing things ‘for the greater good’ but then not letting Joanne in on this stuff even though this stuff is all happening to her. It’s just… argh!

And then there’s the ending, of course the ending makes me tear through the house trying to find the 4th book so I can keep reading to find out what happens, only to realise I don’t have book 4 and then having to search through my 5,000+ books on my e-reader in vain hopes that I have it on there somewhere (and then thanking my obsessive reading habits when I do find that book on there!).

Final review:
Chill Factor rating:
9/10
Would I re-read it? Hells to the yes I would. I love this series. Why didn’t I read it earlier?
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of the series and the author’s other work, fans of paranormal romances with strong wacky lead female characters.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/157568.Chill_Factor
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Chill-Factor-Weather-Warden-Book/dp/0451460103
Google books: https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Chill_Factor.html?id=Rbyuo-b9EmYC&redir_esc=y

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment

Published in: 1866
Pages: 545
Edition read: E-book

Book description:
The poverty-stricken Raskolnikov, a talented student, devises a theory about extraordinary men being above the law, since in their brilliance they think “new thoughts” and so contribute to society. He then sets out to prove his theory by murdering a vile, cynical old pawnbroker and her sister. The act brings Raskolnikov into contact with his own buried conscience and with two characters — the deeply religious Sonia, who has endured great suffering, and Porfiry, the intelligent and discerning official who is charged with investigating the murder — both of whom compel Raskolnikov to feel the split in his nature.

My review:
Russian Literature. *sigh* Why are you so difficult?

So this book. Nothing really happens. I mean, Raskolnikov murders two women for no apparent reason- this whole ‘devised a theory and tested it’ that the Goodreads description above has… yeah, that’s not what happens. This nutjob Raskolnikov murders this woman to gain gold because he is poor but then he doesn’t use the gold for anything cos, he’s a nutjob! Or at least, that is how I viewed the book.

Raskolnikov is an extremely unlikeable character, I wanted to wring his neck repeatedly from page 1. He’s an asshole to literally everyone who interacts with him. Then there’s the issue that each character seems to have about 6 different names. Raskolnikov is also known by Riodon Romanovich, or Rodya, and I swear there was at least one other name he goes by. It’s irritating as I could hardly keep track of this one character’s names, let alone the whole cast of others who also responded to a list of their own names. Argh!

I didn’t really enjoy this book. It’s not as bad as some of the books from this era I’ve read, but it’s not great. It’s all about the internal struggle of a terrible character and I just don’t care enough about him to wonder at his plight. Does he get caught, does he not, who cares.

Final review:
Crime and Punishment rating: 4/10
Would I re-read it? No
Who would I recommend it to? Er… fans of Russian literature?

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7144.Crime_and_Punishment
As with all classical literature, you can download free copies of this to read, so check out Project Gutenberg to get yourself a copy: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2554

Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine

Heat Stroke (Weather Warden, #2)

Published in: 2004
Pages: 335
Edition read: Paperback
Book #: Book 2 in the Weather Warden series

Book description:
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.

My review:
So Jo is a Djinn, she’s learning how to be a Djinn so that she doesn’t die, and David isn’t around much as he’s being held captive by his oldest friend Jonathan, who happens to be the most powerful Djinn in the world and is some sort of near-god like guy. Jo is feisty as hell, as she deals with each scenario that is thrown her way, including the fact that there is a rip in the atmosphere that is letting in these blue sparklies which are slowly killing things and she’s at fault as Jo’s sudden Djinn status caused the rip.

So much happens in this story, it’s action from one page to the next. It’s hard to put down, as you just want to know what is going to happen next. Again, another ending I didn’t see coming- Jo’s status as a Djinn, Lewis and the stuff that goes down with him, Jonathan and his problems.. I mean, it’s a lot of stuff that it ends on and I have to find book 3 ASAP so I can keep reading and find out what happens. I only have about 300 books to search through to find my copy of the 3rd book in this series, it should only take me half the night to find it.

Final review:
Heat Stroke rating:
8/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of the series, fans of paranormal romances, fantasy series etc.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/157526.Heat_Stroke
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Heat-Stroke-Weather-Warden-Book/dp/0451459849
Google books: https://books.google.com.au/books?id=yIKaNNWaX-cC&redir_esc=y

Ill Wind by Rachel Caine

Ill Wind (Weather Warden, #1)

Published in: 2003
Pages: 337
Edition read: Paperback
Book #: Book 1 in the Weather Warden series

Book description:
Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden – waves her hand to tame the most violent weather. Now she races against accusations of corruption and murder. Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Because he stole three bottles of Djinn, he is now the most wanted criminal on earth. Can she find him before the bad weather closes in?

My review:
You know those series you have been meaning to read for years and years, you collect all the books in that series but still never get around to read them? This is one of those series. And of course, this book was amazing and I’m smacking myself over the head for not reading this book/series sooner.

Joanne is a feisty character, fun to read about, and she’s surrounded by super hot men. Lucky girl. She’s on the run and we learn bits and pieces about her and her situation as she runs towards Lewis, while picking up a hitch hiking Djinn or two along the way. There is heaps of action and adventure, car chases and weather fights as Joanne is a Weather Warden, and she’s bad-ass.

There’s also a very cool ending that I didn’t see coming and I am so totally excited for the next book to see what will happen- this is like a huge plot twist, so the series is going to be completely different after this! Plus I need to read more about David, cos he’s hot.

Final review:
Ill Wind rating:
9/10
Would I re-read it? Hell yes
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of paranormal romances featuring Djinn and magic, anyone interested in the weather as there is a bit of weather theory in this book, fans of romances with quirky/strong/kick-ass heroines.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/86451.Ill_Wind
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ill-Wind-Book-Weather-Warden/dp/0451459520
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Caine

Where Darkness Lives by Alexandra Ivy

Where Darkness Lives (Guardians of Eternity, #8.5)
Published in: 2011 (as part of “The real werewifes of vampire county” anthology)
Pages: 77
Edition read:
E-book
Book#: Book 8.5 in the Guardians of Eternity series

Book description:
No one’s more surprised than Sophia when she’s struck by an unfamiliar maternal urge to move near her daughters. But instead of being greeted by a welcome committee, she’s targeted by kidnappers…and saddled with a gorgeous bodyguard on a mission to protect—and seduce…

My review:
Sophia is a bit of a bitch in all the other books, but in this one we get to see her softer side and get to see why she’s a bitch. I came away from this book pitying Sophia and the hardships she has endured, and ultimately happy she found love with Luc. His backstory is interesting and I didn’t see the twist. It’s hinted that he’s not who he says he is, and I thought something completely different, but when it’s revealed who he really is, it’s almost sweet.

It was a fun little read, not much really happens and I don’t really understand the motive of trying to hurt Sophia to see if she’s worthy of being someones mate- that didn’t make much sense, but whatever. Overall though, fun to read, even if you do read it out of series order like I did.

Final review:
Where darkness lives rating: 7
/10
Would I re-read it? Yeah, it was fun and short
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of the series, fans of paranormal romances featuring werewolves.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10480102-the-real-werewives-of-vampire-county
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29891514-where-darkness-livesAmazon: https://www.amazon.com/Where-Darkness-Lives-Alexandra-Ivy-ebook/dp/B01DHW8WTS#navbar

When Darkness Ends by Alexandra Ivy

When Darkness Ends (Guardians of Eternity, #12)

Published in: 2015
Pages: 378
Edition read: E-book
Book #: Book 12, final book in the Guardians of Eternity series

Book description:
Cyn, the vampire clan chief of Ireland, is an unabashed hedonist whose beauty is surpassed only by his insatiable appetite for pleasure. It’s no wonder he’s furious when he’s transported from the magical land of the pureblooded feys to his desolate private lair—only to have his very existence thrown into a chaos that even he cannot charm his way out of…

Most women may be all but powerless against Cyn, but Fallon, a sharp-witted fairy princess, is less than beguiled by the silver-tongued vampire. She’s a serious soul with no time for the sort of games he plays—especially when they learn that someone is trying to close the veil that separates the dimensions. But seduction may prove the most powerful force of all, as attraction ignites between the unlikely pair even as worlds are colliding around them…

My review:
I’m a bit sad that this series is over- it’s been so much fun to read, the characters are really great and I like that the characters from earlier books continue to feature in the later books. In this book, we focus on Cyn and Fallon, as our main characters who fall in love/become mated.They have a nice relationship, Fallon is sweet and innocent and trying to find out who she is, after centuries of playing the perfect princess for her father. Cyn is a warrior who likes to indulge, and Fallon is the perfect person to tame him. It’s really fun to read their story, and a good way to send off the series.

We also have a side-story of Magnus, Fallon’s ex-fiance, and Tonya, the sister to Troy, the prince of Imps. I feel that they may have started off being the couple of the next book, but then the author decided to end the series so we got it shoved into this story. I say this as it starts really good… and then all of a sudden, bam they are engaged. I was like, that was awfully sudden. They didn’t even get to have sexytimes before they were engaged.

There’s also another end-of-the-world scenario playing out, it’s good but not as good as some of the other apocalyptic scenarios in previous books. The book also ends on a scene of Styx, Viper, and Dante having a drink together- something that they clearly do not do often, and they are all acting like old friends and reminiscing over the past year of disasters and sexytimes and I was like… ok, I get that this is summing up the whole series and all, but… it should have ended on the scene prior to that. This felt unnecessary. Although I could be bitter because now this series is over and what will I do with my free time now? I’m going to miss reading about Styx and Salvatore being frenemies.😦

Final review:
When Darkness Ends rating: 8/10
Guardians of Eternity series rating: 9.5/10. This was such a fun series to read, with great characters and a great action-packed story in each book. I loved every moment of this series and am seriously bummed that there was only 12 books in the series!
Would I re-read it? The book= yes. The series= hells yes
Who would I recommend it to? I would recommend this book to fans of the series. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes paranormal romances featuring vampires and werewolves, or similar series.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22859817-when-darkness-ends
Author’s website: http://alexandraivy.com/books/ends.php
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com.au/When-Darkness-Ends-Guardians-Eternity-ebook/dp/B00ONTR6K6
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-darkness-ends-alexandra-ivy/1120058497

A Very Levet Christmas by Alexandra Ivy

A Very Levet Christmas (Guardians of Eternity, #11.5)

Published in: 2014
Pages: 77
Edition read: E-book
Book #: Book 11.5 in the Guardians of Eternity series

Book description:
A gargoyle of Levet’s charm and intelligence should not be facing a solitary Christmas. True, he may appear a little unconventional—not to mention unconventionally little—even for a gargoyle. But what Levet lacks in height he makes up for in loyalty, and being banned from the festivities surrounding the Queen of Weres’ new pups is quite unfair.

So when a beautiful Christmas angel begs for help in fulfilling her duties, Levet has nothing better to do than agree. Armed with a magical wand, Levet confronts Damon, a pureblood Were intent on seizing the throne. Challenging the King will put the pups at risk—and drive away Damon’s potential mate, Gia. Who better to convince Damon to choose love, not war, than a gargoyle expert in amour? With a little magic, and a lot of Levet, this may yet be a truly wonderful Christmas time.

My review:
Levet really is the glue that keeps this series going. Although there is a great cast of other characters, Levet is our favourite little demon who keeps trudging along and stumbling into all sorts of troubles and causing others to fall in love around him.

So in this story, Levet is pretty much the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future, as he shows Damon his past, present, and his future should he decide to challenge Salvatore in a misguided attempt to take the throne.

It’s a fun little story that involves Harley’s newborn babies briefly, it doesn’t really add anything to the overall story line but it’s still fun.

Final review:
A Very Levet Christmas rating:
7/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of the series, fans of paranormal romances.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21935708-a-very-levet-christmas
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com.au/Very-Levet-Christmas-Guardians-Eternity-ebook/dp/B00LPT6DW4
Author’s website: http://alexandraivy.com/books/christmas.php

 

Hunt The Darkness by Alexandra Ivy

Hunt the Darkness (Guardians of Eternity, #11)

Published in: 2014
Pages: 379
Edition read: E-book
Book #: Book 11 in the Guardians of Eternity series

Book description:
The vampire, Roke, is raw, sensual, always in control. Yet somehow he’s allowed the unthinkable to happen: a nymph-like witch named Sally has used her magic to trick Roke into mating with her. The pair will remain bound for eternity unless Sally breaks the spell. The trouble is, she has no idea how. . .

Mating with Roke was an accident; at least that’s what Sally keeps telling herself. She’s on the hunt for her demon father, whose identity holds the key to releasing the spell. The search won’t be easy with Roke shadowing Sally’s every move. As they mate with a ferocity that leaves them both aching for more, Sally isn’t sure if her world is more dangerous without Roke—or with him. . .

My review:
Roke and Sally may be one of my favourite pairings of this series. They have their mating forced upon then by Sally’s unpredictable natural magic, but it ends up being the best thing either of them ever have happen as clearly they are meant to be together. They travel to Canada and to Nevada and back to Chicago and then to a separate dimension, they meet Sally’s father who is a king, her siblings, they fall in love and lust… it’s really a rollercoaster of a book and it’s so much fun to read.

Roke stops fighting the mating in the prior book, so in this book he is fully committed to Sally and his devotion.. its why I read these books. To have someone unconditionally love you, like Roke does Sally, is so rare in this world and it’s bittersweet to read about. Sally takes longer to convince that the mating is for real, but eventually she realises how lucky she is to have someone like Roke.

Final review:
Hunt The Darkness rating:
9/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of the series, fans of paranormal romances featuring vampires and witches, fans of similar series and similar authors.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18371366-hunt-the-darkness
Author’s website: http://alexandraivy.com/books/hunt.php
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hunt-Darkness-Guardians-Eternity-Book-ebook/dp/B00GYLVRRE
Barnes & Nhttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hunt-the-darkness-alexandra-ivy/1116781971oble:

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