Saturday, May 14, 2011

Review: Windfall (Weather Warden #4) by Rachel Caine

Synopsis (Goodreads):
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 Thoughts:  You know how you're reading a book and you know that eventually everything's going to work out and our heroine will triumph and everything will be kittens and roses but as you're reading it things just keep getting worse and worse and you start to worry that by the time said heroine does triumph things will be so phenomenally screwed for her that it'll almost not be worth it?  Yeah.  I had that feeling during this book.  I mean, I knew that Joanne wouldn't end up crashing and burning when all was said and done but the road to that point was tough.  She was put through a lot.  And then she picked herself up and went through it again.

I guess I'm trying to say that this series just keeps getting better.  The stakes are higher in every book.  The potential destruction is bigger.  The body count might end up through the roof.  Rachel Caine sure knows how to deliver the tension.  She delivers it and delivers it and then, in a sneak attack, she sends the delivery guy back around to drop off one more bombshell.

I liked that many of the minor threads from Joanne's time in Las Vegas (book 3) were tied up and the overall arc was expanded on exponentially.  There were several happenings that I'm extremely curious about and hope get addressed in later books.

Overall, this book was a fun, gritty ride that kept the hits coming and had me worried that our heroes weren't going to come out in one piece.

Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: Ill Wind
Book 2: Heat Stroke
Book 3: Chill Factor

More books by Rachel Caine

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Horror & Urban Fantasy Challenge, The TBR Challenge

1 comment:

  1. I love the cover!

    I think that this is a series that I will have to start reading at some point!