Book review: Ill Wind

I’m trying something a little new with my book reviews, in that I’m going to go into greater depth with each of them, for now. Let me know what you think: do you prefer a longer review of individual books, or do you like a round-up of what I’m reading?

Ill Wind, by Rachel Caine (Book #1 in the Weather Warden series)

Book description: Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now Joanne is 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. Unfortunately, he’s also on the run from the World Council. It seems he’s stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn – making him the most wanted man on earth. And without Lewis, Joanne’s chance of surviving are as good as a snowball in – well, a place she may be headed. So she and her classic Mustang are racing hard to find him because there’s some bad weather closing in fast …

Review: Beyond the obvious and sometimes groan-worthy puns on weather, Ill Wind was a fun read. It was really fast-paced, to the point it took me a little while to catch up to what was going on as Caine laid out her world in a quick sketch then got right into the action. Once I had wrapped my head around all the talk about weather, and cloud formations and pressure systems, I was hooked into this one.

The weather talk was actually really interesting to me, maybe not everyone would feel the same way? I kept on thinking that Caine must either be a weather-person, have studied meteorology or really boned up on her research before writing this, any of which would impress me.

I also really enjoyed that Djinns are a major part of the Weather Warden series. With all the books out there on vampires, fairies and werewolves, you rarely read much about honest to goodness genies. Joanne’s character was very likeable, a stubborn uber-powerful, kind of badass, anti-authority wizard of weather. And her guy in the book was very steamy. It was easy to read and hard to put down, so the perfect book to lose yourself in on a lazy Sunday.

Word of the day:

Feckless: ineffective; incompetent; futile: feckless attempts to repair the plumbing; having no sense of responsibility; indifferent; lazy

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