Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chill Factor (Weather Warden #3) by Rachel Caine

Chill Factor (Weather Warden, #3)Chill Factor by Rachel Caine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.


Another great chapter in Joanne's very adventurous life. Lots of action and one heck of an ending. Looking forward to moving right on to book #4. Great series!

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Heat Stroke (Weather Warden #2) by Rachel Caine

Heat Stroke (Weather Warden, #2)Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Accused of murder, Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin was chased across the country—and killed—by a team charged with hunting down rogue Wardens.

Five days later, Joanne had a lovely funeral and was posthumously cleared of all charges. Her human life was over, but she had been reborn in Djinnhood. Now, until she masters her enhanced powers, Joanne must try to avoid being "claimed" by a human. But when a hazard that only a Djinn could sense infiltrates Earth's atmosphere, Joanne must somehow convince someone to do something about it—or the forecast will be deadly. So who said being all-powerful was going to be easy?


Definitely more action packed than the first book. I like that it takes up right where "Ill Wind" ends. Very much enjoying this series. Can't wait to read about Joanne and David's next adventure.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Ill Wind (Weather Warden #1) by Rachel Caine

Ill Wind (Weather Warden, #1)Ill Wind by Rachel Caine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First in the new Weather Warden series...

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...


Good start to a series that I have heard a lot of positive reviews on. Lots of action and just a touch of romance. Looking forward to working my way through this series.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Vampires by John Steakley

Vampire$Vampire$ by John Steakley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is bestselling author John Steakley's vampire classic: Vampires infest the modern world and a group of brave people--professional vampire killers--devote their lives to hunting them down.

This one is hard for me to give an opinion on. I like it. It was an interesting read and I very much want to see the movie (again) just to compare it to the book. It just was not a 'great' book. The writing style was not that great. The character development was not really great. The plot was just okay. But for some reason I really wanted to finish the book and I did find it very interesting. Glad that I read it and looking forward to seeing the movie to see how it ties in.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Eyeliner of the Gods by Katie Maxwell

Eyeliner of the Gods Eyeliner of the Gods by Katie Maxwell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

One of two books in which two girls discover an Egyptian archaeological dig is a lot more than surviving blistering heat and scorpions-hot guys, a cursed bracelet, and ancient tombs make it the adventure of a lifetime.

Publishers Weekly
In interlocking novels, two teens sweat it up in the tomb of Queen Nefertari's twin manicurists. They also separately stumble on a bracelet that may be cursed. In Nash's (You Are So Cursed) book, "chicken liver" Chloe feigns bravery; she faces a scorpion, leads her team to protest their lack of washing water and attracts the attention of wise Dr. Battista (and affection from Connor, a schoolmate from home). Chloe feels fake, but more complications arise when she accidentally pockets an artifact-the bracelet-and cannot seem to get rid of it. In Maxwell's (The Year My Life Went Down the Loo) book, Jan, a loquacious aspiring journalist, buys the bracelet in Cairo, not realizing it is stolen. She bonds with brooding Seth, but people say he's cursed, blaming him for thefts and accidents. When Jan learns the bracelet was stolen, she vows to solve the mystery, imagining journalistic fame and refusing to believe Seth is responsible. The puzzle is resolved at each book's end, though readers must finish both to understand all the pieces. Chloe and Jan interact, even planting their bracelet on each other after Jan catches Seth kissing Chloe, but readers may be disappointed that the books do not fully jibe (they include some but not all the same events and do not emphasize the same characters). Overall, this is fairly shallow fare, but the interesting premise and spunky protagonists make it fun. Ages 13-up.


This was a cute YA book. Little bit of mystery, little bit of romance. I was a little annoyed with the main character, Jan, and her immaturity. She is supposed to be 16 but acts more like a 12 year old. But overall it was an okay read. I am going to read the companion book -- Chloe, Queen of Denial as soon as I can put my hands on it. lol

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Alpha (Shifters, #6) by Rachel Vincent

Alpha (Shifters, #6)Alpha by Rachel Vincent

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The unscrupulous new Council chair has charged Jace, Marc and me with trespassing, kidnapping, murder and treason. Yeah, we've been busy. But now it's time to take justice into our own hands. We must avenge my brother's death and carve out the rot at the heart of the Council.

It's not going to be easy, and loss seems unavoidable, but I have promised to protect my Pride, no matter what. With a target on my back and Marc at my side, I'm heading for a final showdown that can—that will—change everything forever. A showdown I'm not sure I'm ready for.

But life never waits until you're ready.


Absolutely loved this book. So sad to see this series end, but definitely looking forward to reading more by Rachel Vincent. She brings her stories to life. I laughed, I cried and I cheered as I read about Faythe and her Prides adventures. Faythe had to do a lot of growing up and make some adult decisions. Wonderful final book in Rachel Vincent's were cat series.

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