#Review: Firestorm by Rachel Caine @rachelcaine @AllisonandBusby

This was my TBR Topple winner for September, huge thanks to all of you who voted for it, I’ve had this on my bookcase for about 10 years!

Description

The genie is out of the bottle. 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, are now 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’s angry…

Review

I read the first four books in this series consecutively about a decade ago then hit my reading slump which lasted a few years so have had a few of this series on my shelf just waiting for me to get to them, you know how it is. Picking it up I wasn’t sure if I was going to remember what had happened so far in the series, after all it’s been a long time, my memory is definitely not what it used to be but Rachel Caine has added some useful reminders through the first few chapters to help jog broken memories like mine (thank you!) and before I knew it I was straight back into the series as though I read the previous books yesterday.

Joanne, now trying to combat the fact that the Djinn are no longer controlled by the Weather Wardens, David the Djinn she is in love with, and father to her daughter, Imara included. As she searches for answers and to resolve the conflict the world attacks along with the Djinn and the Wardens see things they have never seen before, at a time when they are weaker than they have ever been before.

Lewis, the strongest of the Wardens does all he can to help Joanne. I still suspect he is in love with her, I’ve held this belief for a few books now, but her affections are firmly with David, for now.

Rachel Caine does evil well and the two-sides of evil I’ve loved in this series are the human and Djinn. Eamon is the human evil, a cold calculating man who uses threats, kidnapping and plain nastiness to get what he wants. We learn more about him and his motivations in this book and I suspect things will get more sinister as the series progresses. Ashan is our Djinn evil and despite the fact we should despise him I can’t help but to like him rather a lot. He is consumed by his need for things to be the way he thinks they were meant to be and that drives him completely. It means he doesn’t see any wrong in annhiliation (I don’t use this word lightly). He see’s Joanne as a pesky ant who keeps thwarting his plans and boy does she keep getting in the way.

Finally, and this really does have to be talked about, Joanne’s love of fast cars. *sigh* I mean she drives some beasts in this series and this book especially. She loves cars, she loves them to growl under her foot and she loves to drive the hell out of them. Girl after my own heart that’s all I can say! (I know if you’ve seen my car you’d never believe that but hey have you seen insurance prices!)

Overall, getting back into this series has ignited the spark again, I’ve already got the next book in the series on the bookshelf so I hope it won’t take me a decade to get to it again! Thanks to my readers for voting for me to read this one and getting me back into it!

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TitleFirestorm
Series: Weather Warden #5
Author: Rachel Caine
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Allison and Busby
Publication Date: 5 September 2006
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook | Audio
Pages: 324
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Shabby Sunday: The New Penguin Dictionary of Music – 1977

Shabby Sunday is a meme created by Mischenko at Read Rant Rock & Roll. The idea is to share our old/vintage books. I honestly don’t have much by way of books that qualify for this but when I was checking my bookshelves out I found this one and knew it was one to share. I will check out books I have in storage at my Mum’s as well when I can in case any of them qualify but that will require making my brother climb in the attic so I will need to catch him in a happy mood!

This book is probably one of the few things I would save in a fire. It’s also falling apart at the seams, and riddled with mould spores thanks to the house I used to live in being a mould death trap. My Great-Grandad who I adored gave it to me when I was 11 and moved up to secondary school. That was about the time it became clear I was going to take studying music seriously. This had belonged to him, he didn’t play any instruments as far as I know, but he absolutely loved music and we used to listen to music together quite often. He bought me my first clarinet and gave me this book, which went with me everywhere and helped me immensely with my music theory study.

This is the fourth edition and was published in 1977, this is a book which has been well used and is well loved. I can’t look at it without remembering my Great-Grandad and how supportive he was of my studies.

Quite coincidentally, when I was at the fantasy faction event at Waterstones in Bath a few weeks ago, I glanced up at one of the shelves and saw the most recent edition on the shelf and was so pleased they are still publishing it. Details for buying the latest version are below.

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TitleThe New Penguin Dictionary of Music
Series: N/A
AuthorPaul Griffiths
Genre: Non-Fiction | Music | Composition
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 3 August 2006
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 912
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#Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning @KarenMMoning @DelacortePress

Description

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks . . . until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death—a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone—Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae. . . .

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane—an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book—because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands. . . .

Review

Despite the description, I had very much expected this to be your bog standard paranormal romance. Not that I’m complaining, as you all know I eat those up! But this is very much a paranormal mystery and exceptionally well written it is too.

After her sister is brutally murdered and the police close the case unsolved, Mac ups sticks and travels to Dublin to find out for herself what happened. What she discovers opens up a whole new world for her, one with fae and magic, where good and evil are more than just words.

She reluctantly accepts help from Jericho Barrons, a sexy bookshop owner who seems to know the ins and outs of the world she has stumbled into, and has his own vested interest in helping her. Their banter is hilarious and adds a lighter touch to some of the more serious moments through the book. If I’m honest, I’m really kind of hoping for some hot and steamy action between these to in future books in the series!

There’s a fae prince Vlane who has his eye on Mac in more than one way, he is a fae who can control women’s sexual fantasies and there are some hilarious encounters between the two. There are also some pretty grotesque fae, and seeing Mac learn to recognise and combat them is really interesting and sometimes, well, gross.

Overall, this is a solid start to the series, there isn’t much of a conclusion to the book, it’s clear this has been written to lead you into the next book and I will read that as soon as I can!

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TitleDarkfever
Series: Fever #1
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Genre: Paranormal | Mystery
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: 31 October 2006
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback | Hardcover | Audio
Pages: 382
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