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Guest Review: Unseen by Rachel Caine

Posted April 19, 2011 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Unseen (Outcast Season, Book 3)Mary‘s review of Unseen (Outcast Season #3) by Rachel Caine

After Cassiel and Warden Luis Rocha rescue an adept child from a maniacal Djinn, they realize two things: the girl is already manifesting an incredible amount of power, and her kidnapping was not an isolated incident.

This Djinn-aided by her devoted followers-is capturing children all over the world, and indoctrinating them so she can use their strength for herself. With no other options, Cassiel infiltrates the Djinn’s organization-because if Cassiel cannot stop the Djinn’s apocalyptic designs, all of humanity may be destroyed.

I have to admit, I go all fangirl when a new Rachel Caine arrives in my mailbox and Unseen is no exception. Set in the same world as the Weather Warden novels (another rockin’ series, if you’re into urban fantasy), Unseen is the third in the series featuring the ex-Djinn, Cassiel, and her human Warden, Luis. (Since this is the third in the series, there are some spoilers if you haven’t read the prior novels.)

Cassiel is growing more comfortable in her human skin, experiencing emotions on a level she never felt as a Djinn, and actually growing to love the humans she’s surrounded by. She’s not entirely sure she likes this new compassion. It makes her vulnerable in ways she never was when she was a Djinn. This includes caring for and loving humans like little Ibby and, of course, Luis. However, she never loses her practicality and willingness to do what’s necessary, no matter what the consequences might be (oh, and there are some serious consequences).

Speaking of that hot Weather Warden Luis, things are moving along quite swimmingly between Cass and Luis. As in, they’re finally getting a piece of each other (ooh, and what a nice shower scene that was!). Oh, thank all that is good—the sexual tension between the two of them was about to kill me! Except, despite the ongoing tension and their every-growing feelings for each other, Luis’s first priority is his niece, Ibby, and protecting her from the psychotic Djinn Pearl, and Cass’s priority is stopping Pearl without offing all of humanity. While that seems like that would go hand-in-hand, it doesn’t. Those crazy kids. I have faith they’ll work it out, especially considering they really do care for one another and, despite their differences, they just have such a fantastic connection.

Added into the mix are Djinn from Cass’s past: Rashid and Ashan. Rashid has always fascinated me, popping in unexpectedly, interfering in Cass’s now-human life, and lending aid when least expected but most needed. Then disappearing. And then there’s Ashan. If you’ve read any of the Weather Warden series, you’re familiar with Ashan and his distain for human-kind. He’s perfectly comfortable ordering Cassiel to wipe out the human race in order to stop Pearl and then turning Cass into a human as punishment when she refuses. So, when he pops up back on her radar, she’s somewhat unsure how to deal with him, especially with all those new-to-her human emotions roiling around in her brain. I have the feeling we’ll be seeing more of him in the very near future.

Rachel Caine seems to take inordinate pleasure in torturing her characters. She takes the writers’ maxim of making characters’ lives miserable to a higher level. I’m awed—and a little scared—every time I pick up a book to find out what torture is in store for the characters. Cassiel gets dumped on hard core. Characters die right and left (Just a little warning—don’t get attached to anyone new. Most of them don’t make it very long in the Outcast world.). Ibby grows up way too fast and is forced to make decisions no one under seven should ever have to make. Unseen is a super-fast, tension-filled story that will have you reading late into the night.

Rating: 4.75/5.0

Undone (Outcast Season, Book 1)Unknown (Outcast Season, Book 2)Unseen: Outcast Season: Book Three 

This book is available from Roc. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Guest Review: Ghost Town by Rachel Caine

Posted December 17, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Mary’s review of Ghost Town (Morganville Vampires #9) by Rachel Caine.

While developing a new system to maintain Morganville’s defenses, student Claire Danvers discovers a way to amplify vampire mental powers. Through this, she’s able to re-establish the field around this vampire-infested Texas college town that protects it from outsiders.

But the new upgrades have an unexpected consequence: people inside the town begin to slowly forget who they are-even the vampires. Soon, the town’s little memory problem has turned into a full-on epidemic. Now Claire needs to figure out a way to pull the plug on her experiment- before she forgets how to save Morganville…

I read the first several books in this series and, for some reason, haven’t picked any up again until GHOST TOWN, which is the ninth book in the Morganville Vampires series. A lot has happened to Claire and her friends since last I visited them. Claire and Shane are in full-on boyfriend-girlfriend mode (it must be lurve!). Michael is no longer a ghost (as he was in the first book)—he’s a rock-n-roll vampire who’s dating the awesome goth chick, Eve. Love her. Claire is as brilliant as ever and is working for a mad scientist vamp. She’s learning lots, when she isn’t terrified that Myrnin might eat her.

One thing I really liked about this book was how easy it was to get sucked back into the story, even though I’d jumped ahead several books. Sure, things had happened that I was clueless about (Michael was a rock star? A crazy robot-vamp tried to kill Claire?) but that just made me want to go back and read the entire series. I also appreciated how the author didn’t go through a long recap of what happened in the previous novels; she just picked up where the story had left off and trusted her readers to catch up. But the story’s so well written, it was a snap to pick up and dive right into. I think, even if I hadn’t read a couple of these, it wouldn’t be too hard to figure out what was going on and enjoy the story.

Claire is a fantastic character. Even though I would have no desire to live in a town run by vamps, I wouldn’t mind having Claire as a friend and my backup in a fight. That girl can kick some serious booty, and she defends her friends to the death. Which is why I felt so bad for her when everyone in the town starts to lose their memories, going back three years. Three years ago, Claire wasn’t in Morganville. As the townspeople lose their memories, they forget about her and all the positive changes she helped implement. Things are returning to the way they were—which is very, very bad for the humans.

I also really liked the relationships in this book. For example, while Claire and Shane are teens in love (read: always kissing, hugging, and touching. Ah, to be young and in love!), it’s not a shallow relationship by any means. Their relationship started out as lust and attraction but, over time and all the trials they’ve been through, it developed into something more. There’s an undercurrent of support, trust, and friendship that runs deep and strong through their relationship. In fact, the same undercurrent is there between Claire and her other friends, Michael and Eve, too. It’s what allows them to survive and even (sort of) thrive in a town like Morganville. After returning to Morganville in GHOST TOWN, I remember why I liked this series so much.

Rating 4.75/5.0

This book is available from NAL. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted October 6, 2008 by Tracy in Features | 21 Comments

So I should really call this post each week “What the Fuck’s Been Going on in my Life This Week” but that just seems a little strange so I think I’ll stick with what I’ve got! lol

Things were pretty darn quiet around the house this week as my sister decided to take the kids overnight on Wednesday and they were having so much fun that they stayed until today (Sunday). They were on Fall break this week so I’m glad they got to spend some time with my her. It’s amazing how much slower time moves when the kids are gone.

Earlier this week I did take my oldest in to have an assesment done on her reading, writing and math. She needs help in all subjects but her worst was reading/vocabulary/reading comprehension. When I say worst I mean – omgwtfbbq bad. I can’t even begin to tell you how shell shocked I was. When I was being given the results of the assesment I felt like someone had picked me up, thrown me against a brick wall and had the shit knocked out of me. Besides the intensive tutoring she will be getting, the school will be getting an ear load from me. The people who did the assessment think that her math and writing do need work but also feel that once they get the reading issues taken care of and up to grade level her writing and math will improve. We’ll still need to do some tutoring in those subjects later on, but it won’t have to be as intensive.

So my reading this week has been minimal since I had so much on my mind, but I read some great stuff.

First up was Ill Wind by Rachel Caine. You can check out my review below…so very good. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

Next was The Black Dagger Brotherhood An Insiders Guide by J. R. Ward. Wow – incredible. This was such a great book to read. Ward put a novella with Z and Bella, interviews with the brothers, deleted scenes, writing tips and an excerpt from Lover Avenged among other things in this book. It is so worth the read if you are a crack addict like I am. I actually, and I know those who know me will be shocked, want to read Butch’s book again after read the compendium. I know, effin scary. That was my least favorite book of the lot. But after reading Ward’s thoughts on the book I might just look at it a different way. Then again, I might not…but you never know. And I loved V before, but after reading this book I love him even more. I heart Vishous.

Next was a book I read to do a book review on The Book Binge. I don’t know when the review will be posted so you’ll just have to keep your eyes peeled to see my thoughts. The book was If Wishing Made It So by Lucy Finn.

The Rogue Hunter by Lynsay Sands was my next choice – the latest in the Argeneau vampire series. And let me tell you I have sooooo many great books to read right now it’s getting harder and harder to choose the next one! Anyway I chose TRH and it was good. It definitely wasn’t my fav of the series but I liked it. Neither the hero nor heroine was an Argeneau but that was ok. I liked the story but I think I would have liked it more if it showed more of the hero doing his Rogue hunting job rather than just telling about it later. I liked how it ended too. I’m not giving spoilers though. If you are a fan of the series you’ll just have to find out for yourself. :0)

The Magical Christmas Cat Anthology. I’ve been wanting to read this since I heard it was coming out. Great authors involved…Nalini Singh, Lora Leigh, Erin McCarthy & Linda Winstead Jones. This week I only read the Nalini Singh novella Stroke of Enticement. I loved Zach and Annie and their story. They were just perfect for each other. I just love the way Nalini Singh writes! I swear she could publish her friggin grocery list and would be enthralled! lol

Well that’s all I had time for this week. I’m still working on the rest of the stories in the Magical Christmas Cat and will report on them next week.

Happy Reading!

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Review: Ill Wind

Posted October 2, 2008 by Tracy in Reviews | 17 Comments

TITLE: Ill Wind
AUTHOR: Rachel Caine
SERIES: Yes this is Book One in the Weather Wardens series
#2 Heat Stroke
#3 Chill Factor
#4 Windfall
#5 Firestorm
#6 Thin Air
#7 Gale Force

Reason for Reading
I read a review on The Book Smugglers of Gale Force and was very impressed with how much they liked the entire series. Although I had thought of reading the series before, that review pretty much pushed me to finally do it.

Summary: (from Goodreads)
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…


The summary pretty much sums it up. Joanne is in some serious trouble and she’s running to find Lewis. She’s got a hell of a storm, as well as the “enforcers” of the Weather Wardens after her ass. She’s got something she’s hiding but we don’t figure out exactly what that is until later in the book (I won’t spill the beans and ruin it for you). Joanne is a strong-willed, vibrant character who just makes you like her. She’s determined to find Lewis, positive that he’s the only one that can save her.

Along her travels Joanne picks up David who’s hitchhiking. David is a tad odd at first but you find out later that he’s hiding something as well. When Joanne finds out his secret she spills hers to him – positive that he’s the only one she can trust besides Lewis. David is amazing. He’s such a calm soul but yet you find out he has amazing power – it’s an incredible paradox. I was drawn to David like a magnet because of this and just wanted to read more about him.

David and Joanne come together under some strange circumstances but their relationship is just wonderful. You find yourself pulling for the two of them to stay together no matter what. Despite the trials – and there are some pretty huge ones – you want them to work out any differences they may have and just…make it work.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again?
I had read a novella of hers that was just great – cute little story…Dead Man’s Chest in the My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding anthology and loved it. As I said before I had thought of reading her other work before but just didn’t. I will definitely keep reading the Weather Warden books ‘cuz they’ve got me hooked.

Are you keeping it or passing it on?
Well I borrowed it from the library and they don’t like it much when I keep stuff so I’ll pass it back to them so the next person can enjoy it.

Did you enjoy the book? Yes
Would you recommend this book to others? Yes, definitely

Score: 4 out of 5

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