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Check the forecast for the series that's "an addictive force of nature that will suck you in ." (News and Sentinel) Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin and her new husband, the Djinn David, are running from a malevolent hurricane bent on destroying her. Joined by an army of fellow Wardens and Djinn onboard a hijacked luxury liner, Joanne has lured the storm into furious pursuit. Check the forecast for the series that's "an addictive force of nature that will suck you in ." (News and Sentinel) Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin and her new husband, the Djinn David, are running from a malevolent hurricane bent on destroying her. Joined by an army of fellow Wardens and Djinn onboard a hijacked luxury liner, Joanne has lured the storm into furious pursuit. But even their combined magic may not be enough to stop it-nor the power-mad ex-Weather Warden controlling it...


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Check the forecast for the series that's "an addictive force of nature that will suck you in ." (News and Sentinel) Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin and her new husband, the Djinn David, are running from a malevolent hurricane bent on destroying her. Joined by an army of fellow Wardens and Djinn onboard a hijacked luxury liner, Joanne has lured the storm into furious pursuit. Check the forecast for the series that's "an addictive force of nature that will suck you in ." (News and Sentinel) Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin and her new husband, the Djinn David, are running from a malevolent hurricane bent on destroying her. Joined by an army of fellow Wardens and Djinn onboard a hijacked luxury liner, Joanne has lured the storm into furious pursuit. But even their combined magic may not be enough to stop it-nor the power-mad ex-Weather Warden controlling it...

30 review for Cape Storm

  1. 4 out of 5

    AH

    I think that I started reading the Weather Wardens series about 4 years ago. It's taken me some time to get up to Cape Storm, book 8 in the series because I tend to savor series rather than gorge upon them. If you have not heard of this series, it's quite unique in the urban fantasy genre. There's a group called the Weather Wardens who control the power of storms with the aid of Djinns. The storms have personality, power, and attitude. They even hold a grudge and chase our heroine around. In thi I think that I started reading the Weather Wardens series about 4 years ago. It's taken me some time to get up to Cape Storm, book 8 in the series because I tend to savor series rather than gorge upon them. If you have not heard of this series, it's quite unique in the urban fantasy genre. There's a group called the Weather Wardens who control the power of storms with the aid of Djinns. The storms have personality, power, and attitude. They even hold a grudge and chase our heroine around. In this installment, Jo and her entourage of Weather Wardens and Djinn commandeer a cruise ship as a massive hurricane approaches. Yup. Who would think that going out to sea on a cruise ship during a hurricane would be a good idea. Anyhow, rather than spoiling previous books, let's just say that Cape Storm was a pretty good installment in the series. I was a bit surprised by Lewis's actions, but then again when you deal with Djinn on a daily basis, you really need to watch your wording. Can't wait to read the next book. Series recommended for urban fantasy lovers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Blackwell

    I love Jo. Really, I do. But this whole thing is stating to wear a little thin for me. I've heard that there is only one more left in the series, and I think that might be best. Because, really, how much can happen to one woman? I'm ready for Jo to get her happily ever after. I love Jo. Really, I do. But this whole thing is stating to wear a little thin for me. I've heard that there is only one more left in the series, and I think that might be best. Because, really, how much can happen to one woman? I'm ready for Jo to get her happily ever after.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

    No spoilers, but I <3 this series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    I’ve got to give props to Rachel Caine. She isn’t afraid to take this series to places it’s never gone. With the single exception of Bad Bob returning as a villain in the last book, each installment in the Weather Warden series manages to tread new ground as it takes Joanne on an ever changing journey at breakneck speeds. The last book ended with really bad news for our heroine. She has been branded with a pseudo-demon mark which has left her vulnerable to Bob’s evil influence. And dealing with t I’ve got to give props to Rachel Caine. She isn’t afraid to take this series to places it’s never gone. With the single exception of Bad Bob returning as a villain in the last book, each installment in the Weather Warden series manages to tread new ground as it takes Joanne on an ever changing journey at breakneck speeds. The last book ended with really bad news for our heroine. She has been branded with a pseudo-demon mark which has left her vulnerable to Bob’s evil influence. And dealing with that takes up the brunt of this story. All hell is breaking loose on the world with Bob at the center of it all. The wardens have all come together to protect Miami from a monster hurricane he’s cooked up. And they board up on a cruise ship to lead the storm away from the population at large. Of course, it’s a trap, at least in part. Bob knows how the wardens work and he uses that knowledge against them. But even worse, he is slowly breaking Joanne down, and turning her into his agent. Though I felt like it took a little while to get into the meat of the story, I absolutely loved seeing this other side of Joanne. She can’t help the effects of Bob’s evil influence and she is clearly villainous in some parts of the book. A shred of her true self remains (at least most of the time) and that keeps her from becoming irredeemable. But man, did I like this device. She is so powerful and it’s cool to see her allies try to strike a balance between fighting and protecting her. This is such a turning point for Lewis and his dynamic with Joanne. He finally lays his cards on the table with his feelings (whoa!) but at the end of the day, he shows how seriously he takes his responsibilities to humanity. This might be off-putting to some readers, but for me, it enamored me even more with his character. I just want to give Lewis a hug! And I love David so much—the way he feels about Joanne is so big and sweeping. They are epic together. The book is action packed, and once again, the ending is shocking and turns everything on its ear as we gear up for the last installment. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. It’s been an amazing ride.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kogiopsis

    The subjective version of this review is basically: I got exactly what I signed up for and I walked away happy with that. But after 8 books I have to take a step back and say that, despite the steep trend of improvement from book to book in the first half of the series, the back half is slipping in quality pretty badly. I can't rate this book lower than 3 stars, because I did really enjoy it, but I also can't rate it any higher without feeling like I'm glossing over the sheer messiness of the plo The subjective version of this review is basically: I got exactly what I signed up for and I walked away happy with that. But after 8 books I have to take a step back and say that, despite the steep trend of improvement from book to book in the first half of the series, the back half is slipping in quality pretty badly. I can't rate this book lower than 3 stars, because I did really enjoy it, but I also can't rate it any higher without feeling like I'm glossing over the sheer messiness of the plot. The problem is that the plot has gotten significantly bigger and messier in books 7-8, and while this had kind of been happening in the first 6, these two are introducing entirely new concepts and threats, rather than just picking from the guns left on the mantel in Ill Wind. On the one hand, long series are prone to this - on the other, Total Eclipse was supposed to mark an ending of sorts (though now Red Hot Rain is scheduled to follow it) and introducing little things like, oh, a whole plane of existence this close to the end of the overarching narrative is, ah, questionable. These things could really use a bit more setup, and if that setup isn't available, shoehorning them in isn't the answer. On the good side - my favorite characters are still in fine form. Cherise remains optimistic, perceptive, and unbelievably courageous; I love that not only does she wade open-eyed into magical wars, but she manages to contribute to the cause in a uniquely helpful way too. Her friendship with Jo is fantastic, and even when it gets dangerous I adore her absolute conviction that Jo is a hero. Everyone should have a friend who loves them that much. Jo herself is struggling, but honestly - having seen her throw herself into harm's way for 7 books, there's something fascinating about delving into the darker, violent side of her powers, seeing exactly how far a Warden can go wrong from the inside. David's still not making the best showing, sadly; he displays a startling lack of ability to grasp nuance, and a penchant for melodrama which would be funny if it weren't deadly. Lewis is... going dark. It's interesting. It's not necessarily pleasant. There's a throwaway line in this book that intrigued me, when Jo ponders the idea that other currently desolate planets had been inhabited and then destroyed by some of the same enemies she faces. While I doubt Caine will ever get the chance to explore that idea fully (sci fi Wardens, anyone?), it's a cool one to contemplate. Other important things we learn in this book: at least one Weather Warden is a furry. I mean. Maybe I was meant to read the thing about her appearing on the aetheric as a dog in some other way, but let's be real.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    This is a nice bit of popcorn that keeps the series from falling apart. Caine is still struggling to find somewhere for the story to go after the basic plotline wrapped up a few books ago, and this doesn't actually drive anything forward, but it does close up some earlier attempts to give the series direction (reviving Bad Bob, the latest demon mark someone has stuck Jo with, etc.) and doesn't mess up the only real directions left to go (the several potential love polygons, the distinctions betw This is a nice bit of popcorn that keeps the series from falling apart. Caine is still struggling to find somewhere for the story to go after the basic plotline wrapped up a few books ago, and this doesn't actually drive anything forward, but it does close up some earlier attempts to give the series direction (reviving Bad Bob, the latest demon mark someone has stuck Jo with, etc.) and doesn't mess up the only real directions left to go (the several potential love polygons, the distinctions between the two classes of djinn, etc.) This is basically a non-stop action book, and Caine writes fun action. If anything, it reads more like a Morganville Vampires book than a recent Weather Warden, which is all to the good. If you haven't read the earlier books, it is still readable, since most of the backstory doesn't have any real logic to it anyway. I'll pick up the next one, if there is such a thing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    I love this story, Joanne is a woman's hero with the spirit of the energizer bunny. I can not wait for the next book in the series. I hear that it will be the last, I hope that it has a earth (not apocalyptic) shattering ending that has me looking for that never ending (probably non-existing) rock your socks off, "I would die for you" love that Joanne and David share. I love this story, Joanne is a woman's hero with the spirit of the energizer bunny. I can not wait for the next book in the series. I hear that it will be the last, I hope that it has a earth (not apocalyptic) shattering ending that has me looking for that never ending (probably non-existing) rock your socks off, "I would die for you" love that Joanne and David share.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Summer

    It's such a saddening thing that I'm almost done with this series. I've yet to read a book in it that I haven't loved. This one was still no different. It's such a saddening thing that I'm almost done with this series. I've yet to read a book in it that I haven't loved. This one was still no different.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kes

    This is a "middle" book - we deal with Jo defeating Bad Bob, and end with Jo meeting the next crisis ((view spoiler)[that she and David have lost their powers (hide spoiler)] . There's one more book to the series after this. I liked that Greta's aetheric form is a dog. Lots more people die in this book due to natural disasters and the fighting. Our main characters survive, though. I liked that there were plans within plans - (view spoiler)[Lewis keeping a separate ship, putting a failsafe on Jo, D This is a "middle" book - we deal with Jo defeating Bad Bob, and end with Jo meeting the next crisis ((view spoiler)[that she and David have lost their powers (hide spoiler)] . There's one more book to the series after this. I liked that Greta's aetheric form is a dog. Lots more people die in this book due to natural disasters and the fighting. Our main characters survive, though. I liked that there were plans within plans - (view spoiler)[Lewis keeping a separate ship, putting a failsafe on Jo, David putting another failsafe on Jo (hide spoiler)] . I am annoyed that they continued to a) hint at Lewis having feelings for Rahel b) still carry a torch for Joanne, and c) not hint at any David and Lewis relationship? On the worldbuilding front, we learn that there's more worlds out there, though I guess that it's not really going to be explored. My advice remains: don't think too hard about what happens; just go along for the ride.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy

    3.5 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Cape Storm is book 8 in the Weather Warden series and I would strongly recommend reading the series in order. I think if you tried to read this as a stand alone book you'd probably be missing too much of the back story to get the full enjoyment from the book. I'm really enjoying this urban fantasy series though so I'd definitely recommend checking it out starting with Ill Wind. Although this review won't contain spoilers for Cape Storm it is impossible to review without giving hints to previous Cape Storm is book 8 in the Weather Warden series and I would strongly recommend reading the series in order. I think if you tried to read this as a stand alone book you'd probably be missing too much of the back story to get the full enjoyment from the book. I'm really enjoying this urban fantasy series though so I'd definitely recommend checking it out starting with Ill Wind. Although this review won't contain spoilers for Cape Storm it is impossible to review without giving hints to previous events in the series so if you haven't started reading it yet I'd recommend you don't read this review. Instead of enjoying her honeymoon with David this installment sees Jo running for her life from a hurricane that seems determined to destroy her. In order to stop the hurricane devastating the coast of Florida the Wardens and New Djinn hijack a luxury cruise ship and take to the sea with the hurricane on their tail. With Bad Bob feeding the storm with his new weapon and Jo fighting to stop his mark from taking over her completely they're in for a difficult journey - even the combined powers of the Wardens and the Djinn may not be enough to stop the force of this hurricane. I've been a big fan of Jo and David since the first book and I still love the pair of them as a couple and as individuals. Jo is finding it harder and harder to fight the darkness of Bad Bob's mark so we see quite a change in her personality as the story develops and I was left wondering if she would ever be able to escape from his clutches. Lewis is forced to make some very difficult decisions in this installment - decisions that are going to have serious consequences for the already strained relationship between the Wardens and the Djinn. Cherise also has her role to play despite being the only main character without any supernatural abilities, I'm liking her character more and more with every book. Overall this was a fast paced story in the series, action packed from the beginning it will leave you on the edge of your seat. Although I felt the ending was tied up a little too easily there are still major consequences for Jo and David that have left me itching to get my hands on Total Eclipse (the final book in the series). I'm looking forward to seeing how Rachel Caine manages to tie up all the loose threads in the ending. If you're a fan of the series then I'd definitely recommend Cape Storm and if you haven't started the series yet then I'd highly recommend it to urban fantasy fans looking for something a bit different but you really should start with book 1 Ill Wind.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Becky ♡The Bookworm♡

    Whew! This one took my breath away! It's definitely a favorite of mine within the Weather Warden series! Now I understand the build up in the last two books. It was worth the wait and the cliffhanger endings! In this installment, a deadly storm is heading for the coast of Florida. It's unlike any the wardens have encountered, controlled by an evil force. To deal with the problem, the wardens and djinn board a cruise ship and head out to sea, knowing that the storm will chase them. Can't tell you Whew! This one took my breath away! It's definitely a favorite of mine within the Weather Warden series! Now I understand the build up in the last two books. It was worth the wait and the cliffhanger endings! In this installment, a deadly storm is heading for the coast of Florida. It's unlike any the wardens have encountered, controlled by an evil force. To deal with the problem, the wardens and djinn board a cruise ship and head out to sea, knowing that the storm will chase them. Can't tell you how without spoiling it for you. Just read the book. You won't be sorry. All of our favorite characters are on board (literally) and each one is facing his or her own personal challenge in connection to the coming battle. Lewis is forced to make some heartbreaking decisions and is struggling with the "right" and "wrong" ways of fighting the storm. It was neat to see him struggle with his humanity. He's always been the strongest warden out there, and with so much on the line, we get to see a bit of his ruthless side. Jo is up there with Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels on my list of favorite heroines. She's strong and resilient and willing to give her life for the innocent. This is her biggest challenge yet as the evil force controlling the storm has a physical hold on her. David is by her side through the majority of the book, juggling his own set of problems. He's busy leading the djinn and fighting to contain the darkness that has invaded Jo. If he can't stop Jo's demon mark from taking over, it will swallow her moral compass completely. This leads to a conflict with Lewis that was jaw dropping! This was just an overall exciting and fun book to read! The ending surprised me and it's a fantastic segue into the final book of the series, which I suspect will be amazing! I don't know what I'll do without more Jo and David books in my future! Ack!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kira

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really love this series but I feel like this book is Ill Wind all over again. Bad Bob and the demon mark are back and that's supposed to be over and done with. I also got tired of Jo in this novel. I'm convinced she should be killed since the majority of the problems are caused by her. For the first time, I hated David. Jo attempted to kill a shipload of ppl yet he was pissed at Lewis for hitting the kill switch. So many must die for Jo to live? No, Jo needs to die so everyone can live. She's I really love this series but I feel like this book is Ill Wind all over again. Bad Bob and the demon mark are back and that's supposed to be over and done with. I also got tired of Jo in this novel. I'm convinced she should be killed since the majority of the problems are caused by her. For the first time, I hated David. Jo attempted to kill a shipload of ppl yet he was pissed at Lewis for hitting the kill switch. So many must die for Jo to live? No, Jo needs to die so everyone can live. She's not even immortal so she's going to die one day regardless. And since she can't ever sit down and listen, I expect her to die before her 40th bday. David actually considered wiping out humanity just for her though. He's the one who said the New Djinn needed to be closer to humanity and then he all of a sudden wants to kill everyone? He's pretty much just like Ashan in my opinion. If Bad Bob was a demon, I don't understand how he died. I thought u had to kill a demon with another demon. Was he even a demons? I was puzzled by this for awhile but I just let it go. Jo and David lost their powers at the end which is another repeat plot. I hope this issue is fixed quickly in the beginning of Total Eclipse because i don't want to read the same thing twice.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ruthy

    Okay, as you can see I finally finished this title. I started in April and just now finished it. I guess that should tell you how interested I was to get back to this story. Here's the problem with reading a continuous story line - it it goes for more than 4 (maybe 5, but that's pushing it), the characters get a little annoying and the story starts to get weak. Now everyone is on a freaking boat and I seem to forget why they are there! What number book is this again? I forgot but this story has g Okay, as you can see I finally finished this title. I started in April and just now finished it. I guess that should tell you how interested I was to get back to this story. Here's the problem with reading a continuous story line - it it goes for more than 4 (maybe 5, but that's pushing it), the characters get a little annoying and the story starts to get weak. Now everyone is on a freaking boat and I seem to forget why they are there! What number book is this again? I forgot but this story has got to end. I wished it could focus on different assignments that the main character, Joanne Baldwin, was assigned to with the help of the different minor characters (that's what I LOVE about the Dresden Files!!) Now I have to go to the next story because I read all four books of the Outcast series. It's only four books (thank God) but I made the mistake of reading the last book because it takes place after Total Eclipse and includes Joanne and the other minor characters in the Weather Wardens series. So now I THINK I know the ending but I want to read the last one to make sure. Oh well, that's okay. I've got other books that I can get into now so I'm not too put off about it. =)

  15. 5 out of 5

    MissM

    The book starts off almost in mid-sentence. There's no prologue or build-up or getting you back into the books. Just BAM - we're continuing a story already in progress. While the book was typical Rachel Caine and you plow through it quickly with it's fast pace and interesting, ongoing stories and characters, I felt this one lack some intensity at points. What starts off as the huge, pressing fear - the hurricane - just kind of bobs along for several days as they cruise around the ocean. Jo's decen The book starts off almost in mid-sentence. There's no prologue or build-up or getting you back into the books. Just BAM - we're continuing a story already in progress. While the book was typical Rachel Caine and you plow through it quickly with it's fast pace and interesting, ongoing stories and characters, I felt this one lack some intensity at points. What starts off as the huge, pressing fear - the hurricane - just kind of bobs along for several days as they cruise around the ocean. Jo's decent towards "evil" was more annoying that exciting and the I'm Good/I'm Bad and the I'm In Control/I'm Losing Control bit was done too much as well. After all she's been through, to give up so easily to some mark (and then later a spear) - even after she was supposedly entirely clear of the influence - was very uncharacteristic. In typical Rachel Caine fashion, the book ends abruptly and on a cliffhanger, setting up for the next book but making you wonder how many more times the world can be ending.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    Been so busy over the past few days I only had time to read in bits and pieces - Having just finished Gale Force you plunge straight back into the story without a chance to breathe. There were some really interesting scenes in this installment - Lewis's confession and choices, Joanne struggling against Bad Bob's influence and David's fear and fury. Of course there is also non stop action, but the strong emotions almost overshadow it. Another entertaining read with a suprise ending - looking forwa Been so busy over the past few days I only had time to read in bits and pieces - Having just finished Gale Force you plunge straight back into the story without a chance to breathe. There were some really interesting scenes in this installment - Lewis's confession and choices, Joanne struggling against Bad Bob's influence and David's fear and fury. Of course there is also non stop action, but the strong emotions almost overshadow it. Another entertaining read with a suprise ending - looking forward to Total Eclipse

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah A.

    EPIC!!!! This book was so full of surprises, heart wrenching moments, confessions, twists and plots within plots! And we got to see an evil Joanne! I have to say she played the devil so well I almost hated her! But on the whole, it just was so satisfying and enjoyable and the ending was -as usual- shocking! I loved every page of this book, it's not an easy thing to find a story that holds your attention and makes you long for more. I also loved the pirates bit, and the entire cruise theme was a re EPIC!!!! This book was so full of surprises, heart wrenching moments, confessions, twists and plots within plots! And we got to see an evil Joanne! I have to say she played the devil so well I almost hated her! But on the whole, it just was so satisfying and enjoyable and the ending was -as usual- shocking! I loved every page of this book, it's not an easy thing to find a story that holds your attention and makes you long for more. I also loved the pirates bit, and the entire cruise theme was a refreshing change of setting. Rachel Caine knows her shit! That's all I'm saying. Can't believe I have only one more book to finish this series, I feel sad to say goodbye :( might not start the last one until later though.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This was an action-heavy chapter in the series, but even with the long break I took from these books, it still felt repetitive to watch Joanne and David angst at each other while rushing from crisis to crisis. I liked the interactions with the ship's crew and passengers, those moments were a nice reminder that the setting holds more than Wardens, Djinn, and world-shattering evil. I also liked the pirates. I was uninterested in Jo's wishy-washy turn to darkness, that whole twist was dulled by the This was an action-heavy chapter in the series, but even with the long break I took from these books, it still felt repetitive to watch Joanne and David angst at each other while rushing from crisis to crisis. I liked the interactions with the ship's crew and passengers, those moments were a nice reminder that the setting holds more than Wardens, Djinn, and world-shattering evil. I also liked the pirates. I was uninterested in Jo's wishy-washy turn to darkness, that whole twist was dulled by the combination of first person narration and the knowledge that it wouldn't stick.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angela Oliver

    I've been going pretty hardcore on this series, and I feel with this book that my attention is starting to wane somewhat. Maybe it's the premise - although having it set on a cruise ship is actually kinda nifty. Maybe it's just that the whole black mark, evil Joanne thing bugged me a bit. Who knows. As I neared the end, was trying to decide whether to plunge straight into Total Eclipse or pause for a breath of fresh air. I plunged right in. So I guess I'm still addicted! I've been going pretty hardcore on this series, and I feel with this book that my attention is starting to wane somewhat. Maybe it's the premise - although having it set on a cruise ship is actually kinda nifty. Maybe it's just that the whole black mark, evil Joanne thing bugged me a bit. Who knows. As I neared the end, was trying to decide whether to plunge straight into Total Eclipse or pause for a breath of fresh air. I plunged right in. So I guess I'm still addicted!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Murrell

    One more book to go which I think is a good thing as its getting a bit repetitive. Jo is not such an interesting character when the demon mark starts to take over she just does not do evil well at all. Bad Bob is back and intent on taking over the world. The wardens and the djinn take the fight wiht Bad Bob to the high sea's on a luxury cruise liner. One more book to go which I think is a good thing as its getting a bit repetitive. Jo is not such an interesting character when the demon mark starts to take over she just does not do evil well at all. Bad Bob is back and intent on taking over the world. The wardens and the djinn take the fight wiht Bad Bob to the high sea's on a luxury cruise liner.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    Once more lots of people die and the Hero gets the stuffin' kicked out of her. Once more book to go. I am so burned on good, epic fantasy. I hope I can find something to challenge my taste once I've finished this lightweight marathon. Might be forced to read something 'serious'. Once more lots of people die and the Hero gets the stuffin' kicked out of her. Once more book to go. I am so burned on good, epic fantasy. I hope I can find something to challenge my taste once I've finished this lightweight marathon. Might be forced to read something 'serious'.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Mortsolf

    this book was good, lots of action and drama, I thought the ending was good if that was going to be the last book in the series but now on to the last and see how the author will end this series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    good but some of the earlier ones were better. It's becoming a bit formulaic. good but some of the earlier ones were better. It's becoming a bit formulaic.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan Mackie

    Joanne Baldwin is a weather warden; one of an elite group of people with unique abilities: the ability to control weather. Jo and David, a conduit Djinn who controls the 'new' Djinn, were ripped apart before they could perform their wedding vows, and pushed onto a cruise ship in the hope of drawing a hurricane away from the mainland. The Mark on Jo is getting bigger and more powerful, as is Big Bob, the man who put it there. In a showdown between Bob and the Wardens, who will get the upper hand? Joanne Baldwin is a weather warden; one of an elite group of people with unique abilities: the ability to control weather. Jo and David, a conduit Djinn who controls the 'new' Djinn, were ripped apart before they could perform their wedding vows, and pushed onto a cruise ship in the hope of drawing a hurricane away from the mainland. The Mark on Jo is getting bigger and more powerful, as is Big Bob, the man who put it there. In a showdown between Bob and the Wardens, who will get the upper hand? I liked this book. I wasn't overly enthralled by it, hence the two star rating, but it wasn't terrible, so as a quick read it was nice. I could read this book without having read the rest of the series, and to be honest, I wasn't even aware it was part of a series until something wasn't explained overly well, and I looked it up. This book does fall into the 'good versus evil' trope exceptionally well, yet wasn't as boring and predictable as I was expecting it to be. I won't be rushing out to buy the rest of the series, but if I see them in the library I might just pick them up.

  25. 5 out of 5

    TheBookSmugglers

    Full Review Link I should preface this review by saying again that I am an enormous Rachel Caine fangirl. The Weather Warden series is one of my all time favorites for its empathetic heroine, the palpable danger that leaps off each page, the romantic entanglements, and most of all for the incredible world-building. And, as each book ends on a cliffhanger, my expectations for each novel are always of the highest order – and somehow Ms. Caine manages to deliver time and time again. And book 8 in th Full Review Link I should preface this review by saying again that I am an enormous Rachel Caine fangirl. The Weather Warden series is one of my all time favorites for its empathetic heroine, the palpable danger that leaps off each page, the romantic entanglements, and most of all for the incredible world-building. And, as each book ends on a cliffhanger, my expectations for each novel are always of the highest order – and somehow Ms. Caine manages to deliver time and time again. And book 8 in this ongoing series is no exception. If you’ve read the Weather Warden books this far, you know just how hectic poor Jo Baldwin’s life is. Cape Storm picks up immediately following the events of Gale Force. Instead of enjoying a lovely wedding with her husband and leader of the New Djinn, David, she’s given an early present from the supposedly dead Bad Bob Biringanine – a big, nasty, irremovable demon mark. Instead of enjoying a leisurely honeymoon, Jo, David and the Wardens are on a commandeered cruise liner trying to outrace an antimatter fueled storm out to kill them, and possibly destroy the universe. And, to add insult to injury, Jo’s demon mark is growing each minute, overtaking her body and mind with its thirst for power. Jo needs to find a way to keep her sanity and to stop Bad Bob from destroying herself, the Djinn, and everything she holds dear. Like every other book in this series, Cape Storm is the equivalent of a three-hundred page adrenaline rush; Jo doesn’t get a moment of rest, and neither does the reader. This time around the stakes are even higher, as Bad Bob’s return and his new toy of antimatter – the long, toxic crystalline shards undetectable by Djinn and can erase them from memory of existence – threatens to rip a gash in the fabric of the universe itself. Ms. Caine writes with her trademark flair for action and plot contortions – for “twists” seems too tame a word to describe the places Ms. Caine takes this series. At the forefront of conflict, there’s the antimatter problem (which we saw in Gale Force), Jo’s marriage to David and the impact on the Djinn (by his making a vow to a human, David as The Conduit has made all Djinn susceptible to enslavement by humans once again, incurring the rage of Ashan and other Old Djinn), and Joanne’s loss of control as she goes over to the dark side. Once again, Ms. Caine’s writing is hopelessly addictive and damn-well done. Granted, this isn’t exactly War and Peace or truly challenging reading, but it is a impeccably written thriller, imaginative and well-paced. I would be remiss if I did not say how much I loved the new setting of the story – almost entirely at sea, on a luxury cruise ship no less, Jo doesn’t get to drive a single car in this book! I loved the change of pace and change of scenery (in addition to the cruise liner, Jo also swims through shark infested waters, there’s a secret fortress, and of course appearances in the aetheric), but I do miss Jo’s sweet american muscle cars. In addition to the usual plot happenings, the character development advances in a way we haven’t really seen in the series yet. One gripe I know many readers have is the feeling that this series isn’t going anywhere, that it’s all noise and action without forward motion – and to those readers, I would say read Thin Air (book 6) and Cape Storm. As Thin Air was a bit of a reboot but then a change of heart for Joanne, Cape Storm shows her descent into powerhungry madness, as she becomes nothing more than a tool of Bad Bob’s. It’s terrifying and so very effective because the whole thing is narrated in the first person by Jo herself – she decides not to care about the people she hurts, including Kevin, Cherise, even Lewis and ultimately David. And, because it’s all told from her perspective, readers know that she’s being consumed by her demon mark, but her justifications and change of heart are a scary thing to read – it’s a very ballsy decision on Ms. Caine’s part, by having Jo cross that line. As always, Jo is driven to a fault, but her desire to save the world is turned on its head in this book, which is a nice change of pace. And as for the other characters, all the old familiar faces are here, going strong. Cherise is adorable and quirky as usual, but makes some big decisions in this novel proving once again why she’s such a worthy best friend. Kevin is back too, and his relationship with Jo has long been one of my favorites – I love the hostility and distrust, blended with reluctant admiration on both sides. And then, there are the two main men – Lewis and David. I’ve always been a David girl since the beginning, but I love Lewis too. And whoo-boy – let me just say, there are some near tear-jerking moments with Lewis in this book. There are developments, and we learn more about the most powerful human on the planet – not just the extent of his powers, but also what Lewis is made of. It’s a different, more ruthless side, and it’s one I hope we’ll see much more of in the next book. And of course…there’s David. The ongoing relationship between David and Jo is one of my current favorites, and Cape Storm doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. I loved Cape Storm, from beginning to end. It’s another win by Rachel Caine – with the only drawback? Waiting another year for book nine! Rating: 8 Excellent

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Admittedly, this is the first book in this series for me, and that may make the matters worse. But boy, oh boy. When did they start publishing fanfiction and pretending this is real books? This is excruciating. So, so predictable. Everyone's in love with Jo. Jo is amazing. Jo is cool. Jo is witty (omg how debatable is this one). We need to know what Jo wears. Also how she has sex. The world depends on Jo (are you really surprised?). Seriously though. Please stop this Scarlet Pakistan writing. Admittedly, this is the first book in this series for me, and that may make the matters worse. But boy, oh boy. When did they start publishing fanfiction and pretending this is real books? This is excruciating. So, so predictable. Everyone's in love with Jo. Jo is amazing. Jo is cool. Jo is witty (omg how debatable is this one). We need to know what Jo wears. Also how she has sex. The world depends on Jo (are you really surprised?). Seriously though. Please stop this Scarlet Pakistan writing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Piroska

    After a while the books are kinda the same. When I picked up the book after a day and they were just after a fight I immediately thought "gosh, which one was it?". Still good and I liked the idea of the ship and Bad Bob was a nice touch. I can't really recall that his role in Joanne's life was as great as this book makes it out to be, but whatever. After a while the books are kinda the same. When I picked up the book after a day and they were just after a fight I immediately thought "gosh, which one was it?". Still good and I liked the idea of the ship and Bad Bob was a nice touch. I can't really recall that his role in Joanne's life was as great as this book makes it out to be, but whatever.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patrice Gotting - #prdgreads

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This series just gets better and better, book 8 had me hooked from the very first page, poor Jo can never catch a break! but now both her and David have lost their powers?! only one more book to go until book 10 is released later this year

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Millin

    I never have any idea where these books are going to go, which is what I think makes them so gripping. Rachel Caine keeps throwing everything at Joanne, David and Lewis, and they just keep on fighting back.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Beyers

    Exciting, but oh, how these characters are constantly being tormented by the author! Can't Jo and David catch a break? Exciting, but oh, how these characters are constantly being tormented by the author! Can't Jo and David catch a break?

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