Book Review: Windfall

Windfall CoverBook: Windfall by Rachel Caine

Published November 2005 by Penguin Group|Pages: 352

Source: E-book|Nook Store

Series: Weather Wardens #4

Genre: Adult Paranormal

Goodreads|Rachel Caine’s Website

Summary: Less than a year ago, Joanne Baldwin was an agent for one of the most powerful organizations in the world, entrusted with the safety of millions of lives on a daily basis. Now she’s a scantily clad “weather girl” for a Ft. Lauderdale television station.

After losing her job as a Weather Warden (those with the ability to manipulate the weather and avowed to protect humankind), Joanne is finding life in the “real world” not as enticing as she once thought. Her job as a cheesecake weather girl is humiliating, especially with a lecherous head meteorologist (deliciously named Marvelous Marvin McLarty) who delights in devising new ways to embarrass her on camera. But with her supernatural Djinn lover slowly dying and a recently divorced, shopping-addicted sister camping out on her sofa, Joanne’s problems couldn’t possibly get worse — or could they? Throw in a highly suspicious detective bent on arresting Joanne on murder charges, a Djinn civil war, and a monster of an approaching hurricane –and suddenly Marvelous Marvin’s antics don’t seem so bad!

Holy cow!  Windfall is totally my favorite book in the series right now, because once the book starts, it doesn’t stop, and you’re left wanting to read the next book to see what happens!

The connection between her current boss, Marvelous Marvin and Bad Bob from Ill Wind, was surprising…but not too surprising either.

Just when you think things can’t get any worse…they do!  At this point, things are going to get really interesting because the Wardens are now at war with the Dijinn.  Based on what I’ve read in the Outcast Season- which is a spin-off of this one- it would seem that we are now starting the events that will lead up to that series.

I just love Joanne, who is such fun and spunky and generally awesome.  Her as a weather girl was really amusing, but seeing her trying to live a normal life was both amusing and interesting.  Trouble seems to follow her everywhere, and with her not being a warden and her powers being almost completely gone because of David as an Ifrit…well, let’s just say things get super interesting in Windfall.  With the Wardens wondering if she’s behind bizarre weather patterns in Florida and people out to get her, Joanne having seriously depleted powers…Joanne really can’t catch a break.  Then again, if she did,

It’s definitely  action-packed, with Joanne nearly dying several times throughout the book.  We also meet her sister, and it wasn’t a surprise that she met the guy Quinn was working for.  I wasn’t expecting it, but I really shouldn’t have been surprised by that particular revelation.

Seeing Joanne’s relationship with David was interesting, and it’s really going to be different in the books to come.  And it’s all because of the end of the book!  I’m also curious to see how things play out with the Wardens, the Ma’at and with Lewis.  Especially Lewis.  I feel like Windfall is the turning point, but I’ll have to finish to rest of the series to know for sure.

Final Thoughts:

I totally loved Windfall and I’m absolutely positive we’re at the point where the other books will be REALLY hard to put down.  Things are changing, and I can’t wait to see how things turn out.  Windfall is a fun, action-packed read.  Windfall gets 5 stars.

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