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“This is one book of a set I am, from now on, calling my "sorbet books". Every now and then (sometimes more now than then) I feel the need to cleanse the palate of my mind from the more serious and involved reading I do and just read something fun and fluffy.
“Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin and her new husband, Djinn David, are on the cruise of a lifetime. No, not a honeymoon cruise. This time they, along with fellow wardens and djinn, are tracking a killer hurricane. The storm was created by the demon Bad Bob, who wants to wipe out the Djinn and doesn't care if there are any other casualties. As Jo is pulled toward the darkness of the storm, David and Lewis wonder if she can be saved or will the demon within her drive her to Bad Bob's side.
I was a bit disappointed with this entry in the Weather Warden series. I was bored with the middle portion of the book and almost gave up on it. It felt like we were just rehashing old plot points from earlier books in the series. With the ending that was written, this book could have wrapped up the series. But I know this isn't the end since there is one more book in the series. I'll see where that one takes us. My rating: 3 Stars.”
“In Gale Force, Joanne and David’s wedding ceremony was interrupted by Joanne’s nemesis, Bad Bob B who turns out to be the driving force behind The Sentinels. Due to the timing of the attack, only David got to say his vows and became bound to Joanne without her being bound to him. Subsequently the New Djinn also become vulnerable to being bound into the service of the Wardens. Before leaving, Bad Bob presented Joanne with his very own wedding gift – a demon mark in the shape of a torch. David was able to create a containment area around the demon mark to limit its effects on Joanne. However, as the mark is a direct link to Bad Bob, Joanne has now been compromised and can no longer be trusted.
Cape Storm, the penultimate installment in the Weather Warden series, picks up several days after the wedding ceremony. Any possibility of a normal honeymoon is thwarted when a deadly hurricane is seen forming off of Florida. Created by Bad Bob, the hurricane is bound to Joanne and appears wherever she goes. To draw the hurricane away from Florida, Lewis and a number of Wardens including Joanne, David, Kevin, Cherise as well as a contingent number of New and Old Djinn (including Venna) commandeer a luxury cruise liner and take to the sea with the hurricane on their tail. With Bad Bob feeding the storm with his new weapon and Joanne fighting to stop his mark from taking over her completely, the Warden’s see her as a liability and keep her in the dark about their plans.
When it appears Joanne is losing the battle to keep Bad Bob’s demon mark at bay, Lewis is forced to make some difficult choices - choices that are going to have serious consequences for the already strained relationship between the Wardens and the Djinn. Will Joanne find a way to stop Bad Bob from destroying herself, the Djinn, and everything she holds dear?
With Bad Bob bent on destroying humanity and Joanne fast turning to the dark side, the stakes have never been higher. Some of the choices Lewis made were shocking to say the least (when he made Joanne swim in shark infested waters as well as the psychic kill switch) but knowing him to be the person he is, he doesn’t ask anything of others which he wouldn’t do himself. Joanne’s descent into darkness was hard to read at times as I didn’t want her to hurt anyone she’d regret later.
Cherise in particular shines in this novel proving more than once what a worthy friend she is. Even Kevin managed to surprise me at one point when he sent a rescue boat after Joanne. Despite his hostility and mistrust, there’s always been a thread of reluctant admiration beneath the surface towards Joanne and it redeemed him in many ways in my eyes.
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. I'm looking forward to seeing how Rachel Caine manages to tie up all the loose threads in the final installment of the series.
“With an old enemy back in the mix, Jo is affected and has to fight alone.Really shows the development of Lewis through the past few books in the decisions he has to make here.”Felicity F wrote this review Wednesday, July 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I just can't find it in my heart to keep plodding through Joanne's trials and tribulations. So she's going back on the TBR pile - and she just might stay there forever.”bookbabe wrote this review Wednesday, July 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hurricane of fun”Thomas Lewis wrote this review Saturday, July 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is like really good candy-the kind you love the taste of but cannot help but devour all at once. Cape Storm was all action from cover to cover. The villain was a little cornball but I can forgive this as the book itself was so much fun. I adore this series, especially the descriptions of how weather "works" and how the Weather Wardens influence it. ”Nighthawk wrote this review Wednesday, June 22, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Simply addictive.”Sorina V wrote this review Tuesday, December 14, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT. If you haven't read the Weather Series, start now. Cape Storm is no. 8 in the series and a lot different to the others. I was worried for Jo. I didn't know how she was going to withstand Bad Bob's demon mark, but this story just show no matter what love wins out!!! I am looking forward to reading Total Eclipse because Cape Storm's ending leaves Jo and her mate David powerless.”mskoa wrote this review Monday, October 11, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Now that Joanne has been claimed by a demon mark, she really cannot be trusted. Still, she sticks to her main character trait of always having to save the world, and sets out with the rest of the wardens to go and try to stop Bad Bob. I can honestly say I never expected the man behind the sentinels would be Bad Bob. It is kind-of ironic that the man who really started Joanne's crusade to save the world would be the one to show up in the end, and mark her with yet another demon. It will take everything she has, plus a little insurance to ensure Joanne doesn't become the conduit of destruction Bad Bob wants her to be.
It seems no matter what Joanne and David do, some outside force keeps trying to rip them apart. I had hoped their wedding would somehow give them five minutes of peace and happiness. This was a pretty foolish hope considering she planned the wedding to draw her enemies out, but it still would have been nice. Even through this book, they don't really get to spend much time at all in marital bliss, but they do seem to make good "use" of the time they do get. Sometimes the heat dies down in characters over times, but that is definitely not the case here.
I was pretty disturbed over seeing Joanne's dark side. I understand it really wasn't her, but the demon mark controlling her. It just was really hard to read when she was doing such horrible things. But, being the fighter she is, it never truly consumed her, there was always some part of her still in there. When she does get control back, the guilt consumes her even though she had no choice.
While there were a few moments of levity, this book was jammed packed with action, danger, and despair. It had more than a few shocking moments, with the ending being the worst of them all. Its going to take a lot for Joanne and David to dig themselves out of this mess, if they can at all. Be prepared for one heck of a fast paced read that looks to be gearing up for one heck of a finale.”