Chill Factor by Rachel Caine Review: Meeting your worst nightmare

September 2, 2012 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, Books, Reviews

Chill Factor by Rachel Caine Review: Meeting your worst nightmareChill Factor by Rachel Caine
Series: Weather Warden #3
Published by Roc on January 4, 2005
Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin has protected the human race from monster storms, been killed, reborn as a Djinn, and then restored to her original form. Now she's throwing the dice to stop an infinitely powerful, deeply disturbed kid-who is holed up in a Vegas hotel-from bringing on a new ice age.

This is fast becoming one of my favourite series, it just gets better and better as the series progresses. My review contains spoilers for the first two books for the series so progress with caution.

Joanne Baldwin is a weather warden who has the power to control the weather. She’s with David, her Djinn (or genie) who is also her lover. The book opens with them racing towards Las Vegas to stop a powerful enemy from creating the next Ice Age. Kevin, who is also a naive teenage boy, is a force to be reckoned with; he’s absorbed powers from the most powerful combined Warden ever, and he’s also got an extremely powerful Djinn to boot.

Soon after, things turn around for the worse and Joanne starts to get jerked around by first the Wardens, a secret organisation, and her own worse nightmare. If it wasn’t Joanne, I think anyone would have broken down from the things she endured in this book.

Joanne’s an extremely likable character, she’s powerful, has great fashion sense, has great strength of character, and she has lots of snarky retorts in this book. Unlike the previous two books, we learn that her character can be attributed by some nightmares in the past. This journey is highly personal for her, and had an incredible emotional impact in this book.

There’s just so many aspects to the story that makes the series a 5 star one. The writing is just so absorbing and easy to read. It has an addictive quality about it. The scientific weather manipulation powers and the use of Djinn (or genies as we may know them) is unique and compelling. The Weather Warden world itself, is a fascinating one with Earth, Fire and Weather Wardens looking after the world. The story itself just feels so epic, with a powerful archenemy in each book. This always leads to an explosive grand finale at the end of each book.

Building upon all of these concepts, this book adds a different dimension to the world with a different organisation to the wardens. That’s what makes this series so compelling, there’s just so many factors to it that constructs the story. I’m glad I’m reading this in a buddy read, so we can discuss it to our hearts content. Check out our discussions if you’ve read the book.

If you haven’t picked up this series yet, definitely put it on the To Read list! I’ll be eagerly anticipating the next in the series.

Rating: 5 stars


(I’ve been spoilt with all these 5 star reads lately!)

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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