As with most people I have generated a list of books to read that I feel are either interesting or things that will expand my mind. In either case they are good books, but. I am a creature of shiny-lusty entertainment and as I plow through that pile of great books that helps me be a more well rounded individual I get sidelined by something shiny. Like, for example the Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine (aka:Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, Julie Fortune).
Just finished reading Weather Warden book 1: Ill Wind. Main character is a strong willed-female with a fetish for fast cars and awesome shoes. And not just ooohh fast cars but knows them can talk them, like cubic feet of engine space and the ponies that translates into and the fact that it has paddle shifters and not a traditional stick-shift. Same with the shoes. Basic gist of the story is that mother earth is a creature that is always on its way toward chaos and it is up to the wardens (Earth, Fire, Weather [air and water]) to manage and maintain this chaos.
Rachel does a great job in writing with confidence using scientific knowledge of weather systems that you actually learn a bit about weather while speeding along through the book. It doesn't have a learned feel either, where an author regurgitates the knowledge rather than writing about it from a place of understanding. Rachel writes from what feels like a place of understanding about cars, shoes, and science.
Last and not least there are love interests and deities and demons, murder, suspense and intruge. It has it all (almost). ;0)