Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler
Jane True, Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published: November 1, 2009 by Orbit
Received From: Purchased
Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn't quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.
Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new "friend," Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.
It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever-rub the genie's lamp.
If you loveSookie Stackhouse, then you'll want to dive into Nicole Peeler's enchanting debut novel.
I first noticed Tempest Rising because of it's colorful and youthful cover. I always wonder how a book's cover will fit into the story itself. After reading Tempest Rising, the cover and the title makes perfect sense for this book.
Tempest Rising has a good plot and colorful characters but it's not your typical Urban Fantasy novel. Oh, you'll read about a very interesting take on gnomes, selkies, kelpies, vampires, succubi, and more but you won't find a kick-ass heroine living in a dark and gritty city. No, what you'll find is Jane, who is a quiet and withdrawn on a journey of self discovery, needing to find away to accept her past. Jane is quiet and withdrawn with good reason. She has been shunned by the small-minded town folks of Rockabill for being different. For having a mother who was different and who disappeared without a trace, leaving her to take care of her ill father. And years later, she is still agonizing over the death of her first love. Jane doesn't always speak her mind but she has unconventional and funny thoughts - about everything. I loved the humor in this book, it had me rolling a few times. I even read out loud a couple of the passages to those around me while I was reading this book.
Shy Jane starts to blossom while helping Ryu, a charismatic vampire, investigate the murder of a town visitor. While I liked Jane and Ryu, I didn't really like them together. I wanted to see more for Jane in the romance department. But with the romance aspect aside, the ending made this book for me. I can't wait to find out where Jane's new life is heading in the next book.
Normally, I tend to lean towards bad ass heroines in my Urban Fantasy reads but I was pleasantly surprised by my liking of timid Jane True. Not everyone who comes through hardships in their lives ends up tough as nails, some take a different road.
Jane True Series:
- Tempest Rising
- Tracking the Tempest - June 29, 2010