Dec 9, 2011

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Review: Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler (Jane True #1)

Urban Fantasy
October 27 2009
Mass Market Paperback
359 pages
Orbit Books

Kick Ass Chick – Jane True

From Goodreads
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.


I liked this book.  Before I go on, I want you all to know that I did like this book.  Really.  But you know how sometimes while reading, you find yourself drifting?  You find that you are having trouble getting attached to the characters or having trouble clicking with the story?  Even though the book is well written and the author’s voice is lovely?  Even though the story is original and the pace is quite good?  That’s what happened to me while reading Tempest Rising.  Everything was good.  Nothing bothered me or had me thinking “Holy moon, this book is crap!”  I just had trouble finding that all encompassing love for it that so many of you have found for this series.

Tempest Rising is the first book in Nicole Peeler’s Jane True series.  Unbenounced to her, Jane is half-human.  Something happened when she was a teenager, someone died, and it’s affected the way people in her small town see her.  Now, she is ‘the crazy one’.  You spend the first half of this book thinking “C’mon.  What happened?  Tell me tell me tell me!”  I must admit that when I found out what it was, I thought “that’s it?”

Soon into the book, Jane finds out what she is and also finds out that there are others sort of like her.  I enjoyed seeing how the townsfolk who are part of Jane’s new world took her in and were happy to know what she was finally in the loop.  That part was cute.  And Anyan, the ‘dog’, I really liked.

Ryu was another character that I found to be fun to read.  He is Jane’s love interest in the book.  I liked Ryu, I liked Jane, but I can’t say that I totally felt their heat.  There was some pretty hot scenes – very hot in fact – and that is something I wasn’t expecting.  But even with that, I couldn’t get past the fact that I wonder about their ‘relationship’.  I just didn’t feel their connection.  He is a sweetheart though.

My favorite part about this book was Jane’s internal dialogue.  Witty and sharp, she often made me laugh.  Even though she pretty much keeps to herself and won’t say much out loud (so people don’t think she’s crazier than they already think she it), she has lots to say and I for one am glad for it.  She’s a sassy lady that Jane.

And because of her wonderful inner thoughts and great dialogue, I had an abundance of quotes to pick from!  Seriously, what the hell?  Why didn’t I just adore this book?  Gah, so frustrating.  I do believe I will be giving book two a chance though.  Since I really can’t put my finger on why I wasn’t able to adore this book like pretty much everyone else who has read it has, I feel it’s important to read Tracking the Tempest.  I want to know where Jane and Ryu’s ‘relationship’ goes.  I want to know more about town folks who are like Jane.  And I want to know who that chick is on the cover of Eye of the Tempest (book four).  See?  All great and valid reasons to stick with this series.  Because it’s a favorite for many and I did enjoy this one.  Really.

3 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“He grinned at me and I noticed he was carrying a large rectangular box.  He handed it to me and I took it gingerly by its handle.  ‘I couldn’t find a florist,’ he explained.

‘Oh, okay.  Thanks.  What is it?’

‘A lobster.’

‘A lobster?’

‘A lobster.’”


“Tracy looked so obviously pleased I had a date that it bordered on humiliating.  I knew I was fairly pathetic, but was I really so pathetic?

Probably, replied my inner voice, snarkily.

Bite me, I thought.  Followed quickly by, I really gotta stop talking to myself.”


“What are you talkin’ ‘bout ‘we’ for, vampire?  I thought.  There was no way I was going anywhere near Ryu’s Court.  None whatsoever.  Not a thing on earth could get me to…

And then Ryu was kissing me.

And then I was agreeing to everything he said.

Little rat bastard.”

Books in the Jane True series –
Tempest Rising
Tracking the Tempest
Tempest’s Legacy
Eye of the Temper
Tempest’s Fury (July 2012)

  1. Finally Jane got her spot light! 😉
    As I told you many times I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did, but if you give a chance to second book as you said you may change your mind about this series.
    Anyway I love your great and honest review.

  2. I have this in my TBR pile, so I just skimmed your review….I still have hopes for it…. smiles! OMG, it’s snowing on here…need to go back and look at the top, since I read the review on blogger. Hehe!

  3. I do have book 1..and 2 😉 And I will read them one day…in the spring perhaps

  4. I really strongly suggest you read book 2 before giving up on this series. It’s one of my favourite UF series, but I found the author settles into her voice and brand of humour a lot more in the 2nd book (and they just get better, IMO). Jane is a character that keeps growing and finding her inner strength as the series continues, which is lovely to witness. Plus, more Anyan!!!

    On a similar note, I find I almost never click with the first book in a series. Maybe it’s the annoying-but-necessary info dumps, or just my impatience with learning a new world. I almost always give series until book 2 to win me over. I’ve noticed a lot of people feel the exact opposite of this – they love the enchantment of the first book in a new series…

  5. Oh…I’m so sorry to hear you only gave this book 3 “stars” This is actually one of my favorite series & the sequels are always at the top of my can’t-wait-to-get-my-hands-on list. Hope you’ll try book 2…they just get better & better.

  6. After reading the comments I’m almost convinced to give this series a second chance. I also wasn’t crazy about it, I felt the relationship flat and I didn’t like the heroine that much, didn’t dislike her, I just didn’t get involved. I thought it was the interpretation of the reader( I listened to the book), but now I’m beginning to wonder.
    I have the next book in the series maybe I’ll give it shot.

  7. I’m going to echo most of the comments here and say that the 2nd book is much better than the first. I enjoyed this book but didn’t love it. I really didn’t care for the relationship that developed between Ryu and Jane which was part of my problem. The 2nd book is much better in my opinion and I’m looking forward to reading the 3rd book! Hope you give this series another chance 🙂

  8. Bookaholic Cat – LOL. Yes she did!

    Christi – I am very much looking forward to seeing what you think. 🙂

    blodeuedd – Yes. Perhaps in the Spring is when I am thinking of picking up book 2. 😉

    Sara – Most book one in UF series are a little harder to digest. There is the world building and the character introductions and all the questions that come up in order to set up the rest of the series. I usually recommend everyone give UF series at least two books before they really decide. Unless book one was just terrible…and this one wasn’t. 🙂

    Michele – It’s amazing how many people list this on their ‘favorites’ list! That is why I was so looking forward to trying it! 🙂

    Lup – If you give it another try, then so will I. No pressure. 😉

    Samantha – If book two is that much better, then for sure I’ll read it. Now the question is when…lol.

  9. Hmm a new series for me. Not sure yet, but if I come across it, I might put it in my shopping car.

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