Review: Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler (Jane True #1)
October 27 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Kick Ass Chick – Jane True
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.
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?’
“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 –
Tracking the Tempest
Eye of the Temper
Tempest’s Fury (July 2012)