Sunday 9 January 2011


Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler
Book 1 of the Jane True series

Genre: UF, adult fantasy, paranormal romance

About Tempest Rising:
In the tiny village of Rockabill, Maine, Jane True—26-year-old bookstore clerk and secret night swimmer—has no idea that her absent mother’s legacy is entry into a world populated by the origins of human myths and legends. It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: vampires are not quite what we think; dogs sometimes surprise us; and whatever you do, never—ever—rub the genie’s lamp. For Jane, everything kicks off when she comes across a murder victim during her nightly clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean. This grisly discovery leads to the revelation of why she has such freakish abilities in the water: her mother was a Selkie and Jane is only half human. With this knowledge, Jane soon finds herself mingling with supernatural creatures alternately terrifying, beautiful, and deadly—all adjectives that quite handily describe her new friend Ryu. When Ryu is sent to Rockabill to investigate the murder, he and Jane fall hard for each other even as they plummet into a world of intrigue threatening to engulf both supernatural and human societies. For someone is killing half-humans like Jane. The question is, are the murders the work of one rogue individual or part of a greater plot to purge the world of Halflings.
Source: Info in the About Tempest Rising was taken from the author's website at on 02/11/09.

The cover art is suggestive of YA, but this book is not for children. It is meant to be read by 18s or older. This is an adult book.

I had to read this book in spurts. The author's voice didn't sound so bad but the story telling quality did not hold my attention for very long. I find myself getting bored and my eyes wandering over to my TBR shelves for a better read. So I'd put this book down and pick up another. After sometime, say the following week or so, I'd pick this book up again and read where I left off. This went on until I finally finished this book. That was why it took so long to review it... so pace-wise I would say this book was not very fast for me at all. I like the character development though. I can connect with the main female protagonist. She sound so ordinary modern woman. Along with making decisions and behaving in, not the wisest course of action :) The story ended with a bang and a happily-ever-after which gives this book a lot of kudos! Below is my quantitative breakdown of this book:

Story telling quality = 3.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 3
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 2

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

I would like to thank Orbit for the review copy of Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler received.

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