Saturday, December 19, 2009

Book Review: Tempest Rising

Tempest Rising

By: Nicole Peeler

Publisher: Orbit

Publish Date: November 2009

Format: Paperback, 4 1/8"x 6 3/4", 344pages

Genre: Fantasy/Horror

Series: First in Jane True's adventures. The second one is due out July 2010 - Tracking the Tempest.

Recommendation: Yes, definitely if you like humor with your love and fantasy suspense of murder.

First Sentence:
I eyeballed the freezer, trying to decide what to cook for dinner that night. Such a decision was no mean feat, since a visiting stranger might assume that Martha Stewart not only lived with us but was preparing for the apocalypse.

Book Synopsis:
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 water 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 that are 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.

My Review and Summary:
This is another book which I enjoyed so much I was not able to put it down. I wanted so badly to stay up all night and finish reading it, thats how much I loved the humor and the characters.

We meet Jane, who lives with her slightly ailing father to help take care of him in a small home town of Rockabill. The appearance and disappearance of Janes mother has the towns people a little wary of her. Then there is that dark past, or deed of eight years ago, that has the small town whispering and starring at her all the time. A small town that seems to never forget, let alone forgive. This has caused Jane to take to staying to the shadows and not catching anyones eye to prevent an uncomfortable situation with a few of her biggest fans.

In meeting Jane you learn quickly she is a swimmer. But, not any ordinary swimmer. She is such an exceptionally strong swimmer she swims in the outskirts of one of America's deadliest whirlpools, in winter with freezing cold water, naked. But, during this particular swim she spies a body spinning around in the Old Sow, the name of the large whirlpool.

This book introduces you to many great mythical characters with great potential abilities that could easily complement Jane. You have your share of supernatural creatures here; kelpie, selkie, vampires, nahuals, and many, many others.

We are introduced to an Investigator, Ryu, who is investigating more than the dead body of Jakes and is more than what Jane realizes. Janes relationship with Ryu is a unique one with love. I have loved these two together with the tension and understanding they share, along with making me smile and chuckle at the humor shared.

There is a lot of great humor in the book. I found myself smiling and chuckling at Jane and her little comments or thoughts. One of my favorite humor lines from Jane is, after being chased through the woods for a short while by some animal which she does not know what or why it is chasing her. "I wasn't running now so much as stumbling quickly, panting like a geriatric lion." There are a few references in the same scene that made me chuckle but this one almost got me in trouble for reading while at work. I could rather understand what Jane was feeling and felt it myself. Also, with the whirlpool being named Old Sow the town has adopted many pig reference names. Reading Ryus responce to these names and thinking on them myself as I read I got a little chuckle everytime.

Ryu seems to be a huge influence on Jane with helping to bring her out of her shell, and letting Jane be who Jane is. Jane has a lot thrown at her at once in this new crazy world with different rules, and she handles all the news very well... by running. No she doesn't run away in the book, but when the battles start she does what many of us think of and that is run. However, even in her running she fights for what she believes. Through all the craziness Jane grows greatly as a character, both physically and mentally. Jane is now ready to grow to her full potential, or at least start moving down that path for book 2 in the series.

There is alot of room for the growth on these secondary characters in future books to accent Jane and even additional storylines. There is a lot of growth for Jane to do as well. I have fallen for the books and will be faithfully waiting for the next book, Tracking the Tempest to come out. A great, enjoyable read.


  1. Sounds like an interesting book that I may have to think about it.

  2. Sounds like a good read, a good introduction to the genre I would have thought. A great cover as well.

  3. Ryan - I really enjoyed it very much. I could have gone on talking about the book, but it would have made the review to long. I liked the chuckles I got and the great characters that went so well with the story. I hope you get the opportunity to read it and enjoy in.

    Petty Witter - I do think this was a great intro to the genre. It was a fun read. I was just talking about the cover over at Barnes & Nobles site, where we are discussing the book. I love the cover and it has elements from different parts of the book symbolized here. The large dog, the whirlpool, the snakes, the heart with fangs, the seal, and RIP coffin for death. The you can't forget about Jane in the middle. Great cover!

  4. Loved your review! So glad that you liked it, as this is one of my favorite books from 2009! Jane cracked me up, and I loved her sense of humor! Can't wait for the next one! :D

  5. Alexia - I really did love this book. I love the characters so much here, all of them - even the secondary ones. There is so much potential to keep going in these books. I can not wait for the next book either! I am glad you loved the review. I start to worry on my reviews at times that they don't come out right to show how much I love the books and such to help others pick them up. Thanks for stopping by!


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