Sunday, June 27, 2010

Book Review: Tracking the Tempest

Tracking the Tempest

By:  Nicole Peeler

Publisher:  Orbit Books

Publish Date:  July 1, 2010

Genre:  Fantasy

Format:  Paperback, 348pgs

Series:  2nd book in Jane True series.  (1st book Tempest Rising - review here)

Recommendation:  YES!!! Wonderful fast paced fun ride with terrific action and love. And clever humor.

Book Synopsis:
Jane True has almost come to terms with her supernatural heritage...almost.

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Ryu - Jane's bloodsucking boyfriend - can't let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous.  An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane's life is thrown off course.

Ryu's well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings.  All the evidence points toward another Halfling, much to Jane's surprise...

First Sentence:
This time was for real.

My Review and Summary:
Jane has been training with Nell, Rockabill's Gnome, for the four months between Tempest Rising's end and now.  She's learning; shields, creating glamours, and mage balls of light.  Jane is the happiest she has been in a long, long time; with monthly rendezvous with Ryu, training, swimming, and taking care of her father, along with working at the Bookstore with her friends.  Jane is starting to settle into her super live in the paranormal world.  Although, she still thinks on the naga's murders from Tempest Rising - knowing deep down there had to be more behind the murders with Jarl than lead to believe.  Ryu sent Jane a romantic invitation to come to his home in Boston for a lavish Valentines Day with him.  While on their romantic evening out they are attacked by a man named Conleth, as Ryu believes.  The secret Jane's been keeping from Ryu comes out in the open...

I was so glad to be back in Rockabill with Jane True and all the sow named places. I also really enjoyed how Nicole took Jane out of her comfort zone and introduced us to so many new characters and ideas.

We get to meet a whole new set of characters, Ryu's deputies and a few Alfar crew members.  I really loved meeting Ryu's crew of deputies.  Their abilities where all unique.  I loved Julian and how he related with Jane.  I enjoyed Daoud and Caleb and Jane's reaction to both of them.  Then we also have Conleth, who has a long not so nice history to bring him to the point of dangerous he is.  And it is all described to us very well, through the investigation Ryu and Jane undertake.

Jane is a character I really enjoyed in Tempest Rising, but here in Tracking the Tempest she has grown a great deal for me.  She's more open and comfortable with herself.  Jane is learning how to protect herself in this new world she is learning about and doing rather well at it.  Even when Jane is taken out of her element she still shines.  As you read you know Jane is 'human' as she is afraid, and still has the tendency to want to flee rather than fight.  And in some of her tight spots, I would too.

The humor... Nicole is great at adding the one liners and quick clever, sarcastic, and/or sexy comments for the characters.  I think I had a smile on my face through a majority of the book at all the quick jokes and answers or comments Jane and the other characters made.  I absolutely loved the scene of Jane slipping on ice as she gets out of the car.  I laughed out loud while I read it. 

And there is action to.  This book doesn't sit still at all.  There is always something happening to keep you flipping the pages.  The book is a fantastic fast paced fun ride with terrific action and love.


Don't forget to stop back by July 1, 2010 for an interview with Nicole Peeler AND a Giveaway!

I purchased this book on my own for reading and review.

This book qualifies for the Reading Challenge I am doing - Speculated Fiction Challenge, hosted by Book Chick City.

CymLowell

18 comments:

  1. I almost bought the first book to this series today. I really need to read it.

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  2. Great review! You can't imagine how relieved I am to hear that Tracking the Tempest lives up to the first book. Whew! So excited to read it, and looking forward to your interview with Nicole!

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  3. Robsad - I think you would enjoy these books. They are great reads and fast paced too. Lots of humor to them.

    Alexia - I hope you enjoy this one. I really had a great time reading it. Hope to see you on Thursday too. :) There is to be a giveaway too!

    Robsad - stop back on Thursday july 1st there will be a giveaway from Nicole! :)

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  4. Hey honey... just a quick little note... you might want to come to my place today.... You won.... That is all I can say, lol!!!

    I hope you had a great weekend!!!!!

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  5. I am going to come back after I read this and then make a more worthy comment because I didn't read your review because I don't want to ruin the book for me. I'm super excited for this to be released though!

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  6. Great review. I just finished it over the weekend. Glad Anyan was in this book. I really like his character. Now looking forward to the next book. pen21

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  7. Cecile - I had a great weekend, and hope you had a great one too. :) Thanks for stopping by to let me know I won. :) Really cool.

    WonderBunny - Hi! I think you will enjoy this one too. :) I hope you do anyway. I really enjoy the humor in Nicoles books.

    Pen!! HI! I am so glad you stopped by! Glad you enjoyed the review. I was so glad Anyan made a bigger appearance here. I think we are going to see more and more of him from what Nicole hints at. :) Glad you enjoyed the book as well. :)

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  8. I am really wanting to read this series. LOVE the covers. Humor in an action book? I am so there! Her books are so on my wishlist.

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  9. LOL. I can imagine myself with a smile on my fac the whole time reading!! Then my husband will really think I lost my marbles!

    Great review!!=)

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  10. Melissa - I think you need to read this series. I think you would really enjoy them. And there is love too! You need to go get them soon. :)

    Chasity - Thanks! :D LOL I'm glad my husband works nights. Otherwise he would think me crazy too. :) The one part where Jane slips on the ice, I was at work eating lunch and laughed out loud. No one said anything though. :D They are really great and fun reads.

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  11. Jane sounds like a great character. The author came to Houston and I missed it! I wish I had caught her.

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  12. I really enjoyed the first book -- it's fun and funny with a great ensemble cast of characters. It sounds like I'll enjoy the second one even more. Jane's a good character, but her character growth only just started in the first book, so it's good to hear it continues in this one.

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  13. Great review! This series sounds like something, that I would like. I really enjoy books with action and humor.

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  14. This book look good. I have not heard of these until I stopped by your blog. I would give this a try.

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  15. Great review! I LOVED the first book and can't wait to read this one. It sounds like it will be just as good as the first :)

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  16. Cari - Jane is a fun character. Oh, it would have been cool to have seen her when she was visiting. Maybe she'll be back. :)

    Lorena - Jane seems to be much stronger in this book, to me. She still has her weaknesses but she really has grown. :) I do hope you enjoy the read.

    mbreakfield - I think you would enjoy the books. They really are a lot of fun.

    Sheila - Hi! :) Glad to see you stopped by. You should try these books. They are a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy them if you get them. :)

    throuthehaze - Glad to hear you loved the first book. You should enjoy this one as well. :) Hope you do!

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  17. i've heard such good things about this series - and your review just confirms it for me! on to the wish list it goes!

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

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  18. K_Sunshine - Thank you for stopping by. And glad you enjoyed the review. :) I do hope you enjoy the read when you get to it. :) Thank you!

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