Review: Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

❝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.

If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you’ll want to dive into Nicole Peeler’s enchanting debut novel.❞

Read: 21 Apr 2011
Rating: 4/5✰

Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Orbit Books
ISBN#: 9780316056588)


I had a hard time connecting with Jane initially. While the loss of her first love was obvious and the town’s treatment of her was terrible, I just wasn’t, well, interested. Until Jane makes a discovery in the ocean which sets things in motion that change her life forever. And, the addition of one hot vamp, Ryu, didn’t hurt a bit either.

In Tempest Rising, the first book in the Jane True series, we are introduced to Jane. She lives with her father in a very small town, Rockabill, Maine. Many people in the town think she’s strange and they don’t keep their feelings to themselves. But, she continues to go about her life, working in a bookstore ‘Read it and Weep’ (love that name), indulge in her favorite pastime, swimming in the ocean and taking care of her father, doing her best to ignore them.

She knows she needs to get life, but she cannot seem to move on from the loss of her first love. That is until Ryu, a vampire who’s in charge of investigating the death of a tourist, comes to town to talk to Jane. While Ryu and Jane’s ‘relationship’ does seem to move fast, you can’t blame her b/c she’s held back for so long and he sets her hormones a blazin’.

Jane learns that everything, including her family history, is not as it seems. She’s introduced into a life full of the supernatural.

Jane’s internal dialogue was a hoot. She has a witty sense of humour despite all she’s dealt with in the past. It’s fun seeing the “real Jane” come to the foreground.

I loved all the supes in this story. Many of which I’d only ever seen in the movies. I thought they were all written well, many of them are funny and colorful, some are scary, while others are just small-minded. The world building, while slow to be built, was one that I look forward to return to soon.

Once the story picked up, I couldn’t put the book down. I really, really enjoyed it. Had it not been for the slow start, I would’ve rated it 5★. I’m very anxious to read the rest of the series and happy that I have the next two handy right now.

You can read Chapter One of “Tempest Rising” at Nicole’s website.

Series Reading Order:
Book#1 Book#2 Book#3 Book#4
**Book #5 will be called “Tempest’s Fury”; no release date has been set


About StephB

USMC wife ~ bibliophile ~ gadget addict ~ furry baby mama

Posted on April 21, 2011, in 4✰, by Steph, Challenge-Read, Jane True, Nicole Peeler, Urban Fantasy (+ bit'o romance) and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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