Friday, December 4, 2009

Review: Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

Tempest Rising(Jane True)
Author: Nicole Peeler
Publisher: Orbit Books
Mass Paperback, 346 page

Summary: 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. (Amazon)

I started reading interviews with Nicole Peeler last month, and was fascinated with her book, partly because of the fantastic cover art (Yes, I am often mesmerized by shiny, pretty things.), but mostly because of her sense of humor and the promise of hot, sexy stuff in the book. Hot, sexy, vampire stuff. I couldn't find her book locally, so I ordered it from Amazon.

Where do I start? Jane is cute, petite, lives in a small, everybody knows your business town, works for a bookstore and she lives with her dad. I love Jane, and not just because I'm only 5 foot tall and grew up in a small town. Okay, that's part of it. She's quirky, funny and a survivor. She doesn't seem to feel like one, but she is. I don't want to give away anything from the book because it needs to be read page by page, no skimming, no skipping ahead.

Tempest Rising is an adventure, a mystery, a romance and a fantasy. It's not like any book I've read previously, because Nicole Peeler gives us twists and turns on what we may have thought we knew about supernatural beings. The back cover compares Jane to Sookie Stackhouse, but she's so much cooler. Her friends are also quirky, funny and some of them are down right dangerous.

I want to say that in some ways this book is like an adult fairy tale, but with a little blood, some guts and quite a bit of sex thrown in the mix. I giggled a lot, but also found myself nervous for Jane along the way, wanting her to be happy, but cautious.

I would recommend Tempest Rising to readers of fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. It's a great read that left me REALLY wanting to read the next book, but yet the author doesn't leave us with a horrible cliff hanger either. I'll be reading it again, and again because it's a keeper.

You can read Chapter One of Tempest Rising here

You can also read this VERY funny "chat" between True and Alexia from Gail Carriger’s book, Soulless here. This will give you a really good idea of Nicole Peeler's humor.

You can also see the awesome cover and information on the next True book called Tracking the Tempest on the Orbit site.

If you love the cover of Tempest Rising visit the artist's website here.