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"another must read series to add to my very long list"

She always knew she didn't fit in to the small town so when Jane True finds out she is half-human, it isn't such a big surprise. Growing up and living in Rockabill hasn't been exactly a fun experience but Jane works hard and tries to keep to herself as much as possible. The one joy she has is her night swim in the nearby ocean. As long as nobody sees her everything is fine.

It is during one of these night swims that she finds a dead body. Scared and afraid of the consequences of being found out late at night swimming in the freezing water she leaves the body for someone else to find. It isn't long before the local authorities are investigating the murder but there is more to this case than meets the eye. A more supernatural detective comes to town to look into the case and in turn looks for Jane.

Jane finally finds out more about the world that her mother came from, took a break from and ran back to. Supernatural creatures have been all around her and she didn't know. A dog who can heal with a lick is only the tip of the iceberg and Jane is lucky to have a new vampire friend to help her find her way around it. However they still have to find the murderer before he or she strikes again.

I was drawn to this book because of the beautiful and unusual cover. I was convinced I needed to get a copy when I saw all the rave reviews. Finally I got a copy and couldn't wait to see what the fuss was about. Could this be as amazing as everyone said? Was the 'If you Love Sookie Stackhouse you will love this' really true?? Oh yes! It is true!

This is one of those books you read and start instantly kicking yourself for not reading sooner. I think I started kicking myself within the first few pages and then continued to kick myself for not having enough time to just read this in one go. I grabbed at this book all week but I was so determined not to speed read and miss something, so I took my time which took me all week.

Now that I am done I want more. Jane True is the new Sookie Stackhouse and her world is more than interesting. There were twists and turns all the way through and as the story unfolded I found myself hoping that the end wasn't too near. I could have easily read another 300 pages about Jane, her heritage and the world she has been introduced too.

Worth reading if you are into Urban Fantasy, Cozy mysteries or romance. This book covers a lot of genres and mixes it up well. I can only add the next book in the series to my wishlist and wait patiently for the release in June. This is another must read series to add to my very long list. Nicole Peeler is the new Charlaine Harris.

Reviewed by Amber Chalmers
Posted February 27, 2010

SUMMARY

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?

If you loveSookie Stackhouse, then you'll want to dive into Nicole Peeler's enchanting debut novel.

Genre: Urban Fantasy

 

Tempest Rising
(Jane True: Book 1)
by Nicole Peeler

Hachette Book Group USA (Orbit Books)
October 1, 2009
Available: October 27, 2009
ISBN #0316056588
EAN #9780316056588
320 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Nicole Peeler

Eye of the Tempest
Tempest's Legacy
Tracking the Tempest


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