Thursday, 16 December 2010

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 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 thoughts:

Okay, straight off…I loved this book.

It had everything for me; humour, steamy romance, mystery and a whole load of action.
Jane – the main character – had an interesting background that effected how she lives in her home town of Rockabill. This made Jane into an intriguing well-rounded character that kept me reading.

That being said, Jane’s past wasn’t revealed until quite late in the book but, for me, it was the perfect time to do so. It was quite a nice revelation in that you suddenly realise why Jane behaved the way she did (or didn’t) in the past towards people and why she made the decisions she did. Plus, she had quite a funny internal monologue that made sure to let us all know the workings of inside Jane’s head…or elsewhere. *ahem*

I suppose, though, that part of the story – the (what I found) humorous internal monologue – could be taken to be quite annoying to a lot of people. But I loved it. I haven’t read anything quite like it in a while so it was refreshing.

The whole story was  chock-full of humour. Every chapter made me laugh at least six times making me want to read on.

Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t anything else to the story, oh no, the plot was full of murders, mystery and mayhem galore that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

I did kind of find the ending to be a bit of a let down because I guessed what would happen but I didn’t feel that it took anything away from the book necessarily but that I was just so engrossed that I was following the story really well and taking in the most minute details.

Great quotes:
I wasn't running now so much as stumbling quickly, panting like a geriatric lion.

About the author:

Nicole D. Peeler is off on another adventure! This time, she’s moving to Pittsburgh to teach in Seton Hill’s MFA in Popular Fiction. Yes, folks, she’ll be mentoring up and coming urban fantasists as they try to break into the publishing world. Or, as she likes to call it, “infecting them with her madness.” In the meantime, she’s still writing Urban Fantasy for Orbit Books and taking pleasure in what means most to her: family, friends, food, and travel.

Go ahead and ask Nicole a question on Formspring. She’ll eventually collate all these together for an author FAQ.

My Rating: 9/10 

Publisher: Orbit

Author: Nicole Peeler


1 comment:

Demitria said...

I went to college in Maine and do not down that strange creatures lurk there! Thanks for the review, I'll have to check this out.