Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler
Series: Jane True #1
Source: Personal shelf
Synopsis (from the author’s website):
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?
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If I had to pick two words to describe Nicole Peeler‘s writing style, I’d have to go with bawdy and bold. Her protagonist, Jane, has a wench-like sensibility about her, which is a lot of fun. The book is very different in tone from what I normally read and so it was nice to switch things up and have some lighter paranormal fare. Plus, as a half-Selkie, Jane brings a different set of gifts to the table, which is a fun change from your more typical super-powerful vampire/vampire hunter/hybrid/werewolf (all of whom I love, for the record). It’s nice to see a character who’s not an alpha dog — figuratively or literally — take centre stage.
The Jane True series has been on my radar for a while but I never got serious about it because the cover. I think it’s adorable and a lot of the images make sense now that I’ve finished the book but it was a bit cutesy for me. This is probably the same reason I’ve never read the vampire books by Mary Janice Davidson or any of the other vampire chick lit out there, with their cartoony covers. I prefer a darker story. Now, having read the first Jane True book, I can say that I enjoyed it a bit more than I thought I would and I will definitely be looking for the second book in the series, Tracking the Tempest, at the library. Tempest Rising was a great diversion filled with funny moments but I don’t feel compelled to purchase the series if I can get my hands on it in other ways.
If you want to see if Tempest Rising is to your liking, you can read Chapter One (freely available on the author’s website).