Review: Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler (Rating 4 Wine Glasses) Audio Book

Posted December 20, 2010 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments


From Goodreads: 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.

What I Loved:  Jane is such a unique character for a lead in a series.  First, she is well into her 20’s and knows she is different but has no clue how different.  This leads to you learning about the world that she is half part of right along with her.  It was such a unique introduction into a new world that it really caught my attention.  I also enjoyed learning about all the different types of paranormals in the world.  Nicole did a great job of not limiting anything without overwhelming you with too much information.  Somehow I think we only got the tip of the iceberg in this book! The court section was particularly fun; full of personalities that half the time you are grinning and the other half you are waiting to see what is going to happen.

What I Liked: I really liked how Nicole approached Jane’s romantic life.  It was not over handed and very fun to read.  The mystery that they were trying to figure out was also well done and as the story unfolds it does so without screaming the ending.  It reminded me of a thriller that just kind of unfolds which is my favorite way to read mysteries. Overall this was just a great introduction to a world that makes you want read the rest of the series. 

Complaints: None

Audio Book Specific Review: The narrator Kate Reinders did a really good job with all the voices and POV’s in the book.  She really did an excellent job on Jane and the emotion behind the words.  

Why I gave it a 4: Usually first books in a UF series are kind of slow in the beginning but this one didn’t do that.  You got to jump into the story without feeling like you were missing something.

Who I would recommend it to: Urban Fantasy readers and maybe even PNR readers.  This does have a romance (not a duel one) but it isn’t a happy ever after book.  Just potential so if you are a PNR reader keep that in mind!

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Books in this Series:
Tempest Rising
Tracking the Tempest
Tempest Legacy


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