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Tempest Rising (Jane True Series #1)

Tempest Rising (Jane True Series #1)

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by Nicole Peeler, Kate Reinders (Read by)

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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


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.

If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you’ll want to dive into Nicole Peeler’s enchanting debut novel.

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Jane True Series , #1
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5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Nicole Peeler does not have any cats, kids, or husbands. Instead, she vexes literature in her new role as an assistant professor of English Literature at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Although she's excited to call Louisiana "home," she has previously set up shop in her native Illinois, Boston, Spain and Scotland. Nicole is ashamed of her dreadful potty mouth and fervently wishes that she were taller.

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Tempest Rising (Jane True Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 224 reviews.
Naj More than 1 year ago
What can I say about a book I disliked wholeheartedly? Let's start with the beautiful cover. The cover art is original and unique and definitely stands out amongst many urban fantasy books and is completely accurate to the book. The Book Cover and the intriguing book synopsis got me all excited to dive into the world of Tempest Rising. When I did dive, I dove so much that I started getting caught in a whirlwind of irritating dialogue, protagonists that act like victims 24/7 and a vampire that is just too cliche I was about to throw the book down my toilet so it'll get it's own whirlwind of sewage. Every time Jane True, the main character, speaks, or narrates. I hear this squeaky annoying voice in my head that I wince whenever she speaks. Imagine me wincing throughout my entire reading experience with Tempest Rising. I'm not particularly fond of Jane nor her irritating inner dialogue. She even calls her inner voice, her libido. *cue me hitting my head with this ridiculous book - twice* Again, I say irritating. Now, you're probably thinking. Why didn't I just stop reading it? Well, I tried! But my Obsessive Compulsiveness wouldn't let me. What's even worse is that I was dense enough to buy the entire series before checking if I would like the first one. That means, I'm going to have to finish the series and suffer because of my lack of logical thinking. Oh yes, the torture I inflict upon myself with these books. *shakes head disapprovingly* Now, for the folklore aspect of the book. The book had the most unusual set of supernaturals I've ever read before. This includes Selkies, Vampires, Succubi, Incubi, Shapeshifters, Gnomes, Nagas and a whole lot of other types that I can't remember because they were just too many. Each one had it's own significant part in the story and too be honest, it's hard for me to keep up with who is what type of supernatural. Frankly, I didn't care. For most of the book I was yelling at the pages telling it to get on with and just do something unpredictable so I can feel like the book had significance. The book was unpredictable maybe only a couple of times and just stopped itself from being good when Jane starts talking to her libido again. The instigator of her libido conversations is Ryu, a 270-year-old vampire. A 270-year old vampire who doesn't act his age. If I lived for over a hundreds of years and managed to keep my youth, I would be acting my age! Why would you be 270-years-old and act like you're still in your mid-twenties? Why do you want to even keep the naivety, the stupidity and the recklessness of that age? Yes, I dislike Ryu as much as I dislike Jane. The plot is average, the events and the antagonists were way too predictable and didn't tempt me to read on. I basically had to force myself to finish the book. The verdict: The characters were infuriating, unrealistic and not ones that I could relate to. The plot was boring and too patterned. And I ended up still enjoying the book only by convincing myself to look at Jane and Ryu's ridiculousness as something written on purpose by the author to entertain her readers.
muertobella More than 1 year ago
This series started out good, but fell into the amateur's trap of too much explicit, redundant romance scenes in book #2. I love romance scenes in books and I found this series venturing into RME (roll my eyes) territory. It disrupts the plot, doesn't even make sense at times. It's like the author couldn't make up her mind to write a young adult paranormal fiction book or an erotic adult paranormal book and so it just annoys the reader as opposed to satisfying us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My boyfriend picked it out one day on a whim...... best thing he ever did. I love this series. Great plot and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CAUTION ! DON'T READ THIS SERIES ! If youndon't like laughing, unique plots or hot sex with freaky paranormals !
shayshebang More than 1 year ago
I was searching through all the fantasy books looking for something that wasn't just another book about vampires as the current trend seems to be. Although there are vampires in this book it also has a just about every supernatural creature you could ever imagine or may have read about. The main character Jane is a woman many of us can relate to. When we meet her she is working in a bookstore and has let her past pain shape her present day life which has kept her a little introverted and odd, but a very likable character. I read this book straight through and loved the scenes between Jane and her friend Ryu (hot,hot,hot). The story is great and interesting and the author has a laugh-out-loud sense of humor. If you are able to get past the cover (which I love) then you've already figured out this book is not for kids it is an adult book that makes Twilight seem like Sesame Street.
ILgirl82 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because i had heard it was like the Sookie Stackhouse books and being as they are my all time favorite books i thought I'd give Tempest Rising a chance. It is NOTHING like the Sookie books, There are so many creatures introduced in this book it feels like it's all over the place, the relationship between Jane and Ryu is mainly based around sex,there's no relationship building at all, All through the book i was waiting for the plot to make itself known, but it wasn't until the last few chapters it finally appears,leaving me feeling like the book should of been longer, it's a very quick read and simple. (It's like hi I'm Jane, i met Ryu,and a bunch of creatures, some bad, the end.) It just needed MORE. Sorry to sound so harsh it was Nicole Peelers first book and all so i really hope her other Jane True books will be more descriptive and have more of a foundation to them, i will read the second book just to see if perhaps the story starts to pick up from there but if not i wont buy anymore Nicole Peeler books
karmasusa More than 1 year ago
This is a great mixture of all of the supernatural genres put together with an interesting back story. It zips right along and the characters are all interesting, well developed, and entertaining. Give it a try.
becsan More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldnt. There was a lot of potential but it was too flighty. The main character worrying about her shoes while people are dying around her? Sorry, just not for me.
babyitscoldoutside More than 1 year ago
Truly, I actually picked up the second book of this series because of the cool looking cover without knowing it was the 2nd one, oops! Well, I bought the first book and read it...it was good, but that all it really was, just good. I think I realized this after the whole OMG SEX! thing blew-over, ha-ha. Some of the characters were really well written, but Jane, the main character, just annoyed me for some reason, it wasn't really romantic at all. Bottom line, good book, but would not pay to read it (I sold it after I was done with it). Also, a bit cliche to be taken seriously. Not by much, but it's there.
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
This debut is enchanting. The first-party narrative follows the experiences of Jane True, a human/selkie hybrid. Jane is truly likable with an unpretentious, sincere, and good-hearted, (sometimes humorous), personality. The supporting characters are quirky and engaging. The hidden, supernatural world created within the novel is captivating and imaginative. Jane's small coastal town is pleasingly quaint; the surrounding woods and shoreline are evocative; and, the bordering sea with its mammoth, off-shore whirlpool is mesmerizing. The Faerie Court visited by Jane is vividly described; and, the book's supernatural creatures are varied and finely detailed. The plot winningly combines a murder mystery with a coming of age tale. And, the romantic sub-plot is enjoyable, amusing and occasionally sizzling. The narrative flows beautifully and is punctuated by periods of intense action. The mystery is thrillingly resolved, and the book ends with a finish that leaves a reader satisfied but wanting more. There's a refreshing naivety about Jane which is very attractive. In addition, the book employs an entertaining, lighthearted humor. This is truly fun read, and I'm looking forward to reading the second book.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
This is another book which I enjoyed so much I was not able to put it down. I wanted so badly to stay up all night and finish reading it, thats how much I loved the humor and the characters. We meet Jane, who lives with her slightly ailing father to help take care of him in a small home town of Rockabill. The appearance and disappearance of Janes mother has the towns people a little wary of her. Then there is that dark past, or deed of eight years ago, that has the small town whispering and starring at her all the time. A small town that seems to never forget, let alone forgive. This has caused Jane to take to staying to the shadows and not catching anyones eye to prevent an uncomfortable situation with a few of her biggest fans. In meeting Jane you learn quickly she is a swimmer. But, not any ordinary swimmer. She is such an exceptionally strong swimmer she swims in the outskirts of one of America's deadliest whirlpools, in winter with freezing cold water, naked. But, during this particular swim she spies a body spinning around in the Old Sow, the name of the large whirlpool. This book introduces you to many great mythical characters with great potential abilities that could easily complement Jane. You have your share of supernatural creatures here; kelpie, selkie, vampires, nahuals, and many, many others. We are introduced to an Investigator, Ryu, who is investigating more than the dead body of Jakes and is more than what Jane realizes. Janes relationship with Ryu is a unique one with love. I have loved these two together with the tension and understanding they share, along with making me smile and chuckle at the humor shared. There is a lot of great humor in the book. I found myself smiling and chuckling at Jane and her little comments or thoughts. One of my favorite humor lines from Jane is, after being chased through the woods for a short while by some animal which she does not know what or why it is chasing her. "I wasn't running now so much as stumbling quickly, panting like a geriatric lion." There are a few references in the same scene that made me chuckle but this one almost got me in trouble for reading while at work. I could rather understand what Jane was feeling and felt it myself. Also, with the whirlpool being named Old Sow the town has adopted many pig reference names. Reading Ryus responce to these names and thinking on them myself as I read I got a little chuckle everytime. Ryu seems to be a huge influence on Jane with helping to bring her out of her shell, and letting Jane be who Jane is. Jane has a lot thrown at her at once in this new crazy world with different rules, and she handles all the news very well... by running. No she doesn't run away in the book, but when the battles start she does what many of us think of and that is run. However, even in her running she fights for what she believes. Through all the craziness Jane grows greatly as a character, both physically and mentally. Jane is now ready to grow to her full potential, or at least start moving down that path for book 2 in the series. There is alot of room for the growth on these secondary characters in future books to accent Jane and even additional storylines. There is a lot of growth for Jane to do as well. I have fallen for the books and will be faithfully waiting for the next book, Tracking the Tempest to come out. A great, enjoyable read.
3monstersmom More than 1 year ago
Tempest Rising is the impressive debut novel by Nicole Peeler. Let me start out by stating my biggest complaint about this novel: why did it take Ms. Peeler this long to write and publish Tempest Rising? I LOVED this story and I can not wait for the release of the sequel titled Tracking the Tempest. Fantastic writing, enjoyable story line, and loveable characters. Ms. Peeler is gifted with the talent to write humorously without turning her characters or storyline into brainless fodder. I was hooked by page 5 and simply could not put this book down. Not only is Ms. Peeler one of the best new authors to the genre this has to be one of the top ten books of the year. Buy this book, take it home and read it immediately, you will not regret it!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Rockabill, Maine is a small town that is home to the local pariah Jane True. The townsfolk hold her culpable for the death of her lover Jason, but not as much as she blames herself. She never told him that she can swim in the icy water and not feel the cold. During one of her nocturnal swims, Jason saw her and tried to rescue her but died in the whirlpool Old Saw. One night while swimming, she rescues a body from Old Saw. When she brings the body out of the water she realizes the dead victim is Peter who came to town to write a book. When she goes back to her place on the beach she meets Nell the gnome, a talking dog Anyan and a kelpie. They explain to Jane that her mom is a Selkie who after six years on land returned to the sea and her seal form. An outside investigator arrives in Rockabil to inquire into the drowning death of Peter, a halfling like Jane. When she meets Ryu the vampire, they fall into instant lust. His assignment gets complicated when a goblin arrives to take over his mission but the goblin is killed as is her superior. Peter apparently was working on a halfling project; which Ryu feels is tied to the Alfar elves who rule the supernatural world, but Jane never expected to be thrust into the center of an eerie schism that could kill her and tear asunder the supernatural realm. Readers who enjoy the Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine and the Sookie saga by Charlaine Harris will want to read the misadventures of Jane True. The two decades or so heroine copes with an inner strength with one tragedy after another, but the serial murders of halflings frighten her like nothing before. Although perhaps too much paranormal is introduced in this fun first urban fantasy whodunit, fans will enjoy the terrific TEMPEST RISING in the Pine Tree State. Harriet Klausner
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It's refreshing in this age of paranormal romance to find a series where not all of the supernatural creatures in the book are super beautiful human looking, tormented, and misunderstood people just looking to fit in. Nicole Peeler does justice to the legends and all of their monstrous, inhuman glory. They are not human, nor do most of them pretend to be. Jane is also a refreshing character, okay with her uniqueness, loyal to her family and friends, and determinedly hopeful about her future. Though her character does come across as a little naive, she's fun to read and her adventure will be worth following.
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dienia More than 1 year ago
love this series if you like patricia briggs or ilona andrews i think you would like this series
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It was hard to rate this book. While i enjoyed the mythology and some of the characters, the story was lacking. The investigation was a background shadow to the main characters sexual inner monologue. Jane true's character was not believable. We are supposed to believe a childhood accident has left her both an outcast and seriously damaged. The whole town is supposed to be against her, but I only saw two examples of this. And if the town was truly against her why do her and her father stay? Her relationship with Rhy does not ring true and feels put in to have romance be an element in the book. I would have preferred they actually solve the mystery, rather than spending so much time on sex. I love romance in novels, when it makes sense! I realize this is the first novel for the author and i think she has enough here to make a good series, if she spends more time on the plot and please have Jane stop using the word 'thingy'.
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