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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, beautifu
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Paperback, 357 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Orbit Books (first published October 27th 2009)
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Vinaya
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This book is a classic case of trying too hard. It's that stupid boy in every class who makes gross fart jokes and thinks he's cool. When I first read the opening line of Mariel's review, where she says, "Nicole Peeler has a tin ear" I had NO idea what she meant. But now that I've finished the book, I know exactly what that means.

Tempest Rising is an urban fantasy written by someone who has no idea what urban fantasy ought to be. It's a humorous novel written by someone who thinks she's funny w
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Shera (Book Whispers)
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Thoughts:

Tempest Rising has to be one of the strongest debuts of a series I’ve read in a long while. From the cover it brings to mind a light and fluffy story, with a flavor of humor. Instead what the reader gets is a book with the same flavor of the Sookie Stackhouse series, while it clearly stands alone and shares nothing but flavor with the Sookie books. It’s dark at times, but manages to crack a joke quite often without making Peeler look like she’s trying too hard.

Jane
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Limonessa
I think it is important to approach this book with the right expectations.
If you think you will read some kick-ass Urban Fantasy with a strong heroine à la Kate Daniels, forget about it and go pick up something else with a lot of steel and leather on the cover because, really, what did you expect from a book with THIS cover?
On the contrary, if you like rather grotesque stories with a twisted sense of humor and the OPPOSITE of a kick-ass heroine, this might be just right up your alley.

Jane is f
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Brigid (is a massive coffee addict)
Am I missing something? I repeat: AM I MISSING SOMETHING?



I'm enraged by how disappointed I am that I didn't like this book. It has selkies. No, they're not mermaids. I'm glad about that. Because good mermaid books? They don't exist. At all. But alas, I still didn't love this book. Why couldn't I have loved it? damn it.

This book would have been magnificent had it not included cliches, a creepy love interest, an obvious villain, a ridiculous reason for why the heroine hadn't moved on from a past r
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faeriemyst
Horror, Romance, Mystery, Urban Fantasy? None of those really, though it falls under the UF genre.

I'm not quite sure why TEMPEST RISING is categorized as horror (fantasy - yes, horror - no), as there is nothing horrific at all about the book, except maybe a little bit of violence. The book was slow to start and, sadly, it never really got very far, and ended up more boring than not. The world building was good, and learning about the different species was interesting, but most of it was, at best
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oliviasbooks
I spontaneously give up after letting the already read 54 pages simmer for a while in my head. I truely cannot say that this first installment of the Jane-True-series is unrecommendable or badly written, so don't be put off by this not very deep and serious effort to review. Maybe the mist of boringness would have lifted after ten more pages - who knows? Right where I stopped a supernatural investigator with hot Asian features stepped into the scene and grabbed the perplexed heroine to hug her t ...more
Alisha
Quick Take: It took a while for me to warm up to the characters and story of this book. But once it warmed up, it stayed that way. Wittiness aplenty made this a fun(ny) read.

So. Reading this book was something of a varied experience for me. It took me longer to finish than usual, and it's in part because it took a while for me to find a connection with the main character and her tale. The story starts by placing the reader into the daily life of Rockabill, Maine, as seen through the eyes of Jane
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Ferdy
Jane True's life is turned upside down when she finds out she is only half human. Jane is introduced to a new world of vampires, shapeshifters, gnomes and succubi. I had high hopes for this book and was largely disapponited..it just wasn't entertaining.
Things I didn't like:
-There were a lot of similarities to the 1st Sookie book..it read like a cheap rip off.
-Jane's inner monologues were boring, unnecessary and far too long.
-Jane's ridiculous conversations with her libido and virtue were annoyi
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Erica Ravenclaw
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
I'm hovering around a 3.4 but rounding up for good feels

No spoilers and colorful language abound!

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When I saw this cover awhile back I immediately wanted this series. I enjoy a book that exudes it's personality in the cover art and provides you with a good sense of where it is headed.
Girly, quirky, kitschy, humorous.


This isn't really urban fantasy, not quite mystery either, pretty heavy on paranormal romance at times, I would say all three but non individually. Nothing about Jane
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Chichipio
Compared to my ratings of other books, this would be a 3.5 or even a 3. But since I got from it pretty much what I was expecting to get and enjoyed it, I'm giving it a 4.

Let's clear something up right from the start. The cover has the drawing of a naked chick on it. That's right, no tattooed hottie in tight leathers waving a sword or dagger for this one. A drawing. Of a naked chick. So yeah, don't go into this expecting something serious, dark or intense. A good adjective to sum up this book wou
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
I truly, thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was original and unique. It was sexy and funny. It was unpredictable and smart.

The story centers on Jane True, a 20-something misfit living in a small Maine tourist town. She works at a small bookstore, takes care of her sick father, and has an abiding love for the sea. Jane has been an outcast in the town her whole life. Her mother made big waves, first when she appeared out of nowhere, then disappeared in much the same way when Jane was a child. But t
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Bonnie
You would think I’d learn my lesson by this point in my life… a lesson engraved in me since childhood: never judge a book by its cover. This is definitely a prime example of that, for sure. I mean taking a good look at this you may note that it’s a cartoon picture (warning automatically goes off in my head), there’s a strange dog with a giraffe like-neck in the background (seriously, that dog has one seriously long neck), and this strange looking girl that looks like she jumped out of my compute ...more
Gail Carriger
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Shannon C.
A first time book from a new author, I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. This book reminded me in style to the Sookie Sackhouse series--quirky, fun, interesting characters and a fast moving plotine. Good mix of adventure, suspense, mystery and a little romance. Good world builing. I loved the range of the types of characters, e.g. gnomes, vampires, kelpies, shapechangers, goblins, succubus,alfar and more. Don't let the cover put you off the book--this is a very good, entertaining urban f ...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Pages read: 110/359. Conclusion: Life is too damn short.

I knew early on that I was never going to finish this book. The death knell went off every few pages.

It failed to suck me in. It was not funny even though it tried to be. There was a stereotypical lesbian couple (the butch one and the pretty one). Odd behaviour concerning a corpse -not necrophilia, though that would've been 1000x more interesting. The strange supernatural reveal and Jane's reaction to her mother's secret. I didn't feel any
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Some of the characters:

Jane True, Ryu, Anyan, and a wide cast of various supernatural characters.

The story:

Jane True lives in Rockabill, Maine. She thinks she is an average plain Jane and is an oddball compared to the town folks. Not only is she insecure in her own self but most of the people in the town look down on Jane because of the death of her boyfriend years ago (they blame her) and because the town folks think Jane’s mom (who ran off years ago) was some crazy woman.

Jane tries to isolat
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Cathy
I loved this book! It had a great balance of light and dark, humor and deeper emotion, romance and adventure. The author seemed really in touch with contemporary women and urban fantasy. I loved the wit and humor in this book, and the new ideas of how traditional fantasy elements might manifest in out world. I really hope that all of my friends who like urban fantasy or paranormal romance will try this book, I can't image that anyone would regret it.
Kelly
I was very lucky to get an e-ARC from the awesome Nicole Peeler, for her debut novel TEMPEST RISING.

Jane True is a fresh new voice among urban fantasy heroines. I don't want to say too much, for fear of spoilers, but if you want a book that's sassy, funny, and full of less-seen mythic critters, this one is for you. Be sure to pick it up come November!
Ellz Readz
My thoughts...I really enjoy this debut novel by Nicole Peeler. Let me start with the characters. Jane True, our heroine made me smile through out the whole book with her quick witt and her arguments with herself. Having endured a very traumatic experience and some very unfriendly neighbors she lives her life day by day. Then we meet Ryu, a vampire investigator who has come to town to interview Jane about a mysterious death. Ryu is everything we would expect, sexy, smart sophisticated, rich and ...more
Paris
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MISS VAIN
"Ew, is this a sex grotto? I asked Ryu. "Cause that is so Hugh Hefner." I wrinkled my nose. "Gross." Ryu looked at me, feigning dignity. "We do not have sex grottos." He sniffed. "This is a love lagoon. Or a petting pool. Or a fornication fountain. But never a sex grotto.


Jane True is awesome!!!! Somehow I always find that my favorite protagonists are the self deprecating, bullied types. Jane is just that. ;) she has a fun personality, she's charismatic, smart; whether it's her witty
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Synopsis: 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 worl
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Melindeeloo

Heroine Jane is pretty much an outcast in her small community, and she knows she's different - needing to swim every day in the frigid Maine sea is just her biggest secret - but when she discovers a body while out on one of her swims it is the turning point which leads Jane to discover just how different she really is.

Even though it took me about three tries to get into Tempest Rising, I actually ended up really liking it. Half Selkie Jane is a likable and only moderately angsty first person le
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Theresa
MAKE IT STOP. PLEASE JUST MAKE IT STOP. Argh.
I got about halfway through this book when I had to put it down and bury it deep deep in my bookshelf where I'd never have to look at it again. Imagine a really terrible book, with a shallow to non-existant plot, an unimaginitive world that just mashes together everything that's ever been supernatural, a heroine who's bleak and one-dimensional and pretty much only thinks about her libido and a love interest who's only discernible charactersitic is tha
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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A hilarious tale of a half-human’s introduction into the supernatural community, fraught with sex, danger, and one-liners.

Opening Sentence: I eyeballed the freezer, trying to decide what to cook for dinner that night.

The Review:

Book series based upon mythological stories are a favorite of mine. That is why I was excited to start the Jane True series. Jane is a half-selkie that has been living as a human her whole life. After she discovers a
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Brittany

A entirely original yet familiar introduction to a new world of urban fantasy. Jane True is stuck in a ho-hum life in small-town Maine as the village pariah. Because of the nature of her parentage (child out of wed-lock, gasp!) and a freak accident that left her crippled by her own grief and the town's collective hatred she has little to look forward to. The death of another local thrusts her into a paranormal society she didn't know existed let alone was part of. In walks Mr. Steamy/Sexy vampir
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MB
Dec 09, 2009 MB rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hipsters who like Urban Fantasy and Chick Lit
Recommended to MB by: Whatever & Gail Carriger
This was a 2.5 star read for me. It was light and fluffy with some funny moments...kind of an Urban Fantasy/Chick Lit cross (due to the Cinderella makeover and the Sex and the City type internal dialogue). Both the cover and the content made me feel like it was intended for a much younger reader. I would have liked to see the characterization pumped up--Jane is pretty blank and one-dimensional, although her motivations and backstory become more clear after finishing the book. Ryu has pretty much ...more
Mrs. Badass
See my full review at Badass Book Reviews
Was this a bad book? No.
Was this a good book? No.
Was this an Urban Fantasy book? Um No.
Well, then, what was this book you ask? A filler book. Plain and simple.

Nicole Peeler is not a bad author. I do want to read more of Jane True, but honestly? I did promise you honest -- I want to know more about Anyan, the dog. I did like Jane. I liked that she felt like a normal human (harde har har) would be, in the face of the supernatural. In that respect, Ms. Peele
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Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
Okay, I gave myself a couple of days to get my thoughts organized for this review because the book was a little strange, and I couldn't really decide what I felt about it. That being said, I have to say that "Tempest Rising" was an action-packed fantasy ride of a book with some different elements that set it apart from other Urban Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror authors such as Charlaine Harris or Ilona Andrews, but it also had elements that were similar to concepts by these same authors.

Jane True thinks
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Kerstin
I had a bit of a hard time with this book. Initially I thought it would be a fun read with a lot of witty dialogue and an interesting heroine. The fact that there were a lot more supernatural beings than the standard vampires, shifters and fae also caught my attention. Unfortunately, as I progressed with the story, I realized that during big chunks I got quite bored and the heroine started to annoy me.

Jane True lives with her sickly father in a small town called Rockabill and is the local outcas
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Nicole D. Peeler writes urban fantasy for Orbit Books and, in her spare time, is an associate professor at Seton Hill University, where she co-directs their MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. Having recently finished the final book of her award-winning Jane True series, she is looking forward to the upcoming publication of Jinn and Juice, the first book in a series about a cursed jinni living in Pitt ...more
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