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 mGenre: Urban Fantasy
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 has been an outcast in her small town since her mother came into town stark naked, on the stormiest of nights. If showing up naked in town wasn’t bad enough she’s stole the town’s most eligible bachelor, then abandons him and his daughter years later. On top of that the town gets more fuel for hating Jane after her star athlete boyfriend dies. Jane’s past is truly tragic, while life has her beaten down readers can still see that Jane is quite ready to submit to those who hate her.
When Jane finds out that paranormal creatures are real and walk among humans, she’s not a skeptic for long. It only makes since that she’s one of them as she can swim in whirl pools without getting killed. Even though Jane enters a dark and deadly world, she’s found a place where she actually belongs. Jane blossoms into a fantastic leading lady, but what’s more fantastic is that readers can witness the journey of self-forgiveness.
Another thing to really loved about Tempest Rising is the humor. Good humor is the food of life! Besides great running dialogue between characters, Jane’s mind is full of quick comebacks. Even if her internal comebacks are voices in her head. Her proper self speaks back to her and cautions are not to do things, her slightly evil side laughs at people’s misfortune and urges her on to some dark paths. My personal favorite would have to be the voice of her libido. At certain points the conversation between Jane and her libido had me rolling on the floor with laughter.
The paranormal creatures in this book are never classified. Vampires exist, but they’re not really vampires. Werewolves exist, but they’re not really werewolves. Peeler makes her paranormal creatures her own, showing readers where some myths are correct and other parts of the myths aren’t. While the paranormal creatures in this book have the feeling of Faye, they are not Faye per se. There is a court system that governs the society, but it’s not the courts of Faye myth.
In this first book we get a yummy, yummy, “vampire” lover to occupy some page time. The lover aspect fits well in to the story line without feeling like a Paranormal Romance title, Tempest Rising is clearly a Urban Fantasy. The aspect of Jane knowing that she isn’t in love with the vampire is nice. She cares for him, but she’s been in can’t-eat-can’t-sleep love before and she knows this isn’t it. This is a nice change of pace for a UF as most of the time the main characters seem to fall in love in the first book. Besides, there is clearly time for some other yummy paranormal hunks to enter her life.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for something with a Sookie Stackhouse flavor that can clearly stand on its own, look no further. Be prepared to enter a dark world of the paranormal, with great humor on top for good measure. This is a book for fun characters, dark intrigue, character growth, and some good ol’dirty times.
Some sex scenes, not as graphic as what you find in PNR titles. Also, tons of dirty humor to be found.
The first 40 pages of Tempest Rising were everything I had hoped this title could be. Tempest being a surfer is part of her character and it was so woThe first 40 pages of Tempest Rising were everything I had hoped this title could be. Tempest being a surfer is part of her character and it was so wonderful to finally read a book that had surfing in it, doing it right. Her character was so fun and I was enjoying getting to know her. Already I knew she wouldn't be one of my favorites, but I enjoyed her company. The world was starting to flesh out. The mystery of the red haired sea witch was tickling my brain. So when Tempest is on the beach in a crazy storm and she spotted something red in the water my thoughts were, “Heck yes, the bitch be scaring.” Then right after the next paragraph my thoughts were, “No. Please no. Not some hunk to muck up this whole book with a horrid love triangle.” The feared hunk rose from the water, from there this book descended into crap.
Tempest Rising was my first pick for finally reading a YA Urban Fantasy about mermaids. The vast majority of my Goodreads friends had given this a glowing review, even the ones who are normally really picky. My peeps led me astray, so astray. A lesson to why no matter the rating you must venture to see if you actually like it. As mentioned there is a love triangle here. Tempest has this amazing human boyfriend, Mark.. He's a gentleman and when he does get a little possessive—nothing like other YA book—I felt he was totally justified. Because Tempest had insta-hormones for Kona right upon him rolling up out of the ocean. The book didn't do enough to flesh out either love interests, but I definitely liked Mark.
Ah, Tempest. Tempest. It's amazing that at page 40 I thought she was a good companion. Then within maybe 20 to 30 pages later I knew I had no respect for the girl. First off she just confesses to her long time boyfriend, and best friend, that she loves him. Ah, so sweet. Then she goes and makes out with Kona. The hunk she doesn't know. Then she goes and kisses Mark again. Then she's back to kissing Kona and beyond the few mentions of Mark we all know the girl could care less about him. No matter how hot authors need to develop the love triangle enough that it's justified for the girl to be cheating on her man. And that she has the guts to tell him up front and to make a decision before making out with the other guy. Trust me I can go on about how horrible a girlfriend Tempest is. Not to mention that Kona is 900 years old, but is the worst fleshed out teenage-not-really guy I've ever read. If he had been Tempest’s age I could have lived with that. Oh, the way the author tries to make Mark look bad at the end was laughable. Just made him look like the better man. Go Mark, he dodged the bullet.
Tempest's other failing is that she has pretty much known from day one that she is going to turn into a mermaid on her seventeenth birthday. She's horrifically afraid of this. So we're supposed to believe that a smart and intelligent girl is going to cling on to denial even with all of the damning proof. Even though with that denial she still knows and has clearly accepted it. Isn't going to do some kind of research. Or maybe I don't know, move away from the ocean? Do something to try and get the right king of knowledge. Because knowledge is power. You know forewarned is forearmed. Nope instead Tempest is going to obsess about her mom leaving her and talk about how she's not throwing a pity party for herself.
“Was this what Mark felt like when I put him off without answering his questions? I hoped not, because it totally sucked.” - Tempest
Now let's get on that. Her mother makes it sound like Tempest can choose to be human or a mermaid. She didn't even bother to give her daughter some advice like, “Hey there's this evil sea witch out there who wants to kill you. I'm going out there to protect you. Ps-Stay away from the ocean at night or the sea witch will try to kill you. Love you, mommy.” This whole, tell-my-children-nothing-so-that-they-can-bumble-around-and-have-their-lives-put-in-danger-do-to-my-lack-of-sharing-knowledge is the worst plot device ever used. Sure some authors are smart enough to have the parents leave some information later on, or to get the kids armed up at some point. (Or the parents simply died and could share this information.) So when Tempest finally realizes she doesn't have a real choice in the matter, it's so tiring. Because even Kona—worst love interest ever—won't give her any thing. For most of the book this is how things go:
“Why can't you just tell me?” It was my turn to reach out for him, to grab his hand.
“Because you're not ready for the answers yet.” -Tempest and Kona
OK, I'll give it to Kona when Tempest finally gets some answers she freaks. But who wouldn't? How is anyone expected to make an informed life altering decision on zero information? Which is an argument that Tempest waits to use until almost the end of the book.
The characters and world are so underdeveloped. What happened after the first 40 pages?! The author actually talks about walking and crab-walking instead of swimming. Which totally took me out of the undersea moments. When Tempest gets to Kona's castle there's no question as to how this castle out in the middle of no where has gotten modern necessities. The underwater world was . . . ugh. The people and society is never explained, expanded on, it's just there. A lot of the plot and information is just there. As if readers shouldn't care about details like that. After all we're only here for the love triangle. A poorly crafted love triangle. If there's more then one book planned, please make an effort. Or better yet, love triangles—most of the time—do not make good books. Very few authors can, and have, pulled them off.
I'm exhausted. Tired of books that have so much potential but simply fall back on all the tropes that the paranormal young adult, and young adult genre as a whole, seems to love to fall back on. Mermaid books are still so rare. There's an opportunity to go outside of the box with the world, society, people, and so much more. By the end of this book I felt insulted as a reader. Readers want more then this cookie cutter crap! OK, I know there are a ton of readers who eat this crap up. I eat this crap up! However, not at the cost of originality and story/character development. This was another valuable lesson that even if the first 40 pages were wonderful, that you should stop when you start loathing the book and the death of a good story.
Sexual Content: Kissing, making out,and some sexual humor.
Sexual tension. To the point where it's almost painful! Oh, and some other stuff. It must be said that Jane's libido is one of my favorite charactersSexual tension. To the point where it's almost painful! Oh, and some other stuff. It must be said that Jane's libido is one of my favorite characters and when it's being denied she gets grumpy. And snarky! What I wasn't prepared for was the . . . twist.
Basically Jane becomes the chosen one. My book friends know how much this annoys me. Very few authors can pull off “the chosen one” bull crap and it always puts the fear in me. But this is Peeler. To me she can do no wrong and I highly doubt she's going to make Jane some kind of super-none-can-touch-her-ego-cray-cray type lead. As Jane goes on this next chapter of her life. Nope. Peeler handles it well. Jane is a Champion and this book only furthers her status as an amazing lead. The Jane True universe has been 100% unique—awesomeness—that fans have greatly appreciated. With this new mythology of the Alfar being revealed I'm sure fans will be blown away.
All of the amazing cast of characters are here. It amazes me each time how much I love all of Jane's friends, especially Jane's employers! The build up of Anyan and Jane is awesome. Also, frustrating as they keep getting interrupted. It doesn't help that some of Blondie’s origin story gets tossed in, and Jane develops a girl crush on Blondie . . . those scenes are pretty steamy. It was like this whole emotional thing. Anyan and Jane. *Fans self.* Blondie and Jane. *gulp* Mercy! Yet I'm team Anyan all the way and I want to see more of that relationship build. It would be cruel to have the amazing buildup and emotion to only be cut off before it really gets anywhere.
In the end I was shocked by the sudden “Ultimate Champion Jane” twist and the truth behind the Alfar. Thank you Peeler! This series is going to keep knocking my socks off with each new addition and I look forward to it. There is apart of me that felt this book wasn’t at great as the others. However! The whole world of Jane True is one that I've come to love and I count down the days to each new release. Tell the next adventure!
Sexual Content: This book is hawt! Great make out scenes and some naughty ones. Nothing too explicit.
Jane and her libido are back! Even better than ever! Ryu and Jane are still going strong. Jane takes a break from her magical training to spend ValentJane and her libido are back! Even better than ever! Ryu and Jane are still going strong. Jane takes a break from her magical training to spend Valentines Day in Boston with her man. Of course, with Jane nothing can ever be simple! Soon her peaceful, and hanky-panky, time is cut in by a powerful being. A being with immense power, and one who is interested in Jane. Another halfling.
What I love about Tracking the Tempest is despite the 4 month time span readers can fall right into place with the world Peeler has created. Jane has become one of my favorite book pals! Oh, and don't forget her libido. Her libido is the best of gal pals! Despite the amazing humor that I've come to love from this series, Tracking the Tempest is pretty deep. It deals with the prejudices that are brought up in the first book: how halflings are mistreated. By the end of the book the halfling that Jane is trying to stop from killing is not truly evil. The poor guy is a victim and when things wrap up not only is Jane left lost and sad, so is the reader. The real villains take a step out of the shadows.
Ryu has always been a sticky point for me. Jane and him have chemistry and Ryu is hilariously suave and sexy. Yet, most of the time Ryu just rubs me wrong as he treats Jane like a child and thinks he's protecting her. That protection usually puts her in the crossfire. Ryu isn't a villain. He honestly loves Jane. The problem is that he needs to feed, and if Jane isn't there he needs to get it from somewhere else. Enter the little black book, I like seeing that Jane doesn't appreciate that. Also, he wants Jane to move to Boston so that he can feed off her exclusively. He needs that right? But how could any woman feel like nothing but a food source?
Jane hasn't had a relationship outside of her first love and it's so realistic as she muddles around trying to figure out who she is and what a relationship should be for her. The characters are the true journey of this series. Jane transforms and keeps growing. The last book was her wake up call. This one is her steps to becoming who she is. In the end I loved how she took charge and decided that she deserved to have a man that was there just for her, and that she could be selfish for her happiness.
Of course the pissing contest between Anyan and Ryu continues! Which is perfect. Every character old and new to this series are so well developed. It feels so real, this is a book that gives the full book experience. When you loath a character you're picking out a spot in your backyard to bury the body. When you love them all you want to do is squeeze them and invite them over for wine!
Hands down one of my most favorite Urban Fantasy series out there! The blending of serious issues, magic, humor of the light and dark kind, romance, personal journey, and mystery is perfect. Tracking the Tempest shows readers a glimpse of a magical world that is waiting for its own revolution. Oh, and I knew the instant I met Anyan that I was on his side. Come on! Jane and him are meant to be! So here's to Jane and her libido! Because some shit is going down the next book!
Sexual Content: Plenty of sexual humor—Jane’s libido has a life of it’s own! There are bedroom scenes nothing too raunchy, but hot-hot-hot! There is a scene where Jane has to apply her feminine wiles to help herself out, it may creep some readers out.
Higher powers that be, bless us one and all! Just wow! This series already had me sold and then it goes and does this. Now I don't want to give anythiHigher powers that be, bless us one and all! Just wow! This series already had me sold and then it goes and does this. Now I don't want to give anything away, but this book really brings the plot! It starts off with news that Jane's mother has been found. Sadly she's dead. Jane has to deal with losing her mother all over again. Digging into her mother’s death reveals medical labs that are trying to figure out the fertility issue of pure bred Alfar.
It's amazing the journey that Jane has gone through. She's gone from an emotional vacant girl taking the blame for her small towns issues. To a woman who takes charge and has some real mojo! Jane not only wants to find out what happens to her mother, but she can't leave all of those woman out there to the devices of the evil Alfar. Especially when the villains snatch one of Jane's best friends.
This series is all about the characters. What I love is that Peeler doesn't just immediately have Jane move on from her second love. Ryu comes back to break the news to Jane about her mothers death. Then soon does some things that I believe finally resolves what readers have been wondering. Does Ryu think of Jane as his personal blood bag for a quick charge-up or the love of his life? Well we find out. Anyan. Oh, it's no secret that I've loved him from book one. The way Jane and Anyan's relationship has developed is exciting! It feels authentic and not rushed or pushed to please fans. New and old characters are so fun to see on the pages . . . and well I just can't say enough about them! Especially the mystery entity, AKA Blondie. She's an old magic thing and she's even kookier then Jane! Which is Awe-some.
It's been on the horizon for a while that there's a revolution is happening in the magical world. That mixed with the horrors of what certain people—Jari and friends—makes for a chilling drop back as more and more of what is actually going on in Peeler's world is revealed.
This is soooooo amazing! Each new book is even better then the last! Which is hard to do when the one before is A-mazing! Jane is my BBFF! (Book Best Friend Forever, duh!) All of the other characters are ones that I want to know what is happening with them, and how things are going to progress for them. If you haven't checked out this series by now, you must. This is a series that needs to be read in order, so be warned. Especially if you want the emotional payoff.
Sexual Content: Pretty steamy, nothing too kinky. Oh and libido talk.