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Tempest Rising

(Jane True #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  8,701 ratings  ·  773 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 359 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Orbit Books (first published October 27th 2009)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I needed this book today!! I loved it so much!

I loved all of these characters. Soooo many supernaturals!! I loved the banter (snark) and the story line. I can't believe I have had this book for 6,298 years!! And now I hope to read the next several books in the series! If I get through this cancer, we shall see 💕

Mel 🐺🖤

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
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, uf-or-pnr, fantasy
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
Shera (Book Whispers)
Genre: 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.

Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Feb 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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
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 just wasn't entertaining.
Things I didn't like:
-There were a lot of similarities to the 1st Sookie 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
May 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gail Carriger
Nov 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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 J
Jan 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
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
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
The biggest tidal whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere, estimated about 250 meters across, has the curious name Old Sow (its satellite whirlpools are its "piglets"). It's located in the Western Passage, a body of water that connects Passamaquoddy Bay and the Bay of Fundy and carries the U.S.-Canada boundary. The Old Sow is in Canadian waters but about 1 km from Eastport, Maine (population only 1,331), and just like the real places in other urban fantasies it has a key role in this one.

The fictio
Sep 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
Nicole Peeler’s debut novel isn’t good – to be blunt.

I was a little skeptical going into this, mainly because I had an issue with the cover looking very YA and none too appealing. But I pushed my worries aside when I saw that Rachel Caine had leant her opinion to the back-cover, calling ‘Tempest Rising’ a “fascinating, fast-paced, sexy storm of a book”.
Oh Ms. Caine, how you’ve led me astray…

The plot isn’t all that bad - it’s a very slow wind-up and a hurried conclusion. Ms. Peeler also makes the
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Lois Bujold
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would give this a four for the general page-turn-ability, but a three for the unsatisfactory mush of an ending, leaving none of the main emotional or plot issues resolved and instead, all too obviously, saving them for the sequel. Book Ones should not be squandered like that, drattit. (See Rivers of London for a Book One that works as a both book in its own right and a series starter; but then it was using Coming-of-Age and not Romance for its mode, which may have fought its material less.)

Jen Davis
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jen by: Cat Russell (Addicted2Heroines)
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
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
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
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. ...more
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

2.5 Stars

Jane True has never quite fit into Rockabill, a little town in Maine, the locals seem to hate and/or distrust her and the only solace she gets is her secretly nightly swims in the icy cold ocean. But, when Jane finds something or rather someone floating in the see her life is turned upside down and she realises she may not be the only person in Rockabill who isn't quite normal.

This book has been on my to-read shelf since it's release, and for some reason or another I had just never
I liked this book, and if you like Sookie Stackhouse you definitely will like this, because the tone is in the exact wheelhouse. Lonely girl in small town with abilities she has to keep hidden, allies unveiling themselves, love triangle, etc. The main character is sweet and not too stupid to live, but believably out of sorts in this strange world she gets dumped into. Def doesn't re-invent the genre wheel, but wasn't cliche-jarring either, which I appreciated! The cover is a bit off and made me ...more
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2009
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!
"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
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed, hardcopy
Jane True has never fit into her small town. She has always been an outcast, but when tragedy struck years ago, she became the ultimate pariah. She is very careful to hide her differences as best she can, but it isn't much help. So, it wasn't too shocking for her to find out there is a reason for her strangeness, she isn't completely human. When other half-breeds start ending up dead, she teams up with sexy supernatural investigator, Ryu to find the culprit. With Jane afraid she might be next, h ...more
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
Ellz Readz
Dec 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Danielle (Danniegurl)
I started off digging the book. The way it was written and the way Jane talked was a way in which I speak or think sometimes. Other times it felt like Jane wasn't an adult more like a teenager and in some ways I don't fault her for it due to her circumstances. Still it took a bit for the story to get into it and when it did it wasn't really well thought out. Ryu is a "vampire" investigator about the body she saw. He sort of hangs around and involves her in his investigation which I found odd. Th ...more
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