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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Review: Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

Title: Tempest Rising
Author: Nicole Peeler
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: 10/27/09
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.

Plot: 4.5 Stars
This is one of those urban fantasy novels that has every supernatural creature you can think of, and some you've never even heard of. Most of the time I don't like when there's an overabundance, but it worked in this novel because Jane, being half-selkie, is a lesser used supernatural. The plot kept me guessing throughout the entire story, and overall the novel had a slightly dirty humor to it that I loved.

Pace: 4.5 Stars
The backstory involving Jane's past was spread out very nicely over the course of the novel. I liked that you didn't get all of the information right at once in the beginning. Although I think Jane accepted the supernatural a little too quickly and easily, it still felt believable.

Characters: 4.5 Stars
I loved all of the characters. Jane's inner virtue/libido were very amusing to read as she wrestled over things. I just wished some smaller characters, like Grizzie and Trill, could've had larger parts because they were very interesting. I hope to see more of them in the next book.

Cover: 5 Stars
I love this cover! The artwork is amazing. I want to find the artist and see more of their work. And it was refreshing to see an urban fantasy cover without the typical cover model looking like they could kick your butt.

Overall: 4.5 Stars

Disclosure: I bought this book for my own enjoyment.

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