Book Review: Eye of the Tempest by Nicole Peeler

Nothing says “home” like being attacked by humans with very large guns, as Jane and Anyan discover when they arrive in Rockabill. These are professionals, brought into kill, and they bring Anyan down before either Jane or the barghest can react. Seeing Anyan fall awakens a terrible power within Jane, and she nearly destroys herself taking out their attackers.

Jane wakes, weeks later, to discover that she’s not the only thing that’s been stirring. Something underneath Rockabill is coming to life: something ancient, something powerful, and something that just might destroy the world.

Jane and her friends must act, striking out on a quest that only Jane can finish. For whatever lurks beneath the Old Sow must be stopped…and Jane’s just the halfling for the job.

I’m not entirely sure what it was about this book, but for me it wasn’t as addicting as the previous one in the series. I still enjoyed Jane being more assertive and she’s definitely come into her own, but this book felt as though something was missing.

There was no shortage of action, and though the story took a few twists, for the most part it wasn’t quite so shocking come the end. I definitely felt the lack of supporting characters in this book. Jane is a wonderfully entertaining character all on her own, but with the previous novels I’ve become accustomed to the presence of a group full of individuals surrounding Jane. In this book we feel that hole from the lack of characters, but we also get a lot more time with Jane. Obviously she’s the main character so we always have a lot of time with her, but really there’s always a ton of other characters and a lot of other things going on that we aren’t ever really focused entirely on her. This book we get a bit more Jane time, and we do get to see her from a different viewpoint.

I did enjoy the story, but compared with the others it didn’t quite live up to what I’ve come to expect from the Jane True series. I am interested in seeing where this will go next though. The ending was quite hilarious to me for obvious reasons, but also it allowed for a lot more craziness to undoubtedly happen in Jane’s life. It’ll be interesting to see how she copes and if she will continue to keep on growing.

Eye of the Tempest (Jane True, #4)Eye of the Tempest by Nicole Peeler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars




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Book Review: Tracking the Tempest by Nicole Peeler

Tracking the Tempest begins four months–and one eyebrow sacrificed to magical training–after the close of Tempest Rising. During that time, Jane’s been busy honing her supernatural powers and enjoying her newfound sense of confidence. Rockabill may not yet be heaven, but she’s realized it’s home. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and Ryu – Jane’s bloodsucking boyfriend – can’t let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane’s life is thrown off course.
But Ryu’s best laid plans inevitably create more upheaval than even he can anticipate, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings committed by a being of tremendous power . . .

. . . who, much to Jane’s surprise, happens to be another halfling.

I’m not sure why I find this series as appealing as I do. I don’t love the books, but I find myself getting sucked into them nonetheless.

Tempest Rising (the first book in the series) took me quite a while to warm up to, and even then I wasn’t floored by what was happening. The book only picked up towards the end, and that seems to be quite the pattern. Tracking the Tempest was of the same format.

It’s only been a few months in Jane’s life when we’re reacquainted with her in this follow-up. She’s been doing her usual night swims, now mixed with training sessions with Nell, and of course the ever present monthly sexcapade with her vampire boyfriend Ryu. While reading this I found their “relationship” to be of the typical vampire/”human” variety. He’s so hot, she wants him oh-so-much, and they indulge in passionate love-making. While definitely a cliche of this genre, the scenes would quite certainly make even the most prudish of individuals tingly in all the right places.

Other than a few battle scenes I can honestly say that I remember next to nothing that happened. The details didn’t stick with me, and I often found myself wondering where the story was headed. Also it didn’t help that one-third of the story felt full of fluff, and half the time I couldn’t help but wonder if the ever useful thesaurus was always at the ready.

That being said, there is still something that compelled me to keep reading. I’m not entirely sure what it was, but I did grow fond of Jane’s development towards the end of the book. We also get a sneak peek at the end of the book and are able to read a bit of third installment. From the excerpt I must say that I actually want to continue on with the series; it already feels as though it’s going to be better than this second book.

In no way is this a bad book, but I can’t say that I’d recommend it to anyone. It’s a fun read if you aren’t really looking for something to take very seriously.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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