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

 

 

 

Review to come:

19841984 by George Orwell
FINALLY finished reading it!

 

 

 

Currently reading:

Crashing EdenCrashing Eden by Michael Sussman

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Book Review: Tempest’s Legacy by Nicole Peeler

After a peaceful hiatus at home in Rockabill, Jane True thinks that her worst problem is that she still throws like a girl – at least while throwing fireballs. Her peace of mind ends, however, when Anyan arrives one night with terrible news . . . news that will rock Jane’s world to its very core. After demanding to help investigate a series of gruesome attacks on females — supernatural, halfling, and human — Jane quickly finds herself forced to confront her darkest nightmares as well as her deepest desires.

And she’s not sure which she finds more frightening.

I seriously plowed right through this book, and for good reason! Jane True is back and in my honest opinion, better than ever! She’s still the same slightly awkward yet funny sex-on-the-mind girl we’ve come to know and love, but in Tempest’s Legacy we finally see Jane come into her own. No longer does Jane have to rely on others to fight battles for her, no longer is she satisfied to sit back and watch, she wants to get in the thick of it all. Not only does she want to be in the battle, but now she can honestly add something offensively to raids and attacks and no longer hinder and make others feel the need to protect her. Though obviously that’s easier said than done. With Anyan the ever protective barghest and Ryu always watching out for Jane, it’s sometimes tough for her to unleash everything that she’s capable of.

I really enjoyed reading this because for once romance wasn’t the sole focus of the book. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading the steamy scenes of Jane and Ryu, but after a while it got old. I wondered if we’d ever see Jane toughen up and feel more comfortable with her skills. I was pleased to find that in this book we were able to meet a new side of Jane. She’s become a good fighter, and even though she’s not always confident in her abilities, I can truly say that we’re able to see a great improvement in what she’s capable of doing. Not only can we see it, but Jane and everyone around her notices her progress as well.

I can’t really go into much detail for fear of giving away too much of the plot. But one of the big events that’s found out early on in the story was a great contributing factor to push Jane to her limit, and it was only then that I finally saw how strong she was. This book packed more than enough action into the mix, as well as some much loved barghest time. Anyan has been a favorite character of mine, and in this book we finally get a better look at him as a character.

When all is said and done, I’m quite literally ready to jump into the next book in the series!

Tempest's Legacy (Jane True, #3)Tempest’s Legacy by Nicole Peeler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

Up next:

Eye of the Tempest (Jane True, #4)Eye of the Tempest by Nicole Peeler

 

 

 

Also still reading 1984! It’s finally less tedious for me to read, I’m about three-quarters of the way through with it. I’m hoping to finish it this coming week/weekend.

19841984 by George Orwell

Book Review: The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant

Twelve-year-old Mack MacAvoy suffers from a serious case of mediumness. Medium looks. Medium grades. Medium parents who barely notice him.With a list of phobias that could make anyone crazy, Mack never would have guessed that he is destined for a more-than-medium life.

And then, one day, something incredibly strange happens to Mack. A three-thousand-year-old man named Grimluk appears in the boys’ bathroom to deliver some startling news: Mack is one of the Magnificent Twelve, called the Magnifica in ancient times, whatever that means. An evil force is on its way, and it’s up to Mack to track down eleven other twelve-year-olds in order to stop it. He must travel across the world to battle the wicked Pale Queen’s dangerous daughter, Ereskigal–also known as Risky. But Risky sounds a little scary, and Mack doesn’t want to be a hero. Will he answer the call?

This is a right little adventure of a book, it’s unexpectedly funny, and takes you on a journey you would never have seen coming.

Mack is a kid who has so many phobias that I was surprised he managed to function daily. Despite all of his fears, he lacks the ability to stand down to bullies. This trait in a school where bullies come together to torture their classmates is quite a foolish one to have. However, this one seems to work in his favor because of course, Mack is a hero…of sorts.

Interwoven with Mack’s story is another character named Grimluk who has already been through the trials ahead of Mack. His story served to provide the readers with a bit of background and to let us know what will be in Mack’s future. Ultimately we find that Mack must defeat the evil Pale Queen’s daughter, as well as the Pale Queen herself, by rallying the Magnificent 12.

Known as the Magnifica, these individuals as well as Mack himself, each possess a certain quality that will help them defeat the Pale Queen. Although I often wondered how Mack would be able to defeat the Queen, once I got a taste of what he alone was capable of, by just uttering a few words, I found that the twelve Magnifca once rallied together would be a force to be reckoned with.

Although seemingly ordinary, Mack proves to be more than meets the eye. He shows courage and perseverance in the face of trouble, and before the book is up he will meet certain phobias head on and through his struggles you will find a few giggles escaping you.

The Call (The Magnificent 12, #1)

The Call by Michael Grant
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

 

 

 

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I’m still trudging along with 1984! It’s slow going.

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Also reading:

Tempest's Legacy (Jane True, #3)

Tempest’s Legacy by Nicole Peeler

Book Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill.

As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.

As a brown-eyed girl, I’ve always loved colored eyes because I don’t have them. So two different colored eyes made me jealous with wanting because how awesome is that? But wait there’s more. People with two different colored eyes means that the person is graced with a specific gift? WHAT IS THIS MAGIC.

That’s what we learn when reading Graceling. In this world certain individuals are graced with particular talents. Some talents may be small, such as being an extremely good swimmer, and being able to hold your breath underwater for longer than usual. While other graces may allow a person to read minds, or be extremely gifted with swordsmanship. All in all each grace sounds pretty awesome to someone who isn’t graced with an exceptional skill. That is until we meet Katsa, her grace is a bit unusual, and the fact that she’s a woman with this particular skill is quite unnerving for anyone who meets her. She is graced with the ability to kill a man with her bare hands.

As in any world people with skills such as these are put to use for the benefit of others. Katsa is no exception, and her uncle the king has been making use of her exceptional skill level by making Katsa do his dirty work and doling out punishments to his subjects. While reading we get a sense of Katsa and her grace and we learn that although it may come in handy and she’s certainly more than capable of protecting herself, she’s not exactly free to do as she likes. Which is of course ironic because Katsa has so much power yet feels so helpless when it comes to the king because to him she is just a possession that is used to further enforce his power over others. Even though she’s the one with extreme skill level, the king is constantly pulling the puppet strings, constantly making Katsa feel as though she must hold back.

While reading I found myself loving Katsa’s character more and more. FINALLY! A female main character that can hold her own and doesn’t need a man to protect her. I found her to be of a kind nature underneath her rough and tough exterior. She most definitely has a soft spot for people that she cares for, and although she isn’t the most forthright about her emotions, she feels strongly for them and would protect them no matter what.

I also found Katsa to be unexpectedly funny! As she’s young and most people avoid her gaze as well as being near her altogether, she hasn’t had much practice in socializing, especially not with boys who are interested in her. I thought it was hilarious that she had no idea how to read signals and that the thought of someone liking her and wanting to marry her terrified and disgusted her all at the same time.

Her romantic awkwardness wasn’t solely limited to that area, but also extended to merely joking with people. She was quite uncomfortable with any lightheartedness at the beginning of the story and I thought it was incredibly interesting that killing a person was second nature to her, but laughing and being silly wasn’t something she was comfortable with. Her emotions were quite mysterious to herself, and it made for a fun read when the reader would know things about her before she even knew them herself.

Once you get into the story you’ll find yourself absorbed in Katsa’s world. Her friends and the people that she meets are all as interesting as her own character, sometimes even more so. It makes for a fun read and I found myself not quite ready for my journey with Katsa to end.

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

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19841984 by George Orwell

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

Up Next: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Introductions.

As far back as I can remember I’ve always loved words. I remember being a kid and watching my mom sign a check, and thinking it was the best thing in the world; putting pen to paper. I started scribbling nonstop, pretending I was writing stories and letters to people I’ve never met. This of course continued on into my early years of school. Teachers would have to tell me to write less because they only asked for a page of work, and I decided to write three.

My love for words has never left me and from that love blossomed an unsurprising love of books. As soon as I learned to read I couldn’t get my hands on enough stories. I devoured everything that came my way and could recite to you exactly what happened. I was ravenous in my thirst for words. I wanted them all, and the only way to make that happen was to keep reading.

To this day I still have that ravenous urge to read. If I’m not absorbed in a book I feel as though something is missing. I love to be in the midst of a story, knowing when I’m out and about that I have a book to come home to. I usually wish the stories would never end, but of course they always do.

This of course is why I’ve created this blog. To share with whomever chooses to read my posts, my thoughts on whichever new book I’ve chosen to get lost in.

I hope my reviews entertain and most importantly arm potential readers with information as to whether or not they would enjoy the story I chose to read.

So ends my first post. I look forward to starting this journey!

Happy reading,

T.K. Campos