Geek in Review: Tempest Rising

  • Mass Market Paperback: 344 pages
  • List Price: $7.99 US/$9.99 CDN
  • Publisher: Orbit (November, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-316-05658-8

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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.


I have heard this book described as definitely having Nicole Peeler’s voice in the book. That you can hear her speaking through Jane True. Having never met her in person but followed her through Twitter, I can tell you that I seemed to have a touch of that feeling as well. At the bare minimum Jane True definitely has a distinctive voice. She also adds a lot of internal monologue to the story allowing you to really get in Jane’s head. This does lead to some moments of TMI when she is talking to herself, but I have no problem reading uncomfortable information like that. In fact I am finding that the more internal speech and thoughts I read from the main character, the more I tend to get into the book.

I also enjoyed the method in which she used the “monsters” in the book. I find that I have a soft spot for the creatures that are not completely demonized, but still stick to the primary ideal of the creature from mythology. For instance I have no problem buying into a vampire not bursting into flames in the sunlight – Dracula didn’t after all. But at the same time I “vegetarian vampire” that not only does not burst into flames in the sunlight, but also sparkles like he is a young beauty pageant entrant’s bedazzled dance vest? Not so much.

My overall feeling is that it was a fun book to read. It was not your usual urban fantasy without the same monsters you read about in other books. Tempest Rising was what I would assume Nicole Peeler herself to be – something unique. For a debut author to choose a selkie as their main character was a gamble, and in this case was a gamble that paid off. I would give it around 4 stars. Definitely worth the price of admission.


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