Book Review: Tracking the Tempest by Nicole Peeler

Spoiler Free Zone: 
Before I do my review I want to share a bit of my thoughts of this series in general (so far) that is completely spoiler free for those who haven’t yet read them.
Jane True is a fantastic series for urban fantasy and paranormal lovers.  Although I would think it’s probably categorized as an urban fantasy it’s definitely up there with the best paranormal romances.  It has plenty of romance, and it has all the crazy creatures I love in a good urban fantasy.
The Jane True series feels unique to me and I love that aspect.  I also love that the covers are completely different.  I really hate it when they have half naked men and women on them.  And I just love that it really stands out.
I highly recommend this series for any paranormal and UF lover, but it does have plenty of graphic scenes.  Sex, language and torture.  So it’s for mature readers only.

Title: Tracking the Tempest (Jane True #2)
Author: Nicole Peeler
Details: Mass Market Paperback, 320 pgs.
Published: July 1st, 2010 by Orbit

isbn: 031605657X (ISBN13: 9780316056571)
Reading Level: Adult
Source: Purchased
Spoiler Zone! Don’t read past here if you haven’t yet read the first book!

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.Ryu’s well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings. All the evidence points towards another Halfling, much to Jane’s surprise…

My Thoughts:
I really like this series!  I think that even in a market saturated with paranormal and urban fantasy it’s still unique.   I love Jane’s personality and how she’s so true to herself.  She’s kind and thoughtful and always has her family and friends in mind first of all.  Their safety is first and foremost.  That being said, I felt like this was a bit slow in the beginning.  It may have been my mood but it didn’t feel like it really picked up until later in the story.  But once it did, well it was hard to put down!  Constant action and twists and turns.
In this one Jane is learning what powers she has and it’s pretty cool to watch her toughen up and to learn how to use them.
Ryu was great (and as hot as ever!) as well but we got to know a bit of another side of him.  The control freak side, which wasn’t so great, but also showed how much he cared for Jane.
We also got to know Anyan a lot better!  And as a person, not a dog!  I think he’s my favorite character in this book.  We got a hint of a love triangle so I’m anxious to see if there’s anything to that.
We met many new characters in this book and some were infuriating!  I’m anxious to read the next book and watch them get taken down (at least I hope they do!)!
This really is a great series and I’m so glad I waited so that I can read the third book right away (well, after I get all my review books read…).
I give this one 4/5 moons!

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  1. I did enjoy Tempest Rising. But I find it strange that the covers are aimed quite young (I like them, they’re funky, but I think they would also appeal to young readers). So its strange that the books touch on mature issues, without that coming across initially. Just my thoughts though!

  2. You make a good point. I do remember seeing the first book on shelves before I ever bought it and assumed it was YA. I must have learned it wasn’t before I actually read it though because I don’t remember thinking that ever since.

  3. Definitely agree! When I first saw Tempest Rising, I thought it was a YA book with the cartoony cover. But then when I saw Jaye Wells talking about doing a joint signing with Nicole, I realized it wasn’t. Or I just happened to see the book in the sci-fi/fantasy section at Borders. 1 of the 2! And then that was when I picked it up and decided to read it! So glad I did! Totally love the snark and humor in this book along with the mythology and suspense. And Anyan of course!

  4. I’ve read the first one and loved it. Have 2 and 3 here, plan to get to them soon.
    I really love the covers as well, but everytime I go in my bookstore I have to move them out of the YA section… lol.

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