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Eye of the Tempest

Eye of the Tempest (Jane True, #4)
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. (goodreads.com)

I had some trouble with the Jane True book prior to this one due to the many, many, MANY times the word “libido” was used so I was nervous about Eye of the Tempest. Luckily, though Jane’s libido spoke up a few times during the story it wasn’t as attention-whorey as it was in Tempest’s Legacy.

The only reason I had to stop reading the book for a couple of days was that I tried to read it immediately after Want to Go Private? and though the sexual connotations were COMPLELETLY different, I just couldn’t shake the gross, dirty, feelings I had after WTGP and I knew I couldn’t read anything that had sex in it for a few days. Jane’s playful sexy-times are bountiful and her libido is irritatingly vocal (even at the most inappropriate times, what the hell is wrong with her?) but I needed a few days to recuperate after Sarah Darer Littman’s novel.

I am apparently in love with Anyan as Jane is. I normally don’t like the rowdier moments in Urban Fantasy (hi, NunCat here), but he just makes me swoon. Rawr. I love that all of his t-shirts sport ads for various dog and cat food products. heh

(slight and possible spoilers below)

I am still trying to decide if I liked the way the story skipped a month and suddenly everyone was up to date on what was going on, including Jane’s father. I feel like the readers were gypped out of plot that would have been interesting, however I also like that it helped get past a hurdle that could have slowed down the general story arc and we’re not constantly hindered by Jane’s waffling on telling her father all the details. It did help move the story forward at a decent pace, so I can’t complain too much, I still would have liked that conversation between Jane and her dad.

Can I just say that I am so happy that Ryu was nothing but a couple of phone conversations in this story? WOOHOO! I hate that vampire. I feel like he should be wearing multiple popped-collar polo shirts and make the Blue Steel face at all passer-bys. He’s a douche, in other words.

I got a little lost with the whole mystical, trapped, creature thing at the end. I understood enough to get the gist of what was going on, but I have to admit all the flashbacks and dream-scapes threw me for a loop.

I love Jane, even if I think she’s slightly too sex obsessed. Though I can’t fault her for going all weak in the knees for Anyan, because, mmmmmm, hot.

Let’s take a moment here to address my slight frustration over the change in covers for the series. Now, I KNOW why they were done and I have to admit they look a little more grown-up with the red stripey things across them, but I don’t like that the publisher felt the need to change them. I know it’s to help sales and, in fact, I have a friend who personally stayed away from them BECAUSE of the cover art (which is what drew me to the first book originally). It’s not that huge of a change that my books look out of place on the shelf, and I love that they kept the same artist for the covers, but it still makes me a little sad because I LOVED those covers!

I’m not sure if the fifth book is the final Jane True book, but I won’t be too upset if it is. I worry that the series will get stuck in the same rutt that many others do. I don’t want Jane’s adventures to seem repetitive. I like that she’s still fresh and original and that the world Nicole has created with Jane and her friends is fun and entertaining and full of adventure!

That last chapter ends with a bit of a bang, in both the literal and figurative sense. Holy cow. Steamy, steamy times await you in the fourth Jane True series!!

Jane True series

  1. Tempest Rising
  2. Tracking the Tempest
  3. Tempest’s Legacy
  4. Eye of the Tempest
  5. Tempest’s Fury – 2012

You can read my interview with Nicole Peeler here!

Tempest’s Legacy

Tempest’s Legacy (Jane True, #3)
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. (goodreads.com)

You know how I keep saying I want to play Jane True in the movie? Well, I was rethinking that while reading this book. There is just way too much sex/nudity for me to be able to play her. I pretty much stand in a locker in the locker room to change after the gym. It’s not that there is too much sex in the stories for me, it’s more that I realized that what sex there is – and nudity from the swimming, etc, is a little too out of my league so as much as I resemble Jane in many other ways. I am too much of a nun to play her in the movie. DAMMIT!

I love Jane. I love that she’s realistic in this series and as she learns what’s going on around her she has to adapt and it’s not always easy. I love that she’s confident yet hesitant. I love her sense of sarcastic humour. I think she’s a great addition to the urban fantasy world in her jeans and t-shirts.

I also really like Anyan so I was thrilled when he was the main male focus of the story. I can’t stand Ryu one bit and I hate that every second sentance to Jane he calls her “Baby”. All. The. Time. It. Drives. Me. MAD.

There’s a pretty emotional discovery in this story, that although I was sort of expecting to happen down the road, was surprised it happened so fast and it didn’t happen the way I thought it would. I felt very bad for Jane and could almost feel the shock and pain she was suffering. I also like that Nicole Peeler added this plot twist to the story early on in the series so that it wasn’t always hanging over our heads in the “What if” category

This wasn’t my favourite of the three books in the series. I felt like it was more of a bridging the gap story between the second book and what’s to come. Sadly the story line, though original and new, just felt a little flat to me. It was nice to meet new characters and all, but I wasn’t as captivated by the plot as I have been. This in no way will deter my continuation of the series, because I 100% adore the series. It’s different than all urban fantasy out there and I love that about it.

My only big problem with this book? The infinite repetition of the word “libido”. I swear it was on every single page in that 344 page book. I am curious and I ask Nicole – did you do a word count for the number of times libido is used? I would be highly intrigued to know that answer! *grin* I sort of felt that Jane’s libido piped up at the stupidest times, she’s almost killed and she’s all “I wanna tap Anyan’s doggy ass, yo!” Yeah, that didn’t work for me.

I personally just hate sex in books when it’s just for the sake of having a sex scene. Nicole, thankfully, doesn’t smear the pages of the Jane True series with explicit scenes! The problem is I cringe each time a character in the book seems to only have sex on their mind regardless of what the heck is going on. I know many people don’t mind this sort of thing in books and I am a huge prude, but I can’t see how I could be focused on someone behind, or how their lips would feel on various parts of my body while I am possibly about to die a horrible death in a shootout! Gah! What is wrong with people?!

That being said – so sayeth NunCat – I love everything else about this series! 😉

Jane True series

  1. Tempest Rising
  2. Tracking the Tempest
  3. Tempest’s Legacy
  4. Eye of the Tempest
  5. Tempest’s Fury – 2012

You can read my interview with Nicole Peeler here!

In My Mailbox #33 – the I’m a Dorkus edition

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren … and I end up adding a ton of books to my wish list every week.

All my IMM posts can be found here!

Books and people mentioned in this video:

Tracking the Tempest by Nicole Peeler (already reviewed)
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
The Search by Nora Roberts (already reviewed)
Early to Death, Early to Rise by ? Kim Harrison ?
The Goblin Gate by Hilari Bell
The Last Phoenix by  Linda Chapman and Steve Cole (yes, I spelled it wrong in the video, oops)
Blue Fire (Healing Wars II) by Janice Hardy
Black Magic Sanction by ? Kim Harrison ?

Jame of Book Chic Club

My fifth wedding anniversary which was July 2.

And a ramble about the construction on my street and how it effects my postal service. You can follow along that debacle on Beyond Elsewhere if you so please.

And my addiction to FrontierVille on Facebook of which I am quite ashamed. Sigh.

So that’s it except for one final question if you’re still here. I generally do not like video blogs. I hate the term “vlog” (and “social media” for that matter, but I digress). So I want to know – do you watch these things? Is there even a point to my ever making a video? I’m not fishing for compliments or anything, but I do feel like a fool making them and talking to my camera in the guest room and I only have the crappy Windows Movie Maker to edit with but I sort of like some web video things and I don’t know. I guess what I am asking is – if someone (not just me) posts a video blog, do you watch it?

Tracking the Tempest

Tracking the Tempest (Jane True, #2)
by Nicole Peeler

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… (goodreads.com)

I gave this book 3.5 stars on LibraryThing and wrote in the “review” section of Goodreads update that I would explain why in my actual review. Here’s the thing, the parts I did not like about this book were not the book’s fault. The parts I didn’t like were because they were just things I do not like – sex in books, calling someone “lover” and “baby”. Lover and baby make me cringe. They are huge pet peeve words to me. I have never, ever liked those terms/words and I hate when they are used. But I am not going to hold that over the author who writes a fantastically original series and great book. These things are my own personal preferences.

I broke my book buying ban for this book because since I read the first book in November 2009 I knew I NEEDED this book the second it hit the shelves. In fact when saw online that it was at a store near me in stock early I made my husband drive me there so I could get it. And it wasn’t on the shelf so I made the clerk go look in the back and he couldn’t find it so he had his manager help and she couldn’t find it and he went back there one more time and came out successful to my great pleasure saying “Don’t thank me, thank my colleague who said ‘isn’t that it on that random pile of books?’ in the stockroom.” Ha! As a former employee of said bookstore chain I appreciate when staff goes above and beyond to help find a book that should be there (it had been received on Wednesday and this was Saturday). I went home happy. And with ONLY one book – even though they had a Buy 3 – Get the 4th Free! promotion on all formats of books. I was good. I restrained myself. It was so very, very difficult.

But I digress… I got this book, put aside the one I was reading and gobbled it up in 3 days (because sleep and work apparently are “necessary”. Pah!) Aside from my cringe-worth pet peeves I had fun reading the book. I loved the new characters that were introduced in Boston and I loved the old characters from the first book (can they be old characters if there has only been one other book?) but I wish that Grizzy and Iris had more of a role in the story this time around because I adored them in book one.

I was immensely curious about the Big Bad in the book who was frying everyone to death. I liked the idea behind him and what his motives were (not going to say more lest I spoil things). I was slightly disappointed in how that crisis ended though I had thought perhaps to explore things a little further, but this makes my desperation for book three even more frustrating! WHY FEBRUARY? It is so far away! Gah!

This book was even more action-packed than it’s predecessor and Jane continues to react like you would expect a “real” person to react, even if she’s half-selkie. Jane is a *cough* true *cough* character  (see what I did there?) and even when it comes to her relationship she has realistic reactions and reasoning. I love that about her and I love that Nicole Peeler writes her that way. I love that everything isn’t just accepted as fine from the start. I love that she’s scared and she doesn’t want to be rushed into a relationship and she has to work on bravery when it comes to murder and being attacked. I love that she thinks about things and reacts without thinking and has faults and people like her but don’t all LOVE her for no reason. (I hate books where the main character has everyone else in love with her and ready to shag her at the drop of a hat!)

I  like learning along with Jane.

Plus, if Nicole remembers, I think I placed first dibs on playing her in the movie (see bottom of interview). I just need to drop about 30 pounds though. I can do it! The production company just has to hire me a personal trainer and cook! I want this role, dammit, if it ever becomes a movie! (But I don’t do nudity! Or windows. Or dishes.)

There was one line in the book that I can’t get out of my head it made me laugh so much. I actually wrote the author privately on Twitter to let her know since I don’t really want to spoil it for others, even though it has nothing to do with the plot, it was just sheer hilarity in phrase form. But I will never be able to talk about lentils without giggling ever again!

Lastly, I adore these covers. The cover is what made me notice the book in the first place.  They are so colourful and fun and fit the novels perfectly!

Jane True series

  1. Tempest Rising
  2. Tracking the Tempest
  3. Tempest’s Legacy
  4. Eye of the Tempest
  5. Tempest’s Fury – 2012

You can read my interview with Nicole Peeler here!

5 Questions: author Nicole Peeler (Tempest Rising)

Someone (I think it might have been Brooke?) posted the cover of Tempest Rising on their blog and it caught my eye. From there I wandered to the author’s site and found her twitter page and I knew I had to get this book. I was not disappointed as you will see from my review and since Nicole is such a fun and friendly person I mustered up the courage to ask her to participate in my 5 Questions feature. Lucky for me she agreed! Without further ado – my mini-interview with the author of the Jane True series!

1. Congrats on a wonderful and original first novel! As a huge Urban Fantasy fan myself, I have gotten to the point where I feel many stories are so similar I sometimes get confused about which series I am reading! Tempest Rising has such unique characters and creatures, did you set out purposely to create a story where the creatures were more than just vampire and werewolf?

I did, indeed. But it wasn’t because I thought there were too many werewolves/vampires. To be honest, I hadn’t been reading urban fantasy for years, as I was busy doing my Ph.D. and was only reading stuff for my research. Instead, the reason I wanted to use all those myths is because the nature of my world is one where I try to explain that age old question: Why do all these really different cultures have the same mythologies? I couldn’t apply that question to just a few creatures; I had to take that idea forward and involve lots of mythological beasties.

2. I’d also like to thank you for making the story more about the mystery than just the romance between Jane and Ryu. There’s really only so many tragic-emo-vampire stories I can read in my life. Did you have any trouble keeping a decent balance between mystery and romance?

Well, you’re welcome! To be honest, it was easy to keep that balance when it comes to Jane and Ryu’s romance. Because, while Ryu is definitely wooing Jane, and there’s lots of lust between the two characters, there’s is not a traditional romance, at all. Jane’s had real love, and lost it, and she knows that what Ryu offers is something very different. It’s not bad, what he offers. In fact, it’s quite fun, and it’s absolutely what Jane needs at this time in her life. But it’s certainly not the traditional, Happily Ever After soul-mating you see in a real romance novel.

3. Your favourite supernatural creature would be?

I don’t know if I have a favorite, and I’m finding new ones all the time in my research for the books. But I’ve always been especially fascinated by the creatures like centaurs and minotaurs: things that are half human and half beast. Don’t ask me why. It’s probably all very Freudian. 😉

4. Your favourite Manic Panic colour?

Pillarbox Red, for the win!

5. Are you a Joss Whedon fan? If so why and please list your favourite shows in order of preference. If you are not… why the heck not?

I loved Buffy, obviously. But I really enjoyed Firefly, and I adored Serenity. I haven’t seen any of Dollhouse. Is it any good?

I think I am the only Whedon fan who didn’t like Firefly or Serenity! I don’t know why. Dollhouse is, er, well, I find it disappointing and gave up watching it.

BONUS QUESTION: Exactly how long have you been stalking me and have had cameras in my house while you were creating the character of Jane True? I promise I am not about to file any lawsuits against you, I just feel I would sleep better at night knowing how long you’ve been spying on me. Was my husband in on this at all? Because if so I will be having one heck of a chat with him very soon.

That’s hilarious! And I love hearing people say that to me. I hate to tell you this, but you’re not the first to tell me they found a little of themselves in Jane. Which makes me very happy, because part of what I was trying to do with Jane was to create an Everywoman character who is suddenly surrounded by this totally irreal world full of these preternaturally powerful and beautiful creatures. She is, pardon the pun-tastic overtones, a fish out of water and it makes for a lot of fun tensions in the novel.

But she’s my height! And bosomy! And dark hair! And jeans and t-shirty! I’m so playing her in the movie.

Thanks so much Nicole! I can’t wait for the second book to come out and I hope to have another 5 questions ready for you this summer with the release of Tracking the Tempest!