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...
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Tracking the Tempest by Nicole Peeler
Well, after months and months and months of all kinds of real life crazy messing up my reading schedule, it looks like the Jane True series has me back on track.
In Tracking the Tempest, things for Jane are getting back to normal — or as normal as they’ll ever be now that she knows she’s only half human. With her job at the book store, her time practicing control of her newly realized supernatural powers, and her nights with the sexy vampire she’s been seeing for the last several months, life is going pretty smoothly. So it only stands to reason that all hell breaks loose.
Judging Covers: At first, I wasn’t sure about these covers. They seemed a bit juvenile, and I’m not even sure if they’re the current covers, since there are apparently several different versions out there. But the more I read of Jane, the more these covers make perfect sense. Because even though there’s magic and battles and some pretty scary danger, at the heart, the stories are all kinds of fun. I think that if the cover art were more along the lines of stock photos and more serious images, it wouldn’t fit at all.
The Verdict: So at the end of the last book, Tempest Rising, I wasn’t completely sold. Frankly, it takes quite a bit to get me to buy into anything paranormal/supernatural/magical. That’s not to say I haven’t found a nice little stack of awesome reads in that vein; it’s just not the norm for me. So I probably cracked open the series with a healthy dose of skepticism. I was, of course, pleasantly surprised, though I never really felt much connection between Ryu and Jane, and in the end I wasn’t sold on their relationship. In Tracking the Tempest, though, I’m a bit more on board.
Some time has passed since the end of the last book, and Jane and Ryu are still going strong — or as strong as they can be considering they are two different species living in two different cities. But they obviously care about each other, and they spend as much time together as they can without completely disrupting their separate lives. Jane’s also been spending more time with the other beings we previously met, and we get to know them all a little bit better now that the initial meeting shock and confusion has worn off. But as one might expect, all is never calm in a world of vampires and hellhounds, and when a halfling like Jane who has incredible fire power (literally!) shows up, no one is safe.
This is where the story gets quite a bit more serious than before, and it’s exactly what now has me hooked on the series. As it turns out, this other halfling Conleth, has been poked and prodded and experimented on since he was just a baby, and only recently has he escaped the hellish lab that shaped his sad life. Set on revenge against everyone who has wronged him, he seems to be seeking out other supernaturals to destroy, but as Ryu and the others investigate, they’re always a step behind him. When he appears to set his sights on Jane, things get really crazy, since it seems he may not actually want her dead.
Nicole Peeler accomplished something in telling Conleth’s story that many authors fail — she made me understand and feel pity for him. Usually, when an author tries to explain a character’s awful behavior, it feels like they’re making excuses, and I never quite buy into it. But just like Jane, I very soon began worrying not just about whether Conleth could be stopped, but whether he could be saved. I won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t read the books, but I will say that the big showdown near the end was a real nail-biter, and though there was foreshadowing, it wasn’t until everything came to a head that I figured out exactly who was behind the whole mess and why. The predictability I usually expect from so-called mysteries was entirely missing from Tracking the Tempest, and I loved every second of it.
And then there’s Ryu. I have to say I like him a bit more now that we’ve seen a bit more of his feelings, but as it turns out, the misgivings I have about him are shared by Jane as well. She’s no typical damsel just waiting to be swept off her feet, and while their relationship is certainly serious, she’s strong enough to question their foundation and stand up for herself when he’s asking too much. It all just made me love her a little more, and I’m beginning to see that my not being sold on these two together might have been the plan all along. So who will it be? Ryu? Aryan? Some supe we haven’t met yet? Thank God I have all the books at the ready, since there’s no way I’m waiting to find out! Tracking the Tempest by Nicole Peeler is an awesomely entertaining read, and I think this series might just be my new addiction…
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