Book Review Club ~ May 2013

I missed Barrie Summy’s Book Review Club meeting last month (mostly because I hadn’t had any time for reading and thus, had nothing to gush over), and this month, rather than gush over the third book in a series I have already hyped for a different Book Review Club (The Maggie Hope Mysteries), I’m previewing a novel I’ve just started reading.

That said, if you aren’t reading The Maggie Hope Mysteries by Susan Elia MacNeal, I highly recommend you do! They are wonderful–her latest, His Majesty’s Hope, out May 14th, is a riveting read, its storyline drawn from the atrocities committed in Nazi Germany during WWII.

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So, my recommendation this month is Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler, an author also repped by the fabulous Rebecca Strauss.  Tempest Rising, currently a deal on Kindle at $3.79, is the first in the Jane True urban fantasy series.  Now, I don’t typically read urban fantasy, but I was curious, and the price was right.  Plus, I like the cover!

Peeler_Tempest-Rising-REPRINT-MMBook description from Amazon (Kindle version):

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. 

If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you’ll want to dive into Nicole Peeler’s enchanting debut novel.

Despite a few descriptive words: “grisly,” “terrifying,” and “deadly” (exactly the sort of words that typically keep me from this genre, not to mention “vampire”), I’m finding this novel to be relatively light and very funny.  I’m only about 20% in (can you tell I’m reading it on my Kindle?), and Jane True has just discovered that she’s the child of a human and a Selkie, and that, surprise, surprise, her world is populated with an interesting mix of supernatural characters.
When one of them is murdered and Jane pulls the body out of a whirlpool, they decide to hold an intervention of sorts to let her in on their secret and solicit her help in learning whether the murder was committed at the hands of the supernatural.  Admit it, you’re curious.
Nicole’s writing is very colorful and engaging, and I admit, I’m definitely curious about what Jane True will discover and where this series will go.


Posted in book review club, Uncategorized on 05/01/2013 12:10 am


  1. Selkies might be the new vampire – I’ve seen several other books featuring them. I was going to say she must be inhumane to endure a night time swim in Maine!

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      I did think of you, Sarah, while writing this review, with the setting being Maine. I can’t even imagine swimming in the ocean near Maine after midnight!! Brrr…

  2. This is kind of like a two-for-one review. :)

    The kindle description is not one that would grab my attention but I do like light and funny books so you never know. Oh, and dog’s licks do heal . . . not sure why the book description made it sound like it was a supernatural thing. 😉

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      The book implies that they’re pretty much healed without a trace, I think. :)

  3. Well, I do like Sookie Stackhouse…. I wonder if you’ve nailed it, and selkies are the next vampires?! Also, I’m like you with a kindle! When I’m reading on the kindle, I think in percentages. When I’m reading an actual book, I’m back to pages. It’s a sort of “bililngual” thing! Ha! 😉 A question: does your kindle show page numbers? Thanks for reviewing!

  4. Oh, and I wanted to let you know I’m reading Attachments because of your review in March. It is sooooo funny! Thank you!

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      Whoo-hoo! So glad you are liking it Barrie!

      And no, my Kindle doesn’t show page numbers, but I have one of the oldies. :)

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