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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but not quite up to previous efforts,
This review is from: Eye Of The Tempest: Jane True series: Book Four (Kindle Edition)This, the fourth book in the Jane True series, for once sees the action centring around Jane's little seaside village of Rockabill. At the beginning of the novel, Jane is a bit out of things - she'd been left seriously depleted after her exertions at the end of Tempest's Legacy: Jane True Series: Book Three. So she's a bit disconcerted to find that the magical being she had nicknamed 'Blondie' now seems to have become part of her friends' inner circle. It turns out that she has a name as well. Unfortunately, it's a series of unpronounceable stops and clicks... that everyone except Jane seems able to pronounce.
Issues with Ryu now seemingly settled, it looks as though Jane is free to explore her attraction to the barghest Anyan - but things never run that smoothly as something starts possessing the people of Rockabill. Soon, the race is on between Jane and her allies, and Phaedra's evil team (including Jane's personal nightmare, the succubus rapist Graeme) to gain control of an ancient power source trapped beneath Rockabill.
This is, compared to previous novels, something of a disappointing entry in the series. Although many previous characters are brought back into play, their parts are quite limited - leaving much of the action down to Jane and Blondie. This is ultimately explained as being part of empowering Jane, but isn't particularly convincing and leaves the story less rounded than previous books. And Jane's talking libido which started out as kind of funny now gets LOTS more page time than some of the other characters. It's becoming tiresome rather than funny. The long-term story arc involving Jarl is on something of a hiatus as well (hinted at through Phaedra's involvement, rather than any active signs of presence).
'Eye of the Tempest' is still generally well-written, with Jane's character firmly to the forefront, but not as enjoyable or fast-paced as books 1-3.
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining little read,
This review is from: Eye Of The Tempest: Book 4 in the Jane True series (Paperback)I love Jane True, but why have they stopped producing the beautiful covers that were on the first couple of books? They were breathtakingly lovely.
So, this is book 4 - in order the books are: Tempest Rising, Tracking the tempest and Tempest's legacy. I really fell for Jane in books 1 and 2. She's just so delicious; she's sweet, sarcastic, clever, funny and gorgeous. She's also a halfling with a power over water and a love of swimming. Nicole Peeler has fleshed her out beautifully and there are some lovely characters here. Beside the plot surrounding the fae, there's her relationship with Anyan who I adore. But... The constant sex thoughts that pop into Jane's head started to annoy me back in book 3 and they're no better in book 4. It's only a minor niggle but it just annoyed me a little. The gang are all back, and it's lovely to spend a little time with Jane and her friends again.
Please start with the first book, they're enriching and enticing. A nice slice of fae life for those who like their urban fantasy to be clever and fun.
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Eye of the Tempest' review,
This review is from: Eye Of The Tempest: Book 4 in the Jane True series (Paperback)My thoughts: If you're at all interested in publishing, or maybe even if you aren't, you'll have heard people talk about author "voice" before. Like many people, I didn't quite get it, but Nicole Peeler has it, in spades. I started following her on twitter a couple of months before I got the first book (Tempest Rising), and as soon as I started the book, I could see it - the writing is so totally Nicole. The way she talks on twitter is the way she writes in the books, and I love it. I haven't reviewed any of the others before (which I have as audiobooks - this is my first time reading a paper copy), so I get to gush about it ;-)
The book starts with Jane waking up on Anyan's sofa, them having just returned from the Alfar compound, where Ryu, Jane's ex, has been elected leader. Jane and Anyan have finally revealed some of their feelings for each other, and I was looking forward with this book to finally seeing them get past the awkwardness and just get together already! Unfortunately they're attacked before anything fun can happen, and by the end of chapter two, Jane wakes to find herself in hospital, next to a father who suddenly knows about all the supernatural creatures living in Rockabill. Although I'm glad he finally knows about everything that's going on, and what his daughter is, I did think it was a bit sudden for Mr True to know about everything. We miss the actual reveal, and I almost feel like that was taking the easy way out.
This wasn't my favourite book in the series so far as plot goes, it just wasn't as interesting as I felt like the others were, and I think the end result was pretty predictable once you see what's going on. I did still really enjoy it, and you can see how much Jane has changed since we first met her in Tempest Rising. I also really love the steamy scenes we get between Jane & Anyan in this book - talk about leaving the reader on edge! Haha.
I can't wait for the next book, mostly to see how the Jane/Anyan relationship continues to turn out, but also to see how Jane deals with this new challenge. I love these books for just how much fun they are - Jane narrates in a voice much closer to my inner monologue than a lot of tough fantasy heroines. Nicole Peeler writes in such a way that I find myself laughing out loud as I read. I highly recommend this book and the series, especially to people who want a little more light hearted urban fantasy, without losing the plot or romance elements that make grittier stuff good.
I give this book 7 out of 10.
[Originally posted by me at The Book Bundle.]
5.0 out of 5 stars Peeler never fails to please her fans,
This review is from: Eye Of The Tempest: Book 4 in the Jane True series (Paperback)This book couldn't come soon enough for any Anyan fans (like me), because this is the one where we get some Anyan sex ..... or so I was hoping. But Nicole Peeler is a little tease in her writing, every time Jane (and I) get to close to some Anyan sex, we get interrupted! And oh boy, there's a good lot of Anyan in this book which pleases me to no end.
I had totally forgotten how funny Nicole's writing was. With Jane describing her fantasy of humping Anyan's kitchen stove (which sounds like me a bit), and lines like "Undulating is polite for greasy" when describing her hair. Peeler has a real talent for keeping a reader hooked in the story, there's always plenty of funny, snarky lines and the sexual tension between Jane and Anyan is .... well, amazing! But of course, I would love an Anyan of my very own so I may be a tad bias in my views.
If you like Urban Fantasy and you like hot smexy scenes, then pick up a Jane True book. Jane is a totally loveable and relatable lead character and she's so easy to slip into after a day at work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book in the series,
This review is from: Eye Of The Tempest: Book 4 in the Jane True series (Paperback)Follows the series very well and LOVE the ending, very "EastEnders" drum-roll for those of us reading this in the UK. Must read and this author is excellent
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the snark.,
This review is from: Eye Of The Tempest: Book 4 in the Jane True series (Paperback)It probably won't come as a shock to discover that the Jane True series a guilty pleasure of mine, I love the snark, I love the characters within and perhaps best of all I love the way that the heroine isn't a combat ready paranormal terminator as she has to solve her problems with smarts as well as a bit of lateral thinking.
Add to this Nicole's wonderful writing style as well as some great prose and decent pace which makes this one hard to put down, although that said, it can be a little slow in places almost as if we were waiting for a familiar voice to pop in with some advice that never arrived. All in though its still a great book and one that I enjoyed from the first page to the last. Cracking.
4.0 out of 5 stars "Jane True" series book 4,
This review is from: Eye Of The Tempest: Book 4 in the Jane True series (Paperback)Selkie/Human Halfling Jane True is about to take on a far more powerful enemy that she has faced before. With Anyan and Nell Gnome; two of Jane's most powerful allies, well and truly out of the picture, Jane is having to stand on her own two feet plus trust Blondie; the Original introduced in book 3 "Tempest's Legacy".
The action doesn't continuously flow as in previous books; rather there are bursts between a more static plot line than expected. The humour is also somewhat repetitive (ok Anyan is licking his doggy bits again), but Jane's quips are still great, plus her interaction with Blondie works well. Although I missed the presence of Anyan; as did Jane's libido, the ideas introduced are original and clever and parts of the story are particularly poignant as Jane is drawn into a race to ensure an ancient supernatural creature remains imprisoned. Jane certainly reaches new depths of power in "Eye of the Tempest" and proves to everyone but herself that she really is a hero in her new world. This series continues to entertain and it looks like Jane is set to face further adventures as she readies herself for war in book 5 "Tempest's Fury"; due for publication summer 2012.
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Of The Tempest,
This review is from: Eye Of The Tempest: Jane True series: Book Four (Kindle Edition)After waiting for book no. 4 to be released, I hoped that I wasn't going to be disappointed. I definitely wasn't, I loved it. Jane has grown so much but still retains everything I loved about her character from the beginning, especially her conversations with her libido at the most inappropriate moments.
Although her friends don't feature quite as much as in previous books, they're still all here and we learn much so more about the mysterious Blondie.
I really liked the interaction between Jane and Anyan and the "too much" conversation was just genious, that was the point where I knew I wasn't just going to like this book, I was going to love it. Now I have the long wait for book no. 5
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Eye Of The Tempest: Book 4 in the Jane True series by Nicole Peeler (Paperback - 6 Oct 2011)