Review – Tracking the Tempest
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  • June 28, 2010

I just finished a treat – Tracking the Tempest by Nicole Peeler. It’s an excellent and fun read from Peeler for the second time in a row, I’m happy to broadcast.

We open on Valentine’s day. Jane and Ryu have a pleasure romp planned in Boston. But when the date ends in flames (literally) Jane finds herself caught up in an investigation that may hit too close to home…herself.

I’ve been a fan of these since reading Tempest Rising in November and have made it one of my tasks at work to share Peeler’s world with anyone who cares. As of the release of Tracking I have successfully handsold 100 copies of the first one (bragging rights, raise the roof). So, of course I was thrilled to dip back into the world of Rockabill Maine and it’s denizens. Well, I adore Jane True. I adore Rockabill and all of Jane’s outcast, quirky friends. I really adore Ms. Peeler’s writing.

I keep telling people two things when they ask me about the Tempest series. One is that Peeler’s savvy writing had me at hello (it’s funny and hip and so smart that I feel she’s satirizing the entire Urban Fantasy genre while, in tandem, revolutionizing it). And two; these books are better than Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse books. For real. They are alike enough to make the comparison (outcast heroine with something off about her, vampire boyfriend, supernatural mystery element, small narrow-minded town, etc. etc.) but unlike enough that people can enjoy both of the series as wholly separate entities, which they are. My thing, I don’t find Peeler’s Tempest books to be ridiculous, guilty pleasures that make me roll my eyes constantly. I find the writing to be utterly satisfying. The characters are all fresh and edgy, and Jane’s oddball antics and inner dialogues have me riotously laughing (and reading aloud to other people at every chance I get).

I’m crestfallen to have to wait until January for Tempest’s Legacy but that is the bookseller’s cross to bear. Rest assured that I will be reading Nicole Peeler at the earliest chance I get. I can’t wait to see what she pulls out next.

5 out of 5 stars.



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Melissa (My words and pages)

2010-06-28 12:55:44 Reply

I loved this book as well. 🙂 Nicole has a great way with humor and the characters coming alive. I have not read the Sookie books yet, but many say they are great too. So to surpass those books is way cool. 🙂


2010-06-29 15:22:39 Reply

Great review! I enjoyed your take on this series as meta-urban fantasy. You’ve whet my appetite for the second book. 🙂