where I got my copy: Borders
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.
I started reading this book Monday afternoon on a bench outside the church's youth ministry building while waiting for my son. For the first few chapter, I was laughing internally just so I won't get that "look" from some hardcore church members but then (I guess it was an accumulation of laugh-out-loud moments) I got to the part where Jane True slash author Nicole Peeler wrote "seaweed pubes" and "barnacle crotch" describing a specific part of Trill the Kelpie. I seriously laugh my ass off. Like the way I would laugh in the confines of my apartment. Was it awful or shallow that I find that extremely funny? The spell got broken when I realized the few people around me stopped talking with whoever they were having a conversation with and three kids stopped playing and was staring at me. So I did get the "look" that I was avoiding, it was a bit embarassing but totally worth it.
Back to the book. They weren't kidding when they said if you love the Sookie books, this is recommended to you. Jane does remind me of Sookie in a lot of ways and similar tragedies but Jane and her world is her own. This book is full of our supernatural friends. Ryu the Vampire, Anyan the Barghest (like a hellhound), shape shifters who's been her neighbors, a Gnomes that claims that Rockabill is her territoty, Goblins with their hideous face and freaky sharp teeth, a rare stone spirit that bags groceries, kelpies and skelkies, (etc... if I missed some) Their true natures are masked with glamoured. The last two I mentioned, I had a hard time wrapping their association in my head since I wasn't familiar with their nature, so I googled them just to see how they look like. I love the mystery that surrounds Jane's halfling blood. The love story of her parents, her mother's departure, her love for swimming and the way the water recharges her (reminds me of Percy Jackson when I read that). I also love the fact that she always gives her self a mental pep talk. Jane's past was a sad affair, I can emphatize yet somewhere in the book every time she feels guilty about that night with Jason, I wanted to shake her and tell her to forgive herself already, so I was happy when she and Ryu finally made it to the sack. With the murders that happened around her town, that involves a Shapeshifter and two powerful Goblins, she needed that.
Not only will the characters draw you to this book but also the excitement, witty dialogues, mystery and fair amount of suspense that is written in its pages. Very impressive start of a new series. Another world to add to your collection.Second book "Tracking the tempest" will be released 2010.
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