Author: Nicole Peeler
Series: 1st in Jane True
Published: Available now from Orbit
Source: Purchased Copy
Description: 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 Give This ...
I really struggled with my rating for this one. It's a promising start to a series, but I didn't connect with the characters as much as I would like.
I think the issue here is that Jane feels very juvenile, and the cover doesn't help. It's not that I didn't like her character because I did. I just think that living her life as the social outcast has left her in a little bubble. So, when the bubble breaks and reveals this whole supernatural world, she sees it through the eyes of a child. Which is funny at times and annoying at others. But, by the end of the story, I think she's grow up a little.
I liked the supernatural world that Peeler has created although it's a tad overwhelming. Instead of concentrating on a few supernatural beings, we get everything you could think of a few that you wouldn't. Some of them were really interesting like the genie (he made me laugh). While others were down right creepy like Jimmu. It's a large cast of characters, but I never felt bogged down with information like I have been with other first books in paranormal series.
I'm still not sure about Ryu. I just don't think he's good for Jane. He's devoted to her for now, but sex seems so casual for him. I don't think that's how Jane operates. He sure knows how to wine and dine though, and I get how Jane is attracted to him.
It was a fun beginning to the series, and I will be continuing it. I just haven't found that "it" series yet!