“He had this domineering way about him that totally ketchuped my tater tots – it was like he knew what I wanted more than I did.” – Tempest's Fury by Nicole Peeler
This series is uproariously entertaining but there is real substance there as well.
Jane and her double-headed battleaxe are suddenly thrust into a role that is very much comparable to King Arthur and Excalibur and other fictional champions like Moorcock’s Elric of Melniboné, Dorian Hawkmoon, etc. But with so much at stake – so much pressure, so much expectation – all Jane wants is some alone time with Anyan…
But, honestly, when I think about this series, the first thing that comes to mind is the profusion of priceless, laugh-out-loud one-liners. This series has more memorable one-liners than any other paranormal fantasy series I know. Here is a small sampling of some of my favorites over the years:
• “I’m pretty sure I’d just had a nerdgasm.” (Tempest’s Fury)
• “’Ohmigod,’ I said, groaning and burying my face in Anyan’s biceps, ‘the only thing bigger than my hips are my eyes. It’s like a manga character came to life and discovered fried chicken.” (Tempest’s Fury)
• “If I pee my pants I am going to be so pissed.” (Tempest’s Legacy)
• "Amazing sex, beautiful clothes, and a grilled cheese whenever I ask – I could get used to this life." (Tempest Rising)
• “It was when he was so casually clever, however, that I wanted to pickle his gherkin.” – (Tempest’s Fury)
• “That hair-pulling thing he did really peeled my bananas.” (Eye of the Tempest)
• “You usurped my lentils.” (Tracking the Tempest)
• “That’s not a police baton!” (Eye of the Tempest)
• "She has seaweed pubes." (Tempest Rising)
• “My cake-and-sex fantasies were foiled, however, for neither lurked in my kitchen.” (Tracking the Tempest)
• “I’ve never wanted to marry a sandwich… but this is like sex and flour.” (Tempest’s Fury)
• "Distract me, I thought, fiercely blinking back my tears. Reinvent me. Get me out of my own head; rescue me from my life... For a second, I pictured myself as Mina and Ryu as Gary Oldman's Dracula. The young hot one, mind you, with the long hair, rather than the old guy with the weird boob wig." (Tempest Rising)
• “And what the hell was I going to sleep in? I had flannel pajamas, a couple of T-shirt nighties, and some hoochtastic sexiness.” (Tempest’s Legacy)
And let’s not even mention this novel’s jaw-dropper of an ending…. Wow.
The bottom line is this: Peeler’s Jane True saga is as close to perfect as a paranormal fantasy saga gets. Mark my words – when all is said and done, Jane True will go down as one of the most universally beloved heroines to ever grace the pages of a paranormal fantasy, right up there with Rachel Morgan and Sookie Stackhouse.
Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
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