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 that are 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.
Tempest Rising is written in the first person and as such Kate Reinders does a fantastic job of becoming Jane and helps create a unique voice for the character. All the other characters are always seen through Jane’s eyes so Kate manages to complete inhabit Jane and portray a woman hemmed in by circumstances and discovering a world around her. Between the great writing and the performance Jane comes across as a funny, relatable and original girl – with a very healthy libido! J
Apart from being slightly surprised at first by the American accent (I’m British so when I read books no-one has an accent!), this is a great audiobook. I’d read the book previously and really enjoyed learning about Jane’s world so listening to the CD was no trouble. It was unabridged (my favourite!) so I was able to spend just under ten hours in Jane’s company and urge her on in her relationship with Ryu, laughed as she discovered what a genie really keeps in his pants and jumped when she did. A great book, brilliantly performed that left me wanting more.
Recommended for fans of Charlaine Harris and Jaye Wells. 9 out of 10