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A fascinating, fast-paced, sexy storm of a book Rachel Caine Peeler packs a hell of a punch with writing that is bold, bawdy, and bright, and breaks the usual paranormal boundaries with sensitivity and style to burn Kat Richardson From small-town hijinks to otherworldly intrigue, this is a fun start to a new series, and a promising first novel LOCUS An exciting journey of self-discovery and murder mystery ... A notable debut ROMANTIC TIMES --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Nicole Peeler writes urban fantasy and is an associate professor at Seton Hill University, where she co-directs their MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. Having recently finished her award-winning Jane True series, she is looking forward to the publication of Jinn and Juice, the first book in a series about a cursed jinni living in Pittsburgh. Nicole also lives in Pittsburgh, although she's neither cursed nor a jinni.

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Product Details

  • Series: Jane True (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Original edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316056588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316056588
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brittany Hardy on November 2, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A entirely original yet familiar introduction to a new world of urban fantasy. Jane True is stuck in a ho-hum life in small-town Maine as the village pariah. Because of the nature of her parentage (child out of wed-lock, gasp!) and a freak accident that left her crippled by her own grief and the town's collective hatred she has little to look forward to. The death of another local thrusts her into a paranormal society she didn't know existed let alone was part of. In walks Mr. Steamy/Sexy vampire, Ryu, and out pops a host of unique, colorful, lovable, crazy, weird, and/or interesting characters.

Jane True is somewhat reminiscent of Sookie Stackhouse as she tumbles down the rabbit hole and doesn't know who to trust. But she is her own character entirely. And I love her internal ramblings. They seriously made me laugh out loud. Nicole Peeler puts the mental ramblings we all have, but never admit to, on paper. Or at least I hope I'm that funny in my head. I especially love the whole devil on one shoulder and angel on the other inner dialogue. Only it's Jane's libido and her guilty common sense that battle. Especially when her libido was that carnivorous plant from Little Shop of Horrors. (Feed meeeeeeee!)

I also love that while there are vampires in this book it is not a vampire book. Matter of fact, vampires aren't even the "ancient all powerful, apathetic to the workings of us puny humans" characters in this book. So while this is a paranormal book and the characters are similar to the myths of vampires, shapeshifters, ect, they are original but without being TOO off the beaten path.

I love, love, love this series. Nicole Peeler has carved out the perfect little niche for her world and her characters and I can only hope it's long lasting.
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They live among us. And who are they? Supernatural beings, of course. Gnomes. Vampires. Genies. Half this, half that. They're all here. The dog you walk day in and day out may not be just a dog. Of course, they don't want us to see their true nature, so we don't. This would, however, explain a lot about my cat -- I'm going to start watching her more closely. Perhaps her glamours will slip one day.

Like all of us, Jane never saw any of these beings, despite being half one herself -- until one day they make themselves known to her. They'd watched her from afar and would have let themselves be known to her -- someday, if they felt it necessary. And then she stumbled upon a murder scene that affected their world. So, of course, they were forced to welcome her with open arms. Or some were, anyway. This turns Jane's otherwise boring life upside down. In good and bad ways both. The town outcast can always use some excitement, after all.

There's a fair amount of pop culture references in this book, which typically makes me a little nervous. It makes me feel as though it might leave some readers out. Sure, my mom will get the MC Hammer reference, but some other the other songs or movies that were mentioned? Maybe not. Still it worked in this book, most are popular enough that almost anyone would have at least an idea of who/what they were -- that or the names alone gave you an idea of what they were about. So, my usual pet peeve when it comes to this, went right out the window and I ended up finding it charming -- That Jane was so often chatting with herself using books, movies, songs, etc as reference points to compare her own situations to.

The cover explains to us that this book is a must for Sookie fans. I agree.
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The value of this book is possibly summarized by that of its cover: it appears cute at first and it is somehow professionally done but it does not hold in the long run because it turns saccharine and sticky.

Jane is wasting her life away in a small Maine village, hunted by the memory of a lost love, a loss she is partially responsible of, and this is a theme which is well if not originally handled. Even the predictable but sensible realization that her suffering is mostly self induced that comes at the end of the book is well done. Jane is also more than meets the eye -a common fact in fantasy novels- and this novel is about her discovering and coming to terms with the fact that she is only half human and that the the world the other half belongs to is fascinating but dangerous.

While the premise could have led to an interesting read I find myself dissatisfied by what could have been done with such a story and was not.
The writing is in order (and yet I am amazed by the fact that a professor of creative writing should be taught grammar -not when a schoolchild but while writing the book- as she not so covertly admits in her acknowledgements), the plotting simple but consistent and some tension always there, though it rarely peaks to engaging levels.

One problem is that Jane (the main character) is constantly dialoguing with herself and if some lines are funny, most are just redundant, not to mention that the many pop-culture references spattering these reflections might be lost to many readers and make the book a very ephemeral read, as in a few years many readers will not get them. Jane also mentions several songs that were entirely unknown to me: more the pity as they are supposed to convey the atmosphere of the moment.
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