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.
The was a light quick read that was mildly entertaining. While the story wasn’t out of this world spectacular, I did grow fond of many of the characters in this book. Jane True is a halfling with supernatural powers. She draws her strength from the ocean and can command it at her whim. However Jane is not aware of her abilities and after rescuing a dead body she finds floating in the ocean, she is introduced to a supernatural world she never knew about. Ryu, a vampire comes along to investigate, and he and Jane end up dating.
While I liked Jane, she was a bit plain to me with nothing extraordinary going on. Though she’s half supernatural, she doesn’t know how to harness her abilities, and never learns in this first novel. In one of the final battles I was waiting for her to somehow realize how she could use her powers to kick some ass but she never did. That was pretty disappointing. At the end of the novel she was told that her mentor of sorts, Nell, would be giving her lessons, so I can only hope that she will be kicking butt in the next book.
I wasn’t all that taken with Ryu though. I wanted to really like him, and though he is a nice enough guy, he just didn’t do it for me. He was really sweet and accommodating to Jane, but I couldn’t help feeling like he had some hidden agenda the whole book. Although nothing ever came to light, he just seemed too slick to me sometimes.
But there were a few characters I loved. Jane’s employer Tracey and her girlfriend Grizzie were great. They were two of the few people who were in Jane’s corner who loved and supported her despite her being an outcast. And Grizzie was a wild hoot with her big boobs and sex gifts. Nell, the gnome, was great and the myriad of shifters and other supernaturals in the area were interesting and kind.
My favorite character had to be Anyan, the great big dog with oversized teeth and paws that can shift into a man. From the very first time we meet him I had a great affection for him. He has a bit of a hard edge and can sometimes be blunt, but he is also protective, intelligent, and kind. You can tell he really cares for Jane, and has her best interests at heart. And whats funny is that Anyan is the character that eventually voices to Jane the same suspicions I have about Ryu. Which of course made me love him even more. Gotta love those giant dogs, they’re a loyal bunch.
Overall, it was an okay book. Nothing to write home and tell mom about, but interesting enough for me to continue on with the series. I hope that Jane eventually come into her own.
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