Thursday, October 27, 2011

Review: Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water's temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her-and that the entire ocean's future hangs in the balance.

"I need you, Tempest." He whispered the words against my mouth and I drew them inside of me, tasted them. 
They were sweet, sweeter than I could ever have imagined. 

I was unexpectedly surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. When viewing the synopsis, I knew that it wasn't something I would normally consider reading . . . so that's why I did. 

Tempest's transition toward becoming a mermaid was entertaining. Through a letter written by her mother, she is aware that the change will occur, but knows nothing of the details. 

Tempest struggles with her physical transformations, the difficult decision to leave her family, her overwhelming attraction to someone new that threatens what she has with the boy that she loves, and the burden of being the center of an ancient underwater prophecy. 

There were some moments in the story that seemed to drag on a bit and were occasionally repetitive, but that was mostly when Tempest was examining her thoughts and feelings about her changes and the bitter feelings toward her mother. 

Overall, I thought the story was impressive for a YA novel about mermaids and I look forward to reading more of Deebs writing.

The sequel, "Tempest Unleashed" is expected to release June of 2012. 


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