Tempest Rising

Book: Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

Published May 2011 by Walker & Company|243 pages

Purchased for my Nook

Genre: YA/Paranormal- Mermaids

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Goodreads.com Summary: 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 really liked Tempest Rising.  I have no idea why it took me so long to read about mermaids, but this one is a good one to start off with!

A lot of things in Tempest Rising are predictable.  There’s a prophecy that focuses on Tempest- a prophecy that says she’s the one who will either join forces with Tiamat, an evil sea witch, or defeat her.  She doesn’t want to be a mermaid at first, but realizes that it is what she wants by the end of the novel.  She has a boyfriend, but in the end, she ends up with a mysterious stranger that turns out to be Selkie prince.

And I didn’t mind that there were quite a few predictable elements in the book.  I loved what Deebs did with mermaids and other ocean beings.  I loved the underwater city Kona lived in, and I can’t wait to get a closer look at where the mermaids live.  As for the human setting, I love that the book is set in San Diego!  I do wish we saw more than the beach, but considering the fact that Tempest loves to surf and the fact that she’s half-mermaid, I totally get why the beach is pretty important.  Plus, Tempest being a surfer makes her becoming a mermaid really interesting.

I loved the characters, and thought Tempest was interesting.  I didn’t care for Mark as her (former) boyfriend or Kona as her current boyfriend.  I felt like the book was more about her choice between land and sea, and while her Mark and Kona do represent her choice, it was kind of distracting.  I liked the relationships Tempest had with her family, especially the one she didn’t have with her mom.

Final thoughts: I really am looking forward to reading the sequel, and learning more about the ocean culture!  It was was a fun read and it was nice to read about mermaids.  I loved the characters and the setting, and while I didn’t love Tempest Rising, I still really enjoyed it.  It gets a 4 out of 5.

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