Where I Got It: Nook Store
Series: Tempest #2
Genre: YA Paranormal- Mermaids
In Tempest Rising, Tempest chose to return to the sea, following in her mother’s footsteps and forging a relationship with the selkie Kona. Now many months have gone by, and she yearns to see her family again. Life under the ocean is full of rigorous training to eventually take over the throne, which leads to Tempest’s powers growing and manifesting in new ways. When Tiamat, Tempest’s power-hungry nemesis, attacks Tempest’s brother Moku on land, she returns to his side, which also brings her back to her old flame, Mark. But was the attack calculated to get Tempest out of the way? As the battle rages, Tempest’s two loves will collide to both protect her and force her to choose. And when the biggest casualty of all befalls the merpeople-the Queen loses her life-will Tempest be able, or willing, to take over the throne?
What I Thought:
I don’t tend to read mermaid novels for some reason, which is weird, because I really like mermaids. But I really liked Tempest Unleashed! I think it definitely bridges the gap between Tempest Rising and whatever is going to happen in Tempest Revealed. The things that happen, especially towards the end of the book…it definitely kept my interest, especially when Tempest discovers a cave that has oodles of pearls that contain her mother’s memories and regrets. Which is an interesting concept, and I really liked it because it’s something I can see mermaids actually doing.
I don’t blame Tempest for wanting to see her family, especially after being away from them for so long. And I don’t blame her for missing her friends. As for Kona and Mark…I can see her with both. I like that Kona’s a selkie, and seems to have a good idea of what things are like for Tempest as a mermaid (and future heir to the merpeople throne). But I also like Mark in the picture, because he represents her ties to the human world. This is one of the rare times when I actually really like the love triangle, because they both complement Tempest in so many different ways. It’s weird, because I liked Kona better in the first one, and I liked Mark better in this one, so it’ll be interesting to read the last one to see who Tempest chooses. Because I feel like her mind isn’t completely made up.
I really liked the underwater world, and it felt like such a real place! I can totally imagine a world like this being underwater. Other than the stuff going on with Tiamat, it seems like it’s a very peaceful place, and it’s a world I’d love to see without the threat of Tiamat. There’s so much conflict! There’s the stuff between Tempest and Tiamat, of course, but there’s also some conflict with Queen Hailana and who Tempest trains with. I think her powers are interesting, and I’m finding that I can’t wait to see her learn a little more about them.
As for her family…I’m glad she got to see them and spend time with them, even if one brother is really angry with her and seems to be a slightly different character then he was when we first met him. And Moku! Poor Moku! On the plus side, Moku does end up being okay, which is good, because there’s something very sweet about him.
Let’s Rate It:
I really liked Tempest Unleashed, and the underwater world. There is a slightly darker feel to Tempest Unleashed, which I thought was interesting. I didn’t fall in love with Tempest Unleashed, but I thought it was a great sequel. Tempest Unleashed gets 4 stars.