Book Review: Tempest Revealed

Tempest Revealed CoverBook: Tempest Revealed by Tracy Deebs

Published July 2013 by Bloomsbury|270 pages

Where I Got It: Nook store/e-book

Series: Tempest #3

Genre: YA Paranormal- Mermaids

You can find Tempest Revealed on goodreads & Tracy Deebs on her website

Goodreads Summary: 

Half-mermaid Tempest Maguire is trying to have it all: fulfilling her duties as second-in-line to the merQueen Hailana while periodically returning home to the California coastline to be with her family and longtime boyfriend, Mark.

Living under the sea and rebuilding Coral Straits is grueling work, while being back home reminds her of everyone she loves and misses. But when her old flame Kona arrives bearing news that Hailana has died and Tempest is now officially merQueen, she returns permanently to Coral Straits, even though it devastates her family and rips her apart from Mark.

Once there, she discovers that an old enemy has resurfaced, hell-bent on taking over her throne… with or without her. As Tempest prepares for her final showdown against Tiamat and anyone who stands with her, she must decide what – and who – is really important to her. Because there will be few survivors in the ultimate sea battle that is brewing – and Tempest isn’t sure she will be one of them.

What I Thought:

I have mixed feelings about Tempest Revealed.  I mean, I liked it and all, and I’ve really liked the entire series, but I also didn’t enjoy as much as I did the previous books in the series.

So, I’m going to start with the big battle between Tempest and Tiamat.  I wanted more of a big battle and more conflict between them then what we got in Tempest Revealed.  After reading it?  My reaction was “that’s it?  where’s the big battle?” I really was hoping for something more.

I’m not super-happy with Mark and Tempest as a couple, but I don’t think I’d be happy with her and Kona either.  The romance just got more irritating (to me) as the series went on.  I know that Mark and Kona represent her life as a mermaid and her life as a human, but I just grew really tired of the competitiveness between them.  I think I just feel like they bring out one side of Tempest, and that they’ll never truly understand the other part of who Tempest really is.

So, Hailana dying, which leaves Tempest as merQueen…naturally, it happens when Tempest goes to visit her family, and I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if she were with her (mermaid) people.  I don’t know that I particularly liked that she was with her family when Hailana died, mostly because I feel like she should have been taking care of the Tiamat stuff.  Still, I liked that she tried to balance both the mermaid side and the human side.

Still, I did like Tempest Revealed, and that all of the loose ends were tied up.  There is something about Tempest Revealed that kept me reading, and I couldn’t wait to see how things turned out…even though I wasn’t completely thrilled with how some things worked out.

Let’s Rate It:

I liked Tempest Revealed, and was glad that all of the loose ends were tied up.  While I generally felt underwhelmed with Tempest Revealed, I liked that she did try to balance two very different worlds, and there’s definitely something addicting about this series.  Tempest Revealed gets 3 stars.

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