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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Review: Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

Pub. Date: May 2011
Publisher: Walker & Company
Format: Hardcover , 352pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher (ARC)

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 haven't read too many mermaid books but TEMPEST RISING is one of the best that I've read in a while. Deebs took me on an extraordinary adventure as Tempest was faced with a choice that could possibly change her world forever. This was simply a delicious page turner!

Tempest finds herself stuck between a rock and a hard place as she tries to cope with the constant changes affecting her body and her feelings about being a mermaid. One of the things I loved about this book was how the protagonist already knew she was half mermaid - even though she didn't know the extent of her abilities. I believe this brought even more excitement to the book. Now, what can I say about the two guys vying for her attention? I loved both of them. The chemistry between the two love interests was intense. I didn't know who to root for. But in the end, everything worked out for the best and that's all I could ask for.

There were so many elements that I enjoyed about this book. From the characters, to the undersea world, and the heart-breaking choices and decisions that had to be made, TEMPEST RISING was a fantastical debut. I can only hope that I’ll get to see more of Tempest in the future.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars



  1. Greast review. You've made me really want to read this.

  2. I really do need to read this one. Great review!! :-)

  3. I have always loved mermaids. Thanks for this one!


  4. Mermaids are hit or miss for me. From your review, I'd want to give it a chance. Sounds promising.

  5. I Haven't seen many mermaid books put there...this looks like a good one!

  6. Great review. I have been seeing this book around.I really want to read it.

  7. This sounds really great! There aren't a lot of mermaid books out so the more the merrier. It seems like in most mermaid books there's always surfing involved but the two just seem fitting. Like you can't have one without the other.

    Anyway, great review!

  8. I haven't read any mermaid books yet, but this one sounds like a great place to start. I'm excited to read about her conflict over whether to stay on land--sounds unique!

  9. I have been really excited for this book but your review makes me want to read it even more!

  10. I'm excited for the Little Mermaid World!

  11. I love mermaids and i'm eager to read this book!!!! It look so good...and they're not enought book with mermaid!!!!

  12. Not crazy about the love triangle aspect, but I've always loved the idea of mermaids, and I've also always wanted to learn how to I'm really diggin' the premise. Thanks for the review!

  13. This is actually the first mermaid book to pique my interest. Of course, a love triangle also helps.

  14. It's been awhile since I've had a good mermaid read so really looking forward to this.


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