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.
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