Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mermaids, Sirens, and Seafolk. Day 3 ~ Tempest Rising

Title: Tempest Rising
Author: Tracy Deebs
Publication Date: May 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury/Walker Books for Young Readers
Hardcover pages: 352
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From GoodReads:
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 just adore her tattoos!
If you're looking for Ariel from the Little Mermaid, look somewhere else! 

Sixteen year old Tempest knows she has big decisions to make once she turns seventeen. Does she give into the call of the ocean like her mother or does she ignore it? 

Tempest's mother is a mermaid. After three children, she went back into the ocean. She walked away from her husband and children. Tempest never forgave her for that betrayal.

And now she is faced with the choice of becoming a mermaid, and leaving her family and her boyfriend, or staying a human on land. The emergence of Kona makes her decision much more difficult. First off, she has a boyfriend, but she is clearly attracted to this man from the sea. Exactly who is he? And why does he want her to fulfill her mermaid destiny so bad? A destiny that says she is the only one who can defeat the sea-witch. Will she really be so important in the fight against the sea witch Tiamat?

Tempest Rising was a damn good book in my opinion. I honestly do not know why I waited so long to read it. And once I did I was excited for the second one. (Review coming tomorrow for book two.) While some of the story was a bit irksome I still enjoyed it. Why was it irksome? Well for starters, the love triangle. I HATE love triangles! Then there is the fact that the heroine has to make an important decision while she is still a teen, a decision that has the ability to sadden her family. Plus there is the fact that she is powerful, one of the only powerful ones that can stop true evil. And there is smoking hot attraction that makes all the bells and whistles. Now. Don't get me wrong, this is still somewhat enjoyable, but it just gets old. While that is said, Tracy Deebs does a fantastic job of making me forget that those elements were in the book! In many ways, some of those irks even made sense! 

So, go out, grab a copy today! Then grab a copy of Tempest Unleashed which hit shelves yesterday!

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