Jul 2, 2011


Author: Tracy Deebs
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
My Rating: 4/5
Plot in One Word: Mermaids
Good if...you want a good beach book
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.

My Thoughts...
I'm having a hard time trying to decide how to describe this book.  On one hand--this novel set up the perfect mermaid story.  A girl trying to decide between land and sea, between two boys, between two separate lives.  It was sexy and dark and mysterious.  And the mythology was fantastic, really the best part to it.  I greedily wanted to know more about the underwater world.  But on the other hand it was slightly lacking in something: substance, maybe.
Yes, there were parts that I really really loved about this novel.  It's just...I think the love-triangle hurt it more than helped it.  I liked Mark in the beginning.  He was a great boyfriend and part of me just didn't get what Tempest saw in Kona--the mysterious new guy--when he came along.  I liked him more and more as the novel went on, but I'm still left wondering why they fell for each other.  But still, this book had me pretty hooked (but still able to pick it up and put it down for several days while traveling) and even if there were flaws it did make for an awesome beach book.  I totally recommend it.

If you liked TEMPEST RISING; you might also like...
SEA CHANGE by Aimee Friedman
A KISS IN TIME by Alex Flinn

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