Monday, September 26, 2011

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Publisher: Walker Books

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 don't see a whole abundance of mermaid books out there, so whenever I find one, I usually pick them up and this one was a great pick.  Most of the times, mermaids are glamorized in books, so this one was kind of refreshing, as Tempest discovers that being a mermaid can create some real danger to those around her, as well as herself.  A legacy left by her mother, Tempest must come to terms with this side of herself, and she doesn't want to.  But there's no denying that she's drawn to the ocean.

I felt so bad for her at times, because although she's drawn to the ocean, she remembers what it was like to be abandoned by a mother who chose the ocean over her.  This still hurts, and so it's hard for her to reconcile that this is also a part of her.  The choice isn't as cut and dried as she thought though.  When Kai is threatened, she doesn't hesitate to jump into the ocean and try to follow him and rescue him, despite the fact that there's an entity in the ocean that has been trying to lure her, probably to kill her, up until now.

The romance between her and Kai was magical and little steamy even. Just as I like it.  The underwater adventures were thrilling to read, and the book was just plain enthralling and exciting.  This author's writing absorbed me, and was so beautifully done.  I pretty much devoured the book in one sitting.  This was definitely worth the time!!

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