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Review: Tempest Rising by Tracey Deebs

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
Published by Bloomsbury
Challenge: DAC
Source: review copy

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.

Tempest rising is the first mermaid book I've read and despite having reservations about the genre I really enjoyed it.

what I liked about it

I actually quite liked Tempest as a character. I enjoyed seeing how she was torn between what she wanted and what she was "born" to do and how the author got that internal struggle across. I loved the realtionship she had with her family and in particular her brothers and seeing how that relationship influences how she made her decisions. The boys in this book are just a little bit too gorgeous I have no idea how Tempest was meant to decide between any of them if I'm honest. I liked that it was a paranormal romance but with a different twist. You get to a point where you start to feel like you are reading the same book over and over again sometimes and this one was uniquely different for me.

What could have been better.

I would have liked the start to be a bit more pacey as I found I got a bit bored to start with. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger and it was very frustrating - I need more as the openedness is a bit of a killer and has left me gagging for the next bit.


Jules said…
This is a book that's been popping up on quite a few blogs - I think I do want to read this one for myself.

Great review.
I started this one, but I don't think I was in a 'mermaid' frame of mind and I couldn't get past the sort of slow beginning. I'm glad you mostly liked it though, that's promising for when I do eventually return to it!