Review: Tempest Rising by Tracey Deebs

, by Kt Clapsadl

Tempest Rising by Tracey Deebs 
Tempest #1

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 Kona, 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 has always known that she will have to make the most important decision of her life when she turns seventeen, to live life as a human, or to embrace her mermaid half and let the sea claim her just as it did her mother. She's got so much to keep her on land, the close ties with her little brothers, her boyfriend Mark, and her dreams of becoming an artist. But the siren call of the ocean has always been there, and now it is only getting stronger, and she may just not have the strength to resist.

Tempest is a very conflicted character, understandably so since both land and sea are pulling at her, making her feel so torn. In fact, this constant war within herself and her mother's abandonment have made her quite closed off and a little petulant, if not selfish in her behavior. There were quite a few times where her stubbornness got on my nerves, but still I understood where she was coming from. So much is forced upon her in such a short time, and aside from her "woe is me" attitude she does take things rather well. She has an iron will underneath her teenage attitude, and she has the potential to become incredibly powerful as she matures.

There's a love triangle in Tempest Rising, not really my favorite thing in the world, but it didn't bother me too much. Perhaps at is because while it is obvious that Tempest really cares about Mark, she holds so much of herself back from him that there couldn't possibly be any longevity. So, I just really don't see him as a viable love interest, even if Tempest does. A great best friend, yes, but true love mojo? Forget about it. With Kona, however, she can truly be herself, even if she is in denial about who she really is. He cares for all of her, both the good and the bad, not just what she shows the world. Everything about him just feels like coming home. That being said, while I had no trouble picking a guy, things are so cut and dry for Tempest, and her choice doesn't come easy at all. But then matters of the heart rarely are.

More than anything, I enjoyed the mythology surrounding Tempest Rising. Unfortunately I can't really talk about all the different elements with spoiling things, as nothing really gets revealed until a fair way into the book. So, just suffice it to say that there is a whole lot more going on then one girl's issues with her mermaid half. In fact, this world may just be may favorite "under the sea" one yet. Overall Tempest Rising was a decent read, and I'm looking forward to the next installment.


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