Title: Tempest Rising
By: Tracy Deebs
Series: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Walker Books (May 10, 2011)
My Copy: Advanced Reading Copy from Publisher
About the 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.
Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs is the best mermaid novel that I have had the pleasure of reading. Mermaid novels are a uniquely new addition to the genre. It seems that novels surrounding this species have proved to be difficult in creating a extraordinary read. The common perception of a fairy tale glittery world appears to conflict with many authors ability to invent a strong storyline. Deebs made this challenge appear effortless with her creation of this novel that is packed full of suspense, love, and mystery. With this shift of view the world was wide open for the intensity of this novel. Tempest was a very detailed and unique character that will capture the readers with her strong and quiet personality. Being a surf baby added an incredible shift to her character that many readers will enjoy as unique and inventive. The romance of this novel was yet another rare quality with the development of two wonderful characters that are not easily overlooked. Mark is the special and attentive boyfriend that readers will crave, but the emotion for Tempest is obviously lacking. Kai is the new mouth watering attraction that will quickly develop in the story. It is obvious why our main character will struggle with her decisions when it comes to her love. In the beginning it does appear that Tempest attraction to Kai will be a bit abrupt, but as the story progresses it becomes clear that this was intentionally in building the story. It is also refreshing that it does not go overlooked, as the author returns to build emotion and background as the journey continues. The story is not concluded, but set for a future that promises continuance. I look forward to seeing where this author will take the story in future novels.