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Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

Published by Walker Books for Young Readers

Pages: 352

Ages: Young Adult

Publishers Summary: A contemporary paranormal romance out just in time to ride the wave of the newest creature craze: mermaids!

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.

In a world where everything is a constant challenge how is Tempest Maguire, a “normal” high school aged girl to deal with the absolutely abnormal thing that’s happening to her? Having been left by her mother a mere six years prior, Tempest and her father & brothers spend much of their time wondering if their mother will ever return from the sea. It’s not that her mother was lost at sea, but that she actually chose to return, as a mermaid, and now Tempest is struggling with the same choice. Does she choose the normal human life she longs for or succumb to the call of the waves outside her doorstep? When her seventeenth birthday arrives she quickly learns that time is running out and her choices may have more far reaching consequences than she thought.

Since the time I was very young I’ve been a huge fan of mermaid stories, but I’ve never really felt like anyone did them much justice. Honestly, they were either too fluffy (ie. The Little Mermaid – Disney’s version) or too harsh. There was never any in between, but I’m happy to say that’s been rectified. Tempest Rising is the perfect blend of mermaids and humans with the ultimate choice being left in the hands of a young girl, Tempest. What I loved about Tempest’s conflict was that it wasn’t necessarily centered around the boys she finds herself torn between. Yes, large portions of it did have to do with that, but it was primarily a choice that revolved around her mother. Her mother’s decision to leave her family long tainted Tempest’s feelings toward her own upcoming decision. A choice that has her torn between the family she loves dearly and the sea her mother abandoned them for.

As I mentioned, there’s also no shortage of romance and young love to throw a bit of struggle into Tempest’s decision. Her choice between the both incredible, Mark and Kai, is almost as difficult as her choice between land and sea. For me, being someone who’s about done with all the love triangle business I see in books recently, this was very nicely done. Each boy was used to illustrate her possibilities and not only the simple “which boy do I choose?” scenario. Mark was a large part of her life on land, along with the brothers and father there as well. While Kai clearly illustrated her world beneath the sea, which I might add was beautifully done. Both appealing, but each in their own way and each with their own consequences.

Overall, Tempest Rising is a fantastic addition to the Young Adult paranormal world and a much need addition to the world of mermaid stories. Tempest’s story of the loss of her mother is so completely wound around her upcoming choice, but the addition of her two love interests raise the stakes as more complications arise. Will Tempest choose the land or the sea? Only time will tell and her choice will have a lasting impact not only on those she loves, but on the world around her. A wonderful debut novel from author Tracy Deebs and one I’m eagerly anticipating more from!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 14 and up. A much needed mermaid story young adult readers will fall in love with!

Find Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs at the following spots:
Powell’s Books
Barnes & Noble


Thanks to the author, Tracy Deebs, I have some fantastic Tempest Rising inspired swag to giveaway to three lucky winners! Thank you Tracy!

Details: Three winners will be chosen at random after the contest closes. You MUST fill out the form below, comments will not count as entries. Only one entry per household. Giveaway is open to US/Canadian Residents only. The giveaway will run from May 10, 2011 until May 29, 2011 midnight EST.

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Thank you so much to the author, Tracy Deebs, and publisher, Walker Books for Young Readers, for providing the opportunity to review this book!
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11 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

  1. NotNessie says:

    Oooo. This sounds really good! I’m about done with love triangles, so I’m happy to hear that this one is well done. Great review!

    • It’s still heavy on the love triangle aspect, but I think if you’re even remotely into mermaids you’ll enjoy this one. Plus, it’s an extremely quick read. 🙂

  2. Gina says:

    Can you believe this (and the glance in the store the other day) are the first times that I’ve heard of this one? *shakes head* Off to investigate…..
    Good luck to all that enter…and fab review!

  3. Sounds great! Great review doll!

  4. Christina T says:

    I’ve heard that mermaids are the next biggest thing in YA paranormal fiction. I liked Forgive My Fins and plan to read Real Mermaids Don’t Have Toe Rings. This sounds good too though I am really tired of the love triangle in YA fiction. The way you describe it though, it might not be too bad. Nice review!

    • Thank you!

      I’ve heard the same thing. It’s funny how they go from one thing to another, I just enjoy reading, but this was definitely a nice break from the norm. 🙂

  5. Margaret says:

    This looks so good! I love stories of mermaids!

  6. visit says:

    Great article, just wha I wannted too find.

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