Tempest Rising (Tempest, #1)by Tracy Deebs Published 10 May 2011
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Tempest Maguire loves her California coastline home. Surfing the killer waves. Taking care of her brothers and dad. Loving her longtime boyfriend, Mark. But the weight of her secret is pulling her under, toward the ocean's ever-growing call.
Among the waves...
Tempest's secret? She is half mermaid, a legacy left by her absent mother, who returned to the ocean many years ago. And now Tempest has her own choice to make. Complicating matters is Kona, an enigmatic newcomer whose otherworldly abilities hint at a shared passion and common secrets.
Beyond the sea...
But there is more at stake besides Tempest's heart and her identity - her life may be in danger too. Because the waters hide a mysterious and dark secret world of their own, one full of sweeping romance and thrilling adventure - but one where nobody, least of all Tempest, is safe.
"Tempest Rising (Tempest, #1)" Reviews
Tempest Rising is a new novel by author Tracy Deebs focusing on the world of mermaids and sea creatures. When a friend sent me this book to read, I couldn't wait to read it! Just the cover alone -- with all of its purple glory-- captured my attention! I am a sucker for purple, beautiful covers and something to break the cycle of vampires and werewolves.
At first, I was having a hard time enjoying this book. It seemed to drag on for Part One. I didn't like Tempest that much because of the way she was treating her boyfriend Mark, acting like she didn't like a boy fawning over her. I thought Mark was at times a little protective, but I saw that he actually cared about Tempest. Then we are introduced to Kai. *swoon* Kai was sexy, secretive, funny and sweet. He isn't what he seems, but we find out what he is and go with the flow.
Tempest is dealing with a lot of things in this book. After her Mother left her family when Tempest was only eleven, she has practically help raise her brothers and taken care of her Father. Before her Mother left, she left a note for each one of her children explaining that when they turn 17, they will have to make a life decision. That decision involves staying as a human with her family on land, or becoming a mermaid in the sea. While Tempest was torn between staying with her family or leaving them behind, you could actually feel the struggle she was having in the decision. Her family always new about their heritage of being half human/ half mermaid, and her Father even holds out hope that Cecily, Tempests' Mother, will return to them some day. When Tempest tries to rescue Kai after an attack from the sea witch, she finds herself in the underwater kingdoms and trying to figure out her destiny.
I was thrilled when Tempest finally got to explore life under the sea and alongside Kai. I felt her to better suited with Kai than with Mark. After the slow dragging story in Part One, the book really picks up speed and takes you for a fantastical ride underwater! I loved learning about the supposed Prophecy, the different kingdoms under the sea, and I even enjoyed the sea witch as a villain. Yes, it was a little predictable in some parts, but the ending was a surprise. I couldn't believe Tempest made the decision she made after struggling so hard throughout the book with it.
I do hope there is more to this than just one book. I am anxious to see how Moku and Rio, Tempests' brothers, deals with their decision. I also want to see if the author will be able to tell a tale involving her Father and maybe some of the other creatures under the sea.
Tempest Rising was a really sweet Y.A. read that I blew through.
Tempest Maguire is a bit of a tomboy; she’d rather be surfing with the guys and her on-again, off-again boyfriend Mark, then hanging out at the malls with her girlfriends. As her seventeenth birthday approaches though her body craves more then just riding the waves, it wants to be under them, despite how her mind and heart feels. After her mother walked away six years ago leaving her, her brothers and father behind, she swore that she would never choose her mermaid side. But when the sexy and mysterious Kai is drug under the waves the choice may be taken from her. Will Tempest survive the war brewing under the surface of the ocean? And will she choose to remain a mermaid, human or can she find a balance between the two?
Tempest Rising was a fascinating story written from Tempest's point of view. I really enjoyed the unique underwater world that Tracy Deebs has created with different mythical creatures; mermaids, selkies, sea witches. I also liked the how in the plot, Tempest knows her mermaid heritage but despite her prejudices, because of her mother’s abandonment, and being set against becoming a mermaid, you can tell that she was born to the water. I also loved her surfer lifestyle; it was entertaining and makes me want to head out to the beach right now.
The author kept Tempest true to her character throughout the novel, never wavering from her initial feelings, instead having some mature and grow along the way while others remained the same. I was able to dive into the characters without a problem, each one was unique and I found the side characters just as entertaining as the main ones. Tempest is strong, sensitive and loyal with a deep love and commitment to her family. She had a love triangle to deal with and it wasn’t as suspenseful as you usually find in Y.A.'s, but there was a lot of back and forth, should I choose him or him. I thought Kai was sexy and charming and right for Tempest, though I did feel that Mark got the short end of the stick; he really cared for Tempest and thought she was the one.
The setting was imaginative and I could picture the cali surfer life and the world of mermaids and selkies around me while reading.
The descriptions of characters where a bit redundant towards the middle but I flew through this novel within a day, turning the pages as fast as I could to see where Tempest’s destiny would take her.
The ending was nice but it felt like it was missing something, I can’t really say what without revealing a major spoiler but I would of like more closure. The story could end here and that’d be it, but the author left a few points open to continue the story with. Nothing to cause those hated throw-the-book-across-the-room cliffhangers, a lot of the story is wrapped up neatly, but it does leave you interested for more.
Full of action, drama, mystery, and angst, with a beautiful cover Tempest Rising was a great and refreshing read.
Tempest Rising is a very deceptive book. What started out like a cookie-cutter pressed mermaid story went in this whole other… well no, it went in the same direction as all of the cookie cutter mermaid stories go, but to be fair, it's old enough for me to think that A) it did it first and many that have come out since have been loose imitations and B) it had just enough of a twist to set it apart from others. Either way- it ended up dark and so did my mood.
From the very beginning, you know and I know and she knows that we know that she's going to become a mermaid and for me, this is a little bit disappointing. Not that I mind the upfront nature because not every PNR has to be a mystery, but because the back story is SO important to the tone of the novel, that it really seems as though the author should have started from the beginning.
But we start a few years after Tempest's mother has abandoned her human husband and three half-breed children, and now Tempest is looking down the barrel of her seventeenth birthday when 'something' (becoming a mermaid instead of just a wannabe mermaid) is imminent. Once again, this would have been cool, but the problem is, aside from knowing that her seventeenth birthday is some sort of mermaid milestone, and despite the fact that her mother left her a letter and her father knows what she was (as do her little brothers, potential future mermen) no one seems to know anything else except that she'll have a choice to make and the humans and mermaids each want her to choose them as badly as she wants to choose both.
This facet of the novel is beyond frustrating- because it's not even cleared up by the end of it. Okay yeah it's a series but Tempest, once she ends up in the underwater world, is literally surrounded by people who are crucial to her life and pretty much know everything- only they don't tell her anything: about why her mother left (exactly) what she's been up to since (vague details are given) or what's expected of her- at all. Nada- nil- squat. 'You're important' they tell her, 'It's complicated' they tell her, which frustrates the heroine and the reader alike. I can take a bit of teasing but this was like having 95% of the pages ripped out of a book, but being expected to make a connection to it all the same.
There's also a love triangle (Yay for me, don't hate) and the guys are great- each totally book boyfriend material. But I don't like the way this plays out either. * Spoiler alert*
There's infidelity all over the shop. Insta-Love, cheating, pissing off and leaving a boyfriend behind for weeks, and then boom- one's passionately in love with her and the other falls out of it in a nano-second. I don't blame the latter gentleman, because I personally cannot stand Tempest, but it's very abruptly done. One minute he's waiting patiently for a kiss, and an hour later, he's doing the break-up throat-clear and it just falls flat. I guess teenage relationships can be like that and worse, but I read to escape the norm, and if a heroine dumps a guy, I want him begging- simple as that, lol. Besides, she's a gorgeous mermaid surfer girl who's gone through a rough time and is ingrained in his life- the fact that he could get over her so easily to chase down a cheerleader seems a little bit strange. But I distress… teens will be teens, and horny boys who aren't getting any play will be horny boys, I guess.
It's a good thing that the one she runs off with is so damn likeable, because there was a bit of a tug of war there too- could have so easily upset a lot of readers, because Mark was great. I think my main issue with it was, well… it cheapens all of the characters. How seriously can we take any of Tempest's feelings for Kona, if she was able to get over her 'crazy love' for Mark in a heartbeat? There weren't even any tears to learn that he'd been sniffing around someone else!
To be really honest, I don't like this book beyond the fact that it scratches my ever-present mermaid itch. It's got everything a YA mermaid needs- cute guys, beautiful heroine with a backbone and a conscience, cool parties, surfing beach summer cray-cray fun, beautiful underwater imagery and ancient lore… all good stuff. It's well written too- the author made especially good use of dialogue tags and creative imagery so it's definitely worth the read- and the covers are to die for pretty, as are the titles.
But for me, the spine of a story is the protagonist, and when it's a mermaid I want to adore her- to have somewhere to put my Ariel girl crush and Tempest just doesn't do it for me. She's too wishy-washy and cranky, hates her mother solo much for abandoning her, and yet doesn't even say good-bye to her own family after she does the same? No. And don't even get me started on how everyone just accepted all of the odd goings-on in her life without giving her the third degree about them. Oh, so you went off for 2 weeks? huh. Want a piece of pizza?'
And as for the 'darker' element to the story, it was probably too dark to be supported by how shallow the rest of it was. As an example, Emm Cole has written a very dark mermaid series, and though it can get borderline depressing at times, that author has a knack for combining all of the elements to make the story whip like a whirlpool from the bottom up so that the entire structure supports itself with all sorts of beautiful imagery and language packaging it all just perfectly. You can have pretty mermaids and darken the water- but the characters holding it together have to have a certain x-factor in order to pull it off and unfortunately in this particular novel, it's all about the guys.
So, if you're looking for something to scratch that Mermaid/YA itch by all means, you will probably love this. but if you're after something a little deeper or with edges, you might want to look in other directions.
Finished this one while stuck all day in the Tampa airport. So glad I thought to buy a couple books for the plane trip home. I learned so much about surfing from this book I think I'm ready to try it...nope still too scared of sharks. Love the magenta tattoo, the gills, and the sea witch. Oh, and Kona is pretty nice too. Ready for book two.
I love mermaids: I think about them, dream about them, and write about them. And I am just elated to see how many mermaid books are getting published today. A little horrified as well, but so far no one has written *my* mermaid novel. Well, not exactly, anyway.
As you can see, I started this book about a month ago, and I think this review is going to suffer just a bit because of that. I must have had way too many things going on at the time to undertake this book, which I read for fun rather than for an official Luxury Reading or Simply Stacie review. This one I bought, and couldn't wait to read--even if it meant review books would just have to wait.
TEMPEST RISING is fun in a lot of ways; it combines mermaids AND selkies, and that equals awesome...only I didn't feel that they were really all that well defined. So a selkie and a mermaid can apparently have a relationship with each other? If they have children together, then what species/breed does that make the little kiddies? And wouldn't the mermen be a little upset over the selkies taking their mermaids away from them? If mermaids can breed with humans, can mermen do this also? Sooo many questions, but like I said, I think about mermaids, dream about them, yadda yadda yadda. I wanted to know more about the relationship between mermaids, selkies, and mermen, but with a first person narrative and us knowing only what Tempest knows, there's a little left over to be desired.
When Tempest turns 17, she has to make a choice between the land and the sea. There's this whole prophecy thing that doesn't come into play until more than halfway into the book (reminded me a bit of Harry Potter...raised away from her own kind because the parents think it would be best), and Tempest is going to be some sort of savior to her mother's people. And her mother, by the way, is a super important priestess of her clan. She has been battling the evil sea witch for centuries.
So the evil sea witch is supposed to be scary and murderous and lurking everywhere, but she doesn't make an appearance toward the end when there's this huge battle. She made a few plays to capture Tempest, but we never actually get to see her until near the end. I wanted more of her. I was never really scared of her--and I definitely wasn't scared for Tempest.
I also really wanted to see more of Tempest's mother. I am completely disappointed in how everything with her turned out. For the majority of TEMPEST RISING, Tempest complains about her mother and how much she hates her, and then she has this teeny little appearance and it's not as epic as I thought it would be, considering what this woman is to her people.
Tempest is a bit hard to figure out. She's completely in to herself. It's all about her, and her feelings toward her mother for deserting her--but Tempest also has two little brothers. She doesn't even give them a thought until the last 10% of the novel. They are going to have it much worse than she is, because they are mermen. But again--why?
There's a bit of a love triangle, too. Tempest has a human boyfriend, Mark. She's supposedly totally in love with him, but I never really sensed that. She too easily gave in to temptation when Kona, the selkie prince, comes around. As many faults as Mark has, I think he deserved better treatment than she gave him. Truly I can't blame her, because Kona is pretty attractive, and he's all the things that Mark is not.
I feel like I'm straddling a scale right now (not a mermaid scale--ha ha!) and I'm undecided on whether or not to read the next Tempest book.
My Thoughts: So I don't normally read too many mermaid books. I don't know why I don't because the few I do I tend to enjoy them quite a bit. We are introduced to Tempest who is getting ready to turn 17 years old. For as long as she can remember her mother always told her on her 17th birthday she would be faced with a huge decision to make. Tempest is a half mermaid. She has the decision to stay a human and continue on what she knows or to go to the water and become a mermaid where she will stay. The decision is ultimately hers.
Tempest's mother left years ago and she hasn't seen or heard from her since. She knows her mother had a higher calling; a job to do but Tempest still does not understand why she had to go and leave the family, including her two brothers and her father.
As her 17th birthday approaches Tempest life starts to change. Her relationship with Mark (her boyfriend) is starting to change. She doesn't feel as connected to him as she once did, partly because she can't tell him her secret. She is starting to feel cold all over and can't seem to get warm, she even grows gills!!! What in the world is she growing gills for? She's half scared she's going to wake up one day and have a tail. That would be hard to explain in school! Tempest even starts to feel weird while surfing (the girl lives to surf).
Enter a mysterious boy named Kona that Tempest meets on the beach. He's nothing like any boy she's ever met before. She feels drawn to him, he feels familiar.
Kona and Tempest get to know each other a bit better, and become friends. One day while on the beach, Kona gets into an accident (if we can call it that?) and gets thrown under water and Tempest goes after him without thinking. She ends up under the water into "their world". In other words, the mermaid (and other creatures) world. While she's there, she learns that time passes differently there, and she learns more about what her life could be like if she chooses this path. She learns that everyone in the water "knows" who she is and what she is capable of. She also learns about the evil sea witch who wants to kill her! She wants to use Tempest to her own advantage!
I'm going to stop there on the summary. I don't want to give away any major spoilers. I loved this book so much. I loved seeing Tempest in her life in the human world but I also liked seeing her life in the mermaid world. I liked learning the little facts she learned throughout the book about her family. The ending was kind of abrupt and I wish I knew what happened afterwards though. I'm still happy with the way things turned out. Tempest Rising was an awesome debut.
Overall: I loved the beauty of this book. The way it was told was pure beautiful. It was relaxing, yet exciting. It was very peaceful, yet I devoured it quickly. Tempest Rising was everything plus more that I was looking for in a mermaid book.
Cover: Isn't this one of the most beautiful covers you ever seen? I think so. I love everything about it. I love the way we can see the tattoo on her back. I love seeing the top of her tail. The colors are so pretty. I also like how we can see her hair and half of her face. They got this cover right.
What I'd Give It: 5/5 Cupcakes
Review Based On Hardcover Edition
Taken From Princess Bookie