Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

Tempest is dreading her seventeenth birthday when she must decide if she is going to be a mermaid like her mother or stay on land with the rest of her family. Her mother left Tempest on her eleventh birthday to rejoin her mermaid clan, leaving Tempest to care for her father and two younger brothers. Tempest loves the sea and surfing and her fellow surfers and boyfriend, but she dreads the day when the ocean takes her from her family. As her birthday draws near, Tempest meets Kona, a handsome surfer who seems to be more than just human and she is drawn to him despite having a boyfriend. When an evil sea witch threatens Tempest, Kona, and the ocean world and she learns of a prophesy in which she is the heroine, Tempest must make the choice between her home on land and the sea home that is calling her.

This was an interesting take on mermaid lore and I love the strength that Tempest has. The twist with how mermaids receive their tales was clever and the little bit of information provided by Deebs about her take on mermaids and their matriarchical society was a nice tease. Hopefully she will dive into this in book 2. I am always glad when books present real consequences to actions, even though Tempest's choices lead to heartbreaking conclusions.

Favorite Character: I liked Tempest and she seemed like a real teenager with a full range of emotions. She is angry with her mom and this anger is not one that just goes away when she learns the truth behind her mother's choices. Tempest feels guilt for cheating on her boyfriend and for leaving her family if only for a little while. She is a great big sister, but feels like she has to be a mother to her younger brothers,  with which is something many older siblings will identify. She is strong and does not just depend on Kona to protect her, which is also a flaw, since she puts others in danger to prove this.

Favorite Quote: "There are some things going through my mind at the moment that I'm not sure I'm ready for you to hear."

I enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading the next in the series. I give this 4.5 bars of chocolate!

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