Friday, June 24, 2011

Tempest Rising Review

352 pages
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.

Another mermaid book! I have to say that this book was a sweet read. It was definitely more than I thought it would be. Tempest was a strong female character although a little boy crazy. I enjoyed the triangle between Tempest, Kona, and Mark. I found Tempest's attraction to both guys interesting and amusing at times. The beginning of the book did start off slowly but the action definitely picked up in the book when Tempest finally decided to explore the world underwater. I think the only thing that I didn't enjoy was some lack of detail. I wanted there to be more of a description of Tempest's life outside her relationships. I felt like there wasn't much focus on her land family and school. I do hope for a sequel because I am curious as to how things will turn out for her family in the future as there were hints to what could await her brothers later on. This is definitely a good read for those who enjoy a nice mermaid tale. Perfect for a day at the beach.


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