Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs (3/5 stars).

Title: Tempest Rising
Author: Tracy Deebs
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers 
Date Published: 10 May 2011
Genre: Supernatural
Paperback: 341 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 Kanin, 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."

My first mermaid book! Tempest is dreading turning seventeen because she will change into a mermaid. She promises to herself she will never be like her mother who left her family for the ocean. Every day the change is painful and what's worse is that her mother is not there for her to help her through it and answer all her questions, not as her mother had promised. The first part of Tempest's story revolves around her inner conflicts as she changes into a mermaid while desperately wishing for normalcy with her family, just surfing with her friends and her on again off again boyfriend, Mark. Tracy Deebs wrote this part masterfully, tackling the physiological differences between a mermaid and a human that makes a mermaid able to live under the sea and these details, makes the mermaid myth more scientific, a modern approach to the lore.

Then one day Kanin, a mysterious (definitely) sea creature, comes into Tempest's life complicating things even more. Deep down inside of her, she knows that they belong together and when they touch, some of the pain and cold she's experiencing as part of the changes vanish - but she's already someone else's girl! Mark has been nothing but sweet to her.

To add to her list of problems, a sea witch is coming for her! When the sea witch Tiamat came for Tempest and Kanin was hurt badly by lighting, we are plunged in the world of mermaids, selkies and prophesies for the second part of the story. The world under the sea was beautifully created, mythological creatures living in a world that is our own, not in another dimension, which adds a feel that Tempest's story could really be happening right now in the Pacific. I thought the pacing in TEMPEST RISING was slow which is just perfect for the story with an ending line that holds a lot of promise for the second book which I can't wait for!

1 comment:

  1. Omigod! I soo wanna read this book! Vampires, werewolves, angels/fallen angels, witches/wizards, ghosts, faeries, warlocks, Greek gods/goddesses , humans, zombies, trolls = check. Mermaids? still waiting, this seems like the perfect book.