Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs (3/5 stars).
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!