Tempest Rising

Tempest Rising

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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 Kai, 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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 148 x 217 x 28mm | 431g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0802722318
  • 9780802722317
  • 343,739

About Tracy Deebs

TRACY DEEBS collects books, English degrees, and lipsticks. She has been known to forget where-and sometimes who-she is when immersed in a great novel. She is a writing and literature professor at Austin Community College.
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7,643 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 37% (2,816)
4 30% (2,292)
3 22% (1,703)
2 8% (576)
1 3% (256)

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Tempest Rising- By Tracy Deebs Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs was a pretty good book. I enjoyed it for the most part. I did have a bit of trouble with the pacing of the book at times. Towards the middle to end of the book I found myself getting a little bored and almost didn't finish reading it, but it did pick back up and ended on a good note. I found the main character to be a little annoying, but she was still written well. She was selfish throughout most of the book. It was hard to relate to her whining when she was a something special and just needed to embrace it. She wasn't a great girlfriend either. She did grow throughout the story, so I was able to like her a bit more towards the end. The story isn't like most mermaid books, and I didn't expect what happened, to happen at all. The ending was surprising for me, I was kind of floored with the way it all went. A few things were predictable but the ending really was a shock for me. I love the title and I absolutely love the cover, the tattoo looks awesome and I love the colors. The only thing I would change is the background, it seems a little bit plain to me. I think the cover was what drew me in for sure. I would definitely read the second book. And tell my friends to read it too. I would rate this a 3/5 stars.show more
by Ashlea McDaid
Tempest surely makes honor to her name. A vivid girl full of energy, full of love for the sea and for surfing. A passion she shares with her boyfriend Mark and her friends every day at 5am, going out with them, surfboard in hand, ready to conquer the waves. Ready to show her father, her brothers and herself that she could live between the land and the sea. That she wasn't like her mother. That in her seventeenth birthday she was going to stay human, to stay with her family. That no matter what she would never become mermaid. But like her mother tried to tell her in the letter she left for her, that decision would be really difficult to make. And when nightmares start to circle her making Tempest remember a luring force that tried to take her deep into the sea when she was a child she begins to wonder if her decision could affect other people. Maybe her destiny wasn't her own after all. But she wasn't ready to leave Mark behind, her hopes or her dreams of a human live. At least not until a new guy arrived to the beach. His name was Kona and she was sure that just like her he was special... merman special maybe? She didn't know but there was something that drag her close to him. It was that something that drove her inside the sea, looking for him after he disappeared with a deathly injure. And it was then that her destiny began to unravel. Personal opinion: Before beginning with the book I have to say I completely love this cover and it was one of the main reasons I bought the book. Yes, pretty covers lure me like candies lure kids. Besides, it looks so pretty in my bookshelf! And now, going back to the plot: I loved it. A lot. Despite the fact that Tempest tries to run away from her destiny a lot I understand that for her the situation wasn't easy. Her mother's departure leaving her dad, her brothers and herself alone was too much to forgive so quickly. And in fact, Tempest was happy with her human life... the thought of leaving everything behind was overwhelming. Her fears were always understandable, her doubts between Kona and Mark also very nice developed. I mean, who wouldn't be in love with both boys? First we have Mark, her boyfriend and friend with whom she shared this love for the ocean and surfing. He is protective, sexy, supportive and he really loves her, even if she has been very cryptic about her situation with the whole mermaid thing. And then we have Kona, gorgeous, handsome and amazing Kona who, just like her, hides something beneath that cool surface. With him Tempest feels a connection right away and even if she can't explain it she knows it means something. And the way his eyes looks always at her, with so much intensity and so much longing that it's a miracle she doesn't melt every time they are together. The battle scenes were also well developed but I was expecting more... danger, you know? Yes, some parts were really sad and heartbreaking, that I can assure you, but a little bit more of tension could be very useful. And the fact that there's a second book coming out in June, although a little far away, makes me supper happy because I could use some more Kona, some more intrigue and a few more answers about Tempest's destiny. Overall a great mermaid book with a great plot, lovely characters and an ending that will make you want more.show more
by Alaiel Kreuz
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm (http://www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com) I really, really liked this book. It was fun to read and very refreshing. I was hooked from the very beginning with Tempest's mother's letter. It was very intriguing! I wanted to read this book from the start when I saw it on the debut author list. The cover is gorgeous and I'm a sucker for mermaid books. I've always loved mermaids. The Little Mermaid used to be one of my favorite movies when I was little(Still love! Ha!) and though the last couple of years I haven't really thought much of mermaids, they've always had a place in my heart. I loved the characters. Though I have to admit, Tempest annoyed me a bit throughout the novel. It was more like "I can't believe you did that!" annoyance. But I still loved her. Plus, she knows how to surf! That has been on my list of things to learn how to do before I die. But I'm kind of afraid to even begin to try and surf. I also like how she has more guy friends than girl friends. That's how I've always been. I have my group of girl friends, but sometimes I get along better with guys. You don't really see that much in books, so I was glad to see it. When Kona showed up, I didn't really like how Tempest instantly got all weird around him, but after finishing the book I realize why. But it still bugged me a little bit. But that's one of the only things that bugged me. I did love Kona though. He's weird, but really cool and I'm totally Team Kona! =D One more thing was the deal with Tempest's mother. The way everything happened so suddenly. I wish Tempest would of had a little more time with her, some sort of closure or something. It would of been nice and I know in that situation I would of wanted some sort of closure. (I really want to call my mom and tell her I love her right now, ha! Though we've had some hard times through my teen years!) I actually kind of liked the evil sea witch in here (Nope, not Ursula, sorry! But that's a good thing.) even though she was so mean and just evil! But all her power intrigued me! Also, the mythology in this book and the different types of species that is half human just like mermaids was a really great add on. Like Kona! (I'm not going to tell you what he is!) Overall, the writing sucked you in, like all good books do. I can't wait for the sequel. That ending made me want to find out what happens after that! I love all the descriptions used for being underwater, it really made everything that much more believable and I felt like I was a mermaid!show more
by Amanda
I found myself reading more and more books about mermaids. I don't know why, but I'm liking them. Maybe because they are beautiful, maybe because they could be lethal? (yeah, I just saw Pirates of the Caribbean 4). Anyway, I love the cover of Tempest Rising. I kept staring at it until I found a mistake on it. (Can you see it?). So when I won a pre-order of this book, I was extremely happy. Tempest is half-mermaid. At her seventeen birthday she has to make a decision: live at the human world or under the sea? It's easy for her to choose, she is going to stay in the human world with her father, her brothers and her boyfriend Mark. I loved Tempest. She wasn't like the typical teenager. Her strong voice made me love her from the start. She's angry with her mother for leaving her, and because she thought she could choose! But instead she's sprouting gills, she's cold and the water is calling her. The story was kind of slow at first, but I kept reading it because I loved the writing. It was as if I could feel Tempest's emotions. Besides, the romance was hot! It's difficult to find this at a YA book. There is Mark, her sweet and sexy boyfriend. And there is Kai, hot, mysterious and irresistible... Just when I began to wonder if something else was going to happen, Tempest enters the waters and the adventure began. I loved the idea of the underwater land and islands, and also the other creatures living on it. Tempest enter a world full of action and dangers, but also romance. I was kind of pissed with the sea creatures because no one would say anything to Tempest. Why so many secrets? Don't they want her to help them? But I liked what Tempest discovered, and I absolutely loved the end. Overall, Tempest Rising is an awesome book. A coming of age story, full of drama and romance; that I loved. I'm really hoping there is a sequel!show more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
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