Review: Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

ARC from Walker
Published May 10, 2011
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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.

 I don't know about you, but I'm a huge fan of mermaids! So when I heard that Tracy Deebs was going to be writing a young adult book about them I was super excited. Since I haven't really read any books about mermaids I didn't know what to expect and was unsure if it would live up to my high standards. Luckily Tempest Rising was an adventurous read that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.

At first I had trouble connecting with the main character, Tempest, but as the story progressed I grew to really admire her courageous and headstrong personality. The more I got to know about her, the more I realized that she really is going through a lot and has this amazingly huge decision she needs to make. I loved how just about anyone could relate to Tempest and how she had to make this life altering decision. I mean we may not all be mermaids, but we all of life changing choices that must be made.

Tempest's love interests were definitely oh so swoon worthy! Mark was the hot surfer boyfriend and Kai* was the mysterious new guy with an indescribable connection with Tempest. Both boys were definitely unique, I've yet to read a book with boys like this in it. I liked how both boys were very likable and that I wasn't sure which one I was rooting for until about midway through the story.

Tracy Deebs did an amazing job of creating Tempest's world. I found if very easy to feel transported into the surroundings and feel the same confusion Tempest felt. I adored the new creatures that I was introduced to while reading and loved the battle with destiny many of the characters are forced to face.

I completely adored the ending! I was so happy with the way everything played out. It tied up most of the loose ends and left me absolutely craving a sequel!

Awesome Quote:
"That's an interesting complaint coming from you, Tempest. Besides, the truth is a nebulous thing. If you get too much too quickly, it feels like the top of your head is blowing off."

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 4/5
Plot: 5/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Tempest Rising is a flat out amazing book. I loved the originality and adventure Tracy Deebs brought to the young adult genre. It left me wanting to see more of Tempest's life and continue to discover more of her world. I'm seriously going to spazz out waiting to get my hands on book two!

*Kai is named Kona in the final book.



  1. Sounds great! I've only ever read one 'mermaid book', and thought it was mediocre, so it's good to hear Tempest Rising is so fantastic. Thanks for the review, Katie!

  2. I love the cover of this book! And it sounds incredible. I'll definitely have to get it, somehow. :)

  3. Tempest Rising sounds like an amazing book! I have never read a mermaid book either (so that makes three of us), so don't feel like your all alone(:
    I really enjoy books that have love triangles in, and wow it must be really hard to pick between boys and between which life she (Tempest) should live!
    Awesome job with the review:D

  4. I love mermaid books too! I have seen review go up about this one and they are all good. Thanks for the review!

  5. I've been looking forward to this one forever!