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Tempest Rising [Hardcover]

Tracy Deebs
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10 May 2011
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 other-worldly 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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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (10 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802722318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802722317
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,937,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A contemporary paranormal romance out just in time to ride the wave of the newest creature craze: mermaids!
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Tracy Deebs is a writing and literature professor at Austin Community College, Texas. She has previously written adult romance novels. Tracy lives in the USA.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing weaving of mythology 4 July 2011
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Written in first person narrative from Tempest perspective. Tempest has always known she is half mermaid, something that doesn't manifest itself until her 17th birthday. She hates the fact that she is half-mer mainly due to the fact that her mermaid mother left her and her family to return to the sea a number of years ago. Tempest holds the sea responsible, though she is powerfully drawn to it. Lovely reflective pieces of writing are inserted into the prose giving it a personal feel and providing insight into the plot.

There are lots of technical surfing terms and slang used within the narrative. Making me wonder if Tracy surfs herself and was able to write about surfing so thoroughly because of that fact.

Tempest has a wonderful circle of friends. The best of both her worlds really with her surfing crowd and the girls she goes to school with. Mark, her boyfriend, has hidden depths of emotion where Tempest is concerned he sees below the surface and past the carefully erected barriers she has around herself. Although I did think that his character altered negatively as the story progressed. I would have liked to see that part of the story handled slightly differently. Kona on the other hand, as well as being visually pleasing [ : D ] from the outset you can tell that there is so much more to him than meets the eye. Although I am totally burnt out on love triangles, the premise of this one is quite sound when you take into consideration that Tempest is trying to cling onto her human life with everything she has got. As an outsider, I could see that this was not necessarily what was best for her.

Tempest doesn't handle the two different sides of herself very well, trying with all her might to run away from the mermaid side of herself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 22 Aug 2013
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The book is a change from some of the more girlie type of mermaid. Tempest has a mind of her own. Can't wait for the next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hot selkie! What more could you want? 11 Nov 2012
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
With the emergence of a mermaid book invasion, I thought it was about time I saw what all the fuss was about. So I chose Tempest Rising as a my first mermaid book. I didn't realise it wouldn't just be mermaids and I was surprised to discover water witches too, not too mention the rather hot selkie I just made my acquaintance with.
To me, this book felt like it was in two parts. In the first half you meet Tempest as she struggles to come to terms with the imminent changes brought on by her impending seventeenth birthday. Every thing appears semi normal, as long as you ignore the fact Tempest has grown a tail and now has a lovely set of gills behind her ears. The second half of the book occurs completely under water and it felt a little as though the book had moved into a fantasy world. A bit like Bedknobs and Broomsticks when the children end up in the cartoon. It felt a little surreal. Now I know that makes it sound like I didn't enjoy it, but I really did and I wasn't at all perturbed by this drastic changes of style; I just felt it gave a clearer representation of the two sides of Tempest's gene pool.
I really liked Tempest. She was a normal average hormonal teen who now had to deal with the oncoming changes turning her into a mermaid. What girl would really want that? And Tempest fights it all the way until Kona arrives...
Kona is the hot selkie and let me tell you he is a welcome addition to the story. For the first few chapters I thought Mark, Tempest's boyfriend was gorgeous until Kona put firecrackers under him, knocking him right out of the limelight. Seriously Kona was stunning. His relationship with Tempest was innocent and sensuous at the same time. I loved that he could see into her mind and always knew just what she was thinking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a surprise... 14 Mar 2012
I have to say, I'm pretty sceptical about mermaids in YA fiction. I'm just not sure about it, so when I recieved Tempest Rising by Tracey Deebs for review last year, I wasn't 100% that I would read or review the book. But around the same time, I picked up a copy of Forgive My Fins by Tera Lyn Childs and I loved that book, so I thought that perhaps I should also give Tempest Rising a chance.

And I found myself surprised by Tempest Rising. It isn't nearly as fun or light-hearted a read as Forgive My Fins, and I found myself very confused - especially towards the end, but overall I did enjoy this book. I really enjoyed a lot of Tempest's relationship with surfer-boy Kai and also of her inner struggle to forgive and understand her mother's motivations for choosing the water over her family.

Tempest is nearing her 17th birthday and she has always known that at the time she will have a choice to make. Stay on land with her father and her younger brothers or to choose the ocean like her mother did before her. Tempest has a lot of bad feelings towards her mother for the choice that she made and Tempest is certain of how she will choose when the time comes. Even though Tempest has a real affinity for the water and could spend hours surfing the waves, she still feel as though her mother's actions were self and equal abandonment towards her and her family.

But when a hot and mysterious surfer boy, Kai, enters Tempest' life, she begins to question herself and the choice ahead of her. And it doesn't seem to be as straightforward as Tempest has been led to believe, as there is a dark force that seems after her. And when somebody Tempest cares about is attacked by this dark force, Tempest chooses the ocean.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good beginning for a great series
Tempest surely makes honor to her name. A vivid girl full of energy, full of love for the sea and for surfing. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2012 by Alaiel Kreuz
3.0 out of 5 stars Tempest book 1
Tempest is fast approaching her seventeenth birthday but unlike most teenagers she isn't looking forward to celebrating. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2011 by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great mermaid book
Tempest Rising is one of those books I have really mixed feelings about, even now that I have finished it I am still struggling to decide how I feel about it. Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2011 by Jodzie
5.0 out of 5 stars It's better down where it's wetter!
A couple of YA books have focused on Mermaids in the past but none that I have read have been anywhere near amazing as this. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2011 by Fiction_Fan
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read
Tempest rising is the first mermaid book I've read and despite having reservations about the genre I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published on 14 July 2011 by Kirsty at the Overflowing Library
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleased that I read it.
To be honest with you I put off reading this title for a while purely for the fact that I thought it probably wasn't for me, hoping that one of my female reviewers would pick it up... Read more
Published on 11 July 2011 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Twist On The Mermaid Myth!
4 Out of 5 Stars
Tempest's mother, Cecily, left when she was ten, disappearing into the ocean without so much as a goodbye. Read more
Published on 2 July 2011 by TheBookAddictedGirl
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