Release Date: May 10, 2011
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Review Copy Source: Author for review with Blog tour
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.
Its very rare that you come across a mermaid book so when I had a chance to read this wonderful sounding book I jumped right on board. I really enjoyed Tempest's story. Growing up she always knew on her seventeenth birthday she would change into a mermaid and have to choose the life she wanted to live, human or mermaid. All the struggles she went through were gripping and real. She has always said she would never choose to be mermaid that she would choose to be human 100% but she finds out there is so much more involved. BUT I really enjoyed TEMPEST RISING because the struggle wasn't only choosing between land and sea, she had to choose between so much more. The supporting characters were all interesting and there is an actual villain that kind of reminding me of the little mermaid. There is some great romance involving a fellow sea shifter that from the time Tempest lays eyes on him she cant get him out of her mind. They both feel right together, all of the situations they are in come off genuine and heartfelt. I really enjoyed TEMPEST RISING it was fun, entertaining, and refreshing. I really want to see this turn into a series if it isn't already planned as one.
I gave it 4/5 stars