Friday, June 15, 2012

Review: Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs

Tempest Unleashed
Author: Lisa Desrochers
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Tempest Book #2
ISBN:  0802728308
ISBN13: 9780802728302
Genre: Young Adult
Review Copy Source: Netgalley

Tempest Maguire is happy with her decision to embrace her mermaid nature and live among her mother’s clan within the ocean’s depths. Even though training to one day ascend the throne for the aging mermaid queen is rigorous, she finds refuge in the arms of Kona, the selkie who first opened her up to her mermaid side. But when word comes that one of her brothers has been gravely injured on land, Tempest immediately rushes to his side—which also brings her back to her old flame, Mark. And in her absence, a deadly battle begins raging at the hands of Tempest’s old nemesis, the sea witch Tiamat. As the dangerous war erupts, Tempest’s two loves—Kona and Mark, sea and land—will collide for the first time, both to protect her and to force her to choose.

Tempest made her choice to live under the sea but misses her life and family on land more then words can tell. Her relationship with Selkie Kona is going well but she still pines for the human Mark no matter how happy she is. That is bad enough but then Tiamat strikes out and Tempest dashes home to her brother in the hospital with injuries he might not live through.

TEMPEST UNLEASHED is filled with doubts, heartache, war and tough choices. Tempest doesnt want to hurt anyone so it makes everything that much harder. The love triangle between Her, Mark and Kona is off the charts and a bit frustrating. I know that Mark and her have history together but I love Kona. I think Tempest wont be 100% happy with either of them but also cant see either of them not in her life. A huge portion of the book takes place under the ocean and I really enjoyed seeing how Deebs mermaids and underwater characters live and how they run things. There is plenty of action while Tempest learns to use her powers and her battle with Tiamat at the end of the book. I was glad to see that she got to spend time with her family and I look forward to seeing how things progress in book 3. 

The ending for me wasn't fantastic. I don't know why but I'm a little sad about her decision. Maybe it will feel better when I read more.

I gave it 3.5/5 stars