Friday, June 8, 2012

Book Review- Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs

Tempest Unleashed is a YA paranormal by Tracy Deebs. Published by Walkers Children, it just hit book shelves this week.

The Story- Tempest is now living underwater as a mermaid. She spends her time exploring her awakening magical powers and basking in her boyfriend, the selkie Kona. But, the call of land is still strong, and she can't resist visiting her old home. While there she runs into her old boyfriend Mark, and sparks fly.

Torn between her two worlds, Tempest grows increasingly anxious, and when her younger brother is attacked and put into a coma, she flees with Kona back home. While Tempest is away from the ocean, the evil sea witch Tiamat begins attacking both the mermaid and selkie kingdoms, with devastating results.

As war erupts underwater, Tempest is torn between her duty as future mermaid queen and family love. Plus, there's Mark and Kona to consider, who does she love more?

My Thoughts- LOVED IT! First, I did not read book 1, so I do not have an opinion about how this compares. As a stand alone book Tempest Unleashed was amazing. I haven't read a mermaid book in a long time, somehow they always fail to inspire, but this one comes through. The author does a great job fleshing out her characters and the reader feels invested in the Tempest/Kona/Mark triangle. Plus, Tracy makes mermaids feel exciting and worth your attention.

There is plenty of action and romance to keep the book going strong. I read this one straight through, excited to find out how and if Tempest would defeat Tiamet. The ending battle scene is tense, and I actually wasn't quite sure how it would end. The biggest unknown of the book is the love triangle, and though I can't tell you who she picks, I totally got it wrong, and that always makes reading fun.

This is a fun YA paranormal that will have readers coasting along with Tempest until the very end.


  1. I had no idea that Tempest Unleashd could be read as a standalone! I thought it was a sequel and that I couldn't read this one, so it's nice to hear that you can read this one without having read the one before it! :) And also nice to hear that you enjoyed this one

    Thanks for your review!

    Brenna from Esther's Ever After

    1. The author does a good job mentioning small details from the first book so that you are right on track.

  2. I was wondering whether you would be happy to put up a link in my monthly series called “Books You Love”. The idea is for people to link up posts about a book they loved – it doesn’t have to be one they just posted about. It could be an old fave. I am hoping we will end up with a nice collection of books that can go on our reading lists. Here is the link Books You Loved June Edition