Friday, June 8, 2012
Book Review- Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs
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.