A contemporary paranormal romance out just in time to ride the wave of the newest creature craze: mermaids!
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.
It is no secret I have a love for all books mermaid related. Therefore, when Tempest Rising landed in my hands, I was nothing short of excited, and luckily, it managed to be everything I was expecting and even more, as this mermaid book is nothing short of marvelous!
For Tempest Maguire, she has always been a bit out of the ordinary, as not only did her mermaid mother walk out of her lives into the arms of the sea several years ago, but also Tempest herself is half mermaid. If this was not enough, with the arrival of Tempest’s seventeenth birthday comes the biggest decision Tempest will ever have to make- to stay on land with her family or friends or become one with the sea. To Tempest, this answer seems like a no brainer- stay with her family. However, in the next few weeks, arrives a dark, menacing force, a boy who makes her heart race in ways it has not before, and dire consequences. Will Tempest make it out alive? What will her final choice be- mermaid, human, or somewhere in between? Only time and more pages can tell in this seductive tale of mermaids, romance, and a girl like no other!
With Tempest Rising, came many wonderful aspects I could not help but love. However, my absolute favorite would have to be the main characters- Tempest and Kai. Lively, unique, and mystifying, the two of them quickly won my favor over from the start. Tempest, for example, was someone I adored from the start. Her character contained the perfect mixture of strong, weak, and loyalty that kept me rooting her from the first page to the very last. I thought her confusion over being a mermaid and the consequences that came with it where done wonderfully, as it was easy to feel her feelings across the pages. Better yet, I loved her relationship with Kai. Kai was a bread all is own. Smart, savvy, and sweet, he was adorable from start to finish. I loved his deduction to Tempest as well as how together they became quite the pair.
With any good book comes a great plot, as well, and with Tempest Rising, this was exactly the case. Filled with action, drama, and secrets, this book had no problem holding my attention throughout. In all seriousness, I loved every single moment of it…the characters, the swoon-worthy setting, and the twists and turns were nothing short of amazing. Lastly, when tied together with Tracy’s fabulous storytelling, this book is nearly unstoppable.
Romantic and mesmerizing, Tempest Rising is a promising debut. If this is any sign of what has to come with the mermaid trend, be sure to count me in, as I do not want to miss a minute of it.
Tempest Rising is now out!
Source: Publicist at Bloomsbury/Walker Books- thanks Kate!