Synopsis: 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.
When I was 19, I went to Cozumel, Mexico, and remember how amazing the water was, a whole other world of beauty unfolding underneath me. I had no trouble imagining the wonder that Tempest felt as she descended the ocean depths and discovered an entire underwater city, full of beings that she’d only imagined! Tempest Rising is told in first person from Tempest’s POV, and the author writes a relatively believable 16-going-on-17 voice. Teens will love this book, because, let’s face it, what teen girl wouldn’t want to A) Live on the beach in California (in a house with lots of glass, better to enjoy the ocean views) B)Have a former pro surfer dad that now has a highly successful surf and clothing line C)Have lots of hottie surfer guy friends (with two of them fighting over you) and D) Yes, you’d have gills, but…underwater cities! Awesome tattoos that appear by themselves! I realize I sound flip, but Tempest Rising is chock full of stuff that teen girls will adore, and I’ll be honest, I enjoyed too! This, er, not-teen girl had loads of fun with Tempest’s imaginative story, and also the pleasure of reading a novel where there wasn’t a werewolf or vampire in sight! Blasphemy, I know, and while I loves me some were and vamp fun, sometimes a break is nice, and Tempest Rising was a refreshing teen fantasy!
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