Published Date: May 10, 2011
Goodread Blurbs: 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 Kona, 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 started this book I didn’t know if I would like it. I’ve never read about mermaids before, so this was something new. I’m glad I kept reading. I couldn’t put it down.
Tempest has to choose to give in to her mermaid side or stay on land with her father and brothers. It may be harder to stay away from the ocean when some of the changes begin to occur early. Tempest is a confused teenager. She’s being forced to make a decision she never wanted to make. She doesn’t want to give up her human life with her family or friends. She’s constantly struggling with her feelings toward the ocean life that’s calling her. I do love that she’s snarky and doesn’t take crap from anyone. She does her best to handle things on her own.
There wasn’t a ton of input from the other characters. Well except for Kona & Mark. (Yes there is a love triangle of sorts.) I fell in love with Tempest’s brother, Moku. He’s such a sweet and innocent soul. I couldn’t help but smile anytime he was in a scene.
There are a few action packed scenes, but most of what took place was self discovery. This girl has had to overcome so many things in just a few short days, and some things she thought were true prove to be otherwise. There were parts that were so incredibly heart wrenching. While there is a ton of sarcastic humor, there is still a lot of emotion.
I’m looking forward to reading Tempest Unleashed.