Tempest Rising, by Tracy Deebs, is actually the first Mermaid book I've read, so I went into this not really knowing what to expect from it. It turns out that I enjoyed it immensely! I know next to nothing about Mermaids, other than they have pretty tails and live underwater, so this new paranormal world was fascinating to me--I loved learning all of the little tid-bits about the many underwater mythological creatures. The reading was really fast paced, although it did take me until about half way through to get so hooked that I had to isolate myself in my room and read the last 180 pages without pause. The book was intense and there were a lot of things that I didn't see coming, which is always exciting. Tempest's voice throughout the entire book was fantastic; the whole book pretty much read like a friend telling you the story. It was very funny at parts too, especially since Tempest is a fairly sarcastic seventeen year old. There is also a lot of romance within this book--Tempest is torn between her on-again off-again boyfriend of two years and this mysterious surfer guy, Kai. I've honestly been getting pretty sick of the love-triangles, but in this book I didn't seem to mind. Possibly because there was so much going on that the it didn't really harp on the two boy aspect of the story. This book is also the first of a trilogy, so beware that there are unanswered questions by the end. All in all, I really do suggest this book, especially if you're looking for a new type of paranormal story to sink in to! Tempest Rising just may be the gateway into the Mermaid genre :-).
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