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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; Reprint edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780802727961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802727961
  • ASIN: 0802727964
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

TRACY DEEBS collects books, English degrees, and lipsticks. She has been known to forget where-and sometimes who-she is when immersed in a great novel. She is a writing and literature professor at Austin Community College.www.tracydeebs.com

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Customer Reviews

I can not wait to read the next book!
Unfortunately I can't really talk about all the different elements with spoiling things, as nothing really gets revealed until a fair way into the book.
A Book Obsession..
I really loved the main character of Tempest.
Cynthia P. Stiles

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mia N. Searles on May 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Tempest Rising was on my highly anticipated list and I was lucky enough to get a hold of an ARC (advance reader copy) before the release date even though I am late in writing my review. One of the reasons why I was excited about reading this book is because of its subject manner. Mermaids! Stories about mermaids are still fresh and new whereas, books on vampires, werewolves, and even angels are starting to get old and redundant. It's getting increasingly harder to find that diamond in the rough.

An interesting thing I found out AFTER I had read Tempest Rising is that this author goes by 2 other pseudonym names--Tracy Wolff and Tessa Adams. Here is the connection--I have read the first book in Tessa Adam's adult "Dragon Heat" series--Dark Embers-- and my rating/review of the book is nn one of my earlier posts. I remember giving Dark Embers a 5 star rating for its unique dragon mythology, sexy alpha hero, and sizzling romance.

That being said, while Tempest Rising had all the pieces to make a great first young adult book for Tracy Deebs about a teenage girl who on her 17th birthday would have to make a crucial decision whether to stay on land or follow in her mother's footsteps and become a mermaid, somehow it falls a little short. While this book is supposed to be a little more serious in tone, I actually enjoyed Tera Lynn Child's Forgive My Fins way better, which sort of has the same premise but more comical.

So starting with what I enjoyed...I liked how the book was split into 5 parts and how the chapters were short. Not that I have anything against long chapters; I just think that shorter chapters tend to make you want to read more. It is definitely a nice tool to keep readers interested.

At first I really liked Tempest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By curlgurl2007 on October 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A YA Mermaid book. Perfect for a summer at the beach.

Although, I'm having a hard time trying to decide how to discribe this book. On one hand--this novel set up the perfect mermaid story. A girl trying to decide between land and sea, between two boys, between two seperate lives. It was sexy and dark and mysterious. And the mythology was fantastic, really the best part to it. I greedily wanted to know more about the underwater world. But on the other hand it was slightly lacking in something: substance, maybe.

Yes, there were parts that I really really loved about this novel. It's just...I think the love-triangle hurt it more than helped it. I liked Mark in the beginning. He was a great boyfriend and part of me just didn't get what Tempest saw in Kona--the mysterious new guy--when he came along. I liked him more and more as the novel went on, but I'm still left wondering why they fell for each other. But still, this book had me pretty hooked (but still able to pick it up and put it down for several days while traveling) and even if there were flaws it did make for an awesome beach book. I totally recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JennRenee on July 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
This was one of the first mermaid books I read and I loved it. I loved the characters, the story, and the writing.

The story is about a girl, part mermaid, who must make the decision to answer the call of the ocean and live as mermaid or stay human and live with her friends and family. The book is filled with adventure, mystery, romance, and some evil. What is a mermaid story without the sea witch. Of course there is a love triangle. It seems that is what is hot in the YA paranormal world. The story also has a bit of family drama and family loyalty.

Tempest was easy for me to like and easy for me to hate. She had her good moments and her very selfish moments. I can't say that blame her. I am not sure how I would handle a decision between the ones I love or the life I love. This story really had a great cast of characters, the father, the boyfriend, and the mysterious stranger boy.

The story was beautifully written, The author painted a very clear picture for me of the world that Tempest lived in and came from. I wanted to know more and the pages kept turning. I found myself gasping and reading with excited anticipation. The end left me wanting for more.

I really did enjoy the book and am very excited to read the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin on March 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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The book centers around a girl named Tempest who, at 17, must make a choice between staying a human or becoming a mermaid like her mother and venturing to the undersea world as a mermaid, leaving land behind as her mother did. Her mother happens to be a 600 year old badass mermaid priestess or something... But I will flesh that out later.

She has a boyfriend, which is a nice change from the "I'm-so-plain-but-every-guy-wants-me" trope in YA, but she cheats on him as soon as the mysterious supernatural guy in the love triangle shows up. Not really winning points for the character I'm supposed to care about.

Furthermore, she and mysterious supernatural boy (I think his name was Kona?) do the "Tell me" "I can't for your own protection" dance for at least 1/3-1/2 of the book, which is so angering. We picked your book up because we wanted a fantasy story, and THERE IS A MERMAID ON THE COVER if there WEREN'T any supernatural stuff going on, it would be a disappointment. We know times coming, and dragging it out to pad the word count just frustrates readers.

Something else that bothered me: when Kona finally tells her what is going on with her (after she swims several thousand miles to an isolated alternate-dimension island) he says he is not a merman, he is a selkie. Really? No artistic liberty to give them a better name?

The big supernatural bombshell falls on her 70% of the way through the book, which means all the cool stuff is shoved into the last third of a book I was sick of by that point, and then ta-da! She can communicate psychically with people under the sea, in which a conversation went as follows:

"Come on, Tempest.
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