Review: Tempest Rising

Tempest Rising
Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When I picked this book up, I was in the mood for a tale on mermaids. I wanted to read something fantastical and magical. This book wasn’t as magical or crazy laced with fantasy that I had hoped, but it was still a surprisingly interesting piece of literature.

I really liked the female protagonist, Tempest. In many ways, I felt she was relatable. She’s a teenager who has to deal with being abandoned by one of her parents and then having to figure out very important aspects of her life all alone. You could feel the depth of her pain and abandonment, as well as her denial. The other characters were also pretty decently portrayed, but only the protagonist felt the most real and natural to me. One of the love interests came off rather forced that made the chemistry between the two a bit jarring at times.

The action was minuscule and detailed to an extent, but overall it was lackluster. There wasn’t anything powerful or exciting about how it was written. The plot itself is also kind of bland. It strings itself along without much explanation or atmosphere. Even as the events unfolded, they were predictable in nature and kept the reader waiting for something more, something grand to come along and really spice up the story, which it never did.

I was also very disappointed with how the book ended; abrupt and far too convenient for the situation the female lead was in. I recognize that there are other books in the series, however. For this specific novel, there are far too many loose ends that were just left unattended.

Regardless of all of that, I did enjoy the book for what it was: a simple, quick, and easy read on a young mermaid girl. I wouldn’t really recommend this book to anyone unless they are A) obsessed with mermaids and B) just looking for a quick way to pass the time.

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