Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 10th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Mythology
*I own a copy of this book.
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.
I’m actually really excited to write this review. I have a lot to say. I gave it three stars, so yeah, I didn’t love it, but there WERE a lot of cool things about it, and ultimately my dislike for the book came down to a personal preference. It wasn’t anything the author did wrong, and I totally get why so many people enjoyed this book. I just can’t do mermaids. My imagination and my brain will not go there. It’s too far-fetched for me, which really sucks. Honestly.
Tempest was a great character and I kind of loved her. There were times when she irritated the ish out of me and was a little too helpless for my taste, but eventually all that changed and she had to make some pretty tough decisions and grew up along the way. I loved that she was a surfer, and I loved the atmosphere and imagery in this book. It was totally different from the things I usually read, and I really enjoyed that part of it.
I thought I was really, really going to love this book, because I totally did in the beginning. But there was a particular spot when it lost me. It was the whole Selkie mythology. I just think it would have been better if Kona had been a merman. I had to google Selkie information, and even after I did that, I still couldn’t buy it. Kind of crazy huh? After that it kind of lost the magic for me. And then Tempest went into the underwater world after Kona got injured and it got even worse. There was supposedly this different part of the ocean, a different world, that had a sky and mansions, and I just couldn’t do it. And like I said, I totally get that it may have worked for some people and it’s a personal preference of mine.
It was a good story, and it was well-written, but I just found it unbelievable. And based on that, I probably won’t read the next book. I just can’t imagine my opinion changing. I should probably just stay away from mermaid books. And I will definitely keep that in mind in the future.
Tracy Deebs has a way with words, and I would totally read something else that she wrote. Just not about mermaids. I can’t.
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