Tempest Unleashed

Tempest Unleashed

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by Tracy Deebs

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Tempest Maguire is happy with her decision to embrace her mermaid nature and live among her mother's clan within the ocean's depths. Even though training to one day ascend the throne for the aging mermaid queen is rigorous, she finds refuge in the arms of Kona, the selkie who first opened her up to her mermaid side. But when word comes that one of her brothers has


Tempest Maguire is happy with her decision to embrace her mermaid nature and live among her mother's clan within the ocean's depths. Even though training to one day ascend the throne for the aging mermaid queen is rigorous, she finds refuge in the arms of Kona, the selkie who first opened her up to her mermaid side. But when word comes that one of her brothers has been gravely injured on land, Tempest immediately rushes to his side—which also brings her back to her old flame, Mark. And in her absence, a deadly battle begins raging at the hands of Tempest's old nemesis, the sea witch Tiamat. As the dangerous war erupts, Tempest's two loves—Kona and Mark, sea and land—will collide for the first time, both to protect her and to force her to choose.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Tempest, age 17, wants it all: good times and great surf at her La Jolla, California beach house, keeping her father and younger brothers close, wanting her deceased mother back to life and in this happy family circle, romance, triumph over her perceived enemies, circumventing any obstacle in her way and—by all means—getting what she wants when she wants it. Unfortunately, life for Tempest is not easy. She is half human, half mermaid; her mother chose a mermaid's life and abandoned her earth-bound family only to die a nasty death: "Cecily...my beautiful, powerful, doomed mother who had chosen the water over her family many years ago. And who had never looked back." Tempest "embraced her mermaid heritage" eight months ago, physically shifted and chose life as a mermaid. Now the merQueen, Hailana, her mother's best friend, has her own plans for Tempest who happens to have the rare talent of harnessing energy from the waves and hurling fatal blasts at other ocean dwellers. Another challenge is that Tempest just can't decide between Kona, a selkie prince, and Mark, her human boyfriend. "I loved Kona, adored him, wanted to spend every waking moment with him." But Mark is not far from her thoughts either: "If all that [her love for Kona] was true, why were my lips still tingling? And why did I still hunger for the feel of dry sand between my toes?" As if her self-absorbed life isn't enough, war looms. Tiamat, the powerful ocean bad person [mermaid?; this second book in the "Tempest" series never clearly explains what Tiamat really is...] is waging war on merfolk, selkies and anything else in her way to becoming supreme ruler of the ocean world. And Tiamat plays for keeps. Who is Sabyn, Tempest's mertrainer and why does Kona hate him? What will Tempest do when she learns her little brother, Moku, is battling for his life? Does she really want to get to know her late mother when she gets a chance to do so? Tempest finally rises above her childish wants and needs to battle Tiamat and other underwater demons in order to save those she loves. Will she lose her life in the struggle? Will she ever grow up and determine what and whom she really wants? This is the second volume about Tempest and readers should read the first, Tempest Rising, before reading this one. Deeps weaves a complex, compelling tale. Interestingly, I still don't know if I like Tempest very much. But that didn't stop Margaret Mitchell's Scarlet O'Hara from becoming one of the best-known characters in American literature. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
VOYA - Suanne Roush
When Tempest left land, home, and family for life in the sea, she thought she would have no regrets. Answering the lure of her mermaid half and the selkie, Kona, who awakened that part of her, she begins the training she needs to lead her clan and deal with Tiamat, the sea witch who killed her mother and wants her dead as well. Her queen, Hailana, has told her that it is dangerous to go home, but she is drawn to check on them. She is attacked by some of Tiamat's henchmen. Gravely injured, she discovers a new talent that allows her to escape to Kona's territory, where she is treated and given an infusion of selkie blood to help her heal. Returning to her own clan, and in the midst of training, she discovers a cache of pearls and sea glass holding her mother's memories, and deals with the results of Tiamat's attack on a neighboring clan. Fearing something is wrong with her family, Tempest returns home to find her younger brother in the hospital in a coma. Most readers will know before Tempest that this is Tiamat's fault, but her time on land, dealing with family, Mark, and Kona, sharpens Tempest's understanding of what she wants as she returns to the water to try to "make things right." Tempest Unleashed is almost all action, and as much as the reader occasionally needs to take a breath, Tempest would have been wise to do so as well; it might have led to better decision making. Even so, it will appeal to fans of the series and will have them clamoring for its sequel. Reviewer: Suanne Roush
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Tempest Maguire used to be a surf goddess, catching waves every day with her boyfriend Mark, but her life changes forever when she finds out that she is part mermaid and that a prophecy states that she will save her clan by killing the evil seawitch Tiamat. Tempest now belongs to the sea. She has a new boyfriend, Kona, who is a selkie prince, and life is going pretty well, but she cannot shake the draw she still feels toward Mark, her family, and her old life on land. When her younger brother is nearly killed by Tiamat, Tempest rushes to land to be by his side. While with her family, she questions her love for both Mark and Kona; she is torn between fulfilling the prophecy and Kona and the passion she feels when she kisses Mark, and her joy at being home. The many questions unanswered or unexplained leave this sequel to Tempest Rising (Walker, 2011) open for the next installment. This title, however, falls flat. Tempest quickly becomes an annoying character who seems more concerned with which boy she should date than matters of life and death. She seems too defined by her relationships with both suitors and relies on others to make her decisions. Deebs's writing style is also at times flowery and melodramatic. An additional purchase for libraries in which the first book is popular.—Lauren Newman, Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School, East Columbus, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Deebs' half-human mermaid princess fights the evil sea witch and juggles boyfriends in this continuation of the Tempest series. In this first sequel, Tempest misses her family and longs to visit her home on land. She worries that her selkie-prince boyfriend, Kona, won't be allowed to marry her. Meanwhile the war with the powerful witch Tiamat heats up, with Tempest prophesied to be the only one who can defeat her. Tempest goes home and meets her old boyfriend, Mark, reviving her interest in him. When her little brother lies near death, however, it's Kona who saves the day. Returning to the sea, Tempest at last must use a newfound power to battle the sea witch. The overdone romance plot matches the overdone suspense plot, with Tempest equally drawn to both boys, each with the ability to kiss her into instant ecstasy. Deebs frequently resorts to italics for emphasis and doesn't trouble herself to achieve any semblance of realism. Tempest can bounce back into a strenuous physical fight even after losing half her blood less than a day earlier. When Tempest has lost her bikini bottoms (necessary when she switches from tail to legs), Kona just happens to have some handy. It's all standard stuff. For fans only. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)

Product Details

Walker & Company
Publication date:
Tempest Maguire Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
HL820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

TRACY DEEBS is the author of Tempest Rising and the co-author of The International Kissing Club (under a pseudonym, Ivy Adams) for teen readers. She 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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Tempest Unleashed 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
This exciting sequel did nothing but make me want more of the story. I was sad to reach the last page of the book, hoping that more pages will magically appear. Tempest after discovering who she is, is in the sea fulfilling her duty. I like that Tempest took to her roll quickly and smoothly. She is a fast learner and a great people person. Tempest's character overall is a girl who I love to be friends with. Loyal and strong, Tempest faces a world wind of trouble but not without a fight. The plot line of the book is dynamic. Filled with action-packed scenes, to see Tempest kick-butt is so freaking awesome. Her power and strength that she wields is incredible. Tempest has a great mind when it comes to fighting. She thinks things through and knows her enemies weaknessess. The love interest, I felt, is the best part of this book. Both passionate and fierce, both guys that are tugging at her heart are amazing. For me, I felt passion more for one than the other. If you want to know which, well, your going to have to read this book for yourself. And yes, you will love it. Tempest Unleashed brings a whole new story to the table. Written with great dimension and bold, Tempest Unleashed leaves the reader hungry for more. The flow of the story, feeds into the readers mind, creating a massive world building that no one can resist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book was great and I loved it. So I was expecting a lot from the second one. But throughout the story, Tempest just got on my nerves. She is the worst main character ever. She kept saying she was nothing like her mom, but the similarities just kept stacking up. Also, I didn't like how as soon as she got on land she just kind of forgot that she wasn't single...? She would go, I am not this girl. And that was it. No guilt. It was like those five words justified what she did. And she supposedly loves her family more than anything but it seemed to me that Mark took priority over them. In the first book, I was hoping that the love triangle was over and I liked the way the author wrapped it up, but in this book it was like, Crap! Need another love interest! It just didn't seem authentic to me. Or well-thought out. In the first book, I understood Tempest and why she did what she did. But in this one, she was selfish and immature. And I get the feeling that the author ended the book the way she did to get people interested in reading the third, but honestly, if its written like this one, I probably won't.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this book was amazing, the actions and mythology were brought together in a way I had never seen. The love triangle was also an amazing addition, though I didn't like who she ended up with. If you liked the first book than this is a must read!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait for thr next one! Im in love with it. Ive read both books rwice and probably read them again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is there goin to be another book cause i really luv the the series except i didnt like who she chose at the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i love it you should read it never stop reading it and you will get i dickted
Liz4984 More than 1 year ago
Very well written! Great book overall! Only bothers me that the author made her choose the wrong guy, in my opinion...
pagese More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first in the series, so I was hoping that life as a mermaid would be a good choice for Tempest. I was also curious to see were this story might go. It's an interesting world the author has created. I was curious how this story would work when we know that at the end of book one, Tempest chose the life in the sea. I wanted to see how this underwater world that was created could function. Oddly, a lot of the time I wasn't sure if the story was under water or not. It didn't help that sometimes Tempest would prefer her legs, but it seemed like they were far below the water's surface. The Selkie kingdom seemed to work in the same peculiar way. Tempest seemed kind of indecisive at time. She wants to finish this battle with Tiamat, but seems content to have Hailana order her around. I figured her to be more of a take charge kind of mermaid. I did find it interesting that she seemed so connected to her human past. Everyone expects her to just be able to let go of it. But, I think the vision of her human family prove that they will always be a part of her no matter how long she's a mermaid. I think the intensity of the end of this book are what make it. Tiamat seems desperate in her attacks, but she's trying to draw Tempest to her. A sunken ship in a great place for a battle! I liked how many pieces there were to this battle. It's not just Tiamat that Tempest has to face, and she has a few of her own friends to think about as well. It was interesting to see how it all played out, and how the story might continue. I also almost put the book down when the love triangle was brought in. The first story hinted at one, but I was so sure that Tempest has made a choice. I didn't like how her human and mermaid sides each seemed to chose someone different. In my mind there was a more obvious choice. I'm glad I stuck it out...even if I disagree with the one choosen. I'm sure I will continue with the story. It's not over yet, and there are still some missing pieces.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with many of these reviews i did notice at the end of the book i just wanted to scream, what a BIG let down. Her descision mad me angry yet i will wait until the next book to see if my needs come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending of this book left me completely astonished and trully made me hate Tempest completely. All i want now is to read the next book in the series. If you loved the first novel then you will not be let down with the sequel and will only be wanting more.
Truly_Bookish More than 1 year ago
Tempest Maguire is finding out that the grass is not always greener on the other side. After making the painful but solid decision to leave her life on land and embrace her mermaid heritage in the sea, Tempest is now having doubts that she did the right thing. Life in the mermaid kingdom is not going the way she thought it would: Tempest is constantly at odds with Hailana, the scheming mermaid queen she serves, mer politics are treacherous and she has started having arguments with Kona, her selkie boyfriend. Tempest Unleashed, the sequel to Tempest Rising, takes place about eight months after the first book and is set mostly underwater which is awesome! Deebs’ world building is really cool and I enjoyed reading about the places and creatures she created. Like Tempest Rising, this second book is no fairytale. It is dark with war, death, nightmarish creatures and of course, Tiamat, the sea witch who has gotten even stronger since Tempest last battled her. Tempest is a girl torn in two. When she is on land, she can’t resist the ocean’s pull on her and when she is in the sea, she misses her family and craves to be with Mark, her ex-boyfriend. It does not help that she and Kona are having problems stemming primarily from his wanting to protect her. Tempest, insisting that she can take care of herself, chafes at Kona’s warnings about her hot new trainer: a merman that Kona knows and justifiably hates. There is a huge love triangle involving Tempest, Mark and Kona. Thankfully, Tempest does choose by the end of the book so we are not left hanging! Tempest Unleashed has lots of action and for the romance lovers, lots of kissing! Its fun to see Tempest come into her powers and use them in such a kick butt way. There is definitely more to explore in a third book in the series which will probably come out next year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wannna meet a female mermaid
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Best book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get this book theres NO question about it its the best book ever totally worth the money i cannot wait for the third!!!!
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Frenchiebella More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book, but this seemed like a lot of teenage whining about "I love both of these guys but what do I do"? Blah blah etc. I know Tempest is 17, but come on!? BUT if you loved the first one, then this one HAS to be read. It was a decent book.
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Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Expected More and Was Unimpressed.... Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi Tempest Unleashed picks up about eight months after Tempest Rising left off. Tempest is sticking to her decision to live in the ocean and is getting used to her daily life serving the queen, who she doesn’t get along with, and going to see Kona whenever she can. But she can never quite shake her feelings for Mark. But when Tempest is plagued with a feeling that something is wrong at home, she and Kona flee to La Jolla to find out what it is. When they arrive they discover that her little brother, Moku, nearly drowned and is in a coma. As the days pass the doctors are getting less and less optimistic that he will ever wake up. It takes Kona going back into the ocean and bringing back the selkie healer to bring him out of it. Then, her dad informs Tempest that Moku didn’t have a surfing accident, but that it was the sea witch trying to take him. After hearing this, she has no choice, but to return to the ocean and face Tiamat head-on. But when she gets back to her undersea home, Coral Straights, she discovers that it has been attacked by Tiamat and her army. Tempest is also informed that her new trainer, Sabyn helped Tiamat destroy their village. Tempest seeks out the queen to figure out the best way to attack Tiamat only to learn that the selkies were also attacked. When Tempest goes to look for Kona she finds that his parents have died, making him king, if he’s still alive that is! She can’t find Kona anywhere, but finds a note written in his blood telling her where to meet Tiamat. Now she must risk everything, including her life, to save him. Again, I was taken in by the cover. The artwork is breathtaking and I can almost feel the ocean spraying me in the face. Unfortunately, that was about the only thing in this book that took my breath away. I found the first half of the book to be pretty boring. It was basically just showing us readers what a day in life of mermaid tempest was like. We were introduced to the merQueen and shown how she and Tempest don’t get along and were shown some memories of Cecily, Tempest’s mom. I was expecting more romance between Tempest and Kona since he was the man she chose to be with, but it just wasn’t there. In fact, they spent most of their time arguing and Kona’s character still didn’t have any real depth. I hated seeing more wishy-washiness with Tempest when it came to the loves of her life. I hate her grass is always greener on the other side type of mentality when it comes to men. Mark wasn’t good enough when she was with him, but after she was with Kona, he wasn’t either and she wanted Mark back. It annoyed me how easily Mark took her back and the relationship seems unrealistic as how can she really devote much time an attention to it, when he is on land and she’s in the ocean….talk about a long distance relationship. Tempest swears she doesn’t want to be anything like her mom, but she continues to get more and more like her and her rekindling a relationship with Mark is a case in point. Now that she has him will she choose to be with Kona again? You can just never tell with her. I really wanted to like this book and I won’t say that I disliked it, but I was just unimpressed. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I all the way loved the first book. But this book surprised me. I disliked the ending of this book but I all the way loved the rest. You are into a huge surprise when you read this book!!!!!!!!