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

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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 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)

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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

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