May 31, 2012

Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs: Review

SPOILER ALERT. If you have not read Tempest Rising, you will be spoiled. Just sayin'.

Tempest Unleashed (Tempest #2)
Publisher: Walker Childrens (June 5, 2012)
eARC: 352 Pages
Series: Tempest #2 (My Review of Tempest Rising)
Genre: YA Fantasy (Mermaids)
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From Goodreads. 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.

Review by Kate
TEMPEST UNLEASHED, by Tracy Deebs, is the highly anticipated sequel in the Tempest series. We left off where Tempest chooses Kona and her life as a mermaid. This book starts off eight months later with Tempest's insecurities about possibly having made the wrong decision.

I knew this book wouldn't be cupcakes and sunshine for Kona and Tempest, it is rare that second books ever are, but that made me quite disappointed initially. Tempest and Kona fought more than anything and I could sense the restlessness of Tempest being away from her family and being treated like a punching bag by her merQueen. I liked the transformation in personality and realization of magical abilities that Tempest underwent. It was a cool transition from the previous book and I enjoyed it very much.

I wasn't too keen on the whole love triangle thing. I HATED Mark in the first book, and he came to proclaim his love for Tempest while she was in a vulnerable situation with Kona and also a family tragedy. Seriously dude? Needless to say, he was a contender for her heart once again, causing Tempest to be very confused.

Besides the love triangle, Tempest undergoes a huge character development. She finds out more about her mother, making her confused about her previous thoughts about the woman. And her magical powers are more mysterious and show up at perilous situations with no control. The danger from Tiamat is always lurking in the corner and there is a huge blowout that rivaled the previous book. This was the part of the book I could not stop reading. With all the mushy confusing stuff happening, I was really into the other situations that Tempest found herself in. I love a strong yet vulnerable character that fights to come out on top (or at least alive).

Overall, I liked this book. I did like the first book just a hair more than this one but I blame the love triangle. Totally not a fan of Mark, Team Kona all the way!! We will just have to see where they end up in the next book. But great job Tracy, you have solidified my love for your series!

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