Tracy Deebs’ YA debut is brilliant. Heroine Tempest strikes the perfect balance between having all the answers and seeming adrift as she attempts to choose between staying human or becoming a mermaid. The story is full of paranormal elements but they never overwhelm the plot. Furthermore, Deebs shines as she brings her underwater world to life by deftly illustrating the beauty and danger of the sea. Tempest Rising will have fans clamoring for the next installment in the series.
California teen Tempest has always loved the ocean. But in just a few weeks, on her 17th birthday she will have to make a choice between living on land with her human family or leaving them to join her mermaid mother under the waves. To make matters even more complicated, she is torn between her boyfriend Mark and the mysterious new guy Kona. Just when Tempest thinks she’s ready to make the decision to stay on land, she learns that she may be the key to ending a centuries-long underwater war and making the sea safe for all of the creatures that live there. (WALKER, May, $16.99, ISBN: 9780802722317, HC, 12 & Up)
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