Tempest Rising is the first book in a teen paranormal romance trilogy. Tempest has a tough choice
to make on her 17th birthday she can become a mermaid and head to the
sea like her mother who abandoned the family 6 years previously for the
ocean's call or she can stay human. Bitter against her mother, with a
loving father, 2 brothers and a hot boyfriend she's certain she'll
choose to remain on land, until a hot selkie prince turns up and tells
her she's the undersea messiah - thing's aren't nearly as cut and dried
as they seem.
At first I thought this was very "beautiful
creatures" but with mermaids - we have a heroine who can control the
elements who has to choose to be good or evil on her birthday and has an
evil witch after her, but this plays out slightly differently.
The characters are OK, but I'm not totally won over by them. I
found Tempest quite annoying at times - it was so obvious she's the
soul mate of the selkie prince and yet she strings poor human, Mark
along. I guess it's to show the two choices that she has to make, but I
just found her bitchy but without the bite of say Frederica from Mary
Janice Davison books. I also wasn't convinced by the actions of her
mother - her letters seem far too cool and collected for someone that's been forced to abandon their family. Kona the selkie prince is a bit too perfect a hero - Tempest cruelly breaks up with him and he still pursues her without any anger or aggression.
What I did like was the scenes undersea and the fact that a mermaid has to earn her
tail and manifests unique tattoos.
The best thing however is the use of Tiamat mythology. I'm a massive folklore fan and I was really excited that this fused the Babylonian/Assyrian primordial dragon with the sea witch for the series big bad.
Not my favourite mermaid series, but hums along merrily enough. I will certainly be picking up the subsequent books.
On a purely aesthetic note I was very disappointed with the UK cover (see top) - no tail at all. BOOOOOOOOOOOO Hisssssssssss. The US and Hardback cover is stunning in comparison: