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.
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Tracy Deebs really pulls out all the stops with this installment of Tempest's story. The action was constant and there were so many twists and turns throughout the story. I could never guess what was coming next. I continue to love the liberties Tracy Deebs takes with the typically merfolk mythology, as her mermaids are just so unique. Tempest Unleashed really explores the full spectrum of Tempest's powers, which was really neat to see.
My sole complaint about Tempest Unleashed was the focus on the love triangle. I don't mind that there is one, but I felt like at certain points throughout the book it took a bit too much of the focus. It made those parts a bit too angsty for my liking.
The characters in this series are just wonderful. I love Tempest - she is such a kickass heroine. I really liked seeing more of Mahina in this installment - she is such a fun character. Even the more minor characters in this series all really stick out in my mind and I love that.
Tempest Unleashed ends on an ultimate high. Tracy Deebs plays with your emotions throughout the entirety of the book, but in the last few chapters was when I felt my heart breaking the most. I cannot wait to see where the story goes next.
Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs is a book you do not want to miss. As one of the hits of summer, Tempest Unleashed was one heck of a read, and I loved every moment of it.
If you have or will read my review of Tempest Rising, I used to find Tempest a real treat, as I could appreciate her sarcasm, bitterness, and her love of family. Uncertainties are bound to linger after the events of Tempest Rising, but some of her actions really reflected poorly on the girl I really enjoyed before Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs. I don’t know what it is; maybe sequels are meant to bring out that irritable, decidedly bad side in the heroines they involve, but Tempest’s stubbornness took a toll on my enjoyment of Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs. It’s one thing to be indecisive, and be secretive about her uncertainties, but it’s another thing entirely to let that part of her bleed into her very confusing, frustrating behavior.
In Tempest Rising, Tempest’s knowledge of her heredity is clear and instant: she’s half-mermaid, and she’s known for some time now how crazy important her seventeen birthday is supposed to be. We see her struggle through the decision to stay on land or below the sea, the horror of her mother’s abandonment of her family still fresh in her mind and understandably influencing her decision for much of the first book. She does find, however, that there are underwater treasures waiting for her below, including the enigmatic, sexy Kona, who also makes her struggle THAT MUCH HARDER. Her anguish, her torn heart is all very real and wrenching, and I loved that element to her character, how the decision wasn’t at all clear-cut and how Tempest Rising shows how INSANELY DIFFICULT it can be to leave all you’ve known, all you love, behind. I’d felt like Tempest had really grown.
Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs tells me different, tells me Tempest has either regressed under stress or she just isn’t the person I thought she was. Lingering doubts over her choice pervade, but when those doubts leak into her relationships, her way of life—the one SHE CHOSE—I had to use my hand to stop the other from slapping my kindle. She loves Kona, she loves Mark, no, wait—she doesn’t know WHO SHE LOVES. And yet, throughout Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs she claims and repeatedly reminds us all of her feelings for her current boyfriend, how strong they are, how true and everlasting, and blah blah blah. Yet, she turns around not more than a few hours later to leap on the other guy, because the issue isn’t resolved in her heart. It all felt very clichéd, and honestly? Weak. Weak of Deebs and Tempest. If this was the direction to be, I felt like Deebs should’ve pushed it there from the beginning. It was impossible to enjoy the way Tempest—though unknowingly—toys with people’s feelings, pumps their expectations when selfishly she harbors uncertainties that lead her to do things that end up hurting the people involved. Especially when I adore most of those characters.
~The story suffers~
Maybe it was my frustration over Tempest that colors my judgment of the plot, but I felt as if SO MUCH MORE could’ve happened. Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs didn’t show well for all the time spent cooking it up. Where is the excitement of the first book? The thrill and the action? Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs seemed to lack in those areas BIG TIME, with a very few exceptions in mysterious and puzzling discoveries, BUT. BUT, we don’t even get reintroduced to the villain UNTIL THE VERY END. And I enjoy seeing the villains taunt and sneer and threaten, but Tiamat lacks a physical presence—and Tempest’s mental shudders and weird vibes did nothing to bring out any anticipation.
Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs is pretty slow and not nearly as filled. Instead, the plot brimmed with Tempest’s annoying musings on her situation with Mark and Kona. And the hidden pieces of her mother’s past—a woman who turns out to be even more of a stranger than she could’ve imagined. There is so little to hang onto and really sink teeth into—I needed more!
~I didn’t WANT to like the other guy, dammit~
In my review of Tempest Rising, I made it PRETTY DARN CLEAR that I was very much Team Kona. I’ve got a thing for hot, dark, and mystical carrying loads of tantalizing secrets. He made more of an impression on me than Mark. Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs made me feel so UNDECIDED. My loyalties were indeed tied to Kona, but I did find myself unfortunately drawn to the new Mark—possessive, determined, and desperate, which, all of the above, made for some really Sexy Times. Still, as I mentioned, I didn’t appreciate how Tempest handles herself with both guys. Twisting up one’s feelings, then turning around and kissing the other—the other, who, incidentally, is NOT her boyfriend *grumble-sigh*
The love triangle injected so much inconsistency to Tempest’s thoughts—I couldn't trust them anymore. One minute she claims said boyfriend is everything she wants, so sexy and makes her feel so good *rolls eyes* and then next thing she’s saying how it’s just a friendly love, nothing very powerful or intense WHEN SHE JUST FINISHED CLAIMING OTHERWISE. I found myself shaking my head constantly and going back and rereading to check my facts. AND THEY’RE ON POINT. Hence, the ensuing overwhelming irritation toward Tempest. More, I felt cheated. Again, we have the typical love triangle plot device instead of something organic and beautiful and wrenching.
~By the end…~
…I was annoyed and a bit depressed. Here I was thinking that Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs would be all that I’d hoped and more, and then it veered off into an unlikely, unwanted direction. I expected happiness (and, okay, some sadness despite the joy) over Tempest’s decision and her new life. I didn’t want to believe she regretted. I was content with the first half of the book, BECAUSE I liked the story’s direction. UNTIL.
AND YET, I couldn’t put down and DNF Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs. There’s still something undeniably addictive about the book that kept me drawn in and invested, which may be why I reacted so strongly to much of the book’s events. Still, I’d wished for BETTER.
Originally posted at Paranormal Indulgence, 6/5/12
I did not like the ending of this book AT ALL. Two days later and I am still fuming over this one. The only redeeming factor is that I know there will be a third book, which brings the hope that an ending I am satisfied with will occur. With the ending aside, everything else was great. I enjoyed the world building, characters, plot, and beautiful descriptions. There are many things to love about Tempest Unleashed.
The love triangle between Tempest, Kona, and Mark continues. In fact, it gets more complicated in this book since Tempest can’t seem to stay away from the human world. Other characters are brought into the story that complicate things. The major twist is Sabyn, Tempest’s new trainer. He’s a shady character.
The action is fast-paced in this one. I was highly impressed. The story begins with Tempest spying on her family, despite her better judgement. That leads to a steamy encounter with Mark (hence the continuing love triangle). One her way back to the mercastle, she gets attacked by Tiamet’s shark-men. Suddenly, this crazy new power reveals itself, making Tempest a flippin’ awesome merwarrior type. She rocks. Seriously. I really enjoyed her growth throughout the story, even if I am still miffed about her choices in the end! Boo!
I can’t go into too much detail about this book because it would give too much of the plot away. Just trust me when I say it was a very enjoyable read. I am anxious to see what is in store for the third book because I want to see Tempest kick some more evil sea witch tail.