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Mini Review: Tempest Unleashed (Tracy Deebs)

Product Details:
Reading Level: YA
Pages: 352
Publisher: Walker Childrens (June 5, 2012)
Source: ARC from Netgalley
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Tempest Unleashed (Tempest #2)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.

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.


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The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

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