Expected Publication: June 5th, 2012
Tempest Unleashed (Tempest # 2)
By: Tracy Deebs
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.
Tempest has decided that she owes it to her Mother's people to live with them and one day become Queen of the mermaids. But she is having trouble letting go of the last vestiges of her human life. Her romance with Kona, the one thing she was certain she could count on is also suffering. All because Tempest can't let go of Mark, her human ex-boyfriend, completely either. Then the sea-witch Tiamat strikes out at her human family, forcing Tempest to rush home once more. All the while Tiamat is attacking Tempest's people under the ocean while she is distracted by the illness of her youngest brother, Moku. When Tempest and Kona go back underwater, both of their villages have been severely harmed by Tiamat. Tempest tries to find Kona upon learning some horrific news about his family and learns that he has been taken by Tiamat and a mer traitor who is helping her in the quest for power. Now Tempest must swim into a trap and use all of her wits, strength and love to find a way to defeat Tiamat and rescue Kona. Also, Kona isn't the only one who has been kidnapped. Can Tempest save herself and both of her loved ones? Or will one of them be left in the murderous grip of the sea witch? This book was interesting like the first one, but it had some extremely weak points in my honest opinion. Tempest began to truly annoy me with her chronic inability to make a choice romantically and let it STICK. Now that she has chosen to be with Kona, she wants Mark back and dreams about being with him again. Seriously, after the very selfish and completely absentminded way she treated him in the first book when Kona came onto the scene, NOW she freaking wants to be with him????? And her complete disregard for her family until there's a major crisis is pretty grating. I liked the mermaid mythology and prophecy of the first one. However, the 'muhahaha' mentality and characterization of Tiamat got to be a little bit much for me to handle. I had to laugh at the devolvement of Tempest and Kona's relationship though. That is what should happen to all of these fake, YA insta-love relationships. Insta-lust is a more accurate description. I didn't care for the way that the plot developed which felt at times too slow and then at others way too fast. I will not be reading the next book if there is one. ESPECIALLY not after the horrible way this one ends. If you want a good mermaid book, find another series to read. If you love Twilight, this is the series for you.
VERDICT: 2.5/5 Stars
*I received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book's expected publication date is June 5th, 2012.*