Monday, October 31, 2011

Book Review: Tempest Rising

TITLE: Tempest Rising
AUTHOR: Tracy Deebs
CATEGORY: Young adult
GENRE: Mermaids, romance
PREMISE: A girl goes through changes when she discovers she's a mermaid.
MY REVIEW: The number one problem with this book (other then the juvenile tone to it) is that it's completely unoriginal. All the tropes that have been plagueing YA are in this book: girl discovering she's a magical whatever and of course a uber special magical wahtever? Check. Love triangle? Check. Girl dumping perfectly decent boy for uber hot supernatural because being a human is so lame? Check. Insta-love interest? Check. Girl dumping her whole life for a guy she pretty much just met? Check. Nothing new to see here, folks. Move on.
It doesn't help matters that Tempest is a big Mary Sue (as if the name didn't give that away already) of the whiny and world revolves around guys kind and this novel is predictable as all get out. For younger tweens this is a perfectly okay book. But honestly I wouldn't waste my time because basically if you read the YA genre regularly, you've basically have already read this book. I really wish the mermaid books would step it up. I've yet to read a really good one and why are all of them aimed at the younger crowds? Older people want to read mermaid books too.
WHO SHOULD READ: younger teens into mermaids
MY RATING: Two out of Five gills

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