Monday, 17 December 2012

[book review] Tempestuous by Kim Askew & Amy Helmes

Series: Twisted Lit (1)
Hardcover: 224 pages
Published by: Merit Press (December 18, 2012)
My Copy: Netgalley 

Recently banished, unfairly, by the school’s popular crowd, former “it girl,” Miranda Prospero, finds herself in a brave new world: holding dominion amongst a rag-tag crew of geeks and misfits where she works at the Hot-Dog Kabob in the food court of her local mall. When the worst winter storm of the season causes mall workers and last-minute shoppers to be snowed-in for the night, Miranda seizes the opportunity to get revenge against the catty clique behind her social exile. With help from her delightfully dweeby coworker, Ariel, and a sullen loner named Caleb who works at the mall’s nearby gaming and magic shop, Miranda uses charm and trickery to set things to right during this spirited take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

To be honest I'm not one who would willingly pick up anything to do with Shakespeare, there's too many bad school memories for me. After reading this alternative take on The Tempest I have to admit I'm actually thinking about it just to see which points of this book are taken from the original story.
I loved this book, it was soo funny at times that I was receiving strange looks from the people at the bus stop! I loved the mystery of who was the bad guy, although my first guess was right :D yey me! I love being right. The pranks where definitely a highlight of this book, I was grinning like a fool through those chapters. 
All the characters where wonderfully written. Especially Miranda, who I wouldn't have liked if in another novel, won her way into my heart. Yeah she seems to have everyone wrapped around her little finger and is a little cocky but the way its written you end up falling in love with her without even realising it. The whole Miranda & Caleb thing was a little predictable to me, I could see it coming a mile away. But all their little confrontations had me literally laughing out loud.
Like I said before, I've never read The Tempest but from other reviews I've looked at it seems that this book is a brilliant rendition of the original. Its so beautifully written that even though you know what's going to happen there's still enough twists, turns and laughter in there to keep you on the edge of your seat.
This is a fun & enjoyable read that I think everyone should grab a copy of. I'm so happy I've received the second one in this series to review. 
This is a must read!

1 comment:

  1. Oh no! How am I ever supposed to find the time to read all the books on my to-read list, when I keep adding more to it?

    Unfortunately I haven't The Tempest (how uncultured of me!), do you think I will be able to enjoy the book nonetheless, or should I delve into the English Literature for the sake of understanding the references?

    Thanks for the review!

    Patricia @ Night Readings