December 22, 2012

Review: Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

Tempestuous: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's The Tempest (Twisted Lit, #1)

Goodreads Summary:

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

Release Date: December 18, 2012
Series?#1 (Twisted Lit Series)
Pages: 224 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Merit Press

Other works by the authors:
Exposure: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's Macbeth (Twisted Lit, #2)

The premise of this book somehow just appealed to me and the fact that it's set in the winter time made it even more promising for me. Once I started reading it did surprise me, though. I didn't expect me to like it as much as I did. This is a quick, fun read that makes you laugh or at least grin quite a few times!


We all know them. The fun, little, mostly contemporary stories that don't have a huge impact on our lives, but that entertain us and light up those cold and rainy winter days. Tempestuous is that kind of book. The number one fun factor in my opinion is the main character, Miranda, who speaks sarcasm as if it was her mother tongue but still doesn't lose herself in endless monologues arrogantly mocking everyone around her. While her back story is pretty funny, too - she started a business where the geeks at her school tutored the popular people and got payed with popularity and got busted because of that - the death of her mom and how it affected Miranda and her dad helped this novel to a little bit of depth that it might have lacked otherwise.
This is also accomplished by the friendships that grow and develop in the course of the book. Not only the friendships that grow, but especially the ones that Miranda leaves behind for good. If you look more closely, you do get a very important message about keeping only those people close who are good for you and walking away from the ones who aren't.
You don't have to take that closer look, though. If you're looking for a light, funny story with a bit of mystery mixed in towards the end, this one is for you.
The only thing that bothered me a bit was the ending. There was one situation where I thought the authors definitely made it too easy for themselves, but that little detail can easily be forgotten.
One more thing; I have not read the original Shakespeare story so I can't say anything about how those two go together :)
This book was quite amusing and I can't wait to read the second one, Exposure!

RATING: 2/3 Smarties

Thanks so much to the authors/Netgalley to provide me with a copy of this book. My opinion is not influenced by anyone but me, though :D

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