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.
TEMPESTUOUS is the first book in the Twisted Lit series by authors Kim Askew and Amy Helmes. It’s a “modern day spin on Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest'”.
Admittedly, it took me a bit to get into the book. I almost gave up on it during the first 20 pages, but decided to keep going since it’s a fairly short book (224 pages). I’m glad I did finish as it got pretty interesting. There were a lot of twists and turns in the story and mystery aspect made me want to know ‘who done it’. I did get a bit confused with all the characters – there seemed to be a lot of them.
While it might not be the next great novel, Kim Askew and Amy Helmes worked well together to create a fun book. I think younger readers will enjoy it more than I did and I’ll be adding it to my daughter’s bookshelf.
You can read an excerpt HERE. (PDF)
This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.