Thursday, January 16, 2014

Review : Tempestuous - Twisted Lit #1 - Kim Askew & Amy Helmes

Tempestuous: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's The Tempest

Author: Kim Askew & Amy Helmes
Series: Twisted Lit #1
Published: December 18th 2012 by Merit Press 
Format: Paperback
Source: Won in Goodreads Giveaway

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.


 My Thoughts

Before reading Tempestuous I had no idea what Shakespeare's Tempest was about.So before reading Tempestuous I looked up the Tempest and here's a short summary that might give you an idea of what it is about.
Tempestuous was a quick and light read-It wasn't the kind of book that I usually read but it was definitely entertaining!Most retellings fall short of my expectations for some reason but Tempestuous was not one of those books.The similarities between Shakepeare's Tempest and Tempestuous were subtle and not overly stressed so it didn't come across as forced.The smooth writing and the witty dialogue made experience very enjoyable.

The characters were strong and flawed so this made relating to them quite easy.Miranda is no longer the popular high school girl,kicked out from the inner circle by her "friends" she has become a social leper who's forced to work at a hot dog stall in the hideous hat that has a plastic wiener spinning on top of it!Miranda's friend and co-worker,Ariel was adorably chirpy.Although Ariel comes across as a bit of an airhead at the beginning she surprised me with her thoughtfulness and crazy ideas as the story progresses.
Caleb too turns out be much more than a moody loner.Miranda and Caleb end up handcuffed together and this helps to reevaluate their love-hate relationship.The romance builds slowly as soon as they both realize that there's more to each other than what meets the eye.
The "bad guys" were believable since they each had their own set of flaws.There were some interesting twists and turns in Tempestuous and I definitely see that ending coming!

Tempestuous with it's quirkiness and laugh-out-loud moments would make a great summer read.

My Rating

So tell what do you think of retellings?Love them?or Hate em?

Does Tempestuous sound like a book that you'd enjoy?


  1. This sounds like a fun read! I like Shakespeare retellings so I will check out this book sometime! :)

  2. I'm not sure I'd read this one. shakespear isn't really my thing, and like you i have never read the tempest! trying to decrease my to-read pile at the moment so I don't think this one will make it. Glad you enjoyed it though!


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