Title: Tempestuous: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Authors: Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
Series: Twisted Lit #1
Publication: December 18th 2012 by Merit Press
Genre: Young Adult ~ Contemporary ~ Retelling
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Cover Rating: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
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.
I loved Tempestuous! I really did! I actually liked it more than Anyone But You (yes I know I read it out of order but these books can be read as standalones). The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is that some things happening were a little bit too obvious. I had guessed a lot of the stuff that was going to happen. And clearly everything that happened in this book would never happen in real life but how awesome would it be if it did, huh?
I was pretty much hooked in this book from the start. I really liked the main character, Miranda. I kind of love books where a popular girl turns over a new leaf and ends up changing and being actually nice. Miranda was like that. Sure, she still was a little bit rough on the edges but she was pretty fun to read about.
Also the other characters didn’t let me down. Caleb was my favorite, obviously. He was pretty hilarious, smart and oh he plays in a band. And let’s not forget he wasn’t fooled by Miranda and could keep up with her, or at least try. He kind of had to. I loved that.
Other secondary characters that I liked were Ariel (she was just so cute) and Chad (also pretty cute!). I think we can agree that everything was cute and fun.
There was a bit of mystery involved with a thief being trapped in the mall with them all the kids. I guessed pretty early on who it was so that was a little disappointing but maybe that’s just me. Also, the dialogue was pretty clever and witty as was the writing in general. Bonus points for that!
So overall, Tempestuous was a quick, fun and very cute read that I would absolutely recommend to everyone, who’s looking to read something light. Even if you haven’t read Shakespeare’s The Tempest, this is a great and entertaining book.
Los Angeles-based writers Kim Askew and Amy Helmes have been writing and blogging together since 2007. Askew, whose work has appeared in Elle and other magazines as well as the anthology The May Queen, is a content manager for the Webby-award winning teen site www.FashionClub.com and the FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Helmes is a West Coast editor for Soaps In Depth magazine and a contributor to The Rundown, a daily e-mail service that keeps subscribers informed on what’s new and cool in L.A.