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Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes Book Review

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


When I first heard about Tempestuous, I thought it sounded so cool! I love the idea of a modern twist on Shakespeare’s the Tempest. It was executed so well with amazingly likable characters. 

The first thing I have to mention about this book is how great the writing was. I loved how the vocab was a but more advanced and humorous. I thought it kept the book pretty mature. Also, the main character had recently taken a fall from high school popularity, already setting up an interesting story. When she gets trapped in the mall where she works, along with several other employees, a robber, an extremely annoying guy she’s handcuffed too, and her ex-friends, several different things can happen or go wrong.

I loved the plot and all the twists. Miranda was awesome and I was entertained literally every minute I was reading this book. I didn’t want it to end, and now I’m even more excited to read the sequel, Exposure. I’m sure the humor will have lots of people cracking up and I loved the depictions of how people in high school can really be. Tempestuous also had just the right amount of romance and it was so unbelievably cute! :)

I’m so glad I gave Tempestous a try and I’ll be checking out other books Merit Press publishes. I’d give it 4 1/2 out of 5 flowers.

*Thank you so much to Merit Press for sending me a copy of Tempestous to read and review! :)

20 comments:

  1. Ever since you introduced me to this book, I've been very excited to read it. It sounds very cute and I love that its a different take on Shakespeare. The romance, humour and story all sound great and I can't wait to get to it too! Glad you enjoyed this! Fantastic review, Montana! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

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    1. I hope you get the chance to read it soon :)

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  2. I can't wait to read this book, since Juliet Immortal I've been keeping an eye on Shakespeare's retellings, and a mix of fun, romance and everything you mentioned seems so pretty cool! <3

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    1. I have Romeo Redeemed, and I want to read Juliet Immortal soon :)

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  3. Sounds great book, i am intriqued with the story. The romance, humour and story can't wait to reading this book :)

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  4. I'm loving ANY adaptation of The Tempest (which you don't often see), but also your giving 4.5 out of 5 peaks my interest more. :)

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    1. I haven't read the original Tempest, but now I'm curious to. Tempestuous was great! :)

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  5. Sounds like a great read full of humor and hijinks -- handcuffed to an annoying boy and trapped in a mall! Your enthusiastic review definitely puts this book in my TBR list!

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    1. Her being handcuffed to the annoying boy was one of my favorite parts, it was really funny! ;)

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  6. I can't wait to read the book~ Ive read so many awesome reviews on it~ Plot seems really intresting.

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  7. This looks amazing! Definitely on my wishlist!

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  8. This book sounds fantastic, just my cup-of-tea.. ;) ............ okay put it in my TBR and wish-list... i

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  9. This book definitely sounds like a great read :) I am a big Shakespeare fan and this book caught my eye right away. Can't wait to read it :) Thanks for sharing your review.

    Megan @ Megz Madd Readz

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  10. This sounds like a good book, I'm a fan of Shakespeare's plays and twists on classic stories so I'm looking forward to this modern take on The Tempest.

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  11. This book sounds great! I`m totally adding it to my TBR pile. I love these kind of YA books, so I hope it`s as good as sounds :)

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  12. I won a copy of Tempestuous on Goodreads and I loved it!It was definitely a fun read-I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I did! :)

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  13. This is the first time I've heard of this one but it sounds great. Love the cover.

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