Book Review: Revel by Maurissa Guibord

May 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

Revel“Right after they get hit on the head is never the best time to tell someone they’re trapped on an isolated island surrounded by sea monsters. Not that there’s ever a good time for that kind of thing.”

Delia’s mother’s last words revealed that she had left her island home when pregnant with Delia, never to return. Now, bringing her mother’s ashes to her grandmother’s home on Trespass Island, Delia is about to discover that her mother didn’t just leave Trespass. She escaped. The island is awash in secrets and traditions, some just old-fashioned, some steeped in arcane myth and legend. Now Delia has to deal with the fact that some legends are real after all, and she has more to do with the fate of Trespass Island and it’s inhabitants than she could have imagined.

My review:
If you like supernatural creatures but are sick of werewolves, angels, and vampires, Revel is a great pick for you. The mythology surrounding the island was interesting and different from other books I’ve read (don’t want to get into spoiler territory!).

I especially liked how the revelations about the island were slowly revealed so that each piece of information was important. Each detail pulled me more into the book and even though I started out like Delia, as the outsider who thought a lot of the traditions were kind of crazy, by the end it was easy to see why the islanders had kept to the old ways for so long.

Check out Revel if you like characters who undergo a supernatural transformation, stories about family secrets, or quick reads with a dash of romance.

Reviewed by:
Katie Clark, Teen Librarian

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