Author: Maurissa Guibord
Release Date: Available
Revel was one of those books that you read until three in the morning on a school night, until you finally realize that the pain of not finishing isn’t as bad as the pain of surviving eight hours of school on less than three hours sleep. Then you put down the book, shut off the light, and lay there for an hour running through various fantasies involving the protagonist, Delia, the stuck up demigods surrounding the island, and her pissing them off in some spectacularly gratifying way. The next thing you know, your alarm is blaring out something about Mitt Romney and Obama and your whole body feels like it’s going to fall apart from the utter lack of sleep. You wonder “Why on earth didn’t I go to bed earlier?” Then you promptly pick up Revel and start flipping through the pages like a squirrel on Red Bull. The moral of the story is: Don’t buy this book; it’s hazardous to your health.
The best part about Revel wasn’t the original plot or the well-developed characters. It was the pace. The beginning moved fast enough that you never got bored, but it dragged out the gratifying parts, keeping you hooked. There were a few things I would have changed, but they were so small and insignificant, they aren’t even worth mentioning.
At this point you may be thinking, “Okay, okay, I get it. You liked the book, but what is it even about?” Well, dear readers, Revel is about a girl named Delia who goes off to live with her grandmother after her mother’s death. All Delia knows about her grandmother is that she lives on a private island off the coast of Maine named Trespass. When Delia arrives, she is met with hostility and fear. Soon, she learns the big secret; the people on Trespass are not alone. There are monsters living there as well, monsters who specifically forbade anyone from leaving the island… or coming to it.
I highly recommend that you read Revel if you enjoy paranormal, mythological, or just plain awesome books. Five out of five stars.
Review by Annalise
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