Wednesday, November 28, 2012
ARC Book Review: Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes!
Tempestuous was such a fun, cute read!
The main character, Miranda, started out as a very self-obsessed, shallow girl. She saw the errors of her ways, and she tried to overcome them, but she still thought other people beneath her, which was annoying at times. But toward the end of the book, she realizes that about herself, and she truly changes her ways of thinking and the way she treats others. She truly developed as a character and I really enjoyed watching her grow as a character.
Caleb, Miranda's not-quite-love-interest was also very cute. He was your typical tall, dark, handsome and brooding type, and I found myself slowly liking him more and more.
He comes off as indifferent and a bit of a jerk throughout most of the book, but he had this certain air about him that just made you want to know more about him, and read more into the little smiles he would share, however rare they were. He has a good heart though, and you see that as the story goes on. All of the characters were very funny and had their own voices. I loved meeting all of the secondary characters and I found most of them enjoyable.
The plot of this novel, while not terribly strong, was enjoyable, and the mystery in this kept me guessing at times, which I loved. While Tempestuous is a modern-day spin on The Tempest by William Shakespeare, I often forgot this fact and barely saw any resemblance between the two other than the main characters name. That could just be me, though.
The added theme of mystery also had me on edge, and I loved trying to solve the mystery of who the thief was! It added in an extra layer of fun and I was thankful for this.
The only downfall I felt this story had was the selfish unawareness of some of the characters.
I get that these kids are locked in a mall, full of endless possibilities and fun, but some of the extremes some of these characters went to have 'fun' or 'get even' with their foes were really unlikely.
They took things that did not belong to them (namely food, since that is the only thing they could not return the next day) without thought or consequence; without so much as a penny for payment. That was the only thing that had me shaking my head while reading this. A small thing to call out, I agree—but still. It annoyed me, and I found all of the destruction unnecessary. They did return most of the things they 'borrowed' from the shops in the mall, though, so I can't complain about that.
Other than that, this story was nonstop fun and often had me laughing out loud at some of the ridiculous pranks they pull and funny dialog between the characters.
This is definitely a feel-good read full of comedy, action, mystery and just the right amount of romance.
Give this one a shot! You won't be sorry!