Shrouded in mist and protected by a deadly reef, Trespass Island is home to a community of people who guard the island and its secrets from outsiders. Seventeen-year-old Delia grew up in Kansas, but has come here in search of her family and answers to her questions: Why didn’t her mother ever talk about...more
So between not knowing much about the legends of sea creatures and being fascinated enough to want to know more, I am able to give poorly performing YA books the benefit of the doubt as long as they have some sort of awesome pr...more
Warning: Slight spoilers included below!
After her mother dies, seventeen year-old Delia McGovern is shuffled from foster home to foster home, causing trouble because of her incessant need to do the right thing (even if that means calling child services on a foster-mother that chooses to smoke in the car with an infant). After her last foster family gives up on her, Delia convinces her caseworker from Social Services to let her spend the summer with her on...more
I expected Revel by Maurissa Guibord to be good. But this was like a breathe of fresh air. After reading two awful books I really needed something this phenomenal to restore my faith in YA literature.
When I first started to read this book, I wasn't feeling very well but after the first few chapters, it sucked me in and I completely forgot how sick I felt. I laid in bed for hours ignoring my boyfriend, ignoring my phone, and ignoring my favorite tv shows. I really enjoye...more
Amazing !!! I read this book and finished it all in the same day. I loved the main character Delia and the whole whole storyline about her finding out more information about her mother. There was so much intrigue and mystery behind the whole backstory about the Island and its residents. At first I was wondering why the townspeople were so hostile to Delia and then when I learned more and more about the town's history I just had to read f...more
I had no idea what Revel was about when I started reading it. I hadn't read the blurb or anything about it online. I went into this solely based on my friend David's recommendation. We're usually pretty spot on what we think we'll like. He was so right! Revel was amazing! I loved it. Like I said, I didn't know what this was going to be about. I figured it was mermaids or something like that. I'm so glad that it wasn't. It would have been so boring if it was. Maurissa Guibord introduced a totall...more
I wanted to enjoy this. I loved the idea of some otherworldly sea creature preventing inhabitants from leaving and n...more
The basic story is that Delia's mother has died and tired of being stuck in foster care she decides to go and visit her grandmother, the women her mother said wouldn't take her in. But she has to right? This is her granddaught...more
I must confess I had expected more from this book.
The premise sounds really intriguing and promises a creepy story. I can't say I thought this book was creepy though. It's an interesting story, but it lacked an emotional impact in my opinion. There was no real suspense or surprises along the way.
I also think the town of Trespass didn't feel real. For a community that's been mostly cut-off from the world for a long time I thought the people felt too modern in their way of tal...more
The plot was quite interesting, although it was a bit like a roller coaster ride–when it was good it was really good, but it had a tendency to become boring and uneventful. The myt...more
I had started to read Revel a while ago but gave up, probably because of the mood I was in, so I didn't want to not read it a second time, and I didn't. So. Good.
For all the mythology based novels that's been out there, Revel had a unique flare going for it, that was a total surprise. And I loved that I didn't know what was going to happen, or what the hell...more
Delia comes to the island in search of family. Only then discovers she isn't allowed to leave and nor can anyone help her on pain of death. She understandably freaks out and thinks the islan...more
Overall it wasn't a bad read at...more
When I picked up Revel I was thinking kind of a Wicker Man vibe, girl gets to island, is not allowed to leave and there is dark scary stuff around every corner.
What I found was a really cool book that merged small town prejudiced, Greek mythology, romance and the sea and turned it into something pretty interesting.
I cannot tell you how many mermaid/siren/water creature type books simply have been like YUCK. They just don’t appeal to me, about...more
I liked that the premise was different, even if so many pieces of the story were pretty obvious. Though, there were actually a couple of unexpected things near the end (view spoiler)[like how the Glaukos were made and the Achelon (hide spoiler)].
But mostly the whole thing just felt half formed. Some of the scenes were short and felt truncated or abrupt. And some of the conversations were stilted, where there wasn't a good emotional through line. Responses didn't connect to...more
However, she manages to make one friend, Sean Gunn, a stoic lobster catcher. He warms up to her very slowly, and they have a sweet platonic relationship. But then it is apparent the island is holding its secrets. Deli...more
When Delia attempts to leave home in search of the grandmother she’s never met, she doesn’t expect Trespass Island. First of all, it’s not on any maps or ferry routes. When she finally arrives, she’s met with Wicker Man-like creepy natives...more
I picked up this book for a variety of reasons. One, I was intrigued by the setting. I have never traveled to Maine, but it is on my wish list. There is just something magical about that state that conjures up amazing scenery and opens my mind to the possibility of the impossible. Second, the summary on Goodreads mentioned Greek mythology. I love seeing how authors can reinvent stories from this mythology. When done w...more