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
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There’s an island off the coast of Maine that can’t be found on any modern map—only in the faded pages of ol…more
There’s an island off the coast of Maine that can’t be found on any modern map—only in the faded pages of old books of New England legends. But it’s real. Shrouded in mist and protected by a deadly reef, Trespass Island is home to a community of people who guard the land and its secrets from outsiders, just as they’ve done for centuries.
Seventeen-year-old Delia McGovern finds her way to the island in search of her grandmother, hoping for answers to lingering questions. Why did her mom never talk about Trespass Island? And why did she dread open water?
It turns out that Trespass Island is home to more than just humans. There are monsters here.
And in order to survive on Trespass, sacrifices must be made.
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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
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
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
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
I enjoyed reading this book so much! It was creepy, funny, interesting and unique. A lot of work went into the characters and the island and the creatures. I’m sad this is only a standalone. One book doesn’t seem like enough, but the ending was pretty satisfying. There’s a little bit of a love triangle, and even a few little cliché thing, but really, this was an awesome book.
Trespass Island, which is a made up island off the coast of Maine, seems like a beautiful place. How the author d...more
Revel by Maurissa Guibord
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Copy provided by the author
Summary (from Goodreads):
There’s an island off the coast of Maine that’s not on any modern map.
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 c...more
I was first interested in Revel because of the cover. It looked so blue and mythical, if that's even a word that can be used to describe a book cover. I just knew I had to read Revel as soon as I saw it, but I wasn't really expecting much because I have never heard of the author, Maurissa Guibord before (she has an awesome name by the way). I am so glad I gave Revel a chance in the end. Revel totally surprised me - in a very good way.
Revel was a pretty predictable book for me (di...more
SPEECHLESS! After I read the last page I sat there thinking about what I was going to say and I couldn’t think of anything but how much I loved what I just finished. The characters were wonderfully developed, the plot was mysterious and caught me by surprise and of course the romance! This is definitely my favorite of 2013 and being my first book by Maurissa Guibord, it will not be my last.
*A copy was provided by Delacorte Press for review purposes*
“I tried to tell you it dangerous here.”
“I thought you meant like rocks and big waves, Gran. Not whatever this is.”
Yep, that about sums it up! This book has one of the most original and unique ideas I’ve ever read. I don’t know if there’s another book out there quit like this one. The writing really drew me in, and it was so eerie and eloquent, and I couldn’t stop reading. I really liked how the story line and...more
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Reviewed by: Middle Sis Jenn
The Sisters Say: Enthralling, Enigmatic, and Enchanting
I am a huge, HUGE fan of Greek mythology, so anytime I see a book where it is involved, I jump on it. Some of these books have been amazing, while others—not so much. I’m happy to say that Revel is one of those books that hooked me. Maurissa created a haunting island, set apart from the rest of the world by treacherous waters and dangerous creat...more
Overall, a very strong 3/5.
I did like this book.
It has an original concept, it was interesting how the Greek mythology was handled.
The first half of the book was a little slow going and I made a few rants over some of the characters, but nothing too serious, and at the end I almost forgot about the bad stuff, almost.. which is why I'm giving it 3.5 stars.
Yeah, I did complain about how the suspense felt forced, and it did, but it gets better along the way. And I was really annoyed with that unnece...more