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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  922 ratings  ·  141 reviews
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 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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Published February 12th 2013 by Random House Children's Books
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Blythe
Two large, scaly animals gripped the bottom of the Widowsong, their shapes like the dark silhouettes of a nightmare. Webbed hands. Claws. Spiked tails. One of the monsters swung and fixed me with reptilian yellow eyes. Its jaws unhinged like a bear trap, showing rows of curved, sharp teeth, and it screamed at me. The obscene roar reverberated through the water and suddenly the creature swam toward me, with rapid undulating movements and a bobbing motion of its head. (Revel; page 66. Quote taken...more
Mitch
I don't know what it is about desolate New England towns and Greek mythology that makes for such a noxious combination, and maybe it's purely coincidental, but between Josephine Angelini's Starcrossed, Elizabeth Miles's Fury, and now Revel, it's gotta be a curse, or something. At least this time with Revel I actually finished the book (*cough*Starcrossed*cough*) and wasn't angry enough to want to fling it across the room after I did (*head desk at even the thought of Fury*), but that's not sayin...more
Karli the Little
I'm incredibly fascinated by the plethora of sea creature myths and the many alternate versions of them. That said, I have to admit that I'm not the most clued-up person when it comes to mermaids and the like, and that that is probably a big contributor to my fascination.

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
Krystle
Maybe it's because it's been a long while since I've finished a book but I really liked this one.

I've read her first foray into the publishing world, Warped, that I really enjoyed also so to say I had higher expectations for this one is about guaranteed. I was more than thoroughly satisfied. In fact, I'd say that this novel was better than her first!

Her prose is delicious with smooth flowing and intricately painted descriptions. I could savor them for hours! Her plotting is also a lot tighter, n...more
David
My blog: David-Reviews.com


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
Angie
Jun 27, 2012 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Lucky enough to have read this in manuscript form! Maurissa has created another riveting novel, this one full of mythical sea creatures, a spirited heroine with burgeoning abilities, a mysterious island that refuses to let its inhabitants leave, and family secrets people will do anything to keep buried. It's all so wonderfully engrossing. I wasn't able to put this one down--not even when I had a deadline to meet on my own revisions :-) I love this cover too!
Jen Ryland
Revel is imaginative and original -- imagine 50% Greek mythology, 10% the TV show LOST, 20% paranormal romance, 10% The Bachelor, and 10% Loch Ness monster story. It's an interesting mix and I could never predict what was going to happen.
P.A. Warren
Wow.Im Stunned and in utter Awe of Revel By Maurissa Guibord.This is the first book I have read by this Author and I am quite frankly Blown Away.Revel takes place on Trespass Island where people live but never leave.Delia's mother is from there and finds a way to get to the island since no one is allowed to go there.Once she gets there she is greated with hostility.She has no idea what is in store for her.Sean is one of the male characters you will meet and Jax,Jax is a Demigod.They go back for...more
Carie
I really liked this book--the story is very different and unique, with some weird, fantastical elements. And I LOVE this author’s writing--it always completely sucks me into the story (and the romance)! The characters were fascinating, too. I loved Delia, Sean, Jax, and Ben, in particular. Loved Delia’s personality--that she wasn’t afraid to speak up, ask questions, and say what was on her mind. The action in the book was intense and nail-biting at times. The story also had some very surprising...more
TheBookSmugglers
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

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
Eszter
I absolutely forgot I read this book to be honest, and I didn't read it 2 years ago, rather 2 weeks ago, which I think is all I should say about it but I don't want to be a bad reviewer, so I'll try to remember some details. I actually liked Revel and had fun reading it so I have no idea why I forgot about it so fast.

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
Alyssa
***Review posted at The Eater of Books! blog***

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
Laura
Delia McGovern is determined to find out why and how her mother escaped the unmapped Trespass Island. When she arrives, the people find her dangerous and odd, an outsider bringing death and fear into their peaceful haven. As the Revel celebration approaches, Delia discovers a frightening secret lurking in the waters -- imprisoning the inhabitants as well as keeping trespassers out.

I wanted to enjoy this. I loved the idea of some otherworldly sea creature preventing inhabitants from leaving and n...more
Nancy

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

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Emily
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

*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
Renee
So ANOTHER library book turned out to be really good.

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
Sonia
This was excellent. The mythology was super cool and interesting to read while still maintaining an air of mystery. The descriptions were nice and creepy and the pacing was great with very few lulls in excitement. Recommended!
Sarah
Trespass Island hides its secrets from the outside world extraordinarily well. And then Delia McGovern arrived.
Revel was absolutely amazing. Face-paced, well written, and humorous, I'd love it if I could give Revel 4.5 stars.
I'm usually torn after reading books with Greek mythology woven in. I tend to enjoy them, but discrepancies with the storyline and myths bug me. It was nice to read a novel that included mythology, but not enough for there to really be any major discrepancies.
The suspense in...more
Luthien
I really wanted to like this book. New England coast. Girl with a mysterious past, stranded on this Island. Age of Sail-era shipwreck. Haunting sea shanty.

But it fell quite wide of the mark. Very wide. The pacing was off, the writing was just okay, the climax(es?) came at all the wrong places; there was little tension since everyone spilled the beans right off. And worst of all, the characters and plot twists (of which there were far too many) were extremely predictable.

None of the characters...more
Julie
First, the cover image is gorgeous and arresting. I love it.

Next, I did not really think I would like this book--I sometimes don't love fantasy books, and the blurb sounded really serious and solemn. But, I liked it a lot! It's only got a little bit of fantasy element, and the story focused on the character(s). The protagonist was very realistic and definitely had flaws, and I was really invested in her story. It wasn't exactly a comedic one, but it was far from solemn. A great, easy style to re...more
Hope
Oh. My. Goodness!!! I love, love, LOVED this book! It's amazing! It's one of those books that grabs you in the first couple of pages and doesn't let go until the end! And I didn't want it to end!!! It needs a sequel or a trilogy. I'm so sad it had to end but oh goodness did I enjoy my time on Trespass Island!

I can't tell you much because it will give everything away and I want you to experience it yourself, but trust me, this is a wonderful read! There it's this girl who goes to visit her grandm...more
Hope
Oh. My. Goodness!!! I love, love, LOVED this book! It's amazing! It's one of those books that grabs you in the first couple of pages and doesn't let go until the end! And I didn't want it to end!!! It needs a sequel or a trilogy. I'm so sad it had to end but oh goodness did I enjoy my time on Trespass Island!

I can't tell you much because it will give everything away and I want you to experience it yourself, but trust me, this is a wonderful read! There it's this girl who goes to visit her grandm...more
Jennifer
Please tell me there is going to be a second book!!!
Textwist
1) slow.
even though a lot happened, it still felt remarkably slow.

2) she made the wrong choice in guys.

3) romance was little, but focused on too much to not be addressed more by the author

4) similar to twilight in a way, Jacob v. Edward was prevalent

5) the book was almost like a diary, not a story. telling you about the days on an impossible island but not an actual plot with big conflict.

2.3 rating

I thought it would get better, it didn't

such great potential yet, not poor, but rather undesirable...more
Sylvia
I actually don't know how I feel about this book. On one hand, it was creative, full of twists, and well-written. I loved the songs that ended up having more meaning than I expected.
On the other hand, certain parts dragged out way too long, there was an awkward(unnecessary) love triangle, and the ending was very rushed and left a bit open.

The characters:

Delia.....good lord, girl, just follow directions from time to time. You don't need to constantly rebel.

Jax.....came off as a jerk, never had mu...more
Kirsty-Marie Jones
Revel, Revel, Revel. What am I going to do with you? You were not what I was expecting, at all. But, you were so good I don't freaking care.
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
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 3/29/13: http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2013/...

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
Tori
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Lady
This book was alright.

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).

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
Kristen
GENRE: YA Fantasy
THEME: Mythology/Romance
RECEIVED: Swap
BLOG: http://seeingnight.blogspot.com/

REVIEW:
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.

Revel f...more
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