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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
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Random House Children's Books
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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 take ...more
Mar 09, 2013 Mitch rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Cait S
Jul 30, 2013 Cait S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did! Before this I had really bad luck with YA siren/mermaid stories. I honestly can't think of another one that I even liked, but I can think of a handful that I absolutely loathed.

But this was good! Except........for Delia. The main character. Who is the stupidest, brattiest, most selfish little *insert colorful word here* that she possibly could have been. The island and all its side characters were great. The mythology was great. Everything was g
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.
Katyria Denegri
Sep 17, 2016 Katyria Denegri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm still trying to find a book that amazed me as much as this book did. I absolutely LOVED this book. I couldn't put it down and I managed to finish it in a day. Its one of my favorite ones, hands down.
Mar 04, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My blog:

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
Jun 18, 2012 Krystle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Miranda ❤️
Ready for an unexpected plot twist? Check!
What about an original take on Greek Mythology? Check!
Want to squeeze in some charming romance? Check!

I read Revel back in May before I started blogging, I was in the mood for something adventurous with a splash of romance and something mythological. Needless to say Revel hit the nail on the head! Now going into Revel I did not read much of the summary on this story. The only thing I knew is that it centered around an island, greek mythology, mermaids &
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
Jun 27, 2012 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  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!
Jan 13, 2013 Alyssa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***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
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
Apr 20, 2013 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
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
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
Jun 19, 2012 Carie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 02, 2013 sh(e)reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-eborrow
I try to vary my topic in my paranormal reading ... vampires, zombies,angels, post-apocalyptic. Not as many merman/myth/siren stories. I did enjoy the story and sped right through it. I did feel like there were still some unaddressed issues, although it really wasn't set up for a sequel (which is ok too, I'm fine with this ending here).
Sid Yusma
May 23, 2017 Sid Yusma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can also be read on my blog.

Title : Revel
Author : Maurissa Guibord
Demographic : Young Adult
Genre : Romance, Fantasy, Mythology

Delia takes quite a dive when she searches for her grandmother, leading her to the mysterious place of Trespass Island.

From Goodreads :

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 an
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!
Aug 08, 2012 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first ran accross thus book I could not wait to read it. All I can say is good things come to those who wait. Such a great book! Absolutely LOVED it!
Sep 06, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please tell me there is going to be a second book!!!
Jun 18, 2017 Pauline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
3.5 stars. easy, enjoyable read.
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Jennifer McCoy, YA Sisterhood
Revel by Maurissa Guibord
Received from Random House Kids
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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
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
Tiffany Holme
So despite all odds and me being the mermaid lover that I am did not see this one coming. I knew there would be some sort of mythology because "ancient Greek symbols" kind of gives it away. Looking back at the description all of the signs were there I just missed them. What I didn't realize was, that this was going to be a twist on the mer's that I was truly going to fall for. Guibord has a captivating writing style and really pulled me in with her unique and intriguing tale that had creepy and ...more
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 3/29/13:

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
Honestly speaking, I'm a little bit befuddled by this book and the relatively high rating that it has on Goodreads. Somehow the book just never quite came together for me and I think a big part of it has to do with the romance between Delia and Jax. A lot of the narrative is devoted to the relationship between the two of them and because I found Jax to be kinda creepy, I found that the romance irked me and turned me off reading the book. And there were also some strange plotlines that Guibord ch ...more
Aug 16, 2012 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GENRE: YA Fantasy
THEME: Mythology/Romance

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.

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