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All but alone, wild but resourceful Mira dreams of life beyond the shores of her mystical island. Isolated by her father, a dark sorcerer bent on vengeance, she has only his servants, an air spirit and a misshapen cast-off, to share her company. When Dante conjures a terrible storm to wash ashore his mortal enemies, Mira must chose between her loyalties to her father and ...more
Paperback, 1, 322 pages
Published November 21st 2014 by Xchyler Publishing
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On the Isle of Sound and Wonder by Alyson Grauer

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"I'm too young--too posh--too poetic for this fate!"

01-10: 'On the Isle of Sound and Wonder' is a retelling of my favorite Shakespeare story, 'The Tempest.' When I first read the synopsis, I was both elated and terrified. Since most people in the media industry tend towards 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'Macbeth,' and so on.. it
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Alyson Grauer

The debut novel by Alyson Grauer, On the Isle of Sound and Wonder is an invigorating retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest with a steampunk twist.

I am not a fan of steampunk, however, in recent times, Ive read quite a few novels in the genre that have surprised me. On the Isle of Sound and Wonder is one of those books. Its the writing and ingenuity. In the case of On the Isle of Sound and Wonder, it is also the storyline, the effectively implemented
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Tammy (TheTeaOnBooks)
This was an amazing adventure! I loved every detail the author included in this story. When I had to put it down, I thought about it until I could pick it up again.

The writing is really immersive. The author really put a lot of detailed thought into the setting, characters, and storyline. She also writes in a descriptive way that really adds to the experience of reading this novel. Ive read some books that have too many detailed descriptions and I become bored, this had just the right amount of
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CapricornReads- Kyra
*I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.*

Interesting, well-written but at times hard to keep up with the storyline as it seemed a bit disoriented and jumbled in places. For me there was too much back and forth between the characters and took away from the story quite a bit. It was so back and forth that if it was less between character pov it would create less jumble.

While this book wasn't a huge hit for me I did love the story, Mira and the twists. It is a good
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Candace
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
I will admit Steampunk intimidates me. Im afraid of gadgetry and mechanization that is, basically, over my head. My imagination is so fanciful I need magic in my stories. So, I was slightly intimidated when I picked up On the Isle of Sound and Wonder. But Im a sucker for covers and LOOK AT THE COVER!! Im in AWE!

My fears quickly vanished. Grauer marries both magic and mechanics into an intelligent, well-crafted, seamless retelling of Shakespeares The Tempest. I was immediately drawn into a vivid
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Danielle Shipley
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story swept me along with the ease of a wave in a gale, the authors skillful choreography of questions, revelations, and points of view holding me in thrall page after page. Perhaps it is in part a testament to Grauers love of theatre shining through that I felt (uncommonly for me) less like a reader and more like a wide-eyed spectator watching a play unfold on my imaginations stage, complete with humorous scripting and fantastic special effects. I enjoyed moving back and forth between the ...more
Kimberly
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

On the Isle of Sound and Wonder is a clever retelling of The Tempest. It follows all the original characters (with modified names) as they navigate the Island and each other.

The wonderful thing about this book is that its easy to enjoy regardless of the readers experience of Shakespeare. For someone who knows the original text very well, this novel is different enough that its still entertaining. For people who havent read or dont remember the original, its highly enjoyable
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Bojana
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

"How can I own something that flies and is free?"

I really wanted to like this book when I started it. And, partially, I did. The writing is enthralling. The author gave so much attention and details to setting, characters and their actions. Prose is exceptional. On the other hand, I had a feeling of stretching. It took quite a while for story to actually start; the pace is so slow I've almost abandoned this book.
These mixed feelings lead to mixed rating, so it will be 3.5 stars.
Also, I must
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Jodi
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that has something for all audiences. There is action, adventure, peril, magic, love, loss, and a kiss of steampunk just to keep things interesting. For those students of Shakespeare, this is a delightful romp through the classic story of The Tempest. The characters have been renamed and reimagined to appeal to todays readers.

There are very few books that capture my attention where I find them hard to put down, this was one of them. Grauer has a knack for creating vibrant,
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Michael Coorlim
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alyson Grauer's On the Isle of Sound and Wonder is a Shakespearean Fantasy Steampunk book based on an adaptation of one of my favorite works. I didn't realize it at first because I'm a terrible book blogger with an enormous backlist, and it took me far too long to get around to reading it. Embarassingly I was almost to the end of the first act before I twigged to the fact that it was an adaptation.

And that's a good thing. It's not a straight-up stage-to-prose conversion. Alyson is more skilled
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Crissy Sutcliffe
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy steampunk, you will enjoy this book. there is a bit of everything from action, to love , to tradjedy, with a bit of magic rolled into one.his book is bassed on "Tempest" by Shakespeare. Mira is the daughter of an exiled duke and she lives on a jungle island. She is a go getter, self sufficient, strong, no nonsense woman who is not afraid to get her hands dirty. All in all, this was an excelent book to escape into.
Ayla
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, 2020
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to like this book when I started it. The Tempest was one of my favorite Shakespeare plays that I read during college, and I thoroughly enjoyed other adaptations of Shakespeares work.

Lets start with the good: The character of Mira (Miranda) was given much more autonomy in this adaptation. Shes honestly the shining light of the book. Corvina (Sycorax) was also given a much more well-rounded back story. It feels
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3.5*

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Ahhh! My first book review since I gave birth to a gorgeous little boy back in September. I had a troubled pregnancy, and reading took a backseat for basically 2019 in it's entirety. However, I'm back, it's the second day of the new year and I have finished my first book. I feel renewed! Rejuvenated! Ready to devour books again (usually after 8pm when the baby is well asleep). Being a mother will still take priority,
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Kimberly
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the Isle of Sound and Wonder is a clever retelling of The Tempest. It follows all the original characters (with modified names) as they navigate the Island and each other.

The wonderful thing about this book is that its easy to enjoy regardless of the readers experience of Shakespeare. For someone who knows the original text very well, this novel is different enough that its still entertaining. For people who havent read or dont remember the original, its highly enjoyable as its own story.

I
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Maddie
"How can I own something that flies and is free?"

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warnings: attempted rape, including a scene in the head of the intended rapist as he imagines himself forcing himself on the victim. (Both were non-descriptive, but they are still very obvious.)

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Fazila
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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REVIEW :

DISCLAIMER : Thank you, Netgalley and Shadesilk Press for providing me with an ARC of On The Isle Of Sound And Wonder in exchange for an honest review.

I have read The Tempest, the abridged version of it in high school. I remember enjoying it at the time, but never picked up the entire play. I saw this title on Netgalley and when I read the synopsis I was really interested to know how a retelling will work for the play.

I really liked
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Jacqueline Firkins
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full of imagination, Grauer's expansion of Shakespeare's Tempest allows a reader to dip from past to present with backstories that flesh out the unfolding tale on the titular island. Readers familiar with the source material will enjoy seeing new takes on a familiar story. The tale includes a blood sacrifice, a mechanical army, and a physical manifestation of evil that was a creepy and surprising delight in the final chapters. Readers might be well warned that sexual assault plays into two plot ...more
A Robin Reads
Review first published on my blog:

I'm currently reading On the isle of sound and wonder by Alyson Grauer. I got this book from Netgalley as an ARC. This is a fantasy YA and I really like it so far. It's well written with a lot of different characters that have there own voice, but it's not hard to follow. The magic in this world is cool and the island is also nice.

Apparantly this is a retelling of the Shakespeare The tempest. And it's also a steampunk scifi. I haven't read The tempest, so can't
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CJ
It's pitched as a steampunk Tempest, but the delivery was more of a low-tech rainstorm. While it was great to see a spunky, sassy Miranda (Mira) without the Shakespearean insta-love, she was a wee bit stuck in the Innocent Fanservice Girl trope. The story would have benefited from not adhering so closely to the original. The side stories of the secondary shipwrecked survivors really didn't add anything apart from the token gay, an occasional snippet of steampunkiness and diverted the attention ...more
Lu
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

On the isle of sound and wonder is a retelling of William Shakespeare's The Tempest and it's brilliant and evocative.
Since Mira and her father Dante were shipwrecked on an island, they were forced to adapt themselves and live there, getting to know the flora, the fauna, reading, learning. When another ship, years later, shipwrecked on the island, Mira starts to realize her father is not what she thought he was, when he made the
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Annamaria
"This is no ordinary storm."

Lost meets Shakespeare in On the Isle of Sound and Wonder and I greatly enjoyed it! I loved the author's take on Mira and Prince Ferrans relationship and how she was treated as her own being, with an intricate backstory, skills and personality and I loved how unexpectedly creepy the story would get from time to time, those backstories gave me chills more often than not. I would have appreciated if the "villains" in this book had been given much more space and depth,
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Sarah
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of On The Isle of Sound and Wonder in exchange for an honest review.

The further I read, the more I liked this book. I'm not familiar with Shakespear's The Tempest, as it happens, but the human strengths and, particularly, weaknesses and ignorances in each character compacted with layers of schemes that start to unravel in the worst way is something Sound and Wonder shares unmistakably in common with the classic playwright's style. Aly's spin revolves around the shipwrecked crew
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Sarah Reads "Reading in Sarah's Corner"
This book was enchanting from the moment I started reading it. Each and every character was mesmerizing as we get lost on the Island of sound and wonder. I absolutely loved the world author Alyson Grauer conjured up for us. This book is one I can see letting my son read in just a few years. He will absolutely love the mystery adventure Alyson created.

The in-depth detail Alyson describes from start to finish was perfect. There were many times I could picture myself right along with Mira, Ferran,
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Ai Miller
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ai by: Alyson Grauer
This was a delightful ride--the magic was super fun without feeling intrusive or overbearing, and the story itself managed to be fresh while also definitely echoing back to what little of the original. I might have liked it more if I had more familiarity with the original play (lol I have zero knowledge and my brain is made of swiss cheese). I'm also pretty unfamiliar with steampunk as a genre of writing, but I love how the magic and tech intertwined here, and it felt like it supported the story ...more
Jennifer Lea
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through the Goodreads giveaways. It is a spectacular book and I am pleased to be adding it to my bookshelf.
This is a book that could be enjoyed by a large audience. It is possibly a story more geared to the young adult audience, but can certainly charm a much older one with little effort at all. It has a touch of magic, a hint of mythology and even a little steampunk, through Gonzo, the metal companion to the prince.
I love the character development and the interpersonal
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Avaminn F'nett
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won a free copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book overall. It had a wide variety of unique characters, is a fantasy, and is a retelling of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," all of those things were just great. It was very well-written. Karaburan and Aureal were my favorites.
The only problem I had with it is that for a steampunk book, there was not enough steampunk. Sure, there were airships and a robot character, but I felt more as though it
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The Artificer
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Let me start out by saying that I normally dislike retellings, reboots, relaunches, needless prequels & sequels, etc.

That said, "On the Isle of Sound and Wonder" is no simple line for line retelling of Shakespeare's Tempest with gears glued on. Ms. Grauer has taken the play and remade it, adding new depths and new motivations to familiar characters and story arcs. She had deftly crafted a major touchstone of English Literature into something that, while similar in plot to the original, is
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Spunky N Sassy
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
~~~Dee's Review~~~

OMG! Stories of magic, curses, spells witches and wizards are normally not my first or even my second choice of reading material. However, since I received this book in exchange for an honest review, .....I read it.

The story was gripping and keeps the reader enthralled even during periods of backtracking. I was so amazed at the graphic detail that made this story come alive. I could see the bolts of lightning, hear the booming thunder and smell the pouring rain. The magical
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Erika
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shakespeare can be a tricky thing to adapt, taking on something like the Tempest can be a daunting task.
However I was thrilled with many of the author's decisions and portrayals in "On the Isle of Sound and Wonder" Grauer handles the subject matter with grace and in an entertaining way.
Setting the novel in a steampunk universe makes the magic plausible and interesting and the exploration of the different possibilities whether mechanical or magical was wonderful and engaging.
Penny
As the publisher of this book and directly involved in its production, I will refrain from influencing its rating. However, both Steampunk and Shakespeare fans will love this re-imagining of William Shakespeare's last play, The Tempest. Aly is a fabulous writer, her world-building vivid and her characters complex and engaging. Her story, although based on The Tempest, is original and imaginative. This is a great choice for anyone wishing to delve into a world of fantasy.
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