“I have enjoyed both of the novels written by this author (Warped is her other book). She has a fresh take on what is a stale plot line by many other writers.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Maurissa Guibord pens the new novel Revel in which a mysterious island off the coast of Maine is full of rituals and secrecy and contains Delia’s grandmother, her only surviving relative. After being shuffled through several foster homes, Delia’s social worker agrees to let her visit her...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I have enjoyed both of the novels written by this author (Warped is her other book). She has a fresh take on what is a stale plot line by many other writers. ”Mrs. Doyle wrote this review Monday, July 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Maurissa Guibord pens the new novel Revel in which a mysterious island off the coast of Maine is full of rituals and secrecy and contains Delia’s grandmother, her only surviving relative. After being shuffled through several foster homes, Delia’s social worker agrees to let her visit her grandmother for the summer. What Delia does not divulge is that she has never met the woman, nor has her mother actually told her much about the island she grew up on. Delia learns quickly that Trespass Island does not like new people and the 1200 inhabitants are highly superstitious. Just when she accepts she must leave, she falls in the water and finds out firsthand what the Landers refer to as the demigods. Her quest to stay and learn more about the island thus begins. The longer she stays, the more she feels at home in the water and begins to notice subtle changes in herself. After meeting new people both on land and in the water she finds out about the yearly tradition of Revel which among other things forces her to make some stances for her personal beliefs. Overall Revel has an excellent idea for a story line; however the creation and writing is subpar. Acceptable for grades 7+, but there is better quality writing available. ”Karen G wrote this review Saturday, May 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Modern, fresh storyline and characters but draws on myths of the sea.”Mrs. Branham, CHS Library Media Specialist wrote this review Friday, March 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A very interesting and atmospheric take on ocean lore. From the moment Delia arrives on the remote island of Trespass, Guibord does a good job of conveying the ever increasing air of wrongness, like a net growing tighter. The book is well paced, and the story grows gradually more suspenseful. And, okay, I had a hard time swallowing the details of the actual "Revel." But, I suppose if I had grown up on the island and been raised in this culture, it might have seemed normal to me. Delia was a fun character. I liked that she found it difficult to to control or censor herself. She really brought the snark--I like that in a person. And I also really liked that the dreaded love triangle that was threatening to develop, just faded away with barely a whimper.”Dolores S wrote this review Tuesday, March 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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 describes it in so much detail made it easy to imagine it. Its climate is more tropical somehow, possibly by magic, or by volcanic vents and air currents. It’s kind of like a Hawaiian island, but in Maine, so really on the very beginning of the book is set in Portland, Maine. This place would be an amazing vacation spot if it weren’t for the sea monsters and the reef surrounding it. It almost had a dystopian feeling to it because it’s so isolated.
Characters were well developed. I loved the narration and the main character. Delia is hilarious and fun, and a strong character. I knew what she was when those strange things started happening to her. I wasn’t sure I liked Jax. He seemed nice enough, but kind of a creepy fish-guy/merman. I glad Delia can love him. I was Team Sean most of the way. Sean may have not had the greatest sense of humor, but he was nice. And he has a big dog. Guys with dogs. Love that. Zuzu and Reilly were awesome side characters and wish they were in the book more often. Delia’s grandma is a very tough lady. She can survive anything! Go Gran!
As for the creatures and mythology, it’s kind of Greek mythology, but not really. Jax is a demi-god descended from Poseidon, as are all the 1st ones. And they have these monsters they use to guard the island from other bad creatures. And there’s a celebration called Revel, which the First Ones and the humans participate in. That’s not too spoilery I hope. Either way, it’s unique.
I hope you enjoy this book. It’s very different from other mermaid books, but I’d recommend it to fans of Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, Siren by Tricia Rayburn, and Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs.
Cover Art Review: Cool photo. Was it taken from above or below the surface of the water? I see kerning issues with the title.