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Product Details

  • Series: Twisted Lit (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Merit Press (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440552649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440552649
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,391,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 8 Up-In this take on Shakespeare's The Tempest, Miranda Prospero is required to have a job in order to repay the money she earned with a tutoring service turned cheating scam. Unfortunately, that means she has to work in the bowels of the mall food court and endure the taunts of her former prep-school friends as she serves hot dogs. Due to a significant snowstorm, what begins as a surprise plan to celebrate her coworker Ariel's 17th birthday turns into a night of mischief and crime solving as the staff of the mall is stranded along with Miranda's clique of ex-friends. Miranda finds herself handcuffed to the cynical game-store employee, Caleb, who provides running commentary and acts as her social conscience while she attempts to seek revenge for Ariel's humiliation at the hands of the private-school crowd. The night turns dangerous when it becomes obvious that a robber is also stranded in the mall with them. This is a clever, light read with the kind of mystery solving that is reminiscent of Scooby Doo and the gang. The characters are believable, the plot moves at an entertaining pace, and, though the conclusion is predictable, it does not lack substance. Readers unfamiliar with The Tempest will have no problem enjoying this outrageous night at the mall.-Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MDα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"Irresistible debut novel. We can assure you reading the surprising adventures of their richly drawn heroines, Miranda Prospero and Skye Kingston, in the Twisted Lit series is nothing short of thrilling." --Children's Book Review

"Fun-filled escapades into Shakespeare's The Tempest and Macbeth . . . they're an absolute riot! You don't have to be a Shakespeare fan (I'm not) or even have read these plays (I haven't) to fall in love with these books. I can't wait for the next Twisted Lit adventure. It's the best new young adult series of the year!" --Jack and Jill Magazine

"This is a clever, light read with the kind of mystery solving that is reminiscent of Scooby Doo and the gang. The characters are believable, the plot moves at an entertaining pace, and, though the conclusion is predictable, it does not lack substance. Readers unfamiliar with The Tempest will have no problem enjoying this outrageous night at the mall." --School Library Journal

"An exciting adventure . . . and a dangerous mystery. The characters in Tempestuous are relatable and the reader can easily become attached to them, thanks to the comedy and coming-of-age tone that the authors provide. Fun and light . . . Askew and Helmes take a classic comedy and successfully translate it to a younger and more modern audience." --SeattlePI.com/Blogcritics.org

"This first book in the new Twisted Lit series takes Shakespeare's tale and moves it to a modern day setting. The twists and turns of the subplots are easily relatable to today's teen readers. The overall intrigue of the plot keeps readers salivating. Can absolutely be read and enjoyed with no prior knowledge of its predecessor." --YALSA Hub blog

"With this twisted take on Shakespeare's The Tempest, authors Kim Askew and Amy Helmes prove again that, from Juliet's grief to Cordelia's rage, no one knew about teen angst better than the Bard. His wisdom holds up nearly half a millennium later. Really good book, pick it up and read it." --Just Books blog

"Askew and Helmes do a . . . masterful job of bringing [Shakespeare's] characters . . . into the 21st century. Tempestuous is a fun modern fairy tale . . . and . . . there are plentiful moments of sarcastic hilarity . . . If you love a twisted tale, this one's for you!" --USA Today

"Shakespeare is hot again. Merit Press . . . is basing two of its first five debut releases on Shakespeare retellings. Tempestuous [is] a humorous reimagining of The Tempest. The Twisted Lit novels hope to . . . make Shakespeare more appealing to today's teens. Expect to see Shakespeare throughout all forms of media in 2013 as a new generation of media consumer rediscovers the timeless literary treasures of William Shakespeare." --Forbes.com


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It is a fun and fast read that I really enjoyed.
Carole
Overall, Tempestuous is a fun story that lets you live a night being stuck in a mall with it's likable characters, great dialogue and interesting plot.
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I really like this story. i thought it was going to be one of those poor little rich girl, or even a spoiled brat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendy L. Hines VINE VOICE on December 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Miranda has always had the best money can buy, the most popular boy in school as her boyfriend and a clique of other wealthy friends. When she is given a deep punishment for running a website cheating scam, she has to get a job in the mall at a hot dog stand in the food court. The hats are bad enough, but seeing her friends come to the mall and give her the cold shoulder is worse. Not to mention her ex-boyfriend who is now dating her ex-best friend.

Ariel is her co-worker, a bubbly home schooled gamer, who doesn't have a nasty bone in her body. When there is a bad snowstorm one evening, the mall is put on lock-down because of the hazardous roads. Miranda tries to make the most of it, but her charming personality ends up getting her handcuffed to Caleb, a cute boy who works in the game store with a sullen personality. No one knows where the key is, which really makes things uncomfortable for the two strangers.

When there is a robbery at a nearby computer store and some of the kids are missing, Miranda, Ariel and Caleb start to investigate - until Miranda gets sidetracked with her old friends. It's too good of an opportunity to get some revenge and she gets Ariel to help her and Caleb against his will. But then another store is robbed, and they all know that the perpetrator is locked in with them, and another teen has disappeared. Will they make it through the night with no one being hurt and can Miranda and Caleb learn to get along before they can get those pesky cuffs off?

Tempestuous is a fun read from the first page. I really liked the character of Miranda - she's the right mix of attitude and vulnerability. The romance is slow to blossom and believable and the mystery surrounding the disappearing kids and the robberies is perfectly blended with the other things going on in the mall when the doors are all locked and the cellphone and internet lines go down. An entertaining read that I would love to see a sequel to.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 20, 2013
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Tempestuous was a fun, slight read that seemed to have more in common with various Nickelodeon TV movies than with the Shakespeare play it's based on. The characters are all clichéd and one dimensional, and the authors employ just about every tried and true teen trope ever created to unleash a story that is fast paced and full of romance, mystery and very little substance. I know it's a re-telling, but there's really not anything creative or original here at all.

So, here's why I still give Tempestuous a three star rating: it's a fun, easy, fast paced read that will appeal to young teens that are just interested in a fun, fast paced read. It's not the great literature of Shakespeare, but it is a book that shows capable teenagers looking out for themselves, solving crime, and falling in love. There's no language, no sex, and only minimal violence. There's talk of the value of friendship, being true to yourself, and standing up for what you believe in even when faced with overwhelming scorn. It's about knowing who the good guys are and who has your back.

The authors do excel with dialogue. There is some really nice chemistry between our main character and an unexpected love interest. Their conversations are characterized by a snappy repartee that really energizes a tired plot. This is a nice choice for young teens, but best take a pass if you're expecting something with any literary heft.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon (Scott Reads It!) on June 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Thank you to Merit Press for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review.

Tempestuous is a modern contemporary retelling of Tempest by William Shakespeare. I really appreciate how ambitious of a project this was to undertake because many people hold Shakespeare so dearly. Retelling Shakespeare is nothing new but it takes a lot of courage and determination. If you change the basic plot ever so slightly, you could be accused of mutilating the Bard's works and committing sacrilege. Also I enjoyed how the authors chose to retell Tempest instead of doing an overdone retelling of Romeo And Juliet. How many Romeo and Juliet retellings does the world need? The basic plot of Tempest is still extremely evident in Tempestuous and it was interesting to see how the authors creatively retold the classic play. It's been awhile since I've read Tempest but I remember reading it back in 8th grade. My teacher had praised the book for being's Shakespeare's last work and it being a reflection of his attitude about quitting playwriting. I failed to see the magic and beauty of the play back then and I didn't quit understand the buzz behind it. The fact that I didn't enjoy reading Tempest, didn't hinder my reading of Tempestuous.

Tempestuous starts off extremely strong and immediately introduces us to our protagonist, Miranda Prospero. Miranda was kind of sassy (in a good way) and I loved her sarcastic, snarky attitude. She definitely surprised me throughout the novel and she was just so unpredictable. I never really knew what tricks Miranda had up her sleeves and I thought her character was developed well. The other characters were decently developed but I didn't really feel strongly about any of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaylia3 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 12, 2013
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This book takes its inspiration from Shakespeare's The Tempest, but instead of a storm trapping the characters on an island, a blizzard traps teenager workers and shoppers overnight in a mall leading to all kinds of craziness. One of the trapped teens, Miranda Prospero, has always had a knack for bringing people together and manipulating things (for good, mostly) behind the scenes so a mall lock-down gives her lots of opportunities for fun. Until recently Miranda was a prep school princess, but following a fall from grace after one of her schemes went bad she's had to take a humiliating job at a hot dog stand in the food court. The silver lining in her new world is Ariel, her spritely coworker and a great friend. It's Ariel's birthday and Miranda has all kinds of ideas for how to make the night special, but then she ends up handcuffed to an infuriating guy named Caleb, a possibly dangerous burglar is on the loose, some mall workers are missing and unaccounted for, and the toniest part of the mall has been taken over by a crew from Miranda's prep school that includes her ex-boyfriend and the ex-best friend who's now dating him. Snappy dialog, clever plotting, and a main character with a winning mix of heart, moxie, and vulnerability make make this a fast and entertaining read.
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