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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, quick read!, December 13, 2012
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This review is from: Tempestuous (Twisted Lit) (Hardcover)
I always say that I'm a big Shakespeare fan, but I've actually only read like 4 of his plays and a few sonnets, so I'm not really qualified to say I'm a "fan". Tempestuous is based on The Tempest, one of the many things written by Shakespeare that I haven't read. That's okay, though. I didn't need to read The Tempest to understand Tempestuous, though I did google what The Tempest was about!

Tempestuous is set in a mall. In fact, the whole story takes place in there, with one brief mention of being in a parking lot. I was in love with idea of a locked down mall filled with angry teenagers. It just sounded like the perfect setting for crazy things to happen.

The main character, Miranda Prospero, was the typical rich, stuck-up, high school girl. After an ingenious idea of hers went awry, she was forced to work at a hot dog shop in the mall, much to her chagrin. She clearly did not belong there and I loved how well the authors portrayed that. It was clear who Miranda really was in the past and who she was trying not to be. The fact that she was working at such a menial (to her) job really brought out her personality.

Her co-worker, Ariel, was the complete opposite of Miranda and it worked very well for the story. Ariel brought out the good in Miranda and helped her see her past mistakes for what they were, mistakes. There were a large array of characters mentioned in the book, though only a handful were actually given enough importance that they were included in key points in the book. I was glad that there wasn't much focus on these secondary characters, as that would have taken away from Miranda. After all, she was the most important character.

Though there was a clear love interest in Tempestuous, their relationship didn't seem to be a key part of the book. Said love interest, Caleb, was sarcastic and very negative, somewhat similar to Miranda's personality (though they wouldn't admit it). I loved that the book didn't focus on them and instead focused on more important things, like what was going on in the mall.

I have a few negative things to say about Tempestuous. First, (mini spoiler) there had been a robbery at the mall and people were going missing, but no one seemed to be paying anything attention to it. They were all stuck in a mall with a thief and potential murderer, but it wasn't given much thought. Yes, they mentioned the thief throughout the book, but everyone was still running around everywhere, unconcerned about it. Another thing that I thought of, though I purposely ignored for the purpose of the book, was that they were locked in the mall because of a dangerous weather storm. They weren't allowed out, which sounded kind of illegal, and none of their cell phones were working... did they all have the same providers? I thought that was strange, but like I said, I overlooked it since I knew it was needed to keep the story moving forward.

Overall, I was really pleased with Tempestuous. It was very funny and I loved the dialogue. I think the dialogue was fantastic and wonderfully written. The authors did a great job with that. The things that these characters said had me cracking up! Tempestuous was definitely a great book to read and I really enjoyed it. In fact, I would probably read it again, something I usually avoid doing at all costs.
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