Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes,
This review is from: Tempestuous (Twisted Lit) (Hardcover)
Miranda, a former A-lister fallen from glory, comes into work at the mall one blustery night. Much to her dismay, her and her coworkers are fatefully snowed in- not only trapped together, but with a criminal on the loose somewhere within the empty bowels of the mall. Even worse, Miranda and her new snarky acquaintance, Caleb, are accidentally handcuffed together and must spend the time side-by-side, each other's presence causing more irritation than either of them can handle. It soon becomes apparent that it's going to be a very long night.
Tempestuous is a fun little tale that I quite enjoyed. I was doubtful of it at first, mostly because it sounded a bit ridiculous to me, but that opinion faded once I really started reading. The Shakespeare aspect initially drew me in, and the story kept me hooked the rest of the time.
Having never read Shakespeare's The Tempest, I can't say I got any of the references to that work of literature, but despite that fact, I truly enjoyed Tempestuous. It's a fun, light, clean read that is suitable for both middle-grade readers as well as more mature readers. This is what I'd dub as a good distraction- it's funny, quirky, and has a bit of a thrill to it, thanks to the crime-fighting antics of Miranda and her gang. And being only slightly over 200 pages, you could easily curl up on a snowy night with a cup of tea (or coffee...) and finish this "Twisted Lit" novel before bedtime.
Reservations? It's hard to have reservations about a book this short and sweet.
Quick Content Review: *may contain spoilers*
Language: Mild (A few words here and there.)
Sexual: Mild (A kiss or two. It's revealed that three girls have slept with the same guy. Couples doze off together on the mall floor but nothing sexual happens.)