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Review: Revel by Maurissa Guibord

Author: Maurissa Guibord
Release date: February 12th 2014
 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: I purchased this book myself
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: 4 Stars Author's

There’s an island off the coast of Maine that’s not on any modern map. 

Shrouded in mist and protected by a deadly reef, Trespass Island is home to a community of people who guard the island and its secrets from outsiders. Seventeen-year-old Delia grew up in Kansas, but has come here in search of her family and answers to her questions: Why didn’t her mother ever talk about Trespass Island? Why did she fear the open water? But Delia’s not welcome and soon finds herself enmeshed in a frightening and supernatural world where ancient Greek symbols adorn the buildings and secret ceremonies take place on the beach at night. 

Sean Gunn, a handsome young lobsterman, befriends Delia and seems willing to risk his life to protect her. But it’s Jax, the coldly elusive young man she meets at the water’s edge, who finally makes Delia understand the real dangers of life on the island. Delia is going to have to fight to survive. Because there are monsters here. And no one ever leaves Trespass alive. 

What I thought...
Ready for an unexpected plot twist? Check!
What about an original take on Greek Mythology? Check!
Want to squeeze in some charming romance? Check!

I read Revel back in May before I started blogging, I was in the mood for something adventurous with a splash of romance and something mythological. Needless to say Revel hit the nail on the head! Now going into Revel I did not read much of the summary on this story. The only thing I knew is that it centered around an island, greek mythology, mermaids & sea monsters.

The beginning was sort of slow for me, but boy was I glad I hung in there because the middle and end are so good! The thing I liked about this book was that it almost seemed to be a mashup of genres. The beginning had a contemporary feel to it, the middle and end more of the mythological/paranormal feel. I have read books in the past about mermaids and while they were good they weren’t great. Revel is one of the greats!!

Normally I love books with a 50/50 ratio of romance & action. This book I’d say was 20% romance, but it was a perfect mix for this plot. I will say the author is GREAT at changing it up and making your head spin in a commendable way!

Overall this book was a fun and interesting read. There were a few really good plot twist that were completely unexpected that I loved. I really enjoyed the Greek mythology that was intertwined into the book. If you want to read a YA with an original story-line mixed with mythology and mermaids this book is for you!


  1. When I started reading the book summary I just kept thinking that it must be about mermaids!! Haha :) I love reading books about mermaids, thanks for sharing this!! I must add it to my TBR list ^-^

    Lipstick and Mocha

    1. This is a great one, one of my favorite 'mermaid' books! :)


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