REVEL by Maurissa Guibord


Age Range: 12 - 18
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An orphan girl seeks a family and finds more than she could have expected.

When her mother dies, Delia tries to reach the Maine island where her grandmother lives but finds it cut off from the world. Finally, an old man takes her there, but no one welcomes her. Uncovering the secrets of the island, she learns that a race of demigods tied to ancient Greek mythology controls everything that happens there, while the occupants do their best to accommodate those they see as their protectors. Those accommodations, however, include demanding great sacrifices from some of their young people. Worse, real monsters lurk just under the surface of the sea, and a few might be found on land as well. But when the celebration of Revel arrives, Delia acts as no other has dared in the history of the island. Tension flares when both Delia and Jax, her supernatural protector, step outside the rules. Demigod or not, Jax doesn’t control the forces or the true rulers of the island. Guibord keeps the focus on the island’s unfolding mysteries and on the adventure, throwing in two possible romantic partners for Delia: a handsome local boy and Jax, the (thankfully) unhandsome, rebellious demigod. Characters come across as believable and engaging, especially Delia’s tough grandma, Ben, the seaman who, as he says, is older than he looks, and iconoclastic Jax.

A smooth and imaginative-enough adventure, complete with romance, monsters and mythology. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Feb. 12th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-385-74187-3
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2012


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