{Review + Giveaway} Revel by Maurissa Guibord

by Maurissa Guibord
Pages: 339
Release Date: February 12, 2013
by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

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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.

*A copy was provided by Delacorte Press for review purposes*

“I tried to tell you it dangerous here.”
“I thought you meant like rocks and big waves, Gran.  Not whatever this is.”

Yep, that about sums it up!  This book has one of the most original and unique ideas I’ve ever read.  I don’t know if there’s another book out there quit like this one.  The writing really drew me in, and it was so eerie and eloquent, and I couldn’t stop reading.  I really liked how the story line and events flowed together, and how the author let the readers learn the secrets of the island as Delia did.  I really love all the twists and turns in this book, one in particular.  I’m not going to go into too much detail, but there was kind of a double twist, and I saw the first one coming, but not the second one, so I’m really glad that Maurissa Guibord took it that step farther.  Really the only thing I didn’t like about this book was the ending.  In my opinion, the ending is supposed to be thrilling, interesting, and tie up all the loose ends.  Guibord set the book up perfectly for an awesome ending…and then just whimped out.  She could have totally done a thrilling ending, and I’m not sure why she didn’t, but the option was there, and it didn’t happen.  Also, towards the end of the book, there was a way too-easy solution to a certain problem (not going to go into detail), and that really kind of annoyed me as well.

There was kind of a semi love-triangle in this book, but I liked how it worked out.  Delia didn’t go between the two guys, she just stuck with one, and I really appreciate that.  She was attracted to one in the beginning, then met another, and stuck with him, so she wasn’t, by any means, playing them.  Even though Sean was pretty nice, I was Team Jax, and I’m glad with the choice she made.  Delia was strong, smart, nice, and not what she seemed to be.  Jax I didn’t feel like I got to know well enough, like he wasn’t as developed as Sean.  But, other than that, he was a pretty solid character.

I’m pretty sure there is going to be a sequel to this book, but if there is I think I would read it.  The writing, idea, and story line completely pulled me in in this book, and I can’t wait to see what Maurissa Guibord comes up with next!

3.5 pink flowers


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  1. This looks pretty interesting! Great review! :)

    And thank you for the giveaway! :)

  2. This book looks interesting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this books. Thanks for the giveaway as well!


  3. You make the book sound interesting. I'd like to give it a try. Thanks!

  4. Sounds interesting!!! Thank you for the giveaway :)

  5. It sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Sounds like an intriguing book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Thank you! I'd love to read this! :D

  8. Thank you for the giveaway!

  9. beautiful review:)thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Thanks for the giveaway! That book cover is beautiful!

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  11. I'm really excited to read this. And I'm also glad you mentioned that while there are two possible love interests, Delia doesn't go back and forth as seems to be the case in SO many YA books. Great review. :)

  12. This book souns good!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  13. Hmm, this was one of the books I had moved up in my list and was looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the review, it gave me something to think about.

  14. Glad this one turned out pretty good apart from the ending. I've gotten this one and I'm pretty excited to read it :D Thanks for the review & giveaway!

  15. This book sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  16. This doesn't look like any book that I have ever read, which is good! And there is TWO twists in the story?! That sounds pretty awesome.

    Thank you for the review and the giveaway!!!


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