Revel

Revel

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by Maurissa Guibord
     
 

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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

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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.

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Kirkus Reviews
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)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—After Delia McGovern's mother dies of cancer, the 17-year-old has to seek out a grandmother she has never met, who lives on a mysterious island off the coast of Maine. Trespass Island doesn't appear on maps, and the residents forcibly discourage outsiders. When Delia manages to make her way to the island, she discovers that it is home not just to human beings, but also to sea-living descendants of the Greek god Poseidon called Aitros, or First Ones, who rule over the humans. Prevented from leaving, Delia makes friends with other young people and with Jax, a young male First One who is an outcast from the Aitros clan. However, she finds that the protection of the First Ones comes at a price. At Revel, the summer solstice ceremony, young human women are compelled to mate with male First Ones and give up any resulting infants to them. When Delia resists, she makes a terrifying and amazing discovery about her true nature and her mother's reasons for fleeing the island. This mash-up of Greek mythology and HP Lovecraft's The Shadow Over Innsmouth is a cut above many other recent YA titles featuring mermaids, mermen, sirens, and other water creatures. The Maine setting is described in loving detail. Delia is a strong heroine who finds her voice both literally and figuratively as she opposes the First Ones' exploitation of the human residents of the island, and the enigmatic Jax makes a compelling love interest for her. Purchase where paranormal romances are popular.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385741873
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
02/12/2013
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
597,603
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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