Tempestuous: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare’s The Tempest Review


Author: Askew, Kim

Publication Date: December 18th 2012
Publisher: Merit Press
Format: Hardcover: Signed (Giveaway)
Page Count: 224
Synopsis: Recently banished, unfairly, by the school’s popular crowd, former “it girl,” Miranda Prospero, finds herself in a brave new world: holding dominion amongst a rag-tag crew of geeks and misfits where she works at the Hot-Dog Kabob in the food court of her local mall. When the worst winter storm of the season causes mall workers and last-minute shoppers to be snowed-in for the night, Miranda seizes the opportunity to get revenge against the catty clique behind her social exile. With help from her delightfully dweeby coworker, Ariel, and a sullen loner named Caleb who works at the mall’s nearby gaming and magic shop, Miranda uses charm and trickery to set things to right during this spirited take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.


Tempestuous is about a girl named Miranda who works at mall food court selling hot dogs. She is in this position due to her being caught in a SAT school scam and has to pay all the damage she has done. One day she, her coworkers, other mall employees, and some mall customers get snowed in and is trapped in the mall overnight. And that is when chaos begins.

I really REALLY love this book. I thought the main character was witty, spontaneous and rebellious. It’s kind of funny that a lot of characters in the book misjudged Miranda thinking that she was selfish due to all the things she has done. But in reality, she was just trying to follow her heart and I find her very relatable.

I also adored the romance between Miranda and Caleb in the book. The book is only about 220 pages so I was impressed on how well the relationship was so well developed. The romance wasn’t too over-the-top but it also wasn’t uneventful. It was a perfectly balanced.The side characters Arial, Chad, Grady, etc. were also very well developed and each character was great in their own way.

I really love the events that happened, the characters and the setting. Everything was just perfect and well written. I wish it was longer.



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