Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

From Goodreads: 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.

Miranda has always had the best money can buy, the most popular boy in school as her boyfriend and a clique of other wealthy friends.  When she is given a deep punishment for running a website cheating scam, she has to get a job in the mall at a hot dog stand in the food court.  The hats are bad enough, but seeing her friends come to the mall and give her the cold shoulder is worse.  Not to mention her ex-boyfriend who is now dating her ex-best friend.

Ariel is her co-worker, a bubbly home schooled gamer, who doesn't have a nasty bone in her body.  When there is a bad snowstorm one evening, the mall is put on lock-down because of the hazardous roads.  Miranda tries to make the most of it, but her charming personality ends up getting her handcuffed to Caleb, a cute boy who works in the game store with a sullen personality.  No one knows where the key is, which really makes things uncomfortable for the two strangers.

When there is a robbery at a nearby computer store and some of the kids are missing, Miranda, Ariel and Caleb start to investigate - until Miranda gets sidetracked with her old friends.  It's too good of an opportunity to get some revenge and she gets Ariel to help her and Caleb against his will.  But then another store is robbed, and they all know that the perpetrator is locked in with them, and another teen has disappeared.  Will they make it through the night with no one being hurt and can Miranda and Caleb learn to get along before they can get those pesky cuffs off?

Tempestuous is a fun read from the first page.  I really liked the character of  Miranda - she's the right mix of attitude and vulnerability.  The romance is slow to blossom and believable and the mystery surrounding the disappearing kids and the robberies is perfectly blended with the other things going on in the mall when the doors are all locked and the cellphone and internet lines go down.  An entertaining read that I would love to see a sequel to.  

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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