Puck by Kim Askew & Amy Helmes
Puck was an unexpected treat, I initially passed it over because the cover is uninspiring (Yes I am that shallow! Covers are the first impression they play a huge part in my decision to add to already overwhelming TBR). It also sounded like a summer-camp type story and I have yet to find one of those I like. Then title and main character Puck (aka Robin) hinted at a Shakespearean retelling and (hangs head in shame) Shakespeare and I are not the best of friends.
I’m very happy to be wrong!
I’m very happy to be wrong! I was totally sucked into this book.
A loose retelling of Midsummer’s Night Dream, Puck is gripping from start to finish. Its secrets are released slowly keeping the anticipation on a high. I couldn’t bear to put it down, needing to keep reading #DoNotDisturb.
The characters are brilliant. Realistic and so relatable, I just want more of them (hoping there is a sequel). I would love to know what happens at the next camp.
Go and pick it up today
I’m so glad I took a chance on this read. Don’t let the cover put you off. Go and pick it up today so it can weave its spell on you.
Recommended age: 12+
Series: Twisted Lit
Kim Askew & Amy Helmes
15 November 2016
Source: Review copy
Life isn’t always fair, and no one knows that better than fifteen-year-old Puck. When she’s unceremoniously booted from yet another foster home, this city kid lands at DreamRoads, a rehabilitation wilderness camp. Her fellow juvenile delinquents include a famous pop star with a diva attitude, a geeky, “fish out of water” math whiz, and a surly gang-banger with a chip on his shoulder. The program’s steely director aims to break Puck, but she knows that every adult has a breaking point, too. Determined to defy this realm of agonizing nature hikes and soul-sucking psychobabble — even if that means manipulating four lovestruck camp counselors and the director’s dim-witted second-in-command — Puck ultimately gets much more than she bargains for in this “wondrous strange” outdoor odyssey inspired by Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” — Abstract from Goodreads.com
The fact that I received a free advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.