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Puck by Kim Askew & Amy Helmes



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.

4 Star


Recommended age: 12+

Title: Puck
Series: Twisted Lit
Kim Askew & Amy HelmesPuck
Publication Date:
15 November 2016
Source: Review copy


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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.


  1. Kimberly Sabatini

    That makes me insanely pleased with myself. <3

  2. Olivia @ The Candid Cover

    I am awful for judging books by their covers! This one does sound way more interesting than that cover reveals. I think that this one might be a book that I would enjoy, as I love retellings. Lovely review! 🙂

  3. Kimberly Sabatini

    I’m with you on the cover art–I’m sorry–it matters. I love when people point out a great story I might have missed because of a visual preference. But of course I also hate when I get sucked in by a cover and the story doesn’t support it. Boo!

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