Book Review: Annabeth Neverending

Anyone who knows me knows that I love books based in Ancient Egypt. So when I saw that Xpresso Book Tours was hosting this gem, I quickly put my name in for a copy.

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Annabeth Neverending 
by Leyla Kader Dahm
Release Date: December 2015
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Summary from Goodreads:

At first, teenager Annabeth Prescott thinks she’s found quite a deal when she talks down the price of an ankh pendant she discovers at a flea market. She soon wonders if the bauble is more than she’s bargained for when she faints and glimpses images from a past life in ancient Egypt.
The discovery coincides with another new find: Gabriel, a handsome young man who takes an interest in her. When she meets his twin brother C. J. at a Halloween party, she realizes they look exactly like two boys who figure prominently into her memories.
Does C. J. share the heroic qualities held by his past incarnation Sethe, her bodyguard when she was Princess Ana? Does Gabriel possess the same evil powers he wielded as Kha, the black sorcerer who sought her affection?
Love meets the supernatural in this gripping young adult paranormal romance. Readers with an interest in reincarnation, as well as ancient Egypt, will be drawn to its mystical mixture of history and hesitation as Annabeth sways between the two brothers.
Will her reincarnated soulmate win out? Or will Kha finally find the way to her heart?

This book hooked me from the description and I was extremely happy to receive a free copy for to to review. I find that the magic and mystery often gets over looked in modern media (or BUTCHERED in the case of Gods of Egypt, but I digress) .

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The book gets right into the story line with Annabeth finding the ankh and meeting Gabriel in the same day. She feels an instant connection to him and they start dating. Soon after she meets CJ and things start to get spiced up.

Annabeth is a good main character / narrator, but I would have liked a bit more backstory and set up to the plot. Annabeth’s past life flashbacks are consuming and very well written. The author has obviously done her research. I’ve done my own learning about Ramses the Second and read other books set during his reign. However,  I felt like she accepted being reincarnated much too smoothly and the fact that she had the confidence to tell her neighbor so quickly (and be completely believed) a bit unrealistic.

I knew from the premise of the book that there was going to be some sort of love triangle. It’s a common theme in YA books and I’ve come to accept that.
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As a self-published book, Annabeth Neverending could have used an editor to make it stronger. What stuck out to me the most was a novice mistake of “telling” rather than “showing”. The story moved along briskly and without much resistance by the main character. Things happened too quickly and too conveniently. However, this is the author’s first book and keeping that in mind, it was very good. We all start somewhere, and I am looking forward to see the author grow her skills.

Wrapping up, this was a quick read by a new author who shows much promise. The story was wonderfully imaginative and I hope to see more authors taking inspiration from Ancient Egypt.

A free copy of this book was provided for an honest review. Thank you Xpresso Book Tours!

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Quote of the Day: George RR Martin

“I never went anywhere. But I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.”
― George R.R. Martin

 

Camp NaNoWriMo – July

This past April I took part in Camp Nanowrimo. (You can read about that here.) In the end, I completed my goal, hitting just over 20,000 words. I’ve set my goal for July to be 15,000 words because this is going to be a crazy month for me and I need to be realistic. So that puts me at around 480 words per day – should be easy, but I’m not counting on it.

I hit a major writing drought immediately after Camp Nanowrimo in April. I sputtered out and haven’t worked on the manuscript since. So let’s try it again! 15,000 words should put me pretty close to the end of the novel. Who knows, I might just finish it this month? Maybe.

I set my cabin to assigned randomly, but if you’d like to connect with me, visit my profile here.I’m always looking to connect with more indie writers!

Camp NaNoWriMo – April

The April edition of Camp NaNoWriMo has begun! This time around my goal is a modest 20,000 words for the month. This breaks down to 666 words per day… I swear that’s a coincidence! My busy life always gets in the way of my drafts, but I need to just keep plugging away. Slow and steady wins the race, as they say. And it might get me closer to the first draft of my Untitled Manuscript, which I shared a snippet of on Valentine’s Day.

I set my cabin to assigned randomly, but if you’d like to connect with me, visit my profile here.I’m always looking to connect with more indie writers!

Sneak Peek 2 – Untitled Manuscript

Happy Valentine’s Day!

As a treat, I figured I should post a snippet of a romantic scene from my current project. (Yes, the infamous “Working Title” listed on my Goodreads Page.) I’m expecting to have it completed by early summer 2015 and I really should get around to naming the darn thing. If you remember from the last Sneak Peak I posted, it was quite dark. This manuscript is growing to be a dark, cynical story sprinkled with some teen romance just to make things interesting.

There was a commmradery among Reapers, a certain fondness for each other. But there was not emotion like this, not love.  This love that burned a hole through your heart,  pain and pleasure combined into one agonizing feeling. Love was a human thing,  love was not for Reapers. And with this weak human body, my reapers heart was torn asunder.

Did I love him? Could I love him knowing full well what it meant – it would hurt us both in the end. But love makes people stupid, and it was in that moment as we kissed, I decided that I didn’t care.

 

PinterestAs I said, there is no official synopsis or title yet, but will be coming soon!

Happy Valentines Day, I wish you all love in all of its forms! ♥