ASP of Ascension
by B.R. Myers
Release Date: July 21st 2015
Fierce Ink Press
Summary from Goodreads:
Nefertari “Terry” Hughes has three rules for surviving high school:
#1 Don’t attract attention.
#2 Don’t get involved.
#3 Don’t make trouble.
A year after the accident that left her crippled and took her mother’s life, sixteen-year-old Terry just wants to keep her head down and survive her new high school. When she catches the eye of cute basketball star Zach — who happens to be the boyfriend of mean girl Allison — all hopes of flying under the radar are gone.
She is thrust even further in the spotlight when Fraser, the editor of the school newspaper, learns Mr. Hughes is the renowned archaeologist overseeing the new Egyptian display at the museum, which is rumoured to include Cleopatra’s sarcophagus. Fraser’s research leads to the fifty-year-old mystery of a girl who vanished while on a school trip to to the museum along with an artifact that may be Cleopatra’s asp.
When Mr. Hughes falls into a coma and his co-worker claims it’s the curse of Cleopatra, the stakes become too high for Terry to ignore. Terry must work with Fraser and her new candy loving friend Maude to find out what happened fifty years ago in hopes of saving her father before time runs out.
Rated T - Teen 13 and up: May contain violence, crude humour, suggestive themes and/or strong language.
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My Musings :
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I am on a trend of reading mythology based books recently and this one is no exception. Another good book with a basis of Egyptian mythology and I can say without doubt I liked this book too.
Firstly the premise of the mystery behind the disappearance of a girl who disappeared 50 years ago was intriguing and add the vein of mythology to it and you have a winner on your hands. It was a nice spot of reading a mythological mystery which appeals to the younger generation especially.
Terry was a very strong heroine. The death of her mother and her disability might hinder at times but mostly she came across as a person who does everything in her power to get to her goal. There were scenes where I saw her as a cowardly person. But it was counteracted by her reluctant closeness with Fraser and Zach and Maude. The friendship between Terry and Maude was done well and I felt that they would grow more, separately and together, in the coming books. The insta love between Zach and Terry felt overdone. I would have liked to have seen more "proper" love rather than the first look attraction as portrayed in the book.
The negative characters were confusing most of the times. The author convoluted the narration so much that I wasn't able to get a proper read on the antagonists. I was literally hopping from one person to another in trying to guess the identity of the real villain. Apparently, they were a coalition and the ending which revealed it was kind of surprising for me. Another part which had me guessing was the disappearance of the "mystery" girl and the asp. I wouldn't have guessed that at all. The author knows how to plot a good mystery in my opinion. And for this alone I look forward to reading the future books in this series.
The author has opened the series on a good note and I am looking forward to the sequel. For all those Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys lovers out there, including the adults, would love this one.
My rating : 4/5
About the Author
I write YA, appreciate a design in my cappuccino, love shopping for vintage jewelry and dream in color. Coming from Nimbus Publishing, my contemporary coming of age novels, BUTTERFLIES DON'T LIE (SEPTEMBER 15,2014) and GIRL ON THE RUNJUST JESSE (Fall 2015). from Fierce Ink Press, ASP OF ASCENSION (July 2015).
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