Title: The Lost Curse
Author: T. Lynn Adams
Release Date: July 2012
Publisher: Cedar Fort (Facebook | Twitter)
Genre: YA Adventure/Suspense
Series: Book #2 in Tombs of Terror series
Received ARC from publisher for review.
The Lost Curse is every bit as fun, exciting, and eerily creepy as its prequel, Tombs of Terror. However, you don't need to have read the first book to enjoy this one. It can be read as a standalone adventure (and a totally enjoyable one at that!)
I have to confess that am a big fat fraidy-cat! And because of this I usually don't read books that scare me in any way. However, each of Adams' books have totally creeped me out (which might have to do with the fact that I'm especially afraid of spiders and skinwalkers, both of which are featured in these books!) And yet I want to keep reading more! They are scary in a fun, adventureous, Indiana Jones meets The Mummy kind of way (huge fan of both movies). In fact, in the case of these books, I LOVED the eerie, spine-tingling moments that were evoked by Adams' fantastic storytelling ability. And not to give anything away, but the first appearance of the skinwalker in The Lost Curse still gives me shivers and makes me never want to drive in the desert at night!
Just as with Tombs of Terror, I appreciated the amount of research that went in to creating this book. Unlike the first book which centered on Incans, this one focused mainly on Native American culture. However, the crossover between the cultures was oddly enlightening and helped to bridge the gap between where each of the characters comes from.
I also loved the addition of a female character - Tallie - who added some subtle romantic tension (I'm a sucker for any kind of romance!), a feminine perspective, and a connection to the Native American elements.
One of the best things about both The Lost Curse and its predecessor, Tombs of Terror, is their broad appeal. Readers of all ages and genders will enjoy this story for its adventure, history, and overall chilling fun!
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And don’t forget to check out the prequel to The Lost Curse. (Check out my review here.)