Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Lost Curse Blog Tour: Book Review

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.
Easing his pace, Jonathon advanced only inches at a time. Instinct heightened beneath unseen eyes and he knew he moved in the presence of a creature that could kill him. As he progressed forward, his light caught a presence to his left… a human presence. The dark image startled him and Jonathon whirled to face the threat, the beam of his headlamp cutting into the darkness.

Jonathon’s had more than enough adventure for one lifetime. That’s why he’s planning to spend this summer camping in quiet central Utah with his Peruvian friend, Severino. But when the two of them accidentally discover an ancient artifact, they wind up in more danger than ever!

Now Jonathon, Severino, and their new friend, Tallie, will have to choose between protecting a secret that’s been hidden for centuries or saving their own lives!

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!

                     About the Author
"I’m terrified of spiders, can’t fry eggs, and my inability to bake a chocolate chip cookie has become family legend. But blessings come from weaknesses. None of my children have a pet tarantula. My husband volunteers to fry the eggs for breakfast. And all of my sons and daughters are expert cookie bakers. Life if like that–it compensates for our weaknesses by sending others into our lives. Isn’t that wonderful? Writing books and reading them is another wonderful way we can strengthen ourselves and others. I believe it is a writer’s duty to craft words that lift people and help them feel better about their personal lives and those around them, to see the good in life. That is a responsibility I take very seriously." -T. Lynn Adams

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And don’t forget to check out the prequel to The Lost Curse. (Check out my review here.)


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