Hello friends! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the Curse of the Specter Queen by Jenny Elder Moke Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
About the Book:
A female Indiana Jones meets Tomb Raider when Samantha Knox receives a mysterious field diary and finds herself thrust into a treacherous plot. After stealing a car and jumping on a train, chased by a group of dangerous pursuers, Sam finds out what’s so special about this book: it contains a cipher that leads to a cursed jade statue that could put an end to all mankind.
MAY THE HAZEL BRING YOU WISDOM AND THE ASPEN GUIDE AND PROTECT YOU…
Samantha Knox put away her childish fantasies of archaeological adventure the day her father didn’t return home from the Great War, retreating to the safety of the antique bookshop where she works. But when a mysterious package arrives with a damaged diary inside, Sam’s peaceful life is obliterated. Ruthless men intent on reclaiming the diary are after Sam, setting her and her best friend, along with her childhood crush, on a high-stakes adventure that lands them in the green hills outside Dublin, Ireland. Here they discover an ancient order with a dark purpose – to perform an occult ritual that will raise the Specter Queen, the Celtic goddess of vengeance and death, to bring about a war unlike any the world has ever seen. To stop them, Sam must solve a deviously complex cipher – one that will lead her on a treasure hunt to discover the ancient relic at the heart of the ritual: a bowl carved from the tree of life. Will she find the bowl and stop the curse of the Specter Queen, or will the ancient order bring about the end of the world?
Indiana Jones gets a refresh with this female-driven mystery adventure, set in the 1920s, full of ciphers, ancient relics, and heart-stopping action – the first in a brand-new series!
About the Author:
Jenny Elder Moke writes young adult fiction in an attempt to recapture the shining infinity of youth. She worked for several years at an independent publisher in Austin, TX before realizing she would rather write the manuscripts than read them. She is a member of the Texas Writer’s League and has studied children’s writing with Liz Garton Scanlon. She was a finalist in the Austin Film Festival Fiction Podcast Competition in 2017 for her podcast script, Target. When she is not writing, she’s gathering story ideas from her daily adventures with her two irredeemable rapscallions and honing her ninja skills as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Jenny lives in Denver, CO with her husband and two children.
I’m a sucker for a classic adventure movie along the lines of The Mummy, National Treasure, and Indiana Jones, so the synopsis of Curse of the Specter Queen really drew me in. The book really delivered on it’s promise and I had such a fun time reading it. It’s definitely a fast paced book, so I would carve out an afternoon to read this book like I did. Trust me, you won’t want to put it down once you pick it up.
The historical aspects and the thrills of the plot where definitely my favorite parts. I mean the setting is 1920’s Ireland, and I absolutely adored it. The book really delivered on atmosphere, as I really felt like I was transported to not only a different country but also to a different time. I could picture the train scenes in my head as a feature film and promptly swooned. I would love to see this book as a movie or T.V Show!
My only complaint was that the I wasn’t in love with the cast of characters. Sam, Bennett, and Joana are an interesting trio, each realistic and distinct. They aren’t one the same page much, which got a bit frustrating throughout the book, and it took them a while to really find their groove together. I understand that was the point, but I was bored with their antics half the time. The plot was what I was more invested in. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the love interest, but I can see the potential for him to be a swoon-worthy character in the future.
Overall, this was such a fun ride that I’m I joined for an afternoon. Curse of the Specter Queen is a quick and thrilling read, perfect for any YA adventure fan.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of CURSE OF THE SPECTER QUEEN, US Only.
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