Monday, May 20, 2013

Review of Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb by Ally Malinenko

Lizzy Speare
and the Cursed Tomb
by Ally Malinenko

Goodreads Blurb:  MEET LIZZY SPEARE…

…a normal twelve year old girl with a talent for writing, who has a very not normal family secret. And when Lizzy’s father vanishes, that secret will change her life in ways unimagined. (Spoiler Alert! It turns out that Lizzy, or Elizabeth S. Speare, is the last living descendant of William Shakespeare. Shhh! Don’t tell anybody!)

Then Lizzy and her best friend Sammy are kidnapped, awakening in the faraway land of Manhattan. Their host is Jonathan Muse, whose job is to protect Lizzy from becoming the latest victim in a family feud nearly five hundred years old. Could that be why the mysterious, eye patch-wearing Dmitri Marlowe is after her? (Spoiler Alert 2—he’s the last living descendant of Christopher Marlowe, a friend and rival of Shakespeare’s. But keep it to yourself!) Is Marlowe after Lizzy’s family fortune rumored to be kept in Shakespeare’s tomb? Does he seek artistic immortality? Or Revenge (with a capital R) for a death long, long ago?

In a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, Lizzy and Sammy are thrust into the realm of the mythical and fantastic—from satyrs and Cyclopses to Middle Eastern cab drivers and Brooklyn hipsters—in what is truly “an improbable fiction” as the Bard himself once wrote.

About the Author:  Ally Malinenko, a self-proclaimed Bardolator, took her first pilgrimage to Stratford-Upon-Avon in 2009 and hasn’t been the same since. Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb is her first children's book. Her poetry book, The Wanting Bone, was published by Six Gallery Press. She blogs at Ally lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
Find her on her website or twitter!!!

My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 unicorns - I really liked it!
Kept me engaged through the entire story, I loved how Shakespeare was nicely entwined into this story.  The creativity in this book is awesome because it is has everything.  It is like Shakespeare meets mythology in today’s world.  I love mythology, and I have always liked Shakespeare, but this took it to a whole other level.  There is mystery, lies, intrigue, revenge, plays, love, and so much more I can’t wait to see where Lizzy’s adventure leads her next.
My only concern is will it keep a child engaged who is 12 like my son.  I plan on re-reading this with my son to see what he thinks.  I definitely see high school kids and adults loving this book, but I’m not sure about middle grades yet.  I will let you know :) If my son loves it, I will whole heartedly give it 5 unicorns!!  :)
**Gifted to me by the author for an honest review**

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