When your world blows apart, what will you hold onto?
TAG is a medical slave, doomed to spend his life healing his master’s injured gladiators. But his warrior’s heart yearns to fight in the gladiator ring himself and earn enough money to win his freedom.
LUCIA is the daughter of Tag’s owner, doomed by her father’s greed to marry a much older Roman man. But she loves studying the natural world around her home in Pompeii, and lately she’s been noticing some odd occurrences in the landscape: small lakes disappearing; a sulfurous smell in the air…
When the two childhood friends reconnect, each with their own longings, they fall passionately in love. But as they plot their escape from the city, a patrician fighter reveals his own plans for them — to Lucia’s father, who imprisons Tag as punishment. Then an earthquake shakes Pompeii, in the first sign of the chaos to come. Will they be able to find each other again before the volcano destroys their whole world?
I’m basically going to get right down to it and just say that CURSES AND SMOKE is fabulous! Vicky Alvear Shecter has taken a real moment in time, added some fictional characters in with some real people, and created a wonderful book for readers of all ages. The book is considered YA (Young Adult), but honestly, I think any age would enjoy it – I know I did!
I previously read and reviewed CLEOPATRA’S MOON by the same author and I enjoyed it so much that I’ve been looking forward to her next book. Happily, it does not disappoint. I was fully engrossed from the first page to the last. I loved the character development, the descriptiveness of the sights and sounds, the twists and turns. It was an amazing adventure that I truly enjoyed being on.
I think it’s wonderful that Vicky is writing Historical Fiction for YA. It’s my favourite genre and I love that younger people will read these books and gain an appreciation for the genre, too.
Vicky Alvear Shecter is the author of the young adult novel, CLEOPATRA’S MOON (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2011), based on the life of Cleopatra’s only daughter. She is also the author of two award-winning biographies for kids on Alexander the Great and Cleopatra. She is a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Antiquities at Emory University in Atlanta.
Check out other stops on the Blog Tour for more reviews, giveaways, guest posts, and more!
Tuesday, May 27
Guest Post & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, May 28
Review & Giveaway at Fiction Folio
Thursday, May 29
Review at Good Books and Good Wine
Friday, May 30
Guest Post at Good Books and Good Wine
Monday, June 2
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Wednesday, June 4
Review at Book Drunkard
Thursday, June 5
Review at Book Lovers Paradise
Tuesday, June 10
Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry
Wednesday, June 11
Interview & Giveaway at Passages to the Past