Tuesday, December 2, 2014

YA Review: Sons of the Sphinx

I don't normally read YA fiction. However, Cheryl Carpinello's new release, Sons of the Sphinx, interested me for two reasons: First, Rosa, the young protagonist, can talk to the dead, and isn't too happy it. This is always a subject of interest to me, in fact, Rosa shares her gift (or curse, depending on how you look at it) with the protagonist Cass Adams in my own novel, They Call Me Crazy. Additionally, the setting for the book is Ancient Egypt, a world I find fascinating in its own right.

In Sons of the Sphinx, Rosa travels back in time to help a young King Tut fulfill a prophecy that will insure that his family is looked upon with honor in the future. Also, in the course of their journey, Tut must release the soul of his queen, Ankhesenamun, so they may be joined for all eternity.  It isn't the simplest of tasks, since they don't know exactly where Ankhesenamun is buried and they have General Horremheb trying to keep them from succeeding.

Rosa and Tut are very sleuthlike, in that they must discover and interpret clues as to the final resting place of Ay, who will tell them where Ankhesenamun is buried. It's an interesting pair, one teenager from the past and one from the future, using what knowledge they have of the time to move from one clue to another.

The historical detail was fascinating and well woven throughout the narrative. The various landmarks and the terrain in general leapt from the pages, placing the reader in an ancient, and somewhat exotic time. It has an engaging and well developed plot, dynamic characters and was a fun read.

I'm sure young adults will enjoy the attention to detail and the journey back in time.

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 Cheryl Carpinello is a retired English teacher who hopes to inspire young readers to read more through her Quest Books. Follow her at:

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ask Me Anything

On November 12, 2014, my novel, THEY CALL ME CRAZY, will be released. To celebrate, I am having an online launch party and have four authors that have agreed to participate in an Ask Me Anything session. Yes, you can ask them anything and you could win an autographed copy of their book! This should be fun.

All times central standard time!

9am-Timothy Woodward, Author of IF I TOLD YOU SO

"Tender and achingly funny, IF I TOLD YOU SO will resonate with anyone who is—or has ever been—a teenager, when the only thing you can count on is how little you really know, and the next glance, or touch, or breathless night can be the one that changes everything."

Check out Tim's website to learn more about him and his work.

10 AM-Erica Lucke Dean, AUTHOR of TO KATIE WITH LOVE

Banker Katie James dives headfirst into a relationship with her totally hot client, Cooper Maxwell, only to discover that Cooper is keeping secrets… dangerous ones. As if things couldn’t get worse, her meddling mother makes a surprise visit, digging up a whole new set of problems.
Read more about Erica on her website where you will find info on fluffy novels and steamy ones as well. 

11AM-Stephen Kozeniewski, Author of BRAINEATER JONES 
(Audio Copy!)
"Braineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he’s now a zombie. With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into the undead ghetto to solve his own murder."
Visit Stephen's author page at Amazon.com to learn more about him and his three novels.

Noon-Claire Ashby, Author of WHEN YOU MAKE IT HOME

"Quirky, sexy and heartwarming-a story of love, forgiveness and what it means to be a family." --Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of Thought I Knew You

Check out Claire's wonderful website to read more about this amazing book!

Get to know them and then come with questions ready!
Click HERE to join the party!