The Eternal City
by Paula Morris
Laura Martin is visiting Rome on a class trip, and she’s entranced by the majestic Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon. . . . Everything in this city seems magical.
That is, until the magic seems to turn very dark.
Suddenly, statues of Cupid and ancient works of art come to life before her eyes. Earthquakes rumble and a cloud of ash forms in the sky. A dark-eyed boy with wings on his heels appears and gives her a message. Laura soon realizes she is at the center of a brewing battle — a battle between the gods and goddesses, one that will shake modern-day Rome to its core.
Only she and her group of friends can truly unravel the mystery behind what is happening. As tensions mount and secret identities are revealed, Laura must rely on her own inner strength to face up to what may be a fight for her life.
Source: Liberty Bay Books
Format: Paperback ARC
Expected Publication: May 26th, 2015
I love all things Roman and all things Greek so trying this one was a no-brainer. Thankfully it ended up being pretty cool. It was a bit shorter than my usual and I went into it thinking more about having fun reading it rather than looking for some serious literary skill. And it was just that, so I wasn’t too disappointed.
Something about the characters and their relationships were really throwing me off. I have yet to pinpoint the issue though, so it was probably just me. They were each very unique, and their relationships fluctuated frequently and in sometimes weird ways.
On that note, as much as I wanted to, I couldn’t get behind the romance 100% because while there was some build up to it it seemed to happen rather spontaneously and more out of necessity than any real connection. It didn’t particularly help the story move along or develop either.
Laura was likable, a bit typical but really sweet. She was easy to connect to because almost any type of person could find something about her to relate to, and see themselves as her. That is a cool quality, but I would have liked to see a bit more character come out.
The plot was certainly interesting. It wasn’t nearly as simple as I feared it might be, and turned out to be pretty fun and adventurous.
There was some really fun symbolism and new twists on old myths. My fear of birds was substantiated by the crazy bird fights and bird characters, which actually turned out to be really entertaining. Also the fountain’s and art played a super cool role in it all and were oh so fun.
The world building was well done (overall). There were some bits of mild info-dumping, but it was never overwhelming and only the necessary information was included. It was really interesting and showed how well Morris researched. It made it feel authentic and helped connect the dots.Last words: Although it could be construed by some as a dismissible, simplistic, and slightly stereotypical tale. If you go into it ready for a quick and thoroughly entertaining, light read, it is anything but a disappointment. It was perfect for the reading mood I was in, and I’d have no problem recommending it to people looking for a similar type of read. I give it a solid 3 out of 5 stars.
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