by: Ally Malinenko
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.
I love Shakespeare and Greek mythology so imagine my delight when I heard of a book that mixed the two. I became a total fangirl before I even downloaded the book on my Kindle, basically I was like “OMG” (total Valley Girl style). Thankfully the book lived up to my very high expectations, it was the perfect way to wrap up the book review portion of MG Mentions, and now I’m craving for more MG and more of Lizzy.
The book started off quiet then as the beginning moved on I started to get the feeling that something was up and up it was. Lizzy and her friend Sammy were randomly kidnapped and the adventure began! Luckily for Lizzy and Sammy the kidnapper was actually their savior.
I think the author did a fabulous job weaving in the real and giving it a nice spin. I love the family history of the Shakespeare-Marlowe feud as well as the mythology. It was like Percy Jackson grew up and met the clever Hermione Granger and had a child…okay, okay I know Hermione is with Ron, so maybe Annabeth then. My point is Lizzy is very clever and smart and although she is not descended from a Greek god there is mythology in then book…so maybe it’s more like a combo between William Shakespeare’s plays and Percy Jackson. Anyway, my point is that I loved the book and more importantly I could see someone who isn’t as obsessed with Shakespeare or mythology as I am, still loving the series as well.
I also think this book is great for middle school students to read, I mean Shakespeare and mythology combined…no need to read Macbeth, Oedipus Rex, The Iliad or The Odyssey anymore…oops, sorry teachers. I promise, I’m just kidding…I loved reading those.
Enough of my rambling, just go out and get the book or you can enter my giveaway of the book (more information on that tomorrow – 10/11/12).
**This is a 100% honest review, I received the book from the author via my Contact Me form.**
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**This is a personal plug, but seriously though, I love YA (honest, I write YA), but I love, love MG (I write that too) there’s less of a chance of finding insta-love or any of that junk in MG, so if you have an MG book you think I’ll like, please contact me 🙂 I’d love to review it (probs not this month (October 2012) though).**