Monday, April 15, 2013

Review: The Emerald Ring (Cleopatra's Legacy) by Dorine White


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Sara Bogus’s life turns upside down when she discovers an emerald ring that once belonged to Cleopatra. The fun of discovering the ring’s unique abilities turns to fear when she finds out a dangerous cult bent on restoring Rome to power is after the ring. Forced to choose between keeping the ring and saving her friends, Sara learns the price of bravery in this electrifying read! 
MY TAKE:
Mystery thrillers in the vein of National Treasure have always been my kind of thing, so I decided to give this one a try.

In The Emerald Ring, Sara finds an emerald ring that has special powers. As it turns out, however, someone is after the ring and will stop at nothing to get it.

I wasn't quite sure how I felt about this book. I guess, I was mostly disappointed because there's so much potential here. The idea of different artifacts being imbued with magical powers isn't new, but the addition of a secondary character who is after another artifact helped bring something different to the story.

I guess this is the kind of book that would benefit from being expanded upon. It feels a little bit incomplete somehow. Perhaps if there were more information on the cult or maybe if the build up was slower or something, it would have been better for me. I never actually felt any connection with Sara. Occasionally, she would annoy me, but for the most part, I was reading just to see how the story would go. I was actually more interested in the secondary characters, their personalities and stories.

It was also too bad that my ARC had a number of punctuation errors, so it took me awhile to get into the rhythm. Hopefully, all the typos and errors will be fixed in the final copy.

Thanks to NetGalley and Sweetwater for the e-ARC. Publication date of The Emerald Ring is on May 14, 2013.

THE GOOD:

  1. The plot has a lot of potential.
  2. The secondary characters are interesting.
  3. There are some interesting moments here.

THE BAD:

  1. Sara might not be relateable or interesting to everyone.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
There, upon Cleopatra's neck, rested a golden necklace with five different gemstones; a ruby, a diamond, a onyx, a sapphire, and last, a sparkling green emerald.
READ IT IF:

  1. You enjoy mysteries about magical artifacts.
  2. You like cats.
  3. You are fascinated with Egypt and Cleopatra.

RATING:
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