Recently, I connected with author Ally Malinenko. Her debut, Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb, is a MG romp with a literary twist. You'll have fun reading this one!
Lizzy's life changes on her twelfth birthday. First, she's kidnapped. Then, she finds out that a)her captor isn't a captor, but a protector, b) he's a muse: a real one, and c) she's the last living descendant of William Shakespeare. Reeling, Lizzy plunges into a world filled with myth, magic, and literary demons. Magical as everything is, it's dangerous, too: the last of Kit Marlowe's descendents has a centuries-old score to settle with poor Lizzy.
Weaving literary allusions with Greek mythology, this tale is a fast-paced ride from beginning to end. Every single character is worth knowing, and Lizzy is an easy character to root for: bookish, filled with dreams, and sweetly gullible.
Phew! 80 books down, only 20 to go! I think I'm ahead of schedule :) Check in with the other 100 Books participants and cheer them on as we near the end of our challenge.