Monday, April 20, 2015

The Eternal City by Paula Morris - OPTIONAL

Morris, Paula The Eternal City, 304 p. Point (Scholastic), 2015.  $18.  Language: G, Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (lots of fighting, not graphic). 

Laura Morris, 17, is at the tail end a school trip to Europe when a volcano erupts, causing their plane to be delayed and making most of their group sick.  It isn’t until she sees a boy appear in a cascade of water in the Pantheon that Laura has an inkling that there is something other-worldly about the bad things happening to her and her group.  And it all traces back to the bead on a bracelet that her grandfather gave to her before he died.  The gods and goddesses of Rome are fighting and Laura is the object of their ire.  With the help of a couple of classmates and a few muses made human, Laura may survive the next few days.

Unfortunately, Morris takes quite a while to lumber into the action and core of this adventure.  It is almost like she couldn’t decide if this were a romance or an adventure.  From the tag lien on the cover (The past never dies…), I was hoping for a much different book.  This would be a good book to grab from the Scholastic book fair when it shows up. 

MS, HS – OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS

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