I don’t know about y’all, but I love books that make me strive to learn more. The first time I read a book about “Templar’s” the next 15 books I read were directly related to them, (fiction or otherwise.) The same can be said about Al Capone, The Romanov Dynasty and Greek Mythology. Now… up until the point in which I devoured “Every Last Kiss” by Courtney Cole, I never gave this little “issue” (of mine) much credence. It is (like it or not) just something I do. I run across something I like and I obsess about it. (*cough* Kindle – Obsessed) Anyways, after reading “Every Last Kiss” however, I realized something much more important. It’s not the topic that originally enthralls me and makes me crazy for information…it’s the way it’s presented.
The fact of the matter is, I could have (please excuse the language) given two shits about Cleopatra and Marc Antony last month. Yes, they were powerful, yes the led Egypt, and yes Cleo had some bad ass eye make-up, but other than my school references and adoration for perfectly applied heavy black eye-liner I didn’t care. Luckily Courtney Cole, (with her captivating portrayal of ancient Egypt, and the people it involved) changed all of that.
Macy Lockhart is like every other 17 year old girl…or is she? Following what (at the moment) seemed to be a fairly traumatic break-up Macy does what any other girl her age would do, lash out and then bury her sorrows in a tub of ice cream, but before she can damn her pillows to hours worth of soggy tears something happens. She suddenly finds herself transported back 2,000 years and has the weight of the entire future laying in the palm of her slightly confused hands. Why? Because Macy Lockhart is actually Charmain, Cleopatra’s personal handmaiden, and more importantly…a Keeper of the Fates. With everything she has ever known suddenly being challenged Macy/Charmain finds herself in a bind. Does she listen to her head and continue the path she has always known and trusted, or listen to her heart and save the people she loves instead?
I LOVED this book, which, if you read yesterday’s review was a great relief to me. Cole not only wrote a book that tugged at your heartstrings and had you rooting for Team Cleopatra, (despite the inevitable outcome) but she managed to do it while gracefully incorporating a myriad of elements, (reincarnation, Egyptian history, Greek mythology.) The beginning (I’ll admit) was a tad rushed, (aka getting the bloodstone and transporting back in time) but once that finicky little plot hump was crossed what laid ahead was nothing but pure unadulterated guilty pleasure reading. There is no denying that the thought of “fixing history” (time warping) could have led to one catastrophic writing disaster after another, (think: time stamps from The Time Travelers Wife) but lucky for Cole, her choice to completely separate her lead into two very different figures paid off, and instead offered the reader a clean straightforward (no time stamp required) plot that taught and inspired all at the same time.
Basically, I was sucked in from page one.
If you like a good jaunt through history with a dash of OMG on the side, then this is definitely the book for you. (that means buy it.)
Happy Reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: If you run into someone you were fairly certain was dead, chances are shit is about to hit the fan.
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P.S. Isn’t the cover art BEAUTIFUL!!!