I Do Not Trust You
By: Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz
Published By: Wednesday Books
Available: September 11th (Today!)
Memphis “M” Engel is stubborn, graced with knowledge of lost languages and cultures, and a good opponent in a fight.
Ash Sood is holding onto a whole lot of secrets but he needs a map M inherited from her archeologist father that will lead him to a relic with the power to destroy the world. M needs to hold onto that map- or find the relic- whichever comes first to save what’s left of her family.
While they can’t trust each other they have little choice but to form a partnership and go on a worldwide hunt for the relic. But Ash’s secrets and his past is downright dangerous and M can never be sure whether he’s her friend or her enemy.
*The publisher provided me with a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!
I took a while to acclimate to this one mainly because I saw using knowledge of lost language and culture and thought okay cool and didn’t read anything else went into it totally blind. So that this feels far more of an adventure story a la The Da Vinci Code than a mystery threw me off a little bit.
M and Ash are searching for the remains of Set- the Egyptian God- which two powerful cults are fighting over. So if you’re interested in Egyptian mythology (and actually they touch on a couple other cultures throughout the book) added benefit!
It really made me want to watch Gods of Egypt. You know? Besides the benefit of Nikolaj Coster Waldau’s abs.
I like a good adventure and I love hopping around the globe and thought the places were described well. I liked what the authors did with the idea of sacred sites and religion, faith versus the kinds of things being pushed by both cults. M and Ash were good characters though they beat the drum with the lack of trust quiet a bit no overt romance although it definitely comes up near the end.
I suppose untrustworthy youths and the end of the world can only hold you back so much if you’re hot and young?
Once I got on board and accepted the crocodile fighting I enjoyed the ride!
Recommend: Yes- especially for fans of The Da Vinci Code & Indiana Jones. The book also gave me DC Universe vibes at times.
About the authors:
Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz have written many books for teens and middle-grade readers including Sanctuary Bay, Crave, Sacrifice and Wright and Wong. They also wrote for Roswell (Hey, I loved that show!) 1-800-Missing and The Dead Zone. They live in different states but do most of their work together on e-mail!