May 24, 2013

Review & Giveaway:The Emerald Ring by Dorine White

Ordinary tween life turns upside down when Ancient Egypt intrudes on modern middle school life. Twelve year old Sara Guadalupe Bogus reads about adventures, but unexpectedly is drawn into one when a mystical emerald ring that once belonged to Cleopatra becomes stuck on her finger.
A series of burglaries spook Sara’s small Ohio hometown. Concluding that the root of all the crimes is the emerald ring, Sara realizes it’s up to her and her friends, Heidi and African exchange student Kainu, to save the town and protect Cleopatra’s legacy. Filled with magic, the ring thrusts Sara into a world filled with nightmares, allows her to shape shift into an Egyptian cat and battle assassins.
 Author Dorine White has to be one of the sneakiest women I've ever read about. She packed The Emerald Ring full of historical information and actually made it very entertaining! The Egyptian Age, mummies and Cleopatra and trips down the Nile, is a very popular time period, one that all school children learn about. I thought I knew everything there was to know about embalming and cats as gods and day-to-day Egyptian life. I knew NOTHING!! White has created a fun series for young adults that revolves around Sara Guadalupe Bogus, a twelve year old explorer. Sara's mom suffers from mental illness and her dad works a lot. School is no fun and the principal is a jerk. Sounds like typical teenage life, right? It is a fairly normal life except that Sara finds a ring at her grandmother's house that changes her life drastically. Now she is having mystical out-of-body experiences and tracking down evil thieves, all while we, the reader, are learning what kind of foods Egyptians ate, how they bathed in bath houses, how and why Cleopatra died, and so much more. Highly delightful book. Four stars for a series that offers adventure, intrigue and knowledge.
Publisher-Cedar Fort, Inc.
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by~Cindi
Thank you to the author for the donationm of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review!

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  1. Thank you for being part of the blog tour! You rock :)

  2. I'm just looking forward to reading anything this summer! :) I love reading, and especially outside when it's warm.

  3. I'm looking forward to ONCE UPON A TOWER by Eloisa James.

  4. Great review! Thank you for the giveaway!
    I'm looking forward to reading Dare You To by Katie McGarry :)

  5. I am looking forward to "Siege and Storm" by Leigh Bardugo this summer. Thanks for the Giveaway!

  6. I am looking forward to reading Did You Miss Me by Karen Rose.

  7. I'm looking forward to Dare You To by Katie McGarry and Beautiful Stranger by Christian Lauren.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


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