Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for I Do Not Trust You by Laura J Burns and Melinda Metz! Thank you so much to St Martin’s Press and Wednesday Books for asking me to participate, and to NetGalley for the eARC.
Title: I Do Not Trust You
Author: Laura J Burns and Melinda Metz
Publisher: St Martin’s Press – Wednesday Books
Release Date: September 11, 2018
My Rating: ★★★★
Memphis “M” Engle is stubborn to a fault, graced with an almost absurd knowledge of long lost languages and cultures, and a heck of an opponent in a fight. In short: she’s awesome.
Ashwin Sood is a little too posh for her tastes, a member of an ancient cult (which she’s pretty sure counts for more than one strike against him), and has just informed Memphis that her father who she thought was dead isn’t and needs her help.
From the catacombs of Paris to lost temples in the sacred forests, together they crisscross the globe, searching for the pieces of the one thing that might save her father. But the closer they come to saving him—and the more they fall for one another—the closer they get to destroying the world.
I have a bad habit for reading the synopsis and then forgetting it by the time I get around to actually reading the book. Which is what happened in this case. Based on the title and the cover, I was expecting kind of a YA thriller or mystery. That is NOT what this book is. There are minor twists and turns, a few questions that get raised. But this book is more like a YA Indiana Jones – which is awesome! I ended up thinking this book was super cute and gave it 4/5 stars.
WHAT I LOVED:
- The main character! Memphis (M for short) is an awesome rep for girls in STEM! She’s so smart and resourceful, and so knowledgable about archeology, history and mythology. Did I mention she also speaks several languages and knows martial arts? She’s sarcastic and witty, which I love in an MC. Beyond that, she is fiercely loyal to her father, and willing to do anything to get him back.
- Ash and M together. I really enjoyed Ash and Memphis feeling each other out and testing each other. They’re both pretty intelligent characters, with interesting back stories and (mostly Ash’s part) painful pasts. They create witty dialogue scenes together, streaked with sarcasm and little jokes, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Neither is inclined to trust the other at first, and the author does a good job of their trust (and friendship) growing so slowly that both M and the reader are surprised to find it exists towards the end. This character development, and the development of their friendship, was very well done.
- The detail and myth building. This was my favorite part of this book. The details of each of the archeological places described, and the little hints and clues that went along with it, were so captivating to me. I loved learning about each temple, and about the Egyptian myth that this story is based around. I would have loved to have seen drawings of the heiroglyphics included!
- The minor plot twists. Like I mentioned above, this is more of an adventure story as opposed to a mystery/thriller, but there are some little plot twists along the way that I did not see coming, and I feel like that always adds a little bit of fun to the read!
- The readability! I flew through this book and enjoyed every minute. This was an action-packed, fun and unique story, with two mixed-race MC’s. What more could you ask for?
WHAT I DIDN’T:
I did have a few minor complaints with the book. There are few little plot holes, and a few things that I found slightly unrealistic, even with the suspension of disbelief required by an adventure book like this. There were definitely eye roll-worthy lines from both M and Ash, and some portions of their dialogue felt stilted and unnatural, which is a little bit of a pet peeve for me. I also wanted a little bit more out of Ash and M’s budding tension – I feel like the authors stopped just short when they had brought it to the edge, and didn’t really follow through.
Despite these minor complaints, I really did enjoy this book! It was a quick read and I loved the adventure feel. Make sure you check out I Do Not Trust You, which released YESTERDAY on September 11, 2018!