Monday, March 18, 2013

Kay's Korner ~ Book Review: Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb by Ally Malinenko 10/5!!

"Kay's Korner"

is a feature here at Colletta's Kitchen Sink.  It will consist of book reviews and art by my 11-year-old daughter, Kaylee.  She is very excited about this feature and I will be sure to pass along any encouraging comments to her.


Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb (Lizzy Speare Book 1)

*Book received from the author for honest review*
Book Description:


…a normal twelve year old girl with a talent for writing, who has a very not normal family secret. And when Lizzy’s father vanishes, that secret will change her life in ways unimagined. (Spoiler Alert! It turns out that Lizzy, or Elizabeth S. Speare, is the last living descendant of William Shakespeare. Shhh! Don’t tell anybody!)

Then Lizzy and her best friend Sammy are kidnapped, awakening in the faraway land of Manhattan. Their host is Jonathan Muse, whose job is to protect Lizzy from becoming the latest victim in a family feud nearly five hundred years old. Could that be why the mysterious, eye patch-wearing Dmitri Marlowe is after her? (Spoiler Alert 2—he’s the last living descendant of Christopher Marlowe, a friend and rival of Shakespeare’s. But keep it to yourself!) Is Marlowe after Lizzy’s family fortune rumored to be kept in Shakespeare’s tomb? Does he seek artistic immortality? Or Revenge (with a capital R) for a death long, long ago?

In a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, Lizzy and Sammy are thrust into the realm of the mythical and fantastic—from satyrs and Cyclopses to Middle Eastern cab drivers and Brooklyn hipsters—in what is truly “an improbable fiction” as the Bard himself once wrote.

Kay's Thoughts:

It was amazing!  I loved it!  Some parts were kind of sad but I still liked them.  Other parts were funny and made me laugh.

This book is my #1 favorite book of all time!  The author even signed it for me.  My very first signed book!

Main Characters:

Lizzy Speare-  She is the last living descendant of William Shakespeare.  She is very creative.  She absolutely loves to write in journals especially her leather bound journal.

Jonathan Muse-  He is a muse which is a kind of myth.  He helps Lizzy find her father.

One of My  Favorite Scenes:

One of my favorite scenes was the play when the snobs threw tomato at Dmitri Marlow's face.  This part made me actually laugh out loud!

A Brief Excerpt:

Her feet didn't seem to touch the steps.  She pounded, step after step, Sammy right behind her.  Each footfall fell in line with her thumping heart.
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The Cover:

I like how the illustrator drew Lizzy with her journal.  I also like the text they used for the title and the author's name.  I really like how they made the background buildings from New York City.

Other Notes:

-I found out that this is book one of a series.  I seriously can't wait for the next book!



1 comment:

  1. Kay - Thanks for the totally awesome review of my book Lizzy Speare. You rock!


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