Hi everyone! I have a stop on the Illuminati The Book of Life Blog Tour today. I have a review of the book and a giveaway for you all.
The Book of Life
By: Elizabeth Alsobrooks
Ljluka Vargas, immortal prince and the cool-headed enforcer for the Vargas Dynasty,
must go up against his most intriguing enemy, the mysterious Nalini. She intends
to beat him to the secret archaeological site of The Book of Life which contains
the genetic secrets of their ancient ancestors.
In order to escape the cruel domination of her family and gain freedom for her mother, Nalini assumes the role of assassin. In her rival, the sleek and deadly Luc, she finds a different kind of danger. She’s supposed to eliminate him, but that would foil destiny’s plan for them to be together.
It’s a race from power-hungry D.C. cabinet rooms through the secret realms of the Vatican, from cloud forests and desert sands to the caverns of the Underworld as mankind hangs in the balance. For whoever possesses the Book of Life has the potential to rule the world, offering or denying immortality to the human race.
This book is packed full of an intriguing plot. The Book of Life could in the hands of someone could give them the power to rule the world. There is a race to see who will get to it first and enemies who should kill each other to find themselves not quite doing that. I liked this story as it is different and offers tales of mythology and has an urban fantasy theme as well. The two blend together to make a good book. It has delightful characters that you get to know including Luc and Nalini. Nalini I liked because she wants to stand on her own and out from the shadows and thumb of her family. She struggles to do what she is supposed to and it is neat to read about her as you learn more as you go. Luc is deadly but have to say it wold be hard to turn him away as he has that power vibe to me that makes him stand out. There is plenty of secondary characters that threaten to steal the show for me but you have to read to see why. If you like a book you take your time in reading to appreciate and want something new to read try this one.
3 out of 5 Stars
3 out of 5 Stars
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Now that her children have flown from the nest, Elizabeth lives with her two new babies (AKA Maltese) and husband, Bobby, at the foot of the beautiful Catalina Mountain Range in Oro Valley, AZ.
She loves to hike the mountain trails, ride her bike on the miles of walk/bike paths, sit on her patio sipping coffee and reading or brainstorming plots and enjoying the grandeur of her breathtaking mountain views.
Elizabeth calls herself a pantser on steroids. The first book of her Illuminati series flowed like a psychic muse channeled it from her fingertips to the keyboard. She wrote 120,000 words in 45 days. "After the first couple of chapters, the characters took over. They knew what they wanted and what they were willing to do to get it."
Her love of mythology and ancient literature and history were the backbone for her series, and the Sigma Force series by James Rollins inspired the fast-paced adventures (He recently told her at a literacy fundraiser that he found that flattering, as no one had ever told him he was inspiring before!). The result was an action packed URBAN FANTASY novel series, with its basis in truth, superstitions, mythology and conspiracy theories.
A friend compared Elizabeth's series to what it would be like if Ford and Jolie stepped through the Stargate using the Da Vinci code as a compass, tried to kill each other, and ended up colliding with a love as seemingly hopeless as Romeo and Juliet. Elizabeth claims she pictured a blond "The Rock" as the hero when she was writing, but that Jolie, with lavender eyes, would fit her heroine just fine. It was difficult for her to claim a genre (pigeon hole) for this work. There is a love relationship, but it's all about the family relationships, dysfunctional and otherwise, and the timeless struggle for power. There are very strong female leads in this story, and the men are macho enough to hold their own.
Be sure to check out the rest of the tour.