The Eternal City by Paula Morris

Publisher: Point

Length: 304 pages

Released Date: May 26, 2015

Format: E-book

Source:  Amazon Kindle Store

Age Group: Young Adults

Genres: Mythology, Fantasy

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From master of suspense Paula Morris comes a tale of gods and goddesses, thrilling romance, and mystery set in present-day Rome.
Laura Martin is visiting Rome on a class trip, and she’s entranced by the majestic Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon . . . Everything in this city seems magical.
That is, until the magic seems to turn very dark.
Suddenly, statues of Cupid and ancient works of art come to life before her eyes. Earthquakes rumble and a cloud of ash forms in the sky. A dark-eyed boy with wings on his heels appears and gives her a message. Laura soon realizes she is at the center of a brewing battle — a battle between the gods and goddesses, one that will shake modern-day Rome to its core.
Only she and her group of friends can truly unravel the mystery behind what is happening. As tensions mount and secret identities are revealed, Laura must rely on her own inner strength to face up to what may be a fight for her life.
Acclaimed author Paula Morris brings the ancient world to vivid life in this unstoppable tale of friendship, love, and the power of the past.

This book gave me a split personality. One shout, “Wonderful! Magical! Amazing!” while other scream, “Don’t you see all the flaws!”

Two things stop me from loving this book as much as I suppose to.

First, I find it very hard to connect with the character. They are bizarre, if you ask me. Despite the fact that most of them are seniors (except for our protagonist), they act quite silly. Nobody runs around a city with a can-be-erupted-anytime volcano. Well, except for this group of students. No teachers would let their students run around with bruises and constantly earthquakes outside. Well, except for these students’ teachers. Also, the author was focusing in the surrounding’s details too much, the emotion and feeling of our characters seem…dim. Which, it leads me into a situation where I was surprised and taken back by the actions of our fellow characters because I thought their personalities were different.

Second, book with details is good, book with a lot of details is amazing, but book with too much details is, eh, not so nice anymore. I actually was amazed by how detail The Eternal City is. Never been to Rome myself, I could still imagine how the streets, the stores, or the Pantheon would look like. That is how amazing Paula Morris’s writing is. But despite all the amazing things I told you, only 50% of the book are actually about the story. Reading through the first half of the for me is like walking through Rome, and although it seems like a good thing, nothing actually happen that relevant to the plot except for a group of teens walk around Rome with the possibility of erupted volcano, taking pictures of fountains and temples.

Our protagonist, Laura, is a very intelligent girl, or according to other characters, she is. Along with her friends, she experienced an unforgettable adventure in Rome. Although she was described as smart and calm, there is no scene in the book that actually show her intelligence. Her thoughts and actions are so different, I find it hard to fathom her personality.

The book just ended, too quick in my opinion. I’m torn between the pros and cons this book or not, since you can gain a lot of knowledge about Roman gods and goddesses, or the beauty of the this ancient city, Rome, although there are many flaws in these book. I would say this is a fine book, but there are a lot of flaws to begin with. Still, give it a chance, and who knows you might love it.

Rating: 6/10

Similar books: Percy Jackson, The Flame of Olympus, Heroes of Olympus

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