Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Temple of Paris by Laura DeBruce Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Review!

The Temple of Paris
by Laura DeBruce
Publication Date: February 5th 2016
Publisher: Quicksilver Legacy Books
Source: Blog Tour
Find This Book: The Temple of Paris
Rating: 5/5

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from Goodreads:

An adventure through Paris 

American teenagers, Hana and Alex, travel to Paris on a mission to save the people they love. They have to decode an obscure message to find the only woman on earth who can help them. They soon discover unexpected allies — a quirky detective with a crystal dowser, and two young Italians studying in the City of Light. When a mysterious dwarf stalks Alex, and sinister characters from the past reappear, Hana questions the truth about their newfound friends. 

The first lives Hana and Alex need to save may be their own.

So my first introduction to this series was by giving the author my opinion of book 2’s cover options a couple years ago. I was then given a copy of book one, The Riddle of Prague which I reviewed here. I have been eagerly awaiting book two’s release ever since! This series is very well researched with history, culture, architecture and museums being referenced, which I extremely enjoyed. For me, the best part about literature is when an author can take the strange, such as Hana and Alex’s quest for Valentina and the elixir, and make it seem like a realistic adventure! I didn’t know much about Prague, the setting of the first book, but I’ve had to do some extensive research on the city of Paris back in the days of my French Language classes and I was pleasantly reminded of everything that I had learned. Paris is so beautiful and has such a long and rich history that I was glad to see it come through in this novel. It felt like I could really be there myself experiencing some of these scenes set in Paris!

I relished how the story and the characters were expanded upon in more detail in book two, something I lightly criticized in my review of book one. The Immortals have lived for hundreds of years and therefore must have complicated and long histories, and boy did Laura DeBruce come through for me. Nadja, an important character in The Riddle of Prague never fails to impress me and hold me in awe. I absolutely loved getting to hear her backstory with the Fortune Teller and the Nurse and thought it’s slow reveal was the perfect pace to keep feeding me information while also letting me come to my own conclusions (though some of them were a bit off). Just like last book there are secrets upon secrets, and I don’t think Hana will ever get to the bottom of it. Just maybe she’ll learn enough to save her mother in the end of the trilogy.

The Italian Brunelli family, who are introduced as a friends of Hana in book one get introduced in greater detail with some unexpected twists as the plot unfolds. It was interesting to meet a character that Hana knew more about than the reader, because for once we just have to take Hana’s opinion for granted, unlike in book one when the reader knew everything that Hana did and more. For the most part, the reader could discover and learn alongside Hana instead of Hana telling the reader information she already knows. Hana came to her conclusions, and I came to mine. When it came to the characters Gio and Roberta Brunelli I had to consider whether I should take Hana’s assumption of them at face value or not. They certainly kept me on my toes! While I was mentally debating whether everything was as it seemed, I really enjoyed them as characters, especially Gio’s charming personality and dedication to his camerawork.

Another aspect of the book that I adored was Alex and Hana together again! He left so abruptly at the end of book one, I wasn’t sure how quickly they would be able to find each other again or how it would happen. Watching Alex and Hana’s relationship develop further as they go through such testy and traumatic experiences together was exactly what the doctor ordered. Their strong will and the love for their families is truly admirable and the circumstances they find themselves in create a constant page-turner of a book. My favorite character, David, got a bit less page-time this time around as well as spunky little Talia which was sad; but obviously not everything can be fit into one book and while I missed them very much their presence wouldn’t have made much sense plot-wise. Hopefully they’ll be there for the finale!

The plot of this book is that Hana with help from Alex, the immortal David, a hired investigator of Alex’s dad, and two friend’s of Hana’s from the Brunelli family are looking for the famous yet elusive Valentina who is the only one who can help save Hana’s mom and Alex’s sister from an early grave. After the fun historical riddle in book one, this book was more like a scavenger hunt with the only clues being a “Pantheon” and a “Temple of Glory”. There are such fascinating connections between the characters that it became a much more complex web than I originally imagined. Making all of the connections in my head and looking to see if I was right really made this a really enjoyable read. The Temple of Paris was a fantastic fantasy history mystery book that I couldn’t put down, but at the same time I didn’t want it to be over! My 3 year wait was totally worth it and I sit in anticipation of the third and final book The Fountain of Ragusa!

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About the Author

LAURA DEBRUCE worked in the television business in Prague where she fell in love with the city and its legends. She is a documentary filmmaker and writer who currently lives in Maryland. The Riddle of Prague is her first novel.

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