Nefertari “Terry” Hughes is looking forward to spending the school break with her boyfriend, but when her archaeologist father announces he’s working on a project that will take him to Egypt, all hopes of having a romantic summer are buried.
Terry accompanies her father to Alexandria where she’s reunited with her first crush, Awad—all grown up and an expert in translating hieroglyphics. He confides that the team is in a race to find Cleopatra’s lost tomb before a secret band of rebels steals Egypt’s last Pharaoh and her diadem.
But sabotage and a deadly accident put everyone on high alert, and Terry isn’t sure whom to trust. As the line between ally and enemy begins to blur, Terry has to keep her wits about her and figure out who wants the diadem badly enough to kill.
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I have fallen in love with Terry and her friends! Terry might have increased speed and agility because of her asp but she hasn't forgotten that for her to improve herself, she needs to empower her friends. Quite the lesson to learn while still a teenager. I remember that when I was that age, it was all about me.
I do have to say that my favorite character is one of the secondary ones. Maude is smart and always has an upbeat attitude. She knows almost instinctively that they are stronger as a group then alone. Her boyfriend Frasier is also a kick. Zach didn't make as much of an appearance in this book as I would have liked though. I am hoping that he will have a stronger presence in the next one.
DIADEM OF DEATH is fast paced, young adult thriller that will keep people of any age glued to the page. It's set in Egypt so you have exotic locations but this book is more about friendship and trusting in your friends.
I do think that anyone who enjoys the young adult genre will love this book. It is the second in the series so be sure to check out ASP of Ascension which is the start of this enjoyable series.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.