The Eternal City by Paula Morris ~ ARC Review by Fallon


The Eternal City by
Hardcover, 304 pages

Published May 26th 2015
by Point / Scholastic, Inc.
ISBN13: 9780545251334
Source: Advance Reader Copy from Publisher
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars


Goodreads Description:

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.



Fallon's Review:

Thank you so much Scholastic for sending me an ARC for review. This in no way affects my opinion given in my review.

I knew I had to read this book from the moment I saw it, I just finished a literature class on Rome and was interested to see where the Author took her interpretation of Mythology and twisted it into a piece of fiction. This book was very easy to read and can be read by Middle Grade children as well. 

Paula Morris takes mythology and makes a story of mortals stuck in the middle of the chaos and destruction. Nothing is as it seems and sometimes Laura is questioning her very eyes. Did that statue really just move? Are those feathers on his feet? Would you think your eyes were playing tricks or would you believe in the impossible.

This story starts off with kids on a school trip and soon things get out of control. The Eternal City had non-stop twists and turns with endless action. If you like books like Percy Jackson then this is a book you will love getting your hands on. There was a little romance but it did not overwhelm the story which I liked. There was so much going on that the focus was spot on.

The more and more I think about The Eternal City the more I want to pick it up and read it all over again. Paula Morris wrote and intriguing and captivating fantasy read that is a must read. You like fantasy and are looking for a fast fun read then this is a top read for you.

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About the author



Paula Morris, a novelist and short story writer of English and Maori descent, was born in New Zealand. For almost a decade she worked in the record business in London and New York. She now lives in New Orleans, where she teaches creative writing at Tulane University.

Paula's first novel, Queen of Beauty, won best first work of fiction at the 2003 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Hibiscus Coast, a literary thriller set in Auckland and Shanghai, was published in 2005 and has been optioned for film. Her third novel, Trendy But Casual, was published by Penguin New Zealand in 2005.

Paula's first short story collection, Forbidden Cities (2008) was a regional finalist in the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

Ruined, her first YA novel, was published by Scholastic in 2009.


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