I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz
320 pages | Published September 11th, 2018
Rating: 3/5 stars
Memphis “M” Engle is stubborn to a fault, graced with an almost absurd knowledge of long lost languages and cultures, and a heck of an opponent in a fight. In short: she’s awesome.
Ashwin Sood is a little too posh for her tastes, a member of an ancient cult (which she’s pretty sure counts for more than one strike against him), and has just informed Memphis that her father who she thought was dead isn’t and needs her help.
From the catacombs of Paris to lost temples in the sacred forests, together they crisscross the globe, searching for the pieces of the one thing that might save her father. But the closer they come to saving him—and the more they fall for one another—the closer they get to destroying the world.
Firstly, I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I had high expectations regarding this book, as you might have guessed. Being an Egypt fanatic, any book that features Egyptian mythology and culture, such as I DO NOT TRUST YOU, is very appealing to me.
When I first started reading it, I was very excited, and I continued to be until about 60% of the way in. From that point on, my excitement started to fade a little – purely because I felt as though the story was dragging on for a bit too long.
One of my favorite aspects of this book is the characters. I absolutely loved reading about M and Ash, learning about their upbringing, their painful past, everything. I think they would work very well as a couple too, so that’s definitely a plus!
The other aspect I really loved is, obviously, the mythology, as well as the way the authors present it to the reader. Most of the book consists of our main characters traveling the world in order to accomplish their mission. In doing so, the authors present to the reader a whole lot of cultural aspects from the different places the characters travel to, from the food to the history and religion. That is a very positive aspect of this reading experience. This book is, essentially, a very fun scavenger hunt.
Comparisons to Rick Riordan’s books are pretty much inevitable, so let’s talk about that for a second. I read part of THE RED PYRAMID, which is a series based on Egyptian mythology, but could not finish it. I simply wasn’t enjoying it, so there was no point in forcing myself to keep reading. I DO NOT TRUST YOU, however, I enjoyed way more, although it didn’t blow me away either. I am slowly coming to the conclusion that it is because they are a bit juvenile. So I’ve learned my lesson: YA and middle-grade books such as these are, sadly, not suited for me. That does not mean, however, that I will give up on mythology books. I will just try to pick up adult ones next time and see how it goes!
Regarding the writing, I thought the authors worked very well together. Everything flowed nicely and I kept (virtually) turning the pages without even noticing – next thing I knew, I was over halfway through!
Overall, I DO NOT TRUST YOU is a fun, action-packed story that features innumerous cultural aspects of various locations around the globe. Unfortunately, it didn’t blow me away because of its juvenile tone.
Don’t forget to check out the author Q&A below!
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Q&A WITH THE AUTHORS
- What inspired you to base the story on Ancient Egypt and its culture?
We love Ancient Egypt. Seems like there should be more to this answer, huh? But the simple truth is, we love it. We’ve always shared an interest in the myths and the art. We both figured out how to write our names in hieroglyphics when we were kids. We’re just Egyptophiles! So when we were coming up with a story that involved searching for a lost treasure, it was clear to us what type of treasure we wanted. We were thrilled to find that our editor also loves Ancient Egypt, so she was on board with using an Egyptian myth as the basis of our plot, and in fact even suggested which particular god we might want to focus on!
- Writing about mythology and ancient history usually requires research. What did it take for you to write this novel as accurately as possible?
We researched the various mythologies and locations, which didn’t really feel like work because we both love all kinds of mythology. It’s interesting to us to learn about how different religions inform the societies that gave rise to them, and we liked being able to delve into the idea of what an Egyptian religion would look like had it survived until modern times. We had a long list of locales around the world that might work – places sacred to different religions. After that initial research, we chose the specific ones we thought would work best, and then we studied the history (and geography) of those places in more detail.
- Should we expect any other books following M and Ash?
Who knows? We’d love to write them!
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