Review: I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz

Wow was this a fun book! It’s like Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones meets The Mummy. I was riveted from start to finish reading this book and I was not expecting it! It’s not typically something I’d pick up because I tend to think history can be a bit dull (sorry!) but this made history SO fun, and following the clues made me want to know more about all these cultures and gods and myths… or are they myths really?????

Memphis (“M”) is one really cool worldy chick. Although she’s still in high school, she’s been around the world numerous times, speaks multiple languages, and has a beyond vast knowledge of many of these gods and cultures. She’s led an incredible early life of adventure because of her parents jobs, but it has unfortunately come to an abrupt halt. Her mother had passed years ago, and just recently her father, an archaeologist, was killed in a plane crash on assignment.

But there is a map. This map, which belonged to M’s father, is coveted by a LOT of opposing groups of people, and M has it. It’s believed the map holds the locations of an ancient relic that when pieced together could resurrect a god that will end the world. Clearly M is not just going to hand over this map. But Ash, although handsome, and rich and pretty knowledgeable himself on these ancient beliefs, wants the map. Reluctantly M “teams” up with him to travel all around the world in search of clues, markers, and hopefully, eventually the pieces of this relic – M wants to keep them safe, but she’s really not sure what Ash has in mind. There are several people following them, and M clearly can’t trust Ash, but she can’t find the pieces alone.

This was a really fun journey. I loved following all the clues around ‘a la National Treasure’ (the Nick Cage movie) and M is a super awesome character. Really Bada$$ and chock full of Girl Power! This would make such an amazing movie! The plot is fast paced and heartpounding and there’s never a lull or slow part throughout. There are some super clever twists and turns and the history connection is fun and exciting. I’m a big fan, and highly recommend. A really fun read!

Get it THIS Tuesday, September 11th! At Amazon here —> I Do Not Trust You

  • Age Range: 12 – 18 years (CLEARLY I am way out of this range and I LOVED IT!)
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wednesday Books (September 11, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250052300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250052308


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Some more info from the publisher:

Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, authors of Sanctuary Bay and the Edgar-nominated mystery series Wright and Wong, are back with a story that features their signature plot twists and uneasy ever-changing alliances. I DO NOT TRUST YOU (Wednesday Books; September 11, 2018) is a thrilling journey at every turn that asks – what would you do to save the ones you love?

Memphis “M” Engel 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 “Ash” Sood is a little too posh for M’s tastes, a little too good looking, and has way too many secrets. He desperately wants the ancient map M inherited from her archeologist father, believing it will lead him to a relic with the power to destroy the world. M obviously can’t trust him. Equally desperate to find the relic for reasons of her own, M forms an uneasy partnership with Ash. From the catacombs of Paris, to a sacred forest in Norway, to the ruins of a submerged

About the Authors:

LAURA J. BURNS and MELINDA METZ have written many books for teens and middle-grade readers, including Sanctuary Bay, Crave, and Sacrifice, as well as the Edgar-nominated mystery series Wright and Wong. They have also written for the TV shows ROSWELL, 1-800-MISSING, and THE DEAD ZONE. Laura lives in New York and Melinda lives in North Carolina, but really they mostly live on email, where they do most of their work together.


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