HF Virtual Book Tours invites you to follow Vicky Alvear Shecter as she tours the blogosphere for Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii from May 26-June 13.
Publication Date: May 27, 2014
Arthur A. Levine Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Genre: YA Historical
When your world blows apart, what will you hold onto?
TAG is a medical slave, doomed to spend his life healing his master’s injured gladiators. But his warrior’s heart yearns to fight in the gladiator ring himself and earn enough money to win his freedom.
LUCIA is the daughter of Tag’s owner, doomed by her father’s greed to marry a much older Roman man. But she loves studying the natural world around her home in Pompeii, and lately she’s been noticing some odd occurrences in the landscape: small lakes disappearing; a sulfurous smell in the air…
When the two childhood friends reconnect, each with their own longings, they fall passionately in love. But as they plot their escape from the city, a patrician fighter reveals his own plans for them — to Lucia’s father, who imprisons Tag as punishment. Then an earthquake shakes Pompeii, in the first sign of the chaos to come. Will they be able to find each other again before the volcano destroys their whole world?
Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii was exactly the book I was looking for! I’ve been craving a good historical fiction book lately, and since I knew I’d love anything by Vicky Alvear Shecter, it was a match made in heaven.
The book follows Lucia and Tag, who are reunited childhood friends, as they begin to fall in love with each other and face the harsh realties of their situation. Lucia’s father owns Tag as a slave, and she is betrothed to a much older man to secure financial stability for her father’s gladiator school. Poses a bit of a problem, right? But against all odds, they find a way to meet in secret and continue to fall hard and fast for each other. I can’t help but love a forbidden romance, and I found myself rooting and cheering for them as the story went on.
The romance was the highlight of the story for me, but the setting came in a very close second. The author did an amazing job of transporting me back to ancient Rome with such detailed descriptions of the clothing, housing, landscape, and weather. One of my biggest reasons for loving historical fiction is the setting, and I can be a bit picky when it comes to the descriptions and making me feel like I’m right there with the characters. Vicky Alvear Shecter delivered and then delivered some more in this regard.
If you’re a fan of historical fiction with lush settings and strong characters, I can’t recommend Vicky Alvear Shecter’s books enough. Both Curses and Smoke and Cleopatra’s Moon are some of my favorite in YA. See the giveaway below to win a copy of Curses and Smoke and see for yourself!
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About the Author
Vicky Alvear Shecter is the author of the young adult novel, CLEOPATRA’S MOON (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2011), based on the life of Cleopatra’s only daughter. She is also the author of two award-winning biographies for kids on Alexander the Great and Cleopatra. She is a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Antiquities at Emory University in Atlanta.
Virtual Book Tour Schedule
Monday, May 26
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Review & Giveaway at The Mad Reviewer
Tuesday, May 27
Guest Post & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, May 28
Review & Giveaway at Fiction Folio
Thursday, May 29
Review at Good Books and Good Wine
Friday, May 30
Guest Post at Good Books and Good Wine
Monday, June 2
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Tuesday, June 3
Review at Geek Girl’s Book Blog
Interview & Giveaway at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Wednesday, June 4
Review at Book Drunkard
Thursday, June 5
Review at Book Lovers Paradise
Friday, June 6
Review at The Book Belles
Review at Manga Maniac Cafe
Monday, June 9
Review at Bibliophilia, Please
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Tuesday, June 10
Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry
Wednesday, June 11
Interview & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Thursday, June 12
Review at Let Them Read Books
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Friday, June 13
Review at Broken Teepee
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
One winner will receive a paperback copy of Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii. Open to US, UK, & Canada residents only. Good luck!
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