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Young Adult Fiction 510
overall entertaining YA historical fiction
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
CURSE OF THE SPECTER QUEEN was an intriguing YA historical fiction with code-breaking, good friends, and imminent danger. Sam works at a bookstore, when a diary arrives for her friend, Bennett. She takes it to him right away, but then later that night, two suspicious men come looking for it. When she insists that she has not seen it and doesn't know what they are talking about, they burn the shop down with her in it. After she escapes, she travels with her friend Jo to find Bennett and warn him.

As they look at the diary, they must solve the code and follow the steps to figure out what is going on, leading them down paths they never would have expected. This definitely has some Indiana Jones and The Mummy vibes.

The characters were really great, and I enjoyed their journey with all their energy, sarcasm, and witty quips. The code-breaking is a highlight in the book, and I loved watching them solve it all and figure it out. I found the writing to be a bit like a movie, where action happens fast and you fill in the blanks along the way. The start felt a little confusing to me as I put it all together, and it's one that is tough to put down and pick up as you need to remember the details as you go.

Overall, CURSE OF THE SPECTER QUEEN was an entertaining YA historical fiction read with code-breaking, mysteries, and fun characters.
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