by Jodi Baker
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
Publish Date: 18th June 2015
TRUST is a young adult, mythological, urban fantasy thrill ride about the darkly fantastical, supernatural Museion that has secretly protected humanity’s greatest treasures for millennia, and Anna, the sixteen-year-old New York girl who is the unknowing Heir to it all:
That’s what the voice inside my head kept repeating when I woke up between the infamous lion statues of the New York Public Library, with no idea how I got there and no memory of the last year of my life.
The only person I ever trusted was my mother, who lied about everything.
I want to trust myself, despite my missing memories. But hearing a voice inside my head obviously isn’t a good thing, especially since it know things I don’t… like how to speak Ancient Sumerian, the fact that yellow-eyed people aren’t actually people, and that my mother’s Egyptian ankh necklace was the key to unlocking the truth she was hiding:
I’m the last in a long lineage of powerful women whose secrets date back to the ancient Library of Alexandria.
I’m fighting like hell to stay alive while searching for both my missing mother and the truth, desperate to find something or someone I can trust.
This book started off amazingly, for the first 10%, up to the end of chapter 1, I was really captivated. Unfortunately after that the book lost me. Anna told us exactly how smart she was and then spent the rest of the book being stupid. I gave her some slack, having lost a year of your life, your mother and discovering nothing was as you thought can do a number on you, but she never used her brain. You could perhaps argue that hers was book smart, that she wasn’t taught to think, but she was taught about civilisations and wild animals and, I assume, logic and analysis. At the very least she was told to be quiet and stay in the middle of the pack. Why was she so silly about everything?
The writing style seemed to change after the first chapter too, but I think this is to do with the change in direction. the first chapter is first person too, but is delivered by her talking abut it as if it was the past (because it was) and the rest of it is told as it happened.
The story was fast paced and there was plenty going on. There was no time to be bored as Anna was quickly swept up in the next mystery or happening or quest. While she doesn’t know what’s happening around her she decides she’s having none of it.
The story is left open for another book to complete the mystery. While I’d like to know, like Anna, what on earth was going on, I don’t think that I will continue with this series.