Blog Tour + ARC Book Review: I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz
This is our stop during the blog tour for I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz. This blog tour was organized by Simon and Schuster Canada.
ashley | The concept of co-authors always intrigues me, though I don’t come across it too often. I really enjoyed Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, so when this writing duo put out another book, I Do Not Trust You, I trusted them to give me another good read.
Instead of a prep school on a mysterious island, this time around, we get a kind of female Indiana Jones mixed with a little bit of the Da Vinci Code, following an ancient map to save her father from two rival Egyptian cults. I was really intrigued by the premise, I love the archaeological take and was excited to see where this adventure would take me and who I would meet along the way.
The history, the mythology and the treasure hunt were really interesting for me. Some of the myths that were told I had heard of, though most I had not, and I was fascinated learning about these histories that I’ve never been introduced to. They were a great distraction from the glaring problems I had with this book; how a girl of 18 had the means to go on such an epic adventure, and how a boy so loyal to preventing the demise of his people would go on a journey that basically united the artifacts he was adamant about keeping apart. (Yes, it was clearly stated that M used to help her dad and that she’d been trained since she was young, but everything happened so very easy for her and she thought nothing of traipsing off across the world on this treasure hunt. Things never really delved deep enough in the initial character building to truly convince me that M had all of this in her. I guess I’m just a bit of a skeptic.)
Above everything else, the adventure portions were really cool and what kept the book driving, but there wasn’t much more than that and even then, the adventure grew a bit stale after a while. There was never much more depth about the country they were in or the myth itself, other than the quick and dirty details that were necessary to tie together the reason M had lead them there. I suppose there needed to be a nice balance between adventure book and history book, but I would have enjoyed a bit more substance to these travels.
M’s complicated relationship with Ash is pretty typical of what you would expect here, so nothing was new there. I enjoyed the growing banter, but again, it didn’t give me much more than what you read on the surface and things ultimately ended up where you expect them to. Other characters introduced were intriguing, but again, so short lived that it didn’t really make much of an impact.
I guess that’s the gist of it for me; this was a fun read, but I wanted more from it. Expected more from it. It felt a lot like Sanctuary Bay, just in a different setting. That isn’t a bad thing, I enjoyed Sanctuary Bay and this was fun too, but not enough to make this really stand out for me. I really appreciated the mythology lessons, but outside of that, everything just felt a bit expected.
september 11, 2018
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.