Do you remember the 1999 movie ‘The Mummy’ starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz? The **good** movie version of the ‘The Mummy’? Well, I do and I loved it!
‘Book of Souls’ reminds me a lot of that movie. Narrating main character, Nisha, is the daughter of an Egyptian who thinks she hallucinates visions of Anubis, the Egyptian God of Death, each time she is nearby someone who is about to die. Her physical proximity to tragic accidents and the dying have granted her a rather nasty reputation around town, which in turn takes a toll on her self-esteem. Nisha tries to remain under the radar, as everyone from the most popular cheerleader in school to the town’s police chief express their dislike for her.
Then Blaze moves to town, set on getting to know Nisha and reminding her subconscious of past lives. It doesn’t help that his good looks are turning all the girl’s heads and that his MMA skill has half the guys wanting to learn from him. Though Nisha is attracted to the charming London-native, she tries to keep her distance; both to detract attention from herself and to keep him safe. After all, she believes proximity to her leads to death. Luckily for readers, Blaze wears her down and gets close (in a clean-YA way).
Unlike most high school-based YA novels where the main character is somehow ‘different’ or ‘other,’ it was nice to see that Nisha is not a loner. Her cousin is supportive of her, rather than her main bully, and the girls have several friends who all hang out together. That she takes part in typical teenage banter is a nice change.
Can’t wait to read the next entry in the Gods of Egypt series! ‘Book of Souls’ will be available on February 9th.
Perfect for fans of YA and mythology, including Lindsey Fairleigh’s ‘Echo’ series.