by Amy Lignor
In 1902, in a dark room on the fifth floor of Carnegie Hall, thirteen people came together to continue a tradition that had been set in stone thousands of years before.
In 2012, Leah Tallent is Head of Research at the New York Public Library. Stoic and stable, brilliant and cynical, she has forever enjoyed her existence among the book stacks. But even with her unparalleled intellect, there was no way to know that on the historic steps between America's famous lions, she would become involved with a crazy man on a fanatical quest.
Gareth Lowery has spent his life searching for the ultimate artifact that he is certain exists. His life's pursuit has been to retrieve twelve keys hidden by men whose job it was to protect the single biggest secret ever kept. To find the keys he must enlist the help of an unwilling guide who, unfortunately, knows much more than he bargained for.
From the first page to the last word, this fantastic duo become immersed in a whirlwind treasure hunt with historical and passionate repercussions. From the strange and eerie Winchester House to the blustery darkness of Loch Ness, Gareth and Leah will quickly learn that the theory of duality is correct: For every bad there is a good and, for Heaven, there most assuredly exists...Hell.
"I need to go through HELL to get to HEAVEN"
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I want to thank the Amy for allowing me to read this amazing story. Fact: Amy Lignor you rock! (and btw, sorry for taking so long to review it)
I absolutely adored 13! I loved the smart plot and how cleverly it unfolds. The origininaluty of it all.
The defined personalities of every single character and the fact that once I started, I couldn't stop reading it!
This is not a romance, it's a fantasy book with a splash of romance between two people so different but at the same time so similar that you can't conceive the idea of them not being together, they are totally meant for each other.
Leah is the smarty pants here, she knows almost every piece of information ever, she doesn't like kids and even if I do love kids, I found it amusing. She is a bookworm and a super adorable character once you get to know her lol.
While Leah is the brain, Gareth is ... well... let's say that if sexyness was a person, it would definitely be Gareth.
I really liked the way they interacted and their intelligent and funny dialogues.
" You look a little green, my dear librarian. Jealousy perhaps?
"My skin has a tendency to turn green when I'm about to puke". Gareth pressed the elevator button.
"Nice lady that Valerie. I've never stayed here before but I must say the staff is top notch".
"You make me physically sick".
"That's new". He cocked his head to one side. "I don't think I've ever had that reaction from a woman before".
"Then you might want to rethink my company Mr. Lowery" Leah batted her eyelashes dramatically. "A few more hours with me and your over-inflated ego will be flat as a pancake"
It has some parts that are eerie, specially the last 10%.
I loved how Lignor mixed urban legends such as Jack the Ripper with zodiac signs, with Heaven and Hell and wow wow wow! I'm still amazed by this. Can't explain, just read it ok? XD
I hope you guys liked it! Rhomy
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