Sunday, May 16, 2010
Review: The Curse of Nefertiti by Charline Ratciff
I read the short synopsis, also posted on Charline Ratcliff's website, and my interest was immediately piqued. From the moment I picked up this book, the pages seemed to fly by.
Kayla is plagued by visions of a past life, one in which she is an Egyptian queen. As she meets Paolo, the passion between them sizzles and the connection between them flares. Deep down in her heart, she recognizes him as her reincarnated husband. Shortly after she realizes this, she recalls her true purpose: to save Egypt from the peril that happened in the past. However, if she returns to the past to fulfill her destiny, there is no guarantee that she will be able to return to a life with Paolo.
The Curse of Nefertiti is definitely a must-read. Let me tell you why:
Written in first person, present tense, it might be jarring for some people to get into. For me, from the moment Kayla stepped into the ironically named Club Destiny on page 32, I knew that something momentous was about to occur. I was addicted, and I couldn't seem to put it down. The sparks between Kayla and Paolo seemed to fly off the page. From that first amazing kiss in the grocery store to the moment they succumb to their passion, the tension between them is all-consuming. Paolo is the sort of man any woman could fall in love with. With every word he spoke, I could almost hear his accent tinge the words. Their chemistry and connection is more than enough to fill the pages of your typical romance novel. When I learned that he was her reincarnated love, that knowledge took the book to a completely new level for me.
I don't normally read first person narratives, but this one really drew me in. Not only did Ratcliff do an amazing job of sticking to the characters viewpoint, but this book was amazingly realistic. It has a factor that I have never seen in any of the other paranormal romances that I've read. Up until the point where Kayla actually went back in time, the book read like something that could actually happen to someone, despite its fantasy elements. Ratcliff made me believe that something like this could actually happen, and that is what set this book apart for me. Some books stick with you for days, some for months or years, but somehow I know I'll be thinking of this book for much, much longer than that.
If you want to buy this book for yourself and see what all the fuss is about, you can do so here.