Sunday, July 13, 2014

Curses and Smoke

Title: Curses And Smoke
Author: Vicky Alvear Shecter
Number of Pages: 322
Date Read: 7/12/14
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance

Synopsis (Found on

When your world blows apart, what will you hold onto?

TAG is a medical slave, doomed to spend his life healing his master's injured gladiators. But his warrior's heart yearns to fight in the gladiator ring himself and earn enough money to win his freedom.

LUCIA is the daughter of Tag's owner, doomed by her father's greed to marry a much older Roman man. But she loves studying the natural world around her home in Pompeii, and lately she's been noticing some odd occurrences in the landscape: small lakes disappearing; a sulfurous smell in the air. . . .

When the two childhood friends reconnect, each with their own longings, they fall passionately in love. But as they plot their escape from the city, a patrician fighter reveals his own plans for them -- to Lucia's father, who imprisons Tag as punishment. Then an earthquake shakes Pompeii, in the first sign of the chaos to come. Will they be able to find each other again before the volcano destroys their whole world?

My Review:

I apologize for not including a review but it seems like my computer hates me again. I was in the middle of writing my review when my computer freaked out and everything was erased. So unfortunately I am very angry now and am ready to throw my computer out the window. So I will not be writing a review anytime soon. Maybe if I ever decided to re-read this book I'll include a review. Just know that I liked the book a lot. The atmosphere, the history and the setting were great. I loved the main characters and the book was well written in my opinion. You get a real view of what life was like for the people in Pompeii. 


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