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I love a good book! Young Adult, New Adult, Adult and nearly any genre. If it’s well-written, I’ll read it. And, I love to talk about what I’ve written.


I have a WIP–a new adult dystopian novel. I’m also exploring short fiction.

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Ancient Addiction

Tut's Trumpet - Allie Burton

I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.


I really liked Allie Burton’s Tut’s Trumpet! My two favorite things about the book? Her continued reference to Egyptian mythology and the characters she’s created.


My favorite character is Aria York. I imagined her as the dorky kid in high school. She was a musician who embraced her art two hundred percent. It was her strength. Music allowed her to hide from the world. Burton sprinkles musical references throughout this book–brilliant! Aria’s persona develops right along with the story. By the end of the tale we’re left with a strong character we want to read more about. Her love interest, Falcon, wasn’t the clueless kid like Xander (Soul Slam–if you want more info, you’ve got to read the book). He’s strong–physically, mentally and emotionally. He only shows his weakness towards the end of the story.


Burton brings back villains from Book One–Jeb and the Society of Aten goons–and adds a new one, the Magical Order of Crucis. Once again, its an obsession with power that causes villains to do the stupid things they do. Tut’s Trumpet has bad guys who will gladly dance with evil in order to accomplish their goals.


I was happy to see Xander and Olivia make a reappearance. They have gotten wiser and are completely in charge of the Soul Warriors. Remember the shabti and their transformation? I won’t give anything away. I’ll just say they play a big role in Tut’s Trumpet.


As I said earlier, Burton references Egyptian mythology in this book. Most books that mention mythology usually stick to Roman and Greek. It is refreshing to read another culture’s mythology. (Yes, to diversity!) Egyptian mythology just happens to be my favorite. Tut’s Trumpet mentions the god Horus and Howard Carter’s discovery of many artifacts (1922). There’s a brief note about the history at the end of the book.

Although the plot is the usual ‘hero on a quest’ story, Burton has put some unique spins on the idea. You won’t be bored reading it.


I found Burton’s book to be creative with well-developed characters who explore the realms of good vs evil and love vs hate. I highly recommend it to everyone.