Friday, March 11, 2011

Blog Tour: 12.21.12 - Review and Giveaway!

I am part of the blog tour for 12.21.12 by Killian McRae. If you haven't seen this across the blogosphere you are missing out. I'm also giving away a ebook copy of 12.21.12 to one of y'all! So, make sure to fill out the form at the bottom and check out the rest of the blogs on the tour!

Archaeologist Sheppard Smyth has staked his career and the honorable memory of his deceased wife and partner on proving his widely-panned theory: Cleopatra VII, last ruler of Ancient Egypt, was murdered. When a statue of the doomed Queen is discovered in an Olmec excavation site in Mexico, Shep rushes to investigate and, hopefully, find the proof that has evaded him for so long. Soon, he finds himself in the middle of the rivalry between the sexy, enigmatic international thief, Victoria Kent, and infamous rumored Russian mobster, Dmitri Kronastia. Both hold pieces to the puzzle that will finally shed light on Cleopatras death, as they vie for Shep's trust and assistance. As he is drawn further into their world of ancient gods, supernatural powers, and alternative history, little does Shep know that the fate of all humanity may hinge on his ability to discover the truth in between Victoria and Dmitris' fragmented claims and hidden identities. Working to decode the ancient past while attempting to save the future, Shep becomes a common pawn played by forces working to see out a quest older than the pyramids themselves and cloaked by the mayan prophecy of 12.21.12

My Thoughts:
12.21.12 is an action packed, conspiracy theory book based on the theory that the Mayan calendar just mysteriously ends on this date - possibly leading to the end of the world. This books is full of conspiracy theories and mythology with a lot of twists and turns thrown in to keep the reader guessing to the very end of the book. 
Instead of focusing on one character, the book switches back and forth between the viewpoints of several different characters. Each character has their own secrets and past that mysteriously are entwined with each other. One of my favorite characters in 12.21.12 was Sheppard Smyth, an archeologist who is mourning the loss of his wife by burying himself in the bottle. When he is asked to come to Mexico to look at a dig site - he goes because it looks like it could lead to answers about the death of Cleopatra who he thinks was murdered. Once Shep gets to Mexico he runs into Victoria and then Dimitri which leads to one of the biggest and most mind blowing adventures of his life.  

One of the best parts about this book was all the theories and myths that McRae pulls into the book - it is so unique and at times confusing. McRae does do a wonderful job of explaining things but sometimes you are left going "huh?" and then a few chapters later realize how it all fits together. 

One part that I thought was kinda off was the explanation of the death of Cleopatra. Without giving anything away, it is not what you expect and kinda a letdown. I thought it would be something a lot more mindblowing based on the rest of the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are great and I love the switch in viewpoints - it definitely gives you a better idea of what is going on with the multiple viewpoints. McRae has written a very intriguing story that truly keeps the reader guessing and on the edge of their seats until the very end of the book. The ending is great and not something I was fulling expecting. 

This was a wonderful read and now you have a chance to win a ebook copy! Just fill out the form below. Contest ends 3/31/11! And make sure to check out the rest of the tour!

  1. Julie @ A Tale of Many Reviews - Review - March 1st 2011
  2. Yelania @ The Itzel Library - Interview - March 2nd 2011
  3. Damaris @ Good Choice Reading - Top Ten/Giveaway - March 3rd 2011
  4. Mandy @ Twimom101's book blog - Interview - March 4th 2011
  5. Casey @ Dark Readers Blog - Interview - March 5th 2011
  6. Alisha @ My need to Read - Character post - March 6th 2011
  7. Jules @ One Book Shy of a Full Shelf - Interview/Giveaway - March 7th 2011
  8. Lisa K. @ Baffled Books - review - March 8th 2011
  9. Sarah @ The Book Bee - Character Interview - March 9th 2011
  10. Page @ One Book at a time - Guest post/Interview - March 10th 2011
  11. Michelle @ Hooked To Books - Giveaway/Review - March 11th 2011
  12. Kristin @ My Bookish Ways - review - March 12th 2011
  13. Celine @ Nyx Book Reviews - Top Ten - March 13th 2011
  14. Sherri @ Urban Girl Reader - review/Q&A/giveaway - March 14th 2011
  15. Cherry @ Cherry Mischievous - Guest post - March 15th 2011
  16. Bianca @ Sweet Nothings xo - review/giveaway - March 16th 2011
  17. Rebecca @ My Life with Boys and Books - review - March 17th 2011
  18. Megan @ A Trail of Books Left Behind - review/character interview - March 18th 2011
  19. Jennifer @ Ponytails Book Reviews - review - March 19th 2011
  20. Tammy @ Into The Mystic -  - March 20th 2011
  21. Lisa @ Bookworm Lisa - Top Ten/Giveaway - March 21st 2011
  22. Tara @ Taming the Bookshelf -  - March 22nd 2011
  23. Rachel @ Parajunkee's View -  - March 23rd 2011
  24. Melissa @ I Swim for Oceans - review/interview - March 24th 2011
  25. Kathy @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - giveaway/interview - March 25th 2011
  26. Christin @ Between the Covers - review - March 26th 2011
  27. Stacy @ Girls in the Stacks - review - March 27th 2011
  28. Ash @ Smash Attack Reads - character interview - March 28th 2011
  29. Aleetha @ bacaan-ally blog - review - March 29th 2011
  30. Ashlie @ Bookish Novelties - review/interview - March 30th 2011
  31. Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight - Review/Giveaway - March 31st 2011
  32. Once Upon a Twilight Author Live chat - March 31st 2011 @ 9pm CT


Celine said...

Hey Michelle, great review!

I love all the historical facts Ms. McRae has put into the story.

I'm also in the tour, I'm up this Sunday (:

Jessy said...

This is a very cool concept. I'm a little scared though, I don't know how much of the book will ring true. I can't wait to read it and find out though :D

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