An eternity as an immortal in slavery was not what she had in mind

Scarab

Desperate and alone, sixteen-year-old Megan uses a powerful and ancient talisman to escape modern-day life and make a new start in ancient Egypt. But powerful enemies lie in wait, seeking her destruction and the magical scarab necklace she wields.

Will an alliance with another mortal, the handsome and secretive Franklin help keep her from harm long enough to learn the secrets of the scarab? – Or will he cause her to lose everything – including her heart.

Scarab by Helen Allan

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Reviews

Reviews

Funny. Intriguing. Well written. (5 out of 5 Stars)

It’s been a long time since I read a book like this. Funny, entertaining, intriguing; all while a good story is being told. This is a well written time travel story with its own little spin. The characters are developed but don’t expect realistic dialogue. We’ve got Ancient Egyptian that has modern English translations. But this is some of what makes this story funny.

There is a dark side to this story with trying to keep the magical scarab safe and the some of the main characters alive. The reader expects certain things, which the plot delivers but it’s how to survive the bad things that are intriguing. I enjoyed this book immensely and have the next book lined up to read. I enjoyed this author’s work and contacted her for ARCs.

Scarab 2: Fighting Time – Cliffhanger. The story continues with more intrigue, romance and all kinds of “out of the pan and into the fire”. Well written, still with humour but a lot more darkness in this book. More secrets are discovered and more information found and betrayals abound. The pages fly by with action, suspense and romance. These books are full of personality.

Scarab 3: The Chains of Time – Hang on for a ride; this is a more action-packed, adventure-filled story; concluding the series. Well written, with humour, along with a gamut of emotions; this story keeps the reader glued to the pages with author’s ability to describe scenes, emotions, places, etc. This has been an intriguing, suspenseful, romantic trip through the centuries and then some.

All three books are full of personality and it’s difficult to put them down, even momentarily. I’ve never been disappointed by this author’s work and I’m glad I contacted her to review her books.’

– Texas

A historic action adventure (5 out of 5 Stars)

This book contains action, romance, and history. The action is ongoing throughout the book. The romance is clean and simple. The history involves ancient Egyptians. If you like any or all of these traits you will like Scarab.

– Ryan Schukei

Recommended (5 out of 5 Stars)

Interesting concept. Fun, quick read. Good character development. Elements of fantasy and suspense. Kept my attention and left me wanting more.

– yankeegirl1025

Terrific Time! (5 out of 5 Stars)

Neat twist on time travel. A lot of unexpected plot twist! Not your average teenage crush. Characters are interesting and varied.

– fellowcritic

An elderly neigbour’s secret lead sixteen-year-old Megan into an unbelievable adventure. (5 out of 5 Stars)

Sixteen-year-old Megan home life is a nightmare her parent are drunk and violent and creepy “Uncle Rod” keeps trying to catch her unclothed or alone in a room. Her younger brother has grown up affected by this and the fact that they have to scrounge around for food. Megan has struck up a friendship with “Mrs Mackey” real name Violet Ellement an elderly neighbour and looks after her dog Mackey when she is away. It is she who tells Megan of the magical scarab which leads to a fantastical adventure. A fast-paced story to spark the imagination so relax and enjoy. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

– M. Sneyd

A different spin in time travel for sure!

I love some time travel, and this one was no exception, the idea behind the characters jumping to different points, but being limited to Egypt is quite novel. I do think that there could be a bit more development in some parts to make this even better, but I look forward to reading more from this author.

– Heather

Allan is an excellent writer

with a gifted command of language and a natural ability for storytelling’

– Brydie Wright Reviews

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