Blog Tour Review: Curse of the Specter Queen

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the CURSE OF THE SPECTER QUEEN by Jenny Elder Moke Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About the Book:
Title: CURSE OF THE SPECTER QUEEN (A Samantha Knox Novel Volume 1)
Author: Jenny Elder Moke
Pub. Date: June 1, 2021
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 352

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, AudibleB&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD,

A female Indiana Jones meets Tomb Raider when Samantha Knox receives a mysterious field diary and finds herself thrust into a treacherous plot. After stealing a car and jumping on a train, chased by a group of dangerous pursuers, Sam finds out what’s so special about this book: it contains a cipher that leads to a cursed jade statue that could put an end to all mankind.

Samantha Knox put away her childish fantasies of archaeological adventure the day her father didn’t return home from the Great War, retreating to the safety of the antique bookshop where she works. But when a mysterious package arrives with a damaged diary inside, Sam’s peaceful life is obliterated. Ruthless men intent on reclaiming the diary are after Sam, setting her and her best friend, along with her childhood crush, on a high-stakes adventure that lands them in the green hills outside Dublin, Ireland. Here they discover an ancient order with a dark purpose – to perform an occult ritual that will raise the Specter Queen, the Celtic goddess of vengeance and death, to bring about a war unlike any the world has ever seen. To stop them, Sam must solve a deviously complex cipher – one that will lead her on a treasure hunt to discover the ancient relic at the heart of the ritual: a bowl carved from the tree of life. Will she find the bowl and stop the curse of the Specter Queen, or will the ancient order bring about the end of the world?
Indiana Jones gets a refresh with this female-driven mystery adventure, set in the 1920s, full of ciphers, ancient relics, and heart-stopping action – the first in a brand-new series!

Advance praise for CURSE OF THE SPECTER QUEEN:
“Pure fun from start to finish. Curse of the Specter Queen is a delightful historical romp, riddled with cryptic puzzles, hints of romance, and an adventurous cast of characters. An ideal escape for fans of curses, magic, and mystery.”—Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Caravel series

“This lush, high-stakes, adventure tale has it all—a rollicking plot, a sweet slow burn of a romance, and a heroine on an epic journey filled with ciphers, curses, and twists that kept me guessing at every turn. A delightful read from start to finish, Curse of the Specter Queen is one of my new favorites.”—Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals

“Apocalyptic curses, blood-chilling demons, and a centuries-old treasure hunt with a brilliant bookish heroine. Curse of the Spector Queen had me feverishly turning pages until I finally arrived at the epic conclusion.”—Livia Blackburne, New York Times best-selling author of Rosemarked and Midnight Thief

My Review:

An absolutely fantastic adventure read which brought me back to the fun days of watching Indiana Jones and National Treasure movies and even made me a bit nostalgic for my old Nancy Drew mysteries!

Samantha (Sam) is a wonderful protagonist!  Smart, inquisitive and brave!  Her best friends Joanna and Bennett make the best sidekick characters for this wonderful adventure.  Starting out in a small town, travelling to New York by train and taking a sister ship of the Titanic over to Europe, moving on to Ireland, this setting felt like a true adventure.  Puzzles to solve! Narrowing escapes to be made!  And having your best friends by your side, it’s truly a fantastic read.

For all you adventure seekers out there, this one is a must read!

About  Jenny Elder Moke:

Jenny Elder Moke writes young adult fiction in an attempt to recapture the shining infinity of youth. She worked for several years at an independent publisher in Austin, TX before realizing she would rather write the manuscripts than read them. She is a member of the Texas Writer’s League and has studied children’s writing with Liz Garton Scanlon. She was a finalist in the Austin Film Festival Fiction Podcast Competition in 2017 for her podcast script, Target. When she is not writing, she’s gathering story ideas from her daily adventures with her two irredeemable rapscallions and honing her ninja skills as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Jenny lives in Denver, CO with her husband and two children.


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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of CURSE OF THE SPECTER QUEEN, US Only.


Enter the Giveaway here


Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/1/2021 Fire and Ice Excerpt
6/2/2021 Lisa Loves Literature Review
6/3/2021 YA Books Central Excerpt
6/4/2021 Jazzy Book Reviews Excerpt
6/5/2021 Rajiv’s Reviews Review


Week Two:

6/6/2021 The Reading Wordsmith Review
6/7/2021 Kait Plus Books Excerpt
6/8/2021 A Court of Coffee and Books Review
6/9/2021 The Bookwyrm’s Den Review
6/10/2021 Stuck in the Stacks Review
6/11/2021 Do You Dog-ear? Review
6/12/2021 Christen Krumm Review


Week Three:

6/13/2021 What A Nerd Girl Says Review
6/14/2021 Nay’s Pink Bookshelf Review
6/15/2021 Thindbooks Blog Review
6/16/2021 History from a Woman’s Perspective Review
6/17/2021 Emelie’s Books Review
6/18/2021 Eli to the nth Review
6/19/2021 Review


Week Four:

6/20/2021 Books Are Magic Too Review
6/21/2021 Star-Crossed Book Blog Review
6/22/2021 Book-Keeping Review
6/23/2021 The Momma Spot Review
6/24/2021 The Book View Review
6/25/2021 Momfluenster Review
6/26/2021 onemused Review


Week Five:

6/27/2021 Book Briefs Review
6/28/2021 Always Me Review
6/29/2021 The Book Review Crew Review
6/30/2021 celiamcmahonreads Review



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