Quotes to Live By

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
(John Quincy Adams)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. (Aristotle)

Every artist was first an amateur. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. (Thomas Jefferson)

It takes ten years to build up a reputation, but only five minutes to ruin one. (Anonymous)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

City on Fire

As Vesuvius churns, a slave girl-turned-gladiator joins forces with an unlikely source to seek justice.

In the coastal town of Pompeii, a new gladiator prepares to fight. But this gladiator hides a deadly secret: she’s a runaway Jewish slave girl named Ariella, disguised as a young boy. A savvy fighter, Ariella determines to triumph in the arena, knowing her life will be forfeit should anyone uncover the truth.

Cato, a wealthy politician, moved to Pompeii after tiring of the corruption in Rome. But he soon learns that Pompeii is just as corrupt, and if he doesn’t play the game, his family could pay the price. Determined to bring about justice for the citizens of Pompeii, Cato searches for allies. But what he discovers instead is a confounding group of Christians . . . and a young female gladiator whose fame is growing daily.

Political unrest reaches a boiling point as Christians are jailed and executed, and the mountain in the distance threatens to destroy the city with its river of fire. Cato and Ariella must act quickly and courageously to save their loved ones before all is lost.

I waited for this book for so long after hearing and reading the summary of this book. Plus, it didn't help that the girl on the cover has an uncanny resemblance to someone I know. This book was really good. I was drawn into the plot and the whole story.

I can see myself in this girl. Even from a young age, whenever someone said I couldn't do something because I was too young or because I'm a girl, I would try to prove them wrong. Even when educators said no, I still try to prove them wrong.

So when I read about Arielle, I knew I wanted to know her story. I will gladly recommend this book to all the readers who like me have been pushed down in status, either because of their gender, race or their age by others who think themselves superior.

I got this advance copy from: Booksneeze.

It doesn't actually come out until Sept. 17th, 2013. 

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