I’ve done it again. Picked up a book without knowing it was in the middle of an existing series. And without reading the spine first to see it was a book for 13-14 year olds rather than for excitable adults age 30+.

For a teen read, it’s amazing! It’s an epic adventure book with no sex, loads of baddies, ancient foes and talks of Greek Mythology. For an adult, it’s a constant bore with under-developed characters and dialogue that would bring you to sleep rather than keep you awake with excitement.

Cass glanced around. “Actually . . . I’m not sure. I lost the map in the river.” “Don’t play games,” Aly snapped. “You don’t need it. You know the route.” “I did,” Cass said. “But . . . it’s not there, Aly. In my brain. I can’t call it up.” “What do you mean, not there?” Aly said. “If you’re being insecure again, like you were in Babylon, now’s the time to stop.”

The Tomb of Shadows is the third book in a seven-book series by master storyteller Peter Lerangis. This sequel to the bestselling Lost in Babylon and The Colossus Rises chronicles the adventures of Jack McKinley and his friends in a life-or-death race to the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. In the rubble of this Wonder of the Ancient World, they have to face down their own demons and engage in an epic battle with foes long gone. But when promises are broken, blood is spilled—and the Select are left with no choice but to destroy the one thing that might have saved them all.

Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, praised Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises as “a high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets. Young readers will love this story. I can’t wait to see what’s next in the Seven Wonders series!”

The Characters. As a Select and a bearer of G7W,a gene which could give you exceptional talents and skills, you would expect them to be extraordinary in some ways right? It did hold true for Ally and Cass but as for Jack, lets just say up until this point, I couldn’t see anything special about him. Charismatic and resourceful, yes. But the kind that Ally, Cass and Marco have? I don’t think so.

Also, our main character faints a lot. It really is not such a big deal but considering that they were conditioned to protect themselves and to fight, well, you would expect some kind of a fight scene that doesn’t involve running away or throwing something random at an enemy, now would you? It’s like all their hard work were thrown out of the window. Its pretty much useless so why bother telling the readers that they were trained? On the bright side, you get to see them work things out through their wits.