I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz
Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz have a book that caught my eye. The cover design is eye-catching and drew me in. The story is okay, but it's not as gripping as I hoped. I didn't feel an urge to keep reading at any moment in the book.
Since her father's death, Memphis "M" Engel has dealt with her new life. She has guardians who have moved in and taken over her home. She's not thrilled with them. When Ashwin "Ash" Sood shows up, a mystery man that proves irritating yet intriguing, she can't help but insist she join him on a quest.
Ash has proof her father is alive and being held captive. A dangerous sect wants the information on a map M possesses. Only her knowledge of ancient languages and symbols can help find the relic some desire to possess. M has no idea if she can really trust Ash, but she must save her father and Ash is the only one who can lead her to him.
I Do Not Trust You kind of says it all in the title. Ash is not a trustworthy character. M knows it and tries to stay a few steps ahead of him, but the race for the relics is the key to getting her dad back. M will do anything to rescue her dad, even if that means working with the enemy.
The pacing had moments where it dragged. In France, I found the "you must party with this guy first" to be a bit dull. It dragged on and I really didn't care. M seemed older than she was, which threw me off several times. She often seems more adult than teen.
While I didn't hate this book, I never loved it. It was just okay. I stuck with it to see how it ended. I'm glad I did. It took a bit of a turn into horror and I loved that. In the end, that was what saved the book for me. It went from "meh" to "awesome," if only for a moment.