Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies

Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies

by Jordan Jacobs
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Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
For a book about a twelve-year-old girl pursuing her dreams in the field of archeology, I wasn't expecting nearly as detailed and captivating of a book as this turned out to be. Samantha may be a tween, but she's sharp, intelligent, and ambitious. More importantly, she's got guts, a taste for adventure, and perseveres in the face of an unknown enemy. She's an easily relatable character, from her passion for an interest (archaelogy for her) to not being taken seriously for her age. There are times when her age comes through, such as her frustrations in her dealings with Adam and times when she believes that she's superior and knows before despite not having as much experience in the field as the graduate student (Adam). Her flaws round out her character and make her all the more real and relatable. I love how pieces of Samantha's field notebooks are scattered throughout the book. They give a good preview of the chapters and sum up important information in addition to giving us images to keep in mind. The Spanish phrases used by the natives and others who speak the language lend more authenticity to the book. I chose to take French over Spanish in high school, so I didn't understand what was being said much of the time; however, I was able to piece together the gist of what was going on through the context. Other Spanish translations are provided in Sam's notebooks. As Samantha soon learns, archaelogy is not as exciting as movies make it out to be. In between findings, there are hours of grueling work spent uncovering artifacts. Nevertheless, she's finally out in the field and is bent on making the most of her time there. Then she learns that the stories about El Loco may not only be a myth and that the site may be in serious danger. The plot takes time to unravel and would have grown old quickly if not for new discoveries, red herrings, and plots hatched by members of the excavation group. These developments build together and climax with Samantha's encounter with El Loco. I've friends majoring in archaelogy and who tell me all these fascinating stories about what they've learned about various cultures. I enjoyed learning more about the field along with Samantha. This is a book that not only tweens but older teens and adults can enjoy, especially those with a passion for archaelogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a fun read vut kind of boring
FireStarBooks More than 1 year ago
The book began like a great adventure MG story. I was hoping for a Scooby Doo like story with tons of mystery and adventure. And the book started great! It reminded me the 39 Clues in some way, especially the Egypt one. The details of the buildings and surrounding were well, detailed. It was not a bad thing but it did contribute to too much "yawn-ness". The book was quite boring. It took a lot of time for the story to build up. The plot was such a good, fun, classic MG book but it just felt flat. I found myself constantly looking at the page numbers and wishing I was further along in the book. I guess you can say the "adventure" started somewhere around the halfway mark of the book. There was really too much "building up" to the story, too much "Ohh! Be careful!", "Oh, there is a strange person there" type of things. I mean I understand that the author, Jordan, wanted to create suspicion, and fear for the readers, but it was just too boring. But it was nice for almost every chapter to end with a cliffhanger-like suspenseful ending that literally didn't leave you room to stop. I also liked the little breaks within the chapters so it makes it easy for me to stop. Samantha was cute. She was like a typical young girl who was dedicated to a dream. Her dream was to be an archaeologist. I remember when I was little and wanted to be an archaeologist. I remember I still had that dream when I entered high school. Haha, then I realized that I was not gentle nor was I patient. I really wish I have her ambition, I still don't know what I want to be. I think she reminded me of Amy from 39 Clues series, they are both very intelligent. Evan was like Dan from 39 Clues. He was "mean" to his sister and likes to get into troubles. Overall the book was fun but it just took a long time to start. This was totally the type of book I lose sleep over if I am in elementary school/ beginning of high school. I loved stories like this one but for now, it was just too slow for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who-**** ******* ***** What-was reading this book When-whenever she got the chance Where-anywhere she was allowed or got the chance to read it Why-bcuz her mom told her