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Monday, July 9, 2012

Unearthed, by Laura Stauffer

Matt’s spent years resenting his father and the church, but a once-in-a-lifetime archaeology trip forces Matt to face more than he bargained for as he and his father unearth a city that’s been lost for centuries. This thrilling adventure is bursting with laugh out loud humor, a touch of romance, and more than a little mystery. 

Ok, this was an...odd...little story. I enjoyed it, I just don't think I was expecting it.

Matt's family is LDS (Mormon), and Matt has struggled not with being LDS itself, but with how his father appears to put everything before his family, including his passion for archaeology that is related to LDS history.

In this book, I learned a little more about LDS history, including some of its story line in Mexico and Central America. If you are interested in this sort of story, it's a good one. The LDS angle isn't overplayed, and I did like the little mentions of teenagers being "turned-off" by others not living up to standards of good conduct and morals.

The story itself is a good one. Archaeology is fascinating to me, and I found myself wishing I could be on a similar dig site. The characters were interesting, believable. I wish the other adults would've been developed a little more, but then, I'm an adult. My only negative about this story is that I just didn't feel like it was long enough. I really thought it could've been stretched out a bit more.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this galley from Cedar Fort : Horizon through the NetGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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