I'm happy to say that today I'm the host of the Tiy and the Prince of Egypt virtual book tour presented by Sage's Blog Tours! Check out my review below!
By Debbie Dee
Published September 27, 2013 by Dolce Books
Genre: Upper Middle Grade Fantasy
5 stars - Fantastic Fantasy!
Tiy is different than the other Egyptian girls--she has pale hair and more freckles than she wants to count. With her mother consumed by the need to keep up appearances, and her father too busy to care, Tiy just wants to disappear into the background. But her hope for a quiet life is shattered when she rescues Prince Amenhotep from a sandstorm and is rewarded with an invitation to attend the royal school in Egypt’s capital—-a place where girls like her will never fit in.
Amenhotep welcomes her into his close circle of friends and their friendship strengthens into a bond neither is willing to lose. But when Amenhotep becomes Pharaoh and is pressured by the priests to marry, the strength of their friendship is threatened. Will Tiy find enough courage to accept Amenhotep’s hand when he wants her to become the next Queen of Egypt, especially when her feelings run no deeper than friendship? And how can she protect him from the Nubian rebels who are determined to take control of Egypt?
Tiy and the Prince of Egypt is a fantastic read and a wonderful middle grade fantasy! I'll be honest and say that I'm not always too interested in middle grade books and, I guess, now that I'm older don't find all of them as appealing as I used to. This novel is definitely an exception. Tiy and the Prince of Egypt is a book for any age and will keep you reading until you finish. It was a fast read and I was really hooked.
I loved Tiy, she was such a strong female character. She grew throughout the whole book and you actually get to see her grow through each year in more ways than one. This book focused on growing up and believing in yourself and gaining confidence, even when others are trying to bring you down. Tiy doesn't look like the other Egyptian kids and she had to go through so much teasing and ridicule, even from adults! What I loved was that Tiy never gave up, she was strong and a great friend. Amenhotep was a great friend as well and I loved watching their relationship grow. The guy definitely had challenges of his own as well but no matter what happened, he stayed tough.
All in all, this novel was just plain interesting. If you read the author's note at the end of the book you'll see that Dee based these characters on the real Tiy and Amenhotep. I thought this was just wonderful and intriguing. She mixed history with fantasy and the outcome was amazing. I'm so glad I was able to read this and I definitely recommend this to anyone. So check it out!!!
Debbie Dee recently moved to southern Idaho with her husband and three children where she is learning how to be a country girl in her favorite pair of blue heels. She adores fairy tales and happy endings, but secretly crushes on the bad guy now and then.
As a dedicated musician who practices way too much, she never expected writing would sweep her off her feet until she jotted down a scene from a daydream, which turned into two scenes, which turned into a messy house and her first novel. Since then she hasn’t been able to let a day go by without writing.
In addition to writing, she plays the piano, harp, violin, and gets in frequent fights with her cello. She loves to read and play board games - when she is winning.