The Stone of Alexandria by Lleu Christopher
Summary (from amazon): Michael Valens is a graduate student whose life is rather ordinary until a curiosity about the occult leads him to a secret magical society. He then begins to remember a past life in ancient times, where he formed a connection with an otherworldly Stone of incomparable power. As Michael tries to unravel these mysteries, dark forces attempt to use him and the Stone to gain supreme power over the world.
Review: Blegh. I really don't even want to write this. Warning everybody, this is not going to be a good review. When I first started the book, I thought it'd be like Diane Duane's books. Slow to start, but worth the read. Yeah... no.
Plot: Honestly, the plot is confusing. There are four or five subplots going on at once, it switches from place to place, time to time, without any warning, and there's very little real action. There was one subplot, started in the prologue, that didn't come into play until the very end of the book. It was way too easy to get lost.
Characters: I thought the main character Michael might be an interesting character, but I never really found out. There was very little told about him. I have NO idea what he even looked like! I counted three or four characters with M names, and there were just too many names that were too similar. It once switched from a scene with two characters named Michael and Sara to two characters named Matthews and Sandy without even a space as a warning. It was just confusing.
PG-13 stuff: I honestly didn't know if this was a YA book or an adult book. It seemed like a YA book at first, but then halfway through there was some swearing and.... stuff and the voice stopped sounding YA, so I'm not sure.
Cons, complaints, bad stuff, etc.: First of all, a bunch of times there were I'd be reading along, and in the middle of the sentence there'd be an indent and a new paragraph. Then there were times when it would switch from being about one set of people to another set of people with just an indent, no space, no stars. It was so confusing.
Halfway through, I was so lost, and it felt like I'd been reading for so long (it's 430 pages and feels like a thousand), that I almost gave up.
Cover comments: It's boring, honestly. I don't like it at all.
Conclusion: Time for me to write a new review policy. No more self-published books. So I don't really recommend this. It was too hard to read. Two roses.
Peace and cookies,