Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman [Review]

The Book of Blood and Shadow3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
Genre: Young Adult
Release: April 10, 2012
Hardcover: 448 Pages
Publisher: Random House
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark.

But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora’s best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora’s sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also—according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone—a murderer.

Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life
  (Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Huh.  I don’t know what to think about this one.  On one hand Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman is beautifully written,  but on the other- it is very dense and it just didn’t grab my attention.  The plot is slow and steady - Wasserman takes a lot of care and time to pace the story.   There are large portions of the book that deal with translating old manuscripts, which is the least interesting part.  I kept wanting to skim those parts.  I was much more interested in finding out who had committed the crime than all the Da Vinci Code stuff. I did like how Wasserman traced the history of the friendship between Nora, Chris, Adriane and Max.  There was a level of complexity and depth that we usually don’t see in YA.   

Between my disinterest in the secret society stuff and the slow pace, I just kind of lost interest. It is also hard to believe that three college kids are be able to translate, decipher and crack century old codes.  Just sayin’.

That being said, I DO think that many people will enjoy this book.  Like mentioned above, it is very well written and many readers will have the patience for it.  My lack of interest is more of personal taste than a reflection of the author and story.  The Book of Blood and Shadow is one of those books that either grabs you or bores you.  So, if this book sounds interesting to you, please give it a read! 

1 comment :

  1. I really enjoyed this one. It definitely was not an attention grabber right from the beginning which was disappointing but I was advised by a friend to keep it up and it would get better. I actually was a fan of the whole Da Vinci Code part of the story, but I can see how it's not everyone's cup of tea. Great review.



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